Hoping someone who knows what they are doing can help me here. As part of my winter fitness plan I’m started to lift weights. Main goals are to strengthen my core and build muscle to help me burn fat. Clearly I’m overweight, yes I’m tracking on MFP now and have short and long term weight loss goals set.
About me: 47, 5’9.5", L5/S1 discectomy in 2010, a bit over 3,500 miles so far this year, use TR to increase my cycling strength mainly for recreational road and gravel riding. Was going to enter a couple of road races this year but 2020 happened.
So yesterday my partner and I decided to start doing some weight lifting and got a simple routine for Back strength off of Bodybuilding.com (she has a membership). Because of my previous back issues I wanted to start off very cautiously, so that I can get the form right before adding a bunch of weight. I decided to record one of my sets because I don’t feel like my body positions match what I’m seeing from jacked muscle heads on YouTube. But given COVID I’m not about to go to a public gym and get coaching so I figured what better solution than to ask the internet…ok so I’m hoping Coach Chad might chime in with his thoughts. When I watch others on YouTube it seems consistent that the bar should be closer to the legs than when I let it drop (what feels like) straight down. Where am I going wrong here?
Of note: Today my hamstrings are sore but not much else. Back feels fine so I don’t think I’ve hurt myself just yet.