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    I picked up the information regarding disc hydration from McGill's two books - Low Back Disorders, and Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance. The assertion that males are prone to a lumbar flexion pattern rather than a hip flexion pattern is from Shirley Sahrmann's 'Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes'.

    Training wise, UBFP is the more practical text. In fact, it's one of the sources that pointed me towards Pavel and kettlebells.

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    Here's a link to a teleseminar with McGill. I first heard it several months ago and I can't remember if he mentions early morning training but he does discuss disc injury through repetitive lumbar flexion...

    Dr. Stuart McGill - Teleseminar Interview 5

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    Zartan is offline Senior Member
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    I'm interested in this as well. I do my kettlebell workouts in the morning. I was under the impression that since you aren't going with max poundages that it wasn't really the same as deadlifts, in terms of being bad to do in the morning.

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    sicklameandlazy is offline Senior Member
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    I have hurt my back doing morning workouts. Once doing hindu squats I fell forward while at the bottom position and I pulled my lower back in the same fashion as a KB will do if one gets loose before parking the KB. Kb swings were the culprit on another morning wake and sweat.

    Now I decompress and do wall walks as well as pump and high skips before I start. I got used to morning PT, and now I feel as if I have wasted the day if noon rolls around and I still haven't done anything.

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    dpluslane1 is offline Senior Member
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    Before I opened my studio and still had an 8-5PM job, I could always find a way to talk myself out of training while sitting in traffic, so I had to do it in the morning. I could never do it by myself, though. I had to have a class or a training partner to actually get a respectable workout. I found that by the time I was truly awake, most of the workout was over and I didn't even realize it. :-) My schedule was train from 615AM -7AM and then shower and head to work. I would get really tired about 730AM during the commute but that would soon pass and I would be energized the rest of the day- not to mention having the evenings to look forward to doing whatever I wanted. I did find that I was stronger in the evening, so I would throw in an evening training session about once a week but that varies person to person. Some of my AM students say they are much stronger in the morning than evening. So my advice is don't do it alone, start with joint mobility and get-ups and then you will get a good workout in and feel great the rest of the day.

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    I'd way rather get my workout done early AM before work. Too many distractions after work.

    I would agree about having to be careful with the lower back first thing in the morning.

    I've found that if I give myself 45 minutes or so to wake up I get the best results. Have a big cup of strong black coffee, maybe take a couple of Tylenol, walk around and get my stuff ready for work etc etc Then have a short (25-30 minute), intense, well hydrated workout followed by some protein. About an hour later I eat a good breakfast.

    I head to work pumped mentally and physically.

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