Yes, this is of interest to me only.
Compared to what others deal with on a daily basis, what I am dealing with is not much. But it does affect my quality of life: I used to love to walk distances and to walk errands. Now I dread unplanned walks anywhere.
Reason: piriformis pain, probably brought on from my back.
Currently, I am trying to figure out what sets it off and how I can mitigate it.
Factors: 1) weather changing from warm to cold.
2) exercise bicycle use (really)
3) arching while pressing; the “legs on the step stool” bench presses appear to work. I am now doing sets of 10 with lighter weights (134, 145, 150) but it isn’t as if I am preparing for competition. Once I get the motion down, maybe move up to sets of 5 with heavier weight.
4) seated shoulder presses; doing a “high incline” appears to help;
I think that I’ll have to bite the bullet and switch to swimming for my cardio; probably Tu, Th, Sat, and move my deadlifts (so far, light due to a too-tight belt injury) to Sunday. Given that swimming will start small, I’ll have time for a short walk afterward; I do think I need some short walks.
Anyway…wonder if it is past time to see if there is a pattern. I do remember the last time it got really bad, I was doing much more on the bike.
Workout the last couple of days:
Thursday: slept in due to a late ball game; did some PT before work. lunch: 30 minutes of cycling (bad idea?) and a LOT of PT
Friday: damn thing ached the rest of Thursday and most of Friday; it only felt good in the morning. (to and from work: ok, until the stairs) It did feel ok right after Friday’s workout:
Usual PT; added the IT band side move no. 6 as I already do most of the others for my piriformis and back.
pull ups: 40 singles on the 10 seconds, set of 12 (kind of sloppy last 3 reps), 6 wide, 5 chins.
push ups: 40, 35, 25 (two sissy, one feet elevated); pushed it a bit here.
bench (flat) 10 x 134, 10 x 145, 10 x 150 (last set was challenging)
4 sets of curls
3 sets of 10 x 103 high incline presses
More PT (shown)