Information On How To Deal With Your Back Pain

Although the name implies it, back pain does not only affect the back. The pain will initially start in a portion of the back, such as the lower back or upper back, but over time, if left untreated, the pain spreads to other areas of the back and even to areas, such as, the arms and legs. If you would like to prevent this from happening to you, read the following article for back pain tips.


Listening to your body can be vitally important in avoiding debilitating back pain. Especially as you grow older, resist the temptation to push yourself past the onset of pain in your back. The first pains you feel in the area are warning signs; you need to heed them and let your back rest as soon as they appear.

When you hurt your back, usually hamstring stretching exercises can prove to be very helpful. If the muscles on the backs of your thighs are tight, they can usually cause your lower back to experience a lot of unnecessary stress and pain. You should stretch your hamstring muscles at least twice a day for 45 seconds at a time.  This is also why it’s important to stretch when the body is warm after a workout.  Besides being more flexible at this time it also prevents “blood pooling” in the veins and arteries.


To help you avoid excruciating back pain, avoid carrying a heavy backpack or shoulder bag. When people carry bags, which are too heavy, the stress on their shoulders engages their back and can cause the back to be overworked. This can cause serious back pain, which may take years of physiotherapy to rehabilitate.

An inversion table is a great tool for helping people with back pain. It essentially turns you upside down and reverses the force of gravity, allowing the ideal shifting of your body, weight, and proportionate back. Therefore, it can go a long way in alleviating back pain symptoms and forcing correction.


Many claim that strengthening the abdominal muscles can actually help to prevent against back pain and even relieve existing back pain. This is because the abdominals stretch around your side and back and aren’t just those “washboard” muscles in your lower stomach. If you strengthen this group of muscles, you can prevent back pain.

There are also many exercise programs that incorporate some type of “ab” workout and there are more now that are incorporating strengthening the back along with the abs.  One of the biggest proponents of this Brett Hoebel, the creator of the Beachbody program Revabs, and was also one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser a few seasons ago. One of the things he continually says during his workouts is “..you can’t have strong abs without a strong back..” emphasizing the importance of exercise and having strong back muscles to avoid injuries.

A good mattress is vital to a healthy back! Mattresses seem to be very expensive and even over priced in a lot of instances, but nothing should keep you from getting a good one. Do your homework, test drive the different brands available and sink some money into a serious mattress that will provide you with years of quality sleep and help alleviate back pain!


If you suffer from lower back pain, you may want to consider using heat therapy. The heat helps reduce inflammation in the back, which can reduce your pain. Your could apply a heat pad to your back when you are sitting down or you can soak in a warm bath. But don’t neglect talking with or seeking professional help if it feels serious or continues to get worse.

As stated before, back pain does not only affect the back, as the name implies. The pain starts in an area of the back and migrates to other areas of the back and body, when left untreated. Hopefully the tips from this article to prevent your back pain from spreading throughout your body.

Feel free to leave a comment or contact me, and you can also check out Revabs here :)

Keep Up The Good Fight

Rich Taub
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
P90X Certified

The Biggest Loser newest trainer

Brett Hoebel is rumored to be one of the new trainers for “The Biggest Loser” new series to air in January.

Brett is the Creator of REvabs, one of Beachbodys workouts that was released just over a year ago and is also one of my favorite workouts.
To find out about Revabs check it out here.

Any questions about the workout feel free to ask.

Keep Up The Good Fight
Richard Taub
Independent Beachbody Coach


Well the journey with Revabs is complete.
I’ve finished the 90 day program and with the exception of the last 5 workouts because of hurting my back I stayed on schedule and found the time to do each of the workouts even though I’ve been on the road 3-5 days per week.
Just that accomplishment is enough for me to be satisfied, however, staying on schedule doesn’t do any good unless there were some type of results.

As I’m writing this article and again am on the road, I don’t have the weights and measures with me but will edit the article to include them once I get home and have the opportunity to do so.

So how do I feel about this program?
Overall I enjoyed the workouts, including the instructor Brett Hoebel, and his “cast of characters” assisting him with the making of the workouts. I trust they were in better shape then I was from the start, but that’s not to say I’m not happy with the results.

The program, besides focusing on your abs also works on strength and endurance which makes it a full body workout, and Brett also stresses about good nutrition and getting your proper rest in order to get the best results possible.

One of things I really liked about this program was the length of the workouts. They ranged from 15- 45 min. and being on the road that was a big plus in choosing to do Revabs. The workout length along with having the flexibility of using resistance bands instead of weights for some of the exercises made Revabs a good match for my schedule.

The results I’ve seen?
There is some definition of the abs, but also with all the lunge type moves my thighs are also quite defined now in areas they were not before, also my upper body I’ve noticed more definition from before I started the workouts.

Some of the things that I did feel made a difference?
Once into the second phase I did go out and buy a pair of 15 pound dumbbells. Though the bands are good for on the road there are some exercises that you cannot do with the band so having a pair of dumbbells is a definite plus in order to get the “full effect” of the program. Also what made the biggest impact on me with using the weights was doing exercises with them being a combined weigh of 30 pounds was the amount of weight I’ve lost since starting to watch my diet and working out and yet it was a challenge using them, though when I was walking around with that extra weight on me I didn’t even think about how much my body had to work in order to function with carrying the additional weight.

While working the program some of the additional changes to my diet that I made were having some of the P90X Protein Bars for snacks and also starting drinking Shakeology whenever I was home. Because of the constant change in schedule I can’t say whether they’ve made a huge difference in my performance, though I do find when I don’t drink Shakeology I did feel that I missed it.

What I did not like about the program.
I can’t really say there was something I didn’t like about the program although there seem to always be an exercise that gave me difficulty and was not able to improve enough to be doing like the rest of the group by the end. This had to do with the way I’m built and not any fault of the move itself though.

If I had the opportunity would I do REVABS again?
I’d say definitely yes, though not right away. Before starting REVABS, I was doing a hybrid of workouts and for the moment I think I will go back to that before focusing on just one workout again.

So my final thoughts on Revabs.
Definitley a good program and you will see results with it, but like any other program you have to enjoy it in order to get the best results out of it. If you don’t enjoy the workouts you’ll end up going through the motions and not get the best results possible.
If you like workouts that you can do on the road or at home, don’t take up alot of time and can still see results then REVABS is a workout to consider.

If interested in REVABS or any of the other Beachbody workouts or products feel free to contact me, and if you wish to be able to save 25% on Beachbody products consider being a Coach like me.

Till the next review,
Keep Up The Good Fight
Rich Taub
Beachbody Coach

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