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I should start by specifying I’m not a physical therapist/doctor, so the usual caveats of “some guy on the Internet said…” apply here.
I’d recommend starting with the workouts marked “total” here. That means they’ll hit all major muscle groups of your core: lower abs, upper abs, obliques, etc. I also think the core/abs exercises at MadFit and Pamela Reif are worth checking out, too.
If you find that one of those muscle groups is particularly weak, there are also videos with routines dedicated to that specific group, and you can supplement your program with those to strengthen it.
A longtime observation/opinion I have is that weight-bearing exercises are an important part of strengthening the back and sustainably healing/preventing back pain. These are exercises like deadlifts, weighted squats, kettlebell swings and pull-ups.
You have to be careful at the beginning because you can damage a compromised back further if you lift with bad form, lift too much, etc — so I highly recommend following a progression supervised by a professional trainer, at least until your back feels strong and you’re confident you have the form right.
But as someone who used to have back problems in his 20s (nothing makes you more helpless than when you throw your back out!) but is now approaching 50 with no issues for over 15 years, I attribute that success mostly to regular strength-bearing back workouts.
And, of course, a good core 🙂
Folks, Chris and I very much appreciate the extreme concern and support the PP tribe has been showing during this sensitive time. And I realize that the uncertainty that has been lingering is a heavy weight.
Since our last updates, Chris, the investors, and now me, as well, have been diligently working on crafting the best outcome for all parties involved — including the PP community.
As Chris says “there are no bad actors” in this process. Everyone is pulling together towards positive resolution.
But speculation/doxxing/shaming by those not involved in the process does not help (and has not been helping) these efforts. Instead, it jeopardizes them.
Which is why we’ve removed much of the original post above.
We are *very* close to wrapping things up here. I’m hoping we’ll be able to make an official announcement within days, possibly as soon as tomorrow (though don’t hold me to that)
Chris and I just ask the community here to be patient just a little bit longer. And to trust us in the interim to protect the interests of this website and community we’ve dedicated over a decade of our lives to.
It has been hard to read the understandable confusion and speculation on this thread and not be permitted to respond to it sooner.
A larger explanation should be coming very soon, but here’s what I can now share:
Peak Prosperity brought in new investors last year.
A few months ago, Chris and the investors decided they had conflicting views for running Peak. They have spent the past few months figuring out what to do about that.
I was asked to keep the matter confidential while the parties worked things out, after which they would announce the resolution they’d reached. And to keep Peak running to the best of my abilities in the meanwhile.
But the process has been taking longer than anticipated, stoking understandable concern among the PP community and, quite frankly, burning me out.
It has been VERY difficult working so hard to keep the quality content flowing and yet not being authorized to address the confusion expressed on this thread.
I’m told that it shouldn’t be long before a more detailed announcement is forthcoming. I, like you, am hoping hard for that.
But it’s important to me to get this short update to you. This community deserves the respect of knowing why Chris has been absent of late. All parties involved agree with that, as well as that the protracted delay has been regrettable.
Please forgive me if I can’t respond yet to questions this update may spark. I will as soon as able.
As I said privately to you Dave, I will also share publicly:
“It has been wonderful having you contribute all these years. I remember calling you with the idea 7(8?) years ago and being so pleased you were game for it. The site will definitely feel your absence.
But I’m happy the transition is for an exciting reason. Keep me informed of how successful your code becomes!”
We will miss you. Hope you still come by to haunt the forums. You will always be welcome.
All the best to you,
That is such beyond wonderful news to hear that Erica has recovered so phenomenally!
Such an amazing relief!!
Our thoughts and prayers remain with her as she finishes up her chemo treatments. But man, that’s about as good as news gets!!
Just a quick note to confirm Chris is alive and well.
He’s focused on dealing with a number of matters right now, including the ones mentioned above. That said, we will have a new article coming from him in the next day or so.
As Will surmises, I’m working double (more like triple) duty right now to keep the quality content coming, introduce more expert voices, AND expand the benefits and services Peak Prosperity offers to this community.
More coming on all the above soon.
But in just the next 24 hours, I’ve first got to finish editing our latest (and excellent) Off The Cuff discussion with Richard Heinberg, host our ‘Ask the Expert’ webinar on Home Energy with Bruce Sullivan, interview Luke Gromen for our weekly Money & Markets update, go on camera to discuss PMs with Mike Maloney, review an upgrade to our Comments platform with our IT firm, and set up ticket sales for the June PP event at Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm.
A lot on the plate right now…
Yes, the original post is spam….but it has appeared to trigger a sharing among folks of their fond memories of special beaches.
So I guess we’ll let this stand for now.
BTW, IMO fewer beaches are more beautiful than Hanalei Bay on Kauai’s north shore
When I add up the three ‘with children’ columns in Chart 5 I get 95, 99 and 98 which are all <100. They don’t add up to 100 due to the % who didn’t provide an answer to the question.
As for the Chart 6 bar totals, I get 101, 99, 100, and 100. The first two are slightly off due to rounding. No, folks had to pick one answer for this question.
PP.com had 397k unique visitors in April. 4,500 people answered this survey.
Azurite did include the N in the title slide to the presentation we took these images from:
N = 4,500
- US respondents: 3,500
- Non-US respondents: 1,000
All respondents were sourced from the PeakProsperity.com website.
I’ve added some questions in the original post above that would be great to hear your feedback on.
Or, if they spark other feedback you may have on the topic, share that instead!