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I just got my bike, I have done classes last 3 days. I have L4/L5 back issues . I am trying to push and do more low impact classes. I want to see if anyone can give some tips and is it safe? Thoughts please?
 

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My suggestions
  • Make sure you have the seat height set up correctly. If you haven't seen it this video may be helpful.
  • Try putting the handlebars to max height and moving the seat all the way forward. Since it's a spin bike there is no advantage to an aero position and leaning over may aggravate your back. You'll probably want to experiment to find what works best.
  • During the rides, move around on the seat and stand up to stretch your legs every so often.
  • I would try not to push it too much. Build up to longer rides, don't max out on resistance and don't bike every day. It's a good excuse to try some of the other exercises you can do in the Peloton app.
  • End with at least a 10 minute cool down ride. Brings your HR down and helps with muscle soreness.
  • Stretch before and after (something your very familiar with if you have back issues)
Hope that helps! Congratulations on your bike!
 

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if it makes you feel any better, I broke T10 falling down the stairs about 9-10 weeks ago. Doctor okay'ed physical therapy. I am a physical therapist so I do the exercises on my own. The back exercises bother me. The Peloton does not. The guys that installed it adjusted the seat and the handle bars as well. No problems at all.
 

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I just got my bike, I have done classes last 3 days. I have L4/L5 back issues . I am trying to push and do more low impact classes. I want to see if anyone can give some tips and is it safe? Thoughts please?
Me as well..I adjusted seat lower and has helped a bit. I think lowering resistance a bit is also helping till I get stronger.
 

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I just got my bike, I have done classes last 3 days. I have L4/L5 back issues . I am trying to push and do more low impact classes. I want to see if anyone can give some tips and is it safe? Thoughts please?
I’ve had two L4/5/6 surgeries, so I was wondering the same. Won’t know until the bike gets here.
 

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Had an L5/S1 microdiscectomy about 18 months ago, and have managed to re-herniate. I don't want to get cut on again, and I really don't want a fusion, so weight loss and strength training so that my core supports everything better is the path I'm taking. I specifically mentioned the Peloton to my ortho, and he enthusiastically recommended it as a back-safe form of exercise.
 

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If you can find a good bike fitter, you could hire them to come in person (or I guess remotely now), to adjust your bike to your body for proper biomechanics. You'd be amazed at how many people set their bikes improperly, even after following generic directions. A good bike fitter will set, then adjust accordingly, after watching you pedal for a little bit of time.
 
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