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A chiropractor recently told me I have osteoarthritis in my spine and to stop lifting. Ten months ago I had gastric bypass surgery and would like to tone up. I lost over 100 pounds. The chiropractor said I should only bench press. Should I stop lifting?

It’s time for a second opinion, or honestly, a first educated opinion.

I would seek out a sports injury specialist or other medical professional who has worked with athletes who share your condition. You may be in a position where you need to perform only exercises in which your back is supported, but stating that you “should only bench press” is horrible advice.

After receiving advice from a specialist, I would seek an experienced exercise physiologist or personal trainer to show you the proper exercises and movements that you should be performing with your condition. Given that you had gastric bypass, strength training is paramount to keeping your metabolism elevated and ensuring muscle tone and balance.

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