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Hello Jerry,

My son is 17 and has been weightlifting for about three years. In the last year he has gotten very serious with it after he ended up quitting basketball and football because of several concussions. He loves working out but I think he is over doing it . In the  last couple months he has twice complained of pain in his lower back buttocks area which sounds like it  is sacroiliac joint ??? He does a lot of squatting and deadlifts. Do you have alternative exercises he can do for his legs that doesn't put so much pressure on that joint, and also what is the best treatment for pain for this???
I also wanted to ask you about your thoughts on getting a degree as a registered dietician??? He does really well in science and is taking anatomy/ physiology this year. He weighs all of his food and is very focused on nutrition, but from what I read it is a very competitive field and hard to get an internship???

Thank You,


Hi Marianne,

I am glad that your son is involved in bodybuilding and that he is taking it to a good level. He does need to be careful though. If you can afford it get him a trainer that can help make sure he is using good form and doing all the exercises properly. Pain is your body trying to tell you something, he may be trying to lift too much too quickly or he may not be using good form on some exercises. Those are the 2 most common reasons for pain. If you are on a budget you can have him go to youtube or google and check out the numerous online videos of various exercises which are usually put together by Personal Trainers and most of the time will show the correct way to do various exercises.

As far as a degree and becoming a registered dietitian, if that is what he wants then support him and go for it. Internships may be hard to find, but they are out there and the ones that are out there will be very beneficial.

Hope this helps,

Have a great day


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I can answer questions related to any of the following areas alternative medicine, fitness, physical education, weight training, senior health, bicycling, personal trainers, personal training, medical technology, health and wellness, eating disorders, weight loss, Naturopathy, first aid, and bodybuilding. In fact I was listed as an expert in each of these categories at until they closed down


I have worked in health and or fitness related capacities for over 30 years. My main profession is that of a Medical Technologist, but I also have training as a Corpsman with the US Navy, a Field Medic with the Army National Guard,and am certified as A Personal Trainer, Medical Exer-therapist and Aerobics Instructor through the National Academy for Health and Fitness. My wife and I have operated BMG Services Fitness and Nutrition in Moultrie Georgia since 1995. I also have an Associates Degree in Computer Robotics. I am an avid bicycle rider, mostly road riding with the occasional mountain trail or off road "experience". My wife and I usually do a charity ride at least once per year to help those less fortunate. Degrees & Certifications: Certifications include Clinical Laboratory Scientist CLS/NCA. Clinical Laboratory Technologist CLT/HHS Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, and Medical Exer-therapist NAHF. Advance Weight Training through NAHF. Accepted as AFTA Associate Awards include the Ohio State Award of Merit and Ohio Special Services Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal and 2 Army Achievement Medals CPR re-Certifcation 2007 Web page: http;//

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