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Offline Wlfdg

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Re: Squats causing back pain
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2011, 07:38:55 PM »
I've been doing some weird long distance stuff too for fun occasionally.  Always feels good:  carry 50 lbs for 2 miles
How have you been carrying the weight?

In front a lot (similar to bear hug), sometimes over head, other times in front in a row position, still other times on a one side of the other alternating arms.
Nicely done!
I'd suggest putting overhead squats in there too. Might want to learn the movement with a broom handle if you haven't done them.

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Re: Squats causing back pain
« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2011, 09:06:03 PM »

How long have you been lifting iron? And how long has your back been hurting?

And which muscles are hurting? No pressure, but if you lift iron, you should know the major muscle groups.

Put your hands behind your back, just above your butt. Do you feel 2 large muscles, running up on either side of your spine? Those are your spinae erector muscles. Are those the ones that are sore?

If that's the case, work some other muscles until they stop hurting. Then use less weight AND strict form.

Serious question, were you using heavy weights and trying to propel yourself upward, or using a jerking motion? That will tear muscle fibers, sure as anything. Just about everyone who lifts heavy weights has done that. I tore my right bicep when I was 21.

You can do the Roman Chair exercise to strengthen your spinae erectors. That's the one where you're lying horizontal in the Roman Chair, you let yourself down, curving at the waist, then pull yourself back up to a horizontal position. Later, you can add a pair of dumbbells.

Good luck to you  :)