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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

RIP Back

28 January 2015

I tried squatting and deadlifting today and disaster ensued. My back held out fine on the squats, although I didn't push the weight or reps, but I felt a pop in my left piriformis as soon as I tried deadlifting, accompanied by the type of sharp, rolling pain similar to being kicked in the balls. I'll wait a few days for the pain to subside, then go see a doctor if it doesn't get better. In the meantime, bench press specialization and light leg work, I guess.

Back squat 135x8, 225x3, 275x3, 315x5, 335x3, 365x3, 375x2

Sumo deadlift - 135 and 275 felt fine, my back seized up halfway up with 345

I'll go back to doing machine leg work and no lower back for the time being. Something like 2 days upper body lifting, 2 days light lower body lifting. This totally sucks, but it could be a lot worse - I could have a spinal injury. I hope that's not what it is.


Anonymous said...

Damn dude. Ironically, before reading that you snapped your shit up, I was gonna show you this article.


Fatman said...

Hue. Couldn't agree more. Although I have a profound dislike for the nattyornot website.

But I'm done with the deadlift. I've been lifting weights on and off for fifteen years, consistently for the past seven or so. I've only snapped my shit up twice, both times deadlifting. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which exercise I shouldn't be doing anymore.

Anonymous said...

hey man, i haven't checked your blog in a while but your comment about 305 dl made me come over to see what was up. sorry to hear about the injury and hope you recover soon.

why don't you like nattyornot? it seems pretty much to agree with your philosophy? I liked it and couldn't find *too* much to argue with besides maybe the age-old protein question and that he says anyone with a 3xbw squat is juicing (he's mostly right, and I'm sure there is some magic number but there are obviously exceptions)

Fatman said...

I find the idea of a website dedicated exclusively to whining and ranting about alleged steroid use/users somewhat odious. It's like a radicalized, dumbed-down, less well written version of Stuart McRobert's "Hardgainer" BS.

Not to say I always disagree with the guy, but the tone of his writing makes it hard to like even the stuff I agree with. Like in the deadlift article, first he makes several excellent points, then goes on to rail against gucers who lie to the public and other nonsense.

Although I have to say his article on permabulkers should be framed and placed on the wall of every gym everywhere.

Back recovery is progressing slowly, I'm optimistic about doing some high squats with 135 next week. Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

yeah i understand your point as I read on (and on) I did detect a strong undertone of whining. For example in order to avoid being like "YOU CAN BE RONNIE COLEMAN" he veers too far to the opposite extreme and insists that no one can have arms over 15" unless they are fat, or that 225 is a great bench press.