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Heavy Squatting + Lower Back Pain

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Old 03-13-2005, 06:32 PM   #1
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Heavy Squatting + Lower Back Pain

I've been working out for several years and have recently been trying a routine which looks like this:

Bench, Flies, B-bell Rows, lat pulldowns, arnold press

Squats, close grip bench, rope pulldown, EZ Curls, rope hammer curls


Incline, decline, bent over rows, cable rows, shrugs

leg press, hamstring curls, curved bar pulldowns, french press, concentration curls, preacher curls

I'm 5'10, 170lbs, 8-9% bodyfat

I've been seeing considerable stregnth gains in my legs, but recently after my squat workout I have pain/soreness in my lower back. I usually squat pretty heavy in the 225 range.

The pain/soreness however isn't noticeable. I only felt it three days afterwards when my little brother threw a football at my lower back. I feel no uncomfort/soreness/pain in my regular or even any irregular movements or even when stretching my lower back. However, if I poke at it with my hands or put pressure on it directly with my hands, for example, then I feel pain/soreness. This is confusing because most pain/soreness I feel as a result of working out is explicit and felt regardless as opposed to only being felt when acute pressure is applied to that area.

I use good form and the pain/soreness felt when I apply pressure there with my hands on my lower back is distinct. Let me know what you think (any critique on the new workout schedule is appreciated as well).

~J Siv~

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Old 03-14-2005, 07:43 AM   #2
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Re: Heavy Squatting + Lower Back Pain

I have the same problem. Its because your lower back muscles are not stong enough to handle that weight. Either just do leg presses which would eliminate using your lower back or try to stenghthen your lower back by doing stiff leg deadlifts. I'm skipping squats for a while and just doing stiff legged deads so my lower back will get stronger. Kinda off catching up to the leg power. Then, I will start doing squats again. You can also substitute squats with leg extensions and leg curls for now.

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