Things have been coming together nicely in preparation for my first powerlifting meet in 25 years. I’ve been training pretty religiously all these years doing general powerbuilding training so I have maintained good shape. Started to go heavy about 6 weeks ago and just started using a power belt in the big 3.
The other day when coming up from a squat I felt my belt pinch the bottom of my rib cage then wham! I felt my oblique muscle tear. I suspect there was something amiss with the belt. It seemed that the suspicious pressure of the belt on my rib cage has something to do with it. Perhaps the changing pressure of the belt on my core pinched and then released during the ascent affecting the contraction of my oblique causing it to snap…not sure. Like a dumbass I did another set but tried to tense my core less and this eased the pain, but seems counterproductive in good squat technique. I think I need to wear the belt lower on the torso or get 3 inch belt vs the 4 inch. I even remember back in the day a 4 inch belt gave me problems—seemed like too much belt.I’m thinking about competing sans belt or even using a comical bodybuilding-type belt. Or maybe I need more ab work. Then again, if this thing doesnt heal in time, my comeback plans are foiled.
47 years old. 198 lbs, 5-11"