Hi all , My first post ( well 2nd , but an introduction )
Ive been away from powerlifting ( enforced thru injury ) for 10 + years. And although still hitting the gym I have not seriously practiced any of the 3 lifts for that period. Now at age 45 I am getting that urge ( mid-life crisis maybe LOL ) to get back to some serious lifting again. My injury came about at a competitive meet where ( in the 165 class , weighing around 162 ) my suit blew during a 600+ squat & the bar subsequently flew over my head , I went on to win the meet ( class & overall ) after struggling thru my deadlifts to 605 on my third attempt , but something had pulled in my pelvis/low back area that only exacerbated over the days post competition. After many scans on the affected area with no firm diagnosis of what was causing my pain I had to resort to a lengthy and frustrating lay off from ALL lifting. I tried several returns to `real` lifting but never got past the preliminary stages of the type of resistance I was accustomed to . So over the years I have been simply trying to add resistance and reps to those exercises that did not affect my lowback/pelvis issues , and have managed to get to some reasonably heavy poundages whilst maintaining a semblence of my previous condition / bodyweight ( presently @ 168 lb ) but I miss the powerlifting. Lately I have been ( tentatively ) using belt squats in order to get accustomed to a squat motion again without loading the spine , and trying out some set ups/walkouts in order to get accustomed to shouldering some weight again ( its amazing how easy one forgets or grows unaccustomed to the little things without their regular performance ) , close grip benches , rows and some light deadlifting also , and a ton of stretches. After christmas I intend to try out the 3 lifts proper and all being well look toward the end of the year at competing in a masters ( over 45 ) class. * ANY advice is most welcomed in order to help me advance * Attached is a short vid of a deadlift session pre-injury.
Best wishes , T.