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Break From DL And Squat

In order to heal up my IT bands from 2.5 years of pain, I am not deadlifting or squatting for 4 weeks. As a powerlifter, THIS IS KILLING ME. I am just doing my upper body and feel like I accomplish NOTHING in the gym. It’s like getting blue balls.


Well, at least you’ll have time to work on your bicep peak now. :slight_smile:

But seriously, that does suck. Maybe add in some extra upper-body and bench work since your recovery will probably be significantly better without the biggest muscles in your body being hit hard.

Just a thought.

Heal up man.


Taking a break sucks, I know. Your DL should be fine, the squat might suffer a bit but such is life. I had to take 3 weeks off of squats 6 weeks before a major competition due to a rib injury and I didn’t notice any negative effects so good luck with it, I hope it works for you.

You will come back stronger, and I’ve seen the squat vids you’ve done. Thats not easy.