Hi all, I went back to weight lifting after a 15 year break (I'm 39 now, 5' 10, 168 pounds), via a month of swimming a few times a week, then started very light weights 3 weeks ago.
15 years ago I used to be quite strong - 140kg squat for reps. I'm not anymore though haha! I've been active a lot with riding motorbikes & lots of walking my dogs in the last few years, so I'm currently endurance fit.
I'm using the mechanical advantage whole body split from T Nation. Workout below:
Today I was doing back squats with a bit more perceived effort but still taking it easy & my guts felt like they were half bursting through my abs when I strained a bit on the last rep of the last set.
What I imagine a hernia could feel like! I've none of the symptoms of a hernia though.
What would cause this, weak transverse abs & a weak core? What work can I do to stop this happening again?
I just added 5 minutes of TVA exercises each morning on my back, a week ago.
I'm lifting very light weights - 40kg including the bar on squats (!!) so given that I'm male & therefore have a pathetic, fragile ego, haha, ideally I wouldn't want to reduce weight & reps.
All advice really appreciated :))