This past few weeks I have finally switched gyms and I’m training with guys from the Golden Triangle Powerlifting Club at Popeyes Gym. One of the Masters guys, Steve, came in last week with an old metal deadlifter suit that he wanted me to try.
Well this was my first time trying a suit, I didn’t really know how to use it at all, I couldn’t even pull myself down tight enough to get in starting position and it was really uncomfortable. I was wearing it properly, Steve has been competing for something like 26 years.
The whole time my left adductor and medial hamstring head felt like it was being crushed, I am very dominant in these muscles on my lower body lifts, and it felt like halfway down the tendon or muscle or nerve or something was just being constricted too tight. The rest of the night it felt really weird when i locked out my knee and hip. I iced it and the next day it was fine.
But now it feels like a dull ache whenever i used it after not moving it for a while, and the ache goes from the knee down into the calf. This is not a sharp pain, its very dull and more like a “growing pain”.
I have stretched the leg fully, iced it, i rubbed traumeel on it and i have foam rolled every aspect of it.
the best way i can describe this pain is that it is right on the inside almost like the articular cartilage between the tibia and femur has been compressed too much or something.
I also rack pulled 550x1 and im wondering if it wasn’t the suit at all. I have been doing a lot of heavy knee loaded movements lately, like 450x3, 500x1 anderson squat and rack pulls ranging from 450-500 for triples and singles. my best squat rigth now is barely 400lbs and my deadlift somewhere in the high 400s