I was looking for Eric Cressey’s locker room to post this there, but didn’t know which thread to pick, so I’ll make this here in hopes that he might see it and chime in. If not, I’ll take whatever advice I can get from anyone else.
So I’m now fat and injured. I got lazy and fat from canceling my gym membership, and my training with CT to save up money for my big move from NY to NM. I was planning on trying the V-Diet while not lifting just to keep fat off, but then decided it might be easier to over-eat and lose fat later in hopes of saving more muscle. Either way, bad ideas.
So after about 2 months of not training, and eating like shit, I load up my Uhaul with everything from my storage and my house. I drive for 3 days, about 10-12 hours per day, and durring my last day of driving, I get a pain in my middle/lower back, on the right side.
It was like someone pulled the muscle to the right of my spine, and stretched it until it tore…at least that’s what it felt like.
My first night in the new house, it’s late so we decide to keep the stuff in the truck, and sleep on the floor. Just laying on the floor, with my knees up was fine, until I tried to lift my butt up to turn on my side. I could barely roll over because the pain was too bad in my lower back.
It seemed to get better with 2 days of rest, and I was able to lay on my back and lift my butt up at will with no pain.
So thinking everything was fine, I put together my new power rack, and decide to lift.
I get under the bar to bench with only 135lbs, and warm up a little. I feel a little tension in my back, but nothing painful…UNTIL I decide to try pull-ups.
As soon as I started to pull my self up, I get an excruciating pain in the right side of my lower/middle back. It felt like someone took a burning knife to my back.
So I stopped and waited for today to try just benching and maybe 1 arm rows if I could take it.
I was able to do 1 arm db rows without a problem, but then I got under only 205lbs on the bench, and could only lower it before I got that pain in my back again. I had to set it on the safety pins and crawl out from under it.
I have built my bench up to 365 with CT’s help, only about 2 - 2.5 months ago, and now I can’t touch 205 because of my back.
I didn’t even try deadlifts or squats yet for fear of injuring myself even more, although lifting 2 80lb dumbbells to get ready for rows seemed fine.
Any ideas on how to train to recover, without being able to press, or do any vertical pulling movements?
I have an adjustable bench, 390lbs of weights, a power rach, and a Walmart ez curl bar, and dumbbells with about 200lbs of weights for them.
I also have many different sizes of bands from elitefts. And 2, 6" foam rollers (3 feet long) that I’ve never used.
THIS SUCKS! I finaly get motivated to lift again, and this shit happens, ALL JUST FROM DRIVING A FREAKING UHAUL TRUCK!
Any help appreciated.