i had one for a few years, eventually got it operated on last year. million percent recovery, back on the weights, no problem.
when i had the hernia, i did weight training with it, but then stopped after it got a bit bigger. what you need to realise is that your abdominal wall has a rip (in fact, two rips)… and with more weight, more pressure, it’s quite possibly gonna keep on ripping, little by little, you won’t even notice it. the hernias get bigger and bigger, the bit in between them gets smaller and small, and eventually you have to ask yourself what’s left to stop your guts from falling on the floor? overhead press etc is cool, but i’d be worried about the major weight bearing exercises, like squats and deadlifts.[/quote]
A couple of years back I developed a hernia in the exact same place as the OP. It got ten times worse when it was under pressure (e.g. standing up, and having eaten) and especially with exercises such as pullups/chinups (funny enough, deadlifts and squats were bad, but not as bad as pullups). There’s no way that I could have carried on, the bulge was huge (and so was my hernia hehe).
I had the operation, which anoyingly I had to wait 3 months for (I couldn’t stand the thought of being out the gym for 3 months). Then afterwards, I was signed off for 6 weeks for recovery. I still was out of the gym for months after that…not a good time.
Then again, if you had something like keyhole surgery, this would be a lot quicker (much less recovery)…compared to having a 6inch hole above your groin lol.
Note to those worried: The mesh actually doubles the protection, when the skin grows over it, it becomes a lot stronger than before. So re-occurrence is unlikely, unless it’s somewhere else.