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Leg Press - Rib Pain

I started doing leg presses about 3 weeks ago to help my squats. Tonight I felt a sharp pain in my lower ribcage on my first work set. I dropped the poundage to make sure I could continue and then completed my last 2 work sets.

I take the sled real low with my thighs tight against my chest normally so on the final two sets I tried to avoid that. Hopefully its some muscle strain between the ribs (intercostals?) rather than a cracked rib. Anyone experience something like this?

no, ur just a pussy

You probably round your back when you have your quads on your chest. I woudln’t go so low if I were you.

Also, I would put the feet out wider.

Probably you strained your lower ribs somewhat.

[quote]Wreckless wrote:
You probably round your back when you have your quads on your chest. I woudln’t go so low if I were you.

Also, I would put the feet out wider.

Probably you strained your lower ribs somewhat.[/quote]

I do round my back somewhat to get that low. I want to avoid being compared to Pat Robertson! Is this dangerous for my lower back?

I will definitely be moving my feet wider to avoid the quads against the chest. I added leg presses to get more of a quad workout to supplement my medium-wide squat stance which (I think) replaces some quad work with hips and hams. Should still be able to be working quads hard even with feet wider.

Thanks.

Yes stopo at or just before the point your back rounds.

If you dont want to be compared to Pat Roberts best way round that is put a bar on your back and squat.

[quote]Phill wrote:
Yes stopo at or just before the point your back rounds.

If you dont want to be compared to Pat Roberts best way round that is put a bar on your back and squat.

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To avoid any comparison to Pat “knee twitch leg press” Robertson let me make it perfectly clear that I’ve been squatting for over 25 years and just started leg presses!