I don't post very much, but I've been training for a few years. Recently had a lower back injury which came as a bit of a surprise, as I was feeling pretty bullet-proof with regards to deadlifts, squats, etc. and doing pretty well with regard to dieting and just progress in general. In the past, I was only set back maybe a few days and I was usually able to train around the injury. This time, it has been a month and there is still a hint of the injury. I cannot Romanian deadlift (anything putting my back into the Good Morning position), and squats are proving to be especially difficult.. leg press is hit or miss.
This came as a bit of a surprise only because I was using 335 for 4x12 on Romanians, whereas I have deadlifted 500lb beltless recently. I believe that I was just having an off day, but so concerned with the PRs I had been setting, that I had pushed myself too far when I should have backed off that day. It was a minor tweak at the time, but now I am concerned as sitting can be uncomfortable, as well as extending my legs while seated and certain stretches that put the hamstrings in use.
If you need more details, feel free to let me know, but I would like to figure out how to get this worked out ASAP to get back to lifting correctly. I have subbed out deads for another hamstring curl, and I am going to sub out leg press for extensions and squats for maybe something else (need to find another exercise). I had been using these this past month, but I feel that I may be re-aggravating the injury slightly and not allowing it to fully heal.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as, due to shitty upper body development, squatting and deadlifting was one of the few things that brought me joy in the gym with OK lifts for somebody 170lbs bodyweight.
Thanks, love the community!