I’ve had to come out of the lurking shadows and look for help; I’ve been a bit silly…
You’ve probably guessed it from the title - I was a twat and neglected training legs directly for the year and a halfish that I’ve been training. Other than a token gesture once a month or so my poor quads haven’t seen much action, and needless to say I’ve seen 7 year old girls with bigger legs than me. My one legged nan could probably squat more than me.
Anyway, I’ve seen the error of my ways - queue big time leg session. But I’ve hit an issue.
As I’ve started to add weight to the bar (in any squat variation) I’ve felt an ever increasing pain in my groin area - more precisely at the very top of my quad, where it meets my hip.
A bit of search bar action leads me to believe I have a very tight hip flexor (as opposed to an adductor issue i think - I’m not a physician by any stretch of the imagination so I could be well off the mark here).
I asked a physio friend of mine about the issue and he recommended various stretches - but they’re bloody painful and I can only assume that will just aggravate the problem in the short term.
One of the bigger guys at the gym suggested using the “girly” adductor machine after every leg session to bring the lagging muscles to comparative strength.
One of the PTs suggested just manning up and working through the pain and the weaker muscles will strengthen gradually.
Logic tells me to keep any movement of the area to a minimum for a week or so until the pain goes before I dive back in. But what would people suggest after that?
Lots of static stretching prior to squatting and then play it safe with lots of warm up sets?
Take my foot off the pedal leg training wise and focus on getting the flexibility needed?
Or just going for it and the weaker areas will eventually catch up?
Thanks for your time guys.