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New Member, Funny/Sad Story to Tell


#1

So, just joined and thought i would say hello. Something interesting happend to me earlier this week, in my still short training career. I have been following a bill starr strength factor routine and lucky me, monday was deadlift day. So, I get set and am ready to make my top set, this time 345x5 (horrible by most standards here I know, but a personal best none the less). Now, I am wearing a belt provided by my university gym and it has certainly seen at least a few years of action, but I still figure its better than nothing. WRONG.

I get set for my first rep and break the bar maybe 6 inches off the floor and the belt rips. Full on rips apart, no buckle issues, the leather itself ripped in half. Now, while a comical little experience that was, it also jarred my back quite badly. I ended up going to the campus medical center a few hours later due to shooting pain in my lower back and glutes. So now I am in a cyclobenzaprine and tylenol fog for the next week and half to two weeks. Really bummed me out actually, I thought I was finally making decent headway, and now I am off for 2 weeks bare minimum.

Anyway, really appreciate the forum here guys, read many topics before I joined and think its a great source of knowledge, glad to be part of it now.


#2

would of been funny if someone was filming and as soon as the belt ripped, you let out a technoviking roar as you collapsed to the ground with your back spasming

get well soon brah


#3

lawsuit


#4

stop using a belt to deadlift. especially with that weight


#5

Well played sir.

Had the same thing happen to me on squats. After that I bought my own belt.

Get well soon bud.


#6

Inzer belt: 10 or 13 mm. You will pay a bit for quality but you will never need another belt for the rest of your life; unless, of course, you turn into a fat fuck and outgrow your belt size.


#7

Or start out as a fat fuck and then get tired of punching hole after hole in your enormous old belt...


#8

Yeah, already on it guys. Already feeling much better, and I have an inzer belt on the way, nothing fancy, their cheap model, but yeah I learned my lesson on this one.


#9

okay guys, update on the situation today. For the first time since the injury, I attempted a workout yesterday. I just worked up to some fairly easy deadlifts, top set of 275x5. Still not feeling well at all. I had troulbe the rest of the day and today with back pain similar to what I experienced when the injurty occured, albeit less severe.

On some of the earlier sets, when I would push into the floor with my heels I would feel some slight pressure and a sensation, not pain, but a sensation right above my tailbone. So, still not sure what the issue is, but obviously, I need more time to heal, and it might help if I lost some weight in the process. I have currently sitting at a fairly chubby 225 at 5'6" tall, so I wonder if part of the issue is the extra weight I am carrying exacerbating the issue.


#10

Try to find a good chiropractor. A good one can not only put things back where they belong but advise you on muscle imbalances and flexiblitiy issues which could be a contributing factor to your back not healing quickly.


#11

Learn to use your natural belt instead of relying on an artificial one.


#12

So at this point, considering the pain and the general shittiness, would he be better of laying low and dropping deads altogether for a while, or strip back down way low in weight to at least keep the rear chain working while not taxing it?


#13

I'd let it heal. I had the same thing happen to me a few years back. I tried pushing it, and ended up exacerbating it.


#14

What could be suggested workload for him while it heals? Or is it just that? A time for healing only? Sorry if it seems I'm annoying, I'm actually pretty interested in recovery.


#15

let it heal.

he is a new guy without an upcoming show or meet to worry about.

not worth the risk


#16

Well right now, since I need to drop a fair bit of weight anyway and need to let this heal, I thought I could maybe focus on a lot more conditionining and bodyweight work: hill sprints, car pushes, pushups, dips, pull ups, etc.

Honestly, since I am not especially strong now anyway and would much rather start over injury free and rebuild my base, I don't especially care if I lose strength right now. I am not thrilled about that prospect, but I figure in the long haul, being lighter and injury free is more important than risking injury by attempting to continue working around the injury. Thoughts?


#17

Get yourself healthy. Deadlifts arent that important imo. Others here will argue otherwise.

Work on exercises you can do pain free.

Since your a newbie its not gonna hurt to quit deadlifing for months.

How is your diet btw?


#18

Back for another update. So, I have been on christmas break for the past few weeks, and this week, I got a little bored and started messing around with some olympic lifting stuff. Oddly enough, i can do cleans pain free. I got a 240 lb clean on wednesday, felt fine afterward. And just about 20 minutes ago, I put 305 on a bar and deadlifted it for a light triple....still feeling fine. I don't know what I did differently, but I am actually feeling alright. I am not knocking it, since I am feeling better, but I think its odd that 275 for 5 made me feel terrible, but what I did this week was fine.


#19

Increase your deadlift weight by 5 lbs every week. Every 6 weeks, take a 2 week break from deadlifts.
Problem fixed. Ok, brah?
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