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Thanks for the info, Bacon.
I've never used a reverse hyper both before and after lifting but I feel just using it before the lifts has had a positive effect on me so it might work.

Thing is though, I've had these back and knee problems for a while, so I don't think they're gonna go away fast. The patella tendonitis appeared summer 2014 and have troubled me to various degrees since. The low back issues came in three unexpected instances while lifting and after the last one the aches kept coming back every other session or so. I trained through the aches for a couple of months which probably wasnt that smart.

I'm still gonna squat, deadlift and bench a bit but the coming months I'm gonna lift lighter and for higher reps so I'll still get something out of it.
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Yeah things like back injuries are so individual... I'm in no way saying the reverse hyper is the cure-all for all lumbar related issues, but it was for at least a few people. Ultimately only you and a good sports doc will know what's best for you. Stay safe.
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It's not that squatting and deadlifting will necessarily aggravate the injury, it's just that the high frequency and intensity of these lifts in powerlifting makes it that much more likely.

At the end of the day there are plenty of other sports and exercise methods that will keep you fit, strong and healthy without such a heavy reliance on those 3 lifts, at that extreme intensity.

You don't need to be squatting 4x per week at very high volume or performing 1rm for any other sport, but if you carry on with powerlifting it's extremely likely that you'll be doing both.
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I forgot how good arm days can be, I haven't done them in years but since I had a shit year last year I've been trying slowly get my volume up. I've been training:
Shoulders/arms
Legs
Back/chest
Carries and light cardio
Repeat

Also the the first time I've had shoulders on a dedicated day in a long ass time.
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Got the results from the MRI a week ago.

My knees look normal. No damage to the meniscus or cartilage. I suppose I've had a stubborn inflammation. Its better now after a month of less training, but the aches are not completely gone (if they will ever fully disappear). I also have some tight spots in the side of the hip and IT-band that might be related.

As for my low back I have damage in the area between the lowest disc and the pelvis. Signs of slipped disc but not severe enough for surgery. I've been prescribed lower weights and rehab.

Atm I'm not really sure what I'm gonna do with my training. Once you've had damage to the discs it sort of "sits" there, as far as I know, and I don't want to risk long term health. At least I can't do powerlifting for a while (heavy deads and benching seems to provoke the aching). I'll continue with the strength training, but it'll be lighter and less for a while now.

I know these feels. Just got my 2nd MRI back today and it shows desiccation/protrusion in L4/5 and L5/S1 with definite contact with the L4 nerve roots or something like that.
I've been on hiatus since August when some weird pain cropped up for me in the left hip region. As time has progressed I've sometimes experienced more pain further down the leg (like outside the knee area and a little bit into the calf sometimes). Previously I didn't think this was sciatica as I don't really experience pain in my butt/upper hamstrings, but the more I think about it I do experience some achyness in the hamstring/glute area when sitting. Looking into it, usually L5 nerve is associated with sciatica and L4 nerve can be associated with front of the upper thigh (hip?) pain. So I'm hopeful I might actually have a direction to head in to get back to some physical activities.

My previous MRI was on my hip, looking for a labral tear - I think we headed in this direction mainly because back in September when I first went to my doc I wasn't experienceing any kind of sciatica and the main was more noticeable int he hip/low back region. The MRI was negative (as were x-rays for any abnormalities) so I got a marcaine injection into the hip which did nothing to improve my symptoms so I think we have effectively ruled out the hip as a source.
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It's not that squatting and deadlifting will necessarily aggravate the injury, it's just that the high frequency and intensity of these lifts in powerlifting makes it that much more likely.

At the end of the day there are plenty of other sports and exercise methods that will keep you fit, strong and healthy without such a heavy reliance on those 3 lifts, at that extreme intensity.

You don't need to be squatting 4x per week at very high volume or performing 1rm for any other sport, but if you carry on with powerlifting it's extremely likely that you'll be doing both.

 

I'm pretty sure that this is incorrect. Spinal loading definitely aggravates spinal issues. The question isn't if, but when. Yeah, obviously doing it more often and at higher intensity or with worse form will make it worse, but you're loading the discs. What else makes them tear?

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He does need stronger muscles now that the annulus is weak though, in order to protect it
Perhaps isometrics are the way to go?

But yeah continuing to deadlift and squat is just stupid though. Especially if you have proven susceptibility/poor mechanics
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I'm pretty sure that this is incorrect. Spinal loading definitely aggravates spinal issues. The question isn't if, but when. Yeah, obviously doing it more often and at higher intensity or with worse form will make it worse, but you're loading the discs. What else makes them tear?

Even standing up is spinal loading, though, right? Low volume and low intensity is less likely to aggravate it than high volume and high intensity. I mean I could be wrong but that seems reasonably intuitive?

I suppose there's a degenerative component to it. Not sure.
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Even standing up is spinal loading, though, right? Low volume and low intensity is less likely to aggravate it than high volume and high intensity. I mean I could be wrong but that seems reasonably intuitive?

I suppose there's a degenerative component to it. Not sure.

 

There is.

 

Also, loads while squatting and loads while standing are totally different. Sitting is 'harder' on discs most of the time anyway, though it depends on the location. Low volume and low intensity certainly reduce risk, but I'm pretty sure that those two movements are considered some of the more risky ones for back pathology.

 

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He does need stronger muscles now that the annulus is weak though, in order to protect it
Perhaps isometrics are the way to go?

But yeah continuing to deadlift and squat is just stupid though. Especially if you have proven susceptibility/poor mechanics
 
Yeah, a core that is stronger and has more endurance goes a long way. On that note I need to stop slacking on that stuff.
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Here's a video of me LARPing:

I'm the one wearing black. Some of my fights are up at:

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I fucking love squatting, I just wish I can do it as often as possible without getting treetrunks.

 

Been doing a set of core/lower ab exercises given to me by a physical therapist. After about two weeks, my lower back pain is noticeably better. Also never realized what tightening abs meant until recently, as in pulling belly button against my back. I watched some video that said to keep air in my abs and expand them while coming up from squat and I'm pretty sure that screwed me up. 

 

Also did a hiit routine for the first time, 6 min of biking, 1:30 at 90 rpm, 30secs at 110 rpm, then 3 minutes of rowing, 40 secs at sustainable pace, 20 secs sprint. 6/3/6/3/6/3, three sets, 27min. Felt pretty good afterwards. 

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He does need stronger muscles now that the annulus is weak though

 

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I just realized that I turn 27 in less than 2 months. I'm doing pretty well keeping on top of my exercise routine so far this semester even though it's way harder. We have a gigantic exam next week, but I think I'm going to start the membership I bought at the powerlifting gym after that.

I'm in half decent shape right now. Strength is okay, but the muscular endurance isn't. My year gets so much easier when I finish this crazy anatomy block in school. I'm hoping to get back in the shape I was a year ago, by May this year. Started seeing someone that works out like crazy so that should be good incentive too. I'm still sitting about 172 right now, so I don't think I lost THAT much muscle. Can still bench 70's for 10 but want to be able to do 80's by march.

 

Anyone have any advice for when I start going to the powerlifting gym? They have a lot of hammer strength equipment, so I was hoping to start using that because I can 'feel' it way more. Not sure if there's any negative to switching over to that. They also have a barbell (obviously), which the gym at school doesn't have.

 

I'll probably still end up going to the school gym every now and then and they have DB's there and I can get a quick session in late at night or right after class if I feel like it.

 

Also finally bit the bullet and got meds for ADHD... should probably have done this in college, but lets see what happens. Still trying to figure out dosages etc, but woah it's remarkable what a difference it makes.

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