Iíve been doing Rippetoeís Starting Strength for about 4 weeks and am at the most weight (150lbs) Iíve ever done on the squat. Iím 44, male, have always been thin at 6'1" and 165lbs, and in good shape. The past two times Iíve felt what I can only describe as something tearing/bursting inside my abdomen, below my waist and above my groin on my left side. Not very painful, but a mild burning sensation when it happens. No bump or pain after the workout, so it doesnít seem like an inguinal hernia. Any ideas on what this could be? My form wasnít the best when I felt this, and when I do use good form I donít have a problem. Any ideas on how to protect against this, besides using good form?
05-22-2011, 08:44 PM #1
Pain/tearing feeling in abdomen during heavy squats
05-22-2011, 08:59 PM #2
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Well I don't know exactly but I have felt this in almost the same place when I was doing deadlifts that were too heavy for me. The only thing I can think is that you are pulling/tearing a muscle in your lower abs. If you know you aren't using good form then I would strongly suggest you cut the weight back and don't raise it until you own the weight.
One of my biggest mistakes was trying to raise the weight too quickly. Take it slow and really nail the form at one weight before adding more and getting sloppy. The saying "Build strength don't demonstrate it" seems to apply here.
Take your time and be patient. Getting hurt trying to do more weight than what you are currently capable of doing will just slow down your progress. Also, for what it is worth I kept hurting myself using the Rippetoe method of driving with the hips first. I switched to driving up with my chin in the air and so far so good.
Try watching some of the Scott Abel videos on Youtube as I have gotten a lot of good info about bodybuilding from him.
05-23-2011, 01:55 AM #3
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No bulges or pain afterwards. The pain and the burning sensation went away quickly. Lasted 10-15 seconds maybe.
Went and saw the doc and he checked me out and said the same thing, no hernia. His thought was that I was just putting a lot of stress on muscle there during the squat.
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