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    Deadlifts destroyed my knees

    I am pretty disappointed right about now . I have atrial fibrillation and normally can only do about 8-135 before I have to rest .
    I keep a chair close by so I can collapse in it as my oxygen saturation goes south .

    Well a week ago for some reason , maybe because I’ve been working out more consistently, I did 15-135 and just racked the weight and walked around my gym , instead of normally being out of breath sitting in my chair .
    I was super happy , as this hasn’t happened before .

    But then my knees were killing me the next day . To make matters worse it’s been 11 days since I did those deadlifts ,and I couldn’t do deadlifts with the bar right now because of pain in my knees .
    To make things even stranger , I’ve never had knee pain issues during or after deadlifts , only from squats .
    I also used wraps . My form was good as far as I thought . Feet apart a little more then shoulder width , toes out a bit like pigeon toed .
    I guess after I get better , I’ll have to keep the reps lower . Sad to think people here are repping 405 and I’m having issues at 135 .
    Maybe when I get better I’ll have to eliminate deadlifts and just try squats.
    How I hate these setbacks. Just an FYI, I do deadlifts once a week so there’s plenty of time to heal .
    Anyone have a similar experience with knee pain from light deadlifts but high reps?
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    That is somewhat odd to have knee pain from deadlifts as unlike squats, you’re not bringing up weight from a deep knee bend. Do you feel a lot of pressure in your knees when you deadlift? Perhaps adding weight and lowering volume as a test, 15 reps is a lot to do in one set.

    I’m curious about your afib, do you know the underlying cause? I’m sure they have you on blood thinners as a precaution for blood clots. Do you get them if you do cardio as well as weight training? I have some experience with this condition myself.
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    Unless you are trying to squat the bar up, I can't see how it would hurt your knees. Done properly, the hamstrings, a bi articulate knee and hip extensor, do a tremendous job stabilizing the knees.
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    Have you gone to the doctor yet, that suddenly happening while have any other medical issues is rather concerning.
    I tripped and fell a week ago tonight and because my weight how I landed (left knee into uncusioned carpet over concrete, then slammed down onto my right arm with my torso) just to make sure I wasn't just broken since we have a high tolerance for pain in my family as well as a streak of stubborness.

    Please consider doing the same, even if it's just turns out to be a minor issue.
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    atrial fibrillation and normally can only do about 8-135 before I have to rest .

    Is your GP/heart specialist aware of what you are trying to do here? What are his recommendations for getting exercise? I doubt their recommendations include anything heavy in the weight-room.
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    Woah... MT. Sorry to hear about your illness. My MiL suffers and ablation not helped her much (although most people seem to respond well to it) but anticoagulant seem to keep her running.

    Whatever the appropriate treatment for your case, hope you get it managed better very soon. Can't share her deadlift tips with you though (just between you and me... does she even lift bro?)
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    Originally Posted by Gneejack View Post
    That is somewhat odd to have knee pain from deadlifts as unlike squats, you’re not bringing up weight from a deep knee bend. Do you feel a lot of pressure in your knees when you deadlift? Perhaps adding weight and lowering volume as a test, 15 reps is a lot to do in one set.

    I’m curious about your afib, do you know the underlying cause? I’m sure they have you on blood thinners as a precaution for blood clots. Do you get them if you do cardio as well as weight training? I have some experience with this condition myself.
    The heart specialist doesn’t want to try cutting nerves between chambers in the heart to correct it ,so I take a lot of pills to try and slow my heart rate, and thinners etc .

    As for my knees , I’m thinking I must have been bending my knees too far forward during the downstroke maybe .


    As for high reps, there not always good either . I get bad pain in my rotators by doing 185-12 on bench, and very little problems if I do 225-5 .
    But my arms tendons take more of a beating at low reps and heavy weight . I mix bench up with dumbbells every second week though.
    Maybe I’ll try dumbbells for deadlifting once in a while . That’s if my knees ever recover
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    The heart specialist doesn’t want to try cutting nerves between chambers in the heart to correct it ,so I take a lot of pills to try and slow my heart rate, and thinners etc .

    As for my knees , I’m thinking I must have been bending my knees too far forward during the downstroke maybe .


    As for high reps, there not always good either . I get bad pain in my rotators by doing 185-12 on bench, and very little problems if I do 225-5 .
    But my arms tendons take more of a beating at low reps and heavy weight . I mix bench up with dumbbells every second week though.
    Maybe I’ll try dumbbells for deadlifting once in a while . That’s if my knees ever recover
    Have you thought of stiff-legged or Romanian deadlifts? Those work the back and the hamstrings with less knee bending
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    Try working on 1 legged squats.
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    Have you thought of stiff-legged or Romanian deadlifts? Those work the back and the hamstrings with less knee bending
    I agree, in general the RDL might be a better choice unless someone is working solely on strength or training for power lifting.
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    Have you thought of stiff-legged or Romanian deadlifts? Those work the back and the hamstrings with less knee bending
    I’m going to watch videos again to figure this out . I kind of thought I was doing romanian deadlifts, but apparently not
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    I'm liking how those Romanian Dead Lifts sound now too!
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    Originally Posted by Cantplankwell View Post
    Is your GP/heart specialist aware of what you are trying to do here? What are his recommendations for getting exercise? I doubt their recommendations include anything heavy in the weight-room.
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    This. Definitely talk to your cardiologist about exercising recommendations. I no longer have Afib, but when I did, I was told to avoid any activity that triggered or exacerbated it. And don't be afraid to ask for second opinions or referrals to see a specialist, when it comes to your heart, you want to be proactive in your treatment options.
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    I have atrial fibrillation and -
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