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Old 06-02-2011, 12:05 AM   #1
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lower back pain when benching - left side

Doesn't hurt when I squat, deadlift, or OH press heavy. But when I bench with an arch (i'm a powerlifter), my left lower back hurts after I'm done with the set (aka I get up off the bench). Any ideas? Why is it just the left? And the pain almost runs down to the glutes, but its mainly the left lumbar area. Very annoying....

Tried flat benching (feet flat on floor) and dumbbell benching, no lower back issues. Only when arching w/ barbell bench....!
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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Re: lower back pain when benching - left side

I still have this issue now, but the pain is much less when I remember to breathe into my stomach and push out my abs when I bench. Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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Re: lower back pain when benching - left side

Are your left hip flexors tighter than your right?
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #4
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Re: lower back pain when benching - left side

No, I'd say they are about the same. HOWEVER, I have known for a long time (and try and work on it once or twice a week) that my left ankle mobility is a lot worse than my right....could this be causing the issue? If my butt is leaving the bench, then both sides of my lower back should hurt, not just the left. Unless due to bad ankle mobility on the left side, the left lower back is arched more or something....i dunno
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:36 PM   #5
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Re: lower back pain when benching - left side

www.mobilitywod.com WFS

Look up everything to do with calves and hammer it.
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