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Old 01-25-2007, 05:55 AM   #1
Jordan Dotson
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Alright cowboys & indians, somebody help me out here because the Search is coming up blank.

2 1/2 weeks ago I started Coach Rippetoe's SS program. 1st week, everything felt strange, fixing form problems & whatnot. 2nd week, everything clicked on the last workout of the week, & I felt better than I've felt in over a year. Actually told my girlfriend "I'm getting strong again baby!"
But after the first workout of this week, things felt a little off. Woke up next morning, the developing tightness in my groin turned into minor pain, my right hip joint felt...off...& I felt less flexible than I've felt since I blew my hamstring out last year. Still optimistic, I warmed up twice as extensively today, & quit after my first working set on squats (even went down 10 lbs to be sure!) because my hip was aching. Not bad, just some pain that I don't want worsening.

Also, the old popping & grinding in my shoulders is acting up something awful, & is only alleviated by a lot of stretching. Which leads me to believe it's something to do with the effects of heavy/5-set lifting on my body.

So, I don't want any medical advice, I just want to know what it is about strength training this way that causes this god-awful tightness, & why I never felt it in any muscles before, doing squats with bad form, or any other exercise for that matter?
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Old 01-25-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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You should consider joint mobility and/or taking some time of from heavy lifting (5-6 reps or less). Most injuries result from switching programs or not progressing the program properly (too much, too soon, too often).

Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson have a fantastic video and DVD out called "Magnificent Mobility" and i've used it so far with great results. After Olympic lifting a lot the past year, i noticed some shoulder, hip and back tightness/pain. But doing mobility drills before and after workouts as well as on off days, has really helped me recover and stay more injury free.

I believe T-nation sells the Magificent mobility DVD and book (www.t-nation.com). Make sure you are eating well and sleeping at least 8 hours if you can, as recovery is crucial.
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