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Strange pain on left glute/spinal erector during deadlift or squat start and lockout

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    Four months ago, I had umbilical hernia surgery without the use of mesh. I followed all medical instructions and resumed light physical activity, including walking and rucking, after one month. After two months, I began using BBM's hypertrophy template, which I followed for over 12 weeks. During this period, I refrained from using a weightlifting belt, as I experienced increased internal pressure and discomfort while using one.

    Now I'm back using a belt without any problems.

    Recently, I started using the Powerlifting II template, but I have been experiencing a sharp and distracting pain during the squat, specifically during the hip hinge (start) and the lockout (lowering the bar on the j hooks and completely raising my body to the upright position), even when lifting 50% of my one-rep max.

    If I try to push through the pain, I only feel it during the first rep and after finishing the set, when I am lowering the bar onto the J hooks. When I release the bar and raise my body to an upright position, I feel a sharp pain in my left erector, primarily originating from the iliac crest.

    Similarly, I feel the same pain during conventional deadlifts when locking out, mostly in my left glute and spinal erector. Once again, when I raise my body after the final rep (after I release the loaded bar onto the floor).

    Upon further reflection, I believe that I may be relying too heavily on my glutes to lock out during both the deadlift and SSB squat and somehow getting out of an optimal position to lift or something like that.

    Can you help me with this issue ?

    Thanks in advance,


  • #2
    Hi there,

    We have some resources that would be applicable to dealing with this situation:

    So you’ve been training, but have started experiencing pain. This is an extremely common experience that we get asked about on a daily basis. Essentially, the question is “Doc, what do I do?” Before we begin, we should point out that this will not be a philosophical magnum opus on pain and the human condition.

    Barbell Medicine Seminars: video is an excerpt from the 3-hour long Pain Science lecture from th...

    If you are unable to make progress through the strategies described in these resources, I would recommend setting up a consult with our rehab team; they would be happy to help.
    IG / YT