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  • Lumbar Compression Under Load

    First off, I want to say thank you all in BBM for your (free) advice and taking the time to answer our questions.

    I am a 46yr old, chubby man (5'11", 258, 46" waist), 3.5 months into NLP (currently: 320 squat, 370 deadlift, 210 bench, 149 press). I have a history of three bulging discs at my L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1 with off and on bouts of pain, including bilateral LE radiculopathy 1-2x/year for about 10+ years now. Since I've begun NLP I've been asymptomatic and back feels "looser" than ever. My question is: ever since I hit the 300's in my squat I (obviously) feel more compression than ever, and have a fear in the back of my mind that as I get stronger and load heavier weights on my shoulders I'll either aggravate, or further damage my bulging discs. Is this something I should worry about? Or am I being paranoid?

  • #2
    I wouldn't worry about it. Getting stronger is going to make your back stronger.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply!


      • #4
        1) Statistically, 2 of your 3 disk herniations has reabsorbed anyway:

        2) Worrying about your currently asymptomatic back because you have a history of bulging disks isn't a helpful approach:

        Instead, keep getting stronger and fortify yourself (and your mind).
        IG / YT


        • #5
          Thank you for the extra info and links you posted. Will definitely keep on getting strong as it feels great!