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  • Problems after my first meet.

    Hi!
    I'm a 16 y/o who's been training powerlifting for almost a year, and now I think that I'm prepared to compete. I'm 4 weeks out of my first meet ever. Everything was going well, however, last week during a heavy sets of deadlifts, the area between the left glute and the ham (don't really know if it's the muscle or a nerve) started to bother me. I think that this happened because I didn't put any safety pins and one of the discs moved away from the barbell. I couldn't really squat nor deadlift after that (at least not correctly). My lifts were, at the time:

    S:145kg(320lbs), D:140kg(308lbs), BP:95kg(210lbs)

    I didn't freak out. The same day I performed air squats. 4 days after (yesterday), I squatted 120kg (265lbs) for 1 rep with a wider stance and with no pain whatsoever. It felt amazing, but It didnt last long. I was going to squat 110kg for 5 reps, but at the 3rd rep, the "pain" came back.

    Today, I squatted (high bar, because it hurts the least) 60kg 5x5. I think that this is progress.

    So the actual problem is: i cannot squat heavy until the pain goes away. But I'm 4 weeks out of my first meet. Will my strenght decrease a lot these weeks If I keep on training like this? (I'll try to add 10-20kg each week)
    My bench is ok and still getting better, but I can't improve my deadlift/squat.


    (Sorry if my english is a little bit clumsy, my native language is spanish.)

    Thank you beforehand and thanks for sharing all this info with us. We need something like barbell medicine here in Spain! haha

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    Your strength may decrease, though we don't know by how much.

    Remember that you're 16 years old and that this is your first meet. If things get better and you're able to compete, that's great. If not, keep working at getting it fixed and remember that you have a long potential competitive career ahead of you.
    IG / YT

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      Originally posted by Austin Baraki View Post
      Your strength may decrease, though we don't know by how much.

      Remember that you're 16 years old and that this is your first meet. If things get better and you're able to compete, that's great. If not, keep working at getting it fixed and remember that you have a long potential competitive career ahead of you.
      I'm working on it and because of your tips, the pain is going away very quickly. Every person at my age (and even older) tells me that I shouldn't train because of my "pain", but I know that not training is not the solution. I hope that, in the future, I will be able to squat as much as you, haha . Thanks Austin!

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