This week was the first time I wasn’t able to complete a lift session because of pain. On the 5th rep on my second working set of deadlifts (235# 1 x 5), I felt a shooting pain travel down the left side of my lower back.
Because it hurt a lot more than an ordinary back spasm, I thought I had torn a muscle. As it turned out, I hadn’t, but the experience reminded me that I had to pay special attention to how I lifted going forward.
I had suffered three episodes of bad back spasms in the last two months, and now I had the worst one during a lift. Something wasn’t right.
It was time to reevaluate my lifting program. [Read more…]