I have done barbell squats today for the first time ever and felt pain in the upper back/trap area where you are supposed to put the barbell. Is this acceptable for a total beginner to squats? Maybe over time the body will get used to it.
Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength is coming soon, so I will learn from that. I am just squatting now looking at a few videos. What is your take on this?
Last edited by espn2829; 12-05-2007 at 08:22 PM.
Yep, you'll get used to it. Sounds like you're doing it right, since it wasn't your neck.
aghh i kno i hate it... i dont wana b those guys who dont work out their legs but it hurts resting the bar there...
Make sure you are retracting your shoulder blades. It's important to keep your upper, as well as lower, back tight. It should help alleviate that discomfort a little bit.
your body will eventually get used to it. plus start building up your back and traps...makes it alot less painful.
If you must ... buy a pad that fits around the bar to cushion the weight.
People might say that only a wimp would do that ... but who cares. You are squatting for yourself not anybody else.
Last edited by leetuck; 12-06-2007 at 09:18 AM.
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my lifting buddy that i just took under my wing is a whiner lol, he always complains through squats and deads as all he ever did was upper body, he was a curl jockey for a couple years, i wonder if he'll ever stop complaining during squats lol!
I always tell him it never feels good on your back you just gotta get through it and you'll get used to it
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Thanks guys. I will continue to do squats. Its just that the pain seems to be in the upper back/spinal area - the area where the bar rests, or is supposedly supposed to rest LOL.
I remember when I did deadlifts for the first time, I felt them for like a week after doing them. Now, I do deadlifts a few times a week and their effect is significantly less. So maybe this will follow as well.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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