So heres the short version...
Bout 5 months ago I noticed some pain in my back...this pain got significantly worse gradually up until a month or so ago. I couldnt even bend down to tie my shoes and definitely could not squat. I even spent a couple hundred dollars on physical therapy which did nothing...so I stopped going to that. What did I do? Well I did this stretch amongst others for the last 2-3 months:
I figured out that my back pain was caused by tight glutes which in turn caused tight hamstring which in turn were pulling on my lower back.
I started back easy doing starting strength at about 205 pounds 2 months ago. I got up to around 260 or so at the end of the month..feeling pretty good. Then this last month I decided to jump to the bill starr 5x5 because starting strength was too much volume at this much weight...
Today I did 280 3 times and it felt like NOTHING. And I am even getting back into deadlifts too..did 315 5 times last wednesday. There is some mild discomfort in my back but definitely not like it was. It is more of a numb feeling than any kind of pain and it is localized to one area. The doctor was sure it was a herniated disc but I didnt feel like spending 800 on an MRI (I havent met my yearly deductible yet).
Man I am so psyched right now...I cant wait to be doing 315 for reps.
One thing though, my bench wont budge...I just cannot get past 240ish for 5 reps....I think after i hit 315 5 times on squat, I will do 30 pounds in 30 days then switch back to 5x5.