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    Problem with squats

    Ive had SI joint problems for a while now but after seeing a PT I finally managed to get the problem fixed however as soon as i start squatting heavy weights my SI joint seems to flare up and the next day its very painful. I do starting strength and the last month are so Ive been squatting very light weights to ensure my form is spot on, but over the last couple of weeks Ive started adding some good weight to the bar and my problem seems to be coming back. So Im in a bit of a dilemma as to what to do, I know the importance of squats but I really dont want to damge my SI joint badly again and end up back where I started and not being able to train at all. Anyone got any suggestions as to what I can try and do to solve this problem?

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    Yeah Ive seen one, we'll actualy seen two and they suggested I see a physiotherapist. I was given some exercises to do to help strengthen the muscles around the joint to help stabilize it and felt like I was getting some where and then over the last week when ive started quatting heavy again the problem has came back. Maybe I just need to be more patient with it and lay off squats for a bit I dont know, but do starting strength without squats just seems like Im missing a big part of the program.
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    you will still gain size, i mean its not like squats magically make muscles grow that no other exercise can.. it may just take longer.. but at least you wont hurt yourself more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girn26 View Post
    its not like squats magically make muscles grow that no other exercise can..
    I disagree
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    Your body is talking to you.

    Best lay off for now. It is irritating, to be sure. I had begun to make progress in some strength, and then I got a groin strain and a masculine plumbing infection that wouldn't stop, mighty painful. I had to lay off for over two months, except for upper body work, which I first just forged ahead and did squats, but the pain got to be too much, and so I was not able to even do much work, but just hobble around. I felt like a bull that is penned up.

    But if you rest as much as you need it, and then start again, you will probably be all right. That or you should see another specialist, whether physiotherapist or a good sports minded orthopedist.

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    Yeah think I'll leave off them for this week to allow my back to heal.
    But when starting again Im thinking of changing the bar position as I normally squat low bar position but am going to give high bar position a go as I read that this placement puts less empahsis on the lower back, is this right?
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    There are a lot of people who would be better able to answer you than me. Just be sure to keep your back straight, and don't 'good morning' the weight, given where you are at, a good morning would be better to be light. It seems like if your back is hurting that it would be better to pick up with lighter weight in good form like you were doing. This hip belt sounds like a good idea that I am thinking about getting. That should give you strong leg work, if you were able to use one of them, but not bother the back. That McCallum, in the "Keys to Progress" liked them, and this belt was developed for people who 'have glass backs'. My back has a natural imbalance, one girlfriend I had told me 'You're sitting cockeyed(on the motorcycle).' It catches up to you. If you can try out one of these hip belts it likely could give you strong leg exercise. Or may be try out one of the trap bars, which keeps you more upright. You have to watch your form with a trap bar, too, keep that back straight, and keep with those exercises that they gave you. With a trap bar and Olympic plates, you don't go down so far, more like a half squat, but that may be a good thing for you until your back gets healed.

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    Take it easy bro. Whats more important to you squating heavy or being functional?? I personally wouldn't risk any type of permanent or debilitating injury just have a high weight squat. Talk to your doc first and work with a safe weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NordicMan View Post
    With a trap bar and Olympic plates, you don't go down so far, more like a half squat, but that may be a good thing for you until your back gets healed.
    Some people get more of a deadlift move from the Trap Bar. Others get more of a squat move. I depends on how upright you stay during the lift.
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