Started Starting Strength, but I think I've done some damage with my squats. Halp!
So at the end of last month I started Starting Strength. Actually, that's a lie - I started Stronglifts 5x5 but I'm getting all my information about how to actually do the exercises
from Rippetoe's excellent book.
I'm an absolute sub-novice, never lifted a barbell in my life, and am fat and weak and pretty out of shape, and I'm doing it at home so I haven't had any pros or trainers giving me tips on form or technique. In my defence I have been reading loads on the five exercises, and I've watched the Rippetoe DVD and everything I've been able to find I YouTube.
I started with the 20kg Olympic bar and progressed as instructed (adding 2.5kg per workout). Everything else is progressing fine - I've stalled on the overhead press a couple times but eventually power through it - and am really enjoying the working out, I already feel stronger and have lost about 10kg. But I've obviously done something bad with my squat and was hoping some experienced Mefites could provide me with guidance.
(Before I go on, I AM going to see a doctor about this if I can't get it under control, and I have stopped squatting until I do, which is a bit shit as I was only up to 50kg but whatevs.)
I *THINK* I have done some damage to my hip flexors in my left leg. I say this because I was doing fine with the squats until I hit 47.5kg, and I guess about halfway through my sets, having lowered myself to the floor, I felt a pain begin to develop in high in my left inner thigh.
From the first picture on this Wikipedia page
, it FEELS as though it is around the area of the adductor brevis, basically because that's the highest-up thing, but it also radiates around the front of my thigh (basically the crease between my fat gut and blubbery thigh) and sometimes bounces down the left side of my leg.
The pain comes and goes. I'm taking a couple of Advil now and then and it's generally okay when I'm sitting or walking around, but if I'm standing more or less static the pain flares up. I find myself imagining that the head of my femur has popped out of its socket. It sucks.
Also I don't KNOW that it's my hip flexor or adductor brevis, it's just that from doing mad amounts of Googling and checking the StartingStrength forums and bunch of other lifting forums, it SEEMS that it's a RELATIVELY commonish problem and from what other people describe, it more or less fits the bill.
I've been sitting most of my life and probably my form is rubbish so this has likely contributed, though I'm doing my best to follow Rip's expert advice to the letter. I know I need to get my form checked and double-checked though, and intend to do so once I can find an appropriate gym or trainer for a couple of one-offs.
But, uh, anyway, where am I? Oh yeah. Lifters of Mefi: what does this sound like it could potentially possibly be, and what do I need to do about it so I can get myself back under that bar and get squatting again?