This is my PR deadlift of 455 lbs in late December 2016. It looks like a good lift, but it felt terrible. I should have dropped the weight when I felt my lower back round slightly, but I wanted that PR!
When I step over the bar and walk forward at the end of the video, it doesn’t show me telling our oldest daughter to turn off the video as I collapsed to my knees and leaned on a chair. I stayed that way for several minutes with my low back locked up. It was a pretty rough few weeks after that until my back settled down… and that’s with chiropractic care!
Last November, I tore my right subscapularis (the muscle on the front of the shoulder blade and also part of the rotator cuff) from overdoing heavy incline and shoulder presses. A torn subscapularis is typically an overuse injury found in the elderly. THE ELDERLY. Talk about a rude awakening that my body could no longer hang with the brutal lifting routines of my teens, 20s, and early 30s.
The point is, be careful when exercise. If you don’t know what you’re doing, make sure you learn. Develop the correct, healthy training habits your body truly needs instead of the incorrect, unhealthy habits your ego wants.
I’ve since healed from that torn muscle and developed a much healthier exercise routine that I now really enjoy. If you can find a routine that works for you and you really enjoy it, isn’t that the point?