Bicep went south while squatting
Of all the stupid injuries I have collected over the years…
About a moth (month and a half?) ago, I get under the bar for the second work set. Close grip. Low-bar, get everything nice and tight, lift, and there goes my bicep. It felt like a ball of lactic acid hit the muscle. I finish my work sets by keeping things less tight but the pain stayed there. Over the next sessions I continue to squat by keeping things less tight, but took about week and a half off presses (including bench) to let things heal.
Fast forward to today; I get under the bar, everything nice and tight, lift, and there it goes again…
This time I sat down and began to poke around looking for the source of the pain. If I’m reading Wikipedia right, it is not the bicep itself (biceps branchii) but the Branchialis underneath. Poking with my fingers the pain comes from the muscle underneath the bicep, on the outside, on the part of the bicep closer to the elbow. Still on the meat, not tendon. If I poke it, a pain shoots across to the other side, which is what makes it feel like it is the bicep. The pain shooting to the other side is a phantom pain; I poke at it from the other side I can’t find any tender spot.
I have long forearms. I’m guessing that the answer is a wider grip to avoid this shit from happening again, but I wanted to post and get opinions to see if I can have my cake and eat it too (to keep a close grip for maximum tightness while not hurting my wimpy arm).
Not sure if this is the same thing, but sometimes I get a pain in my left bicep/should after squatting. I'm pretty sure it's because the bar is too low, and therefore sliding down my back with each rep, and pushing on my arms. It makes benching and pressing a struggle, but it mostly hurts on the descent: I can't tell if it physically affects my lift.
I had what seems to be the same problem. But after attending the Low Bar Squat Camp (NYC), it was brought to my attention that the bar was a tad too low. Josh Wells and Shelley Hancock did a great job, I highly recommend the camp.
Last edited by Cambero; 06-19-2012 at 10:41 PM.
Reason: Simple typo