Bruised my rib when using a belt Bruised my rib when using a belt

starting strength gym
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Bruised my rib when using a belt

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    12

    Default Bruised my rib when using a belt

    • wichita falls texas march seminar date
    • woodmere new york april seminar date
    Hi Mark,

    I's pretty new to weightlifting in general and to SS in particular. I began your program around 2 weeks ago and currently squat 250. I started using a belt (best belt - 3") 4 workouts ago. Last night during my third set of squats in the downward phase i felt a sharp pain the vicinity of my lower left rib. I finished the set and even did my deadlifts (1 set of 280) but the pain was sharp so i needed to take my time between reps. Could it be that i did something wrong with my belt (position, tightness) or that i didn'
    t brace good enough that led to this? Also, should i continue the workouts as usual?

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    40,684

    Default

    You might have had the belt too high in front, at the wrong angle. Unless you plan to stop training, you'd better learn to place the belt correctly, at the correct tightness, and continue to train.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Posts
    255

    Default

    Man, I did that once, belt too high.

    Luckily it was only agonizing for like, three weeks, and only when I moved, or stayed still.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    1

    Default

    I just did this as well a week and a half ago. I've only managed to workout once since then as the rib hurt very bad.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    12

    Default

    Is there an article or a video about the right way to put on a belt?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    40,684

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    11

    Default

    My ribs are very close to the iliac crest, and that makes using a belt correctly difficult for me, especially when I am leaner (a 3" belt certainly helps).

    After I hurt myself the same way you did, I started doing the following: at the start of each set I put on the belt as described in the article, and, before I unrack, I do an air squat, as described in the blue book. This way I can check the position of the belt without hurting myself, and, if necessary, correct it. It is mildly annoying, and I don't know if Rip would approve, but so far it has worked well for me. I hope this helps!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    214

    Default

    Unless you dislocated your rib (doubtful) thereís not much anyone can do to fix it but you should be good in a month or so. Iíve done this before in the exact same way. Definitely continue to train however you can (lighten the load a bit). You might find that you can squat without a belt easier - the belt putting pressure on it might feel like hell (I know that a few days after I hurt mine I could squat ~75% of my previous weight without a belt). Deadlifting will probably be ok without a belt, benching is easy, pressing is likely a no go (based on my n=1 sample size).

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2019
    Posts
    12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Smale View Post
    Unless you dislocated your rib (doubtful) there’s not much anyone can do to fix it but you should be good in a month or so. I’ve done this before in the exact same way. Definitely continue to train however you can (lighten the load a bit). You might find that you can squat without a belt easier - the belt putting pressure on it might feel like hell (I know that a few days after I hurt mine I could squat ~75% of my previous weight without a belt). Deadlifting will probably be ok without a belt, benching is easy, pressing is likely a no go (based on my n=1 sample size).
    Thanks, interestingly the pain started getting better at first, but since yesterday has gotten much worse

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    40,684

    Default

    starting strength coach development program
    Better get it checked.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •