Whats up guys!? So, I'm currently 3 weeks in on a max lmg, epi stack... Back pumps are crazy! My last cycle was epi and I had pumps but not like this. It hurts all day everyday. Sitting down hurts! Just my lower back and I can't even bare squats or deadlift. Is something wrong? Anyone else had them this bad? My last cycle it would hurt to squat and DL but would go away the next day or so... I drink a gal of water a day. Supps are:
Orange triad multis
And 3G taurine/ just upped it to 6g
Did you have pumps on non back or leg days?
Yeah. Taurine preworkout does help... I don't think it's from poor form because it hurts everyday although poor form would make it worse. Meh. I can deal with it either way as long as results keep coming! I'm stronger every workout dispute the pumps!
He needs to work on form and keeping a tight, arched back when squatting and DL. This used to be problematic for me as well but there are things that help alleviate it quite well.
- Proper form
- Training belt
- Avoid deep squats. Stay parallel. Wide stance toes out only.
- Have spotter press his/her knuckles or thumbs into ur lower back and press upwards as if trying to push the blood out of the pumped area. ( this is the most effective ). Do this immediately after each set of squats or deads for about 15 seconds each time.
- Lay on ur back to rest ur core. Try lifting legs up and rolling them forward to stretch lower back every few seconds while ur laying on floor.
Potassium. I did think of that but have just been trying to eat more no supplementation. The thing with form is I've always had good form and use a belt even with warm up sets.. So far I haven't gone over 275 for either squats or deadlift. That's the first thing I thought of too. Unless with the pumps I compromise my form to ease the pain... Hmm. I will have someone check my form tonight. I sleep on my back and when I wake up and stand I feel like I had an intense back workout the day before. It does feel like it's stretching when I pull my knees to my chest. I will also try to stretch it out more than normal...
I upped it through diet. 1lb of beef has 1.6grams in it. A 400g size potato has 1g.
Broccoli has 200 mg or so per 1 cup chopped.
Fish have a bunch.
Bananas have 500mg per large banana.
Spinach is potassium and iron dense.
Milk has like 300 mg per cup.
Bunch of other foods high in potassium. I highly suggest monitoring it
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Your best bet is continuing taurine every day at 5-6 g. Even if it subsides after a couple day continue thru end of cycle. Form does have anything to do with
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Ok. I will keep 3-6g taurine and eat more potassium. Water intake is between 1gal to 1.5 gal.. Should be good in that. Not doing cardio right now.... I will keep you guys posted!
alongside the suggestions, I would do some stretching / flexibility stuff too. That's helped me quite a bit
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Back pumps are debilitating at best every time I do deadlifts, but I roll on a PVC pipe between sets and it helps a bit.
if you boil / stew your meat
make sure you drink the broth
Unfortunately I'm deployed and cannot cook my own meals... I can choose between a few things and try to eat the most potassium enriched ones. Pumps are feeling a little better but I still wake up in the middle of the night with a dull pain and cannot get comfy again! So far less than 7 hrs of sleep a night. I'm going lighter on back days which I'm pissed about and upped taurine to 6 or more grams a day.
If you can get taurine you can make broth bro
Yeah man, just get some stock cubes, add in that low sodium salt (it's sodium + potassium) and you're good to go
Even better if it's made with bones or "real" broth from the kitchen
I have a cup of broth post training as I keto diet and piss out lots of electrolytes
See when you have low sodium, you will piss out all the magnesium and potassium. When you load sodium, the body spares them.
So if you boil your meet, the potassium will leak out into the broth and unless you actually drink it you're not getting any potassium in your diet. Grilled, not an issue. So soups are great, so are stews if they mix in some of the juices in the bowl too, I'm sure you'll figure it out