Loss of circulation when squatting.

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  1. brum

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    I just started squatting two days ago because I am home for easter/spring break and there is a pretty nice gym I can go to here. I haven't squatted since freshman year in highschool and I want to start lifting and doing the 5x5 routine.

    The first day i tried squatting I lost circulation in my whole right arm after about the 4-5 rep of each set. The numbness eventually went away and I could do other things that day. Today, I did it with a sweatshirt on to see if it would help but at the 4-5 rep of each set I would start to lose circulation and my arm would tingle. I couldn't really doing anything the rest of my time at the gym such as dips and chins. That arm was so weak it would just fall when attempting anything.

    Is their a reason for my loss of circulation? The bar does not hurt me at all, my right arm just goes numb.
     
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    It's not a loss of circulation. It's a pinched nerve in your shoulder. Your shoulders aren't flexible enough for how close your hands are. Grab the bar wider.
     
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    Thanks, I'll try that next time!
     
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    Hey Brum. Would you mind starting another thread entitled "Attn: King Kabuki"? Just say that you made it for me in the body of the post. I have a question for him and these dubs keep me from starting threads.
     
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    well, I tried changing my grip up by making it wider today. It worked a bit better. My arm did'nt go numb till later and its not as bad, but its still very noticeable. I lose all strength in my right arm. I couldn't even do but 4 chins and 7 dips today. Any other ideas on what I could do to stop this nuisance?
     
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    Try front squats.
     
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    I was thinking about trying those next time. If this keeps happening.
     
  8. flak

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    Give Zercher squats a try. You'll probably need to back off on the weight initially, until you get used to the discomfort of having the bar rest in the crooks of your elbows.
     
  9. brum

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    I can't lift much anway, and it makes me feel like a pussy. I'm 5'6" 130lb and ive only been upto 155 x 5. :) does it take awhile to move up in weight or should I be going up each time?

    also thx flak, I'll give those a try as well.
     
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    Dude, thats why you're here- to get stronger. It's not a meeting place for powerlifters. It's guys getting stronger.

    Read the stickies, read the FAQ, they'll answer the questions you have and the ones you don't yet. Yes, it takes time to move up in weight, and hard work too.

    And deadlift!
     
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    Ive been going through the faqs and stckies some. I need to look through them all completely. Thx for the info. I need all of it that I can get :)
     
  12. flak

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    Always shoot for improvement of some type. Possibilities include more pounds on the bar, 1 more rep, 1 more set, a little more depth, more explosiveness, a little less recovery time, better form.

    Doesn't mean you'll always get it, but always try.
     

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