Rolling with a newish blue belt today and the dude proceeded to repeatedly try and choke me with his belt from mount and side. I decided not to let him get a tap like this and just went into survival mode, but it left me wondering if belt chokes are generally considered ok or not outside of competition?
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Hey, been bouldering 15+ years, but recently (since 3 yrs ago) my lower back locks up whenever I lift a foot much higher than my knee.
I can hang out in a lizard type yoga pose quite comfortably, but there’s something specific about climbing movement/tension that really messes with my lower back.
My core is fine - I can hold a plank quite happily if it wasn’t so boring, and can even do a decent front lever sometimes when the planets and stars align.
I tried doing weighted squats to strengthen the lower back but my lower back/SI just locks up as I start to lower into the squat (a few inches down) once I get to any decent weight on (60kg or so)
It’s really getting me down, as it’s limiting the movements I can do and the type of problems I want to try. Anything with a high foot is a no go now.
Has anyone had anything like this? Any suggestions?
EDIT: Thanks so much for all the replies, this sub-reddit is great! I looked into each suggestion & so far the psoas suggestions seem to be most likely - doing soft tissue work on them feels super tender. I'll keep going for a month or so & report back with any progress/lack of. Thanks again - was really cool to get so many helpful and well thought out suggestions.