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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.

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Hi, every time I go climbing my lower back kind of seizes up whenever I try to lift a foot up above knee height to reach a hold. My core is strong, and I can comfortably do a lizard pose with my elbows to the floor, but that same type of leg movement during climbing is almost impossible for me now.

I get the same exact pain in my back if i’m sitting down and lift a foot up to put my shoe on. It just feels like my lower back totally locks up.

I tried to do squats to help strengthen my lower back and sometimes the squat feels fine, but sometimes it sort of “catches” in the top 3-5 inches of movement as I begin to lower down, and my lower back locks up. Once the weight gets past around 60kg my back locks up about 50% of the time, always towards the top of the movement, just as I start to lower.

Years ago I had a hip x ray which the doc said showed a slight flare of the left hip “ball” joint. My left hip is definitely a bit reluctant to externally rotate, but never painful - could this be causing an imbalance?

It’s really getting me down as I can’t really climb anymore (been climbing for 15+ years) and other things like surfing are also getting less enjoyable as I get this same pain. With surfing when I come out of the water, sometimes I struggle to even reach past my knees.

I stretch regularly and do soft tissue work too. When i’m warmed up I can reach my toes/do a decent lizard pose/down dog so i’m not super inflexible, but somehow I have no range of motion in certain situations. I’ve tried yoga/physio/chiros/foundation training/egoscue/massage but nothing much works - I feel like i’m missing out on something obvious here!

Thanks and sorry for rambling!

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Been looking at gotrom.com. The site looks good, and the guy presenting the courses is obviously really mobile. All seems legit! However the courses are at quite a high price point to say the least.

I just wanted to know if anyone else had taken the plunge with these courses and what their thoughts were - good/bad/quirks - as well as what the general outline and daily time reqs were?

Otherwise, any worthwhile online courses people can recommend wholeheartedly?

Thanks in advance for any shared experiences.

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