Concerned lifter here,
So, I took two years off lifting due to some lifestyle issues. Now that I'm back, I apparently have hip tightness issues that cause lower back pain. I can lift with the pain and it goes away while lifting, but for the past month my right knee has felt weak whenever under tension. When I go to squat I can feel it start to hurt as I get near parallel, not to mention when I squat deeper. If I flex my quads while sitting the pain also comes out, but doesn't bother me when sumo deadlifting. Any ideas?
Go very easy with the weights. Don't lift for your ego.
Search for mobility exerises and do them every single day. Start very light und don't stretch until it hurts. Making mobility a habit is hard but it really works. Do them every single day even when you don't feel like doing it.
No heavy lifting is worth having fucked up joints in my opinion. When it just doesn't get better after a month visit a doctor. My gym buddy hurt his knee and still lifted heavy ignoring the pain. He can't squat/deadlift heavy at all now although over 3 years have passed and he nearly lost his motivation to lift at all.
I'm 100% positive it's my hip flexors and tight sartorius muscles. I can tell my quads are REFUSING to fire. There isn't a clicking sound or anything like that.
Pictures: where my knee hurts
I have to add that I hurt my knees once and had to lift very easy weight (not even 1pl8 squats) for over two month. I hated it. I am really muscular and always thought that I looked like a roiding idiot that does low weight/many rep while training that month. Pumped up with no strength, something I never wanted to be. Every training I was thinking about just adding the weight again. I didn't and my knees were back to normal after that time. Best descision to ignore my self esteem issues and just train to heal and not to impress myself/others.
> So I took two years off
You mean you quit. You're not gonna make it son. I'm so sorry. Unless your whole family died in a lifting accident and your fathers dying words were " Don't work out for two years" then you have no excuse