So, two weeks ago I went out and bought an Olympic weight set. Two weeks ago I also started doing dead lifts for the first time in years. So I have been taking it slow trying to get my form right. Last night I felt really, really good so I thought it was time to find my 5 RM. I kept adding 5 lb to each side doing one rep until I though I was close to what would be my 5 RM. I got to that weight and still felt great. Form was good, my back felt strong…everything was good. Then, I got ready to try what I thought would be my 5 RM. I got setup, started to pull and…..POP! I have never felt anything like this before and the pop came from someplace I never would have expected doing a dead lift. The pain was right where my abs come together with my ribs on my left side. Actually right were my first short rib is (the ribs that don’t connect to the sternum). It only hurts at the point right where they come together. My ribs themselves don’t hurt and my abs don’t hurt though. It is really strange. It does hurt badly if I twist my trunk to the right and stretch the abs in that location. There doesn’t appear to be any swelling or bruising though unless it is under my abs and I can’t see it. The only thing I can figure caused this to happen is that I didn’t have my midsection properly tightened before I started to pull. This prompts a question. When doing a dead lift should you expand and tighten your midsection while you are standing up before you get into the starting position or do you do it while you are in the starting position. I was doing it in the starting position. But the more I think about it, it seems like that is not where you would want to do it. So which is correct? Any insight into this would be appreciated.