I'm a 20 year old, 150lb male, who has been doing stronglifts for a little over a month and a half. I've been lifting weights for around two years now so I am not a complete novice. I have been making great strength gains and I am really happy with doing the program. However, I have been experiencing pain in my muscles and I'm wondering if I should stop lifting for a while.
In my arms I am experiencing a dull aching pain starting from my lateral deltoids down to just before my elbow. The pain seems to be the worse when I am doing barbell rows but it has also been hurting while doing overhead presses and long after I work out. When ever I am at home and lift or pull something laterally, I feel that dull, aching pain.
Furthermore, my lower left lats, (and just the left one), has a sharper pain that is definitely from the squatting. I am not sure why I am getting this pain. I think its due to the fact that in an effort to keep my chest up and back straight I am actually arching my back.
These pains are NOT muscle soreness. Currently I am just pushing through it as it is not cripplingly painful. Is this a bad idea? I suspect the answer is yes.
Edit: For further clarification I work out 3 days a week per the program. For arm movements like overhead press and bench, I try to rest at a max of 1 min 30 between sets. For Squats I usually rest about 2-2.5 minutes. For each exercise I warm up with 2 sets of empty barbell, then 3, then 2 reps of increasing weight. At the end of the workout I do the assistance exercises. 3x8 sets of pullups on overhead press days, and 3x12 sets of dips on bench day.
I definitely lift on the heavier side of what my body is capable of. When I first start my work set of the squats, that first rep feels very difficult almost like I won't be able to complete even the first rep. Things get a little easier after that first set and I can usually get the whole 5x5 in. However most strength guys talk about being explosive. With the exception of my rows and deadlifts, nothing feels explosive about my workout. I'm barely making the full 5 reps with the squat and overhead press.