I would rathar squat and deadlift, but my back has some imbalances in it that have caused me to get hurt in the past. For example, my right leg is shorter than the left, and I have an “S” shaped spine. When I do a full squat, what I feel happening is that the S starts to crunch a little bit.
I know in the past I had trouble gaining until I started squatting and deadliting.
For example in the recent article with Shamrock, he says he doesn’t do squats or deadlits because of the damage it puts on the body, and because he’s broken his back a couple of times. But look at the dude, his legs are ripped! I know he doesn’t get that kindof size just from power cleans alone.
I also remember from college that alot of the bodybuilders only did leg press and lunges, and they had pretty thick legs.
Any thoughts on anybody who has had to deal with this dilemma? I’d rathar squat and dead, because I know I’ve made alot of gains from those lifts, but if it risks putting me on the sidelines for months at a time, it’s not worth it to me.