It only hurts when I lift the weight off the rack and do the first rep, my right lower back starts to hurt. My form is good because for the rest of the reps it doesn’t hurt. It also hurts when I bend down, its sore right now. I also do bent BB rows and it hurts for a little bit when I hold that position then goes away. It not unbearable it just twinges and feels tired/sore. Should I just work through it?
What’s the difference between squats and if I just did the leg press machine? Should I do that until may back heals?
Replace the exercises with ones that don’t hurt and get yourself checked out.
Squats are so essential, what would I replace them with?
Er. Front squats?
Hack Squat Machine (this is the bodybuilding forum, after all)?
Make sure you don’t forget your hamstrings…
I just noticed the question about the leg press. You can try it out, but I know that when I hurt my back the leg press was just as uncomfortable as squatting, maybe moreso.[/quote]
Depends a lot on the seat of the press and the angle between seat and rails… You also really have to press your ass down on that seat so that when you bring the sled in towards you, your low back won’t round/ass won’t come off the seat.
I can assure you that the leg-press gives my biceps and traps a bigger workout than any row or chinup variant does lol