I’m 34, 5’7"…155lbs. I have about 5 years experience lifting for high school football and rugby when I was 15-20 years old.
I had a Himilaminectomy at 22. My L5 ruptured and when I finally could not take the pain, the surgeon took out the blew out pieces and left the remaining disc in place that was not protruding to my sciatic nerve.
I have felt good for the last 11 years without any major sciatic pains, and mostly if I get pain it is muscular…which is better than disc related pain.
I started lifting again (2 months now). I have been hesitant to do squats any heavier than about 185. I have gotten some muscular twangs last session at about 180lbs doing 10-15 reps. I want to go heavy, (Max was 375 in the day) but since the surgery, I’m not willing to go heavy with squats, yet they seem to be the BEST for overall legs. Is there a more effective leg training method that will not sacrifice the lower back while going heavy??