Over the last 10 years I have been in and out of the gym, never really lasting more than 5 months or so before drifting away, and losing everything I gained.
I am back, but this time its different. I feel somehow that I am in for the long run. I always wanted to do it right, but always figured “someday.” Now is the time. For the first time I have decided to buckle down and get my nutrition and training in order. I even made a fancy spreadsheet and bought a food scale to plan out my eating (very helpful in learning how small a serving of cheese really is).
Now to my issue. From everything I have been reading, squats and deads are a cornerstone of serious training. The problem is that I have bad hips. The cartilage is all hosed up due to irregular femoral head shape (I had scfe in early adolescence). I can do squats and deads, but my hips end up sore, and I know that the pain is a sign of very bad things.
I have been thinking about what the heck I can do about this, and I cant think of much. Pretty much any excercise that loads my hip joints with weight, and where I have to articulate about the hip joint will cause me problems. Really, the only excercises I can do are:
weighted lunges (these are not painfree)
- pretty much nothing for the glute…
At this point, I am not expecting to build great big legs, but I am wondering what drug free things I can do to approximate the various metabolic and hormonal benefits of squatting and deadlifting. I could get bilateral hip replacements then squat… whoops, bad idea.