kirdog, I am able to do all those back exercises without any problem, but I just feel after getting REALLY into this site, that the deadlifts and squats must be performed to get any good size going.
It’s kind of like in the back of my mind that if I don’t perform any of these compounds then, “Why lift to get big?”
I am pretty much exclusively doing the sumo variation to the deadlifts, feels more comfortable considering my height and extremity length.
For all the talk about the deads and squats to get big, is there any real chance that I could get big by cutting them out of the training program or maybe just cut them to a low percentage parameter?
I kind of want a overall back development, upper for the size and looks. Lower for the pain and comfort.
I do believe that being in the car the whole shift doesn’t help one bit, but I guess it’s just one of the perks to being in the chosen field;)[/quote]
Yes you can gain nice size without the squats and deads. You just won’t be reaching maximal potential without them. I have some experience with this. As I had mentioned before, I went a little over a year without doing any squats and deads and just did, pullups (weighted and just bodyweight), cable rows and db rows.
I gained a great deal of upperbody size and strength to my back doing these exercises every 4 days consistantly, never going more than 4 or 5 days between a back work out. My back also gained good strength and size because my legs training was sooooo minimal that my body was able to use more energy and calories to replenish my upper back workouts.
Like I said, and I firmly believe, a good amount of size can be achieved to your back without deads and squats, but without deads and squats your legs will be dwarfed by your upperbody…not cool! Stay away from deads and squats only long enough to heal injuries.
See a Dr. if you can, maybe a chiropractic Dr. They can asses your pain and or injury as well as give you time frames to stay off the injured area/compress the lumbar and give you exercises and stretches to help you heal.