Bret Contreras said he did them with 260lbs, using 2x4’s placed behind his heels.
Does anyone have a vid of that kind of set-up?
And done that way, is it a legit muscle-builder/safer deadlift alternative for those unable to handle the compressive spinal load?[/quote]
Are you really asking if the cable pull-through is an effective alternative to a deadlift?
Edit: Also if you are injured/in rehab your primary goal should be to regain full function, not hypertrophy[/quote]
Think you misunderstand - I was contraindicated against spinal loading for life!!
Not until I ‘get better’ because I have a structural pelvic problem that the doctor says will never be fixed.
Therefore, I can’t just think about getting better so I can deadlift again, I have to think about how I can gain mass on the posterior chain without them.[/quote]
Ahh I did misunderstand. Pull-throughs are a good exercise but do not work the entire posterior chain. Make sure you cover the rest of it with other exercises. I do not have knowledge about your injury so I will not make recommendations. As far as heavier weights on the pull-throughs try putting a couple of plates behind your feet.
Cheers, what other exercises would you recommend to ‘complement’ the pull-throughs, in that case?[/quote]
Can you do reverse hypers? You would also need to find some sort of row to hit your back effectively. In your case I would recommend something chest-supported in order to minimize spinal loading. I have never had lowerback issues though so I do not have “under the bar” experience for this. I would check out some of Ben Bruno’s work, he has a couple ideas on how to train around injuries.