My friend's been losing weight after being close to 250 at 5'9 and was pretty weak to boot. But he has been to get in shape and now he's down to under 200. I recently got using he starting strength routine. Despite his weaknesses, if there's one thing he's built to do it's squat. He struggles a bit getting low enough, but he's been improving his depth.
Well, the weights been increasing easily for him and his depth continued to get better, however last week he got hemorrhoids from squatting. This is not the first time this has happened. A few years ago he was trying to lift weights and I had him squatting and the same thing happened.
His doctor gave him the answer of don't squat anymore. So he then asked me if there was anything he could do in place of it. I said not really, but I don't want him tearing his ass open every time he squats.
This has never happened to me, so I have absolutely no information to give him. Has anyone had a similar experience and/or a remedy for it? I just have no idea. It sucks for him, because his upper body is weak but his legs are a powerhouse. It'd be a shame if he couldn't squat because of frigging hemorrhoids. Worst case scenario I have him do lunges or leg press or something.