hey guys, I’m not new when it comes to bodybuilding, but this is somewhat or a newbie question… I have a herniated disc in my back (L5/S1) and basically I’m being told that I can NEVER do any form of squats or leg pressing anymore…
what are some suggestions for good leg developing exercises that I can do without compressing the spine or messing with the disc anymore than I have already… and I def. can’t do deads anymore which I’m most upset about… any suggestions would help. thanks in advance, guys.
WHOMEVER SAID THIS TO YOU IS FULL OF LIES. Specially if it was a doctor. If it was for the medical field I would still be in pain, unable to run, lift or even sit down for extended times.
I have an even worse injury (T7, L4, L5S1) and I squat, deadlift and leg press more than when I was a teenager. The thing to understand is that you have a compromised skeletal structure. The surrounding musculature has to be extremely strong to support the weakened area. All your posterior chain, obliques and abs have to be trained with high reps and high weights.
In fact if you want to eliminate pain in your lumbar area forever start doing hyperextensions until you reach no pain whatsoever in the complete range of motioin, perform GHR and good mornings with bodyweight only for endless sets every day to return the area to its high enduring purpose. Once that happens use the 15-20 rep range with bodyweight, then use bands, then use free weights and work your way up in poundages. Never go into the 5RM. Learn staggered reps and become intimate with pre-exhaustion.
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