I got a spinal injury (Spondylolisthesis)(big word, huh?) and long story short my barbell days are over.
Do you WANT them to be over? Because you seem very quick to give up. I’m not going to advise you to do or not do anything, but all I’m saying is that many, many people have suffered from spondylolisthesis and gone on to squat and deadlift. I would think on your concession a little more.[/quote]
I don’t know it’s what the doctors said.
And my back hurts when I squat, too.
I don’t want them to be over. I’ve also been into martial arts for some 4 years and I can’t do that anymore either.
Bummer, you know?[/quote]
You have to understand something about doctors, they will ALWAYS err on the side of caution. ALWAYS. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but you have to think about what the typical person would do in this situation. They would most likely give up on all exercise forever and just become lazy lard asses for the rest of their lives, using this as an excuse.
The fact that you decided to come on here and try to find things you can do safely and keep kicking ass, you’ve already shown you’re not in that crowd. When you go see therapists and the like, you should let them know that you plan on exercises and kicking ass as much as possible. When they know this from the get go, they will be better prepared to help you get to that goal, instead of just assuming you are giving up on living an active lifestyle, since that’s what normal people would do.
I’d also recommend you talk to experienced lifters who have been through stuff like this. StormTheBeach had a bad back injury and deadlifts over 800 now. He’s also increadibly knowledgeable on this kind of stuff. Ask him and other guys like him for advice, just remember to keep a filter when you decide who you want to ask. Only ask people that know their shit.
I want to make it clear that I’m not telling you to go squat and deadlift or you’re a puss or anything like that. I’m just saying explore your options, talk to different people, and see what is still possible. Don’t just assume you won’t be able to do stuff like that anymore.