I’m 45, in reasonably good cardiovascular fitness. 6’1", 170 pounds, body fat about 12%. Have had 2 back surgeries most recently about 3 years ago.
Goals: To possibly try some sprint triathlons or sprint duathlons in the next couple years. Would like to get stronger and avoid injury/be more durable.
Problem: Everytime I squat or deadlift even small amounts, I start to get recurrent sciatica, and I have no desire to have a 3rd back surgery. I would like some options to improve leg strength. Am I going to be limited to a leg press machine? Even light dumbbells with single leg lunges can aggravate my back.
Would love to hear some ideas from those more experienced.