Okay so I’m somewhat knew to lifting, but I know enough to understand that the title of this thread is impossible. There is no replacement for deadlifting and squatting for strength gains and overall muscle recruitment. However, I am undergoing surgery for a pilonidal sinus in 1 and a half weeks. I was told by my surgeon I couldn’t workout for 10 days after, which sucks but I figured I could use it as a rest period and come back stronger.
However I then asked him about squatting and deadlifting. He told me that he assumed I just “worked my chest and arms like most people” and then preceded to tell me that I wouldn’t be able to do these movements for at least 3 weeks. Im gonna not go into a rant about what he said, cause this post doesn’t need to be that long.
Anyways I fully understand the importance of the squat and deadlift. They are the 2 most important lifts in my program. I’m wondering if their is something I could do instead for this time to achieve 2 goals. 1) not lose any muscle mass and 2) maintain strength needed to be able to come back to my original squat and deadlift numbers.
This is really frustrating to me but I am willing to work through it, just need a little guidance. If it was just about pain I would just do them, pain isn’t an issue. Its about tearing the wound back open and having to get it redone.