I have personally cut them from my routine, as they cause (mild to moderate) pain in my lower back. I had been hesitant to do this, because many a bodybuilder claim them to be the biggest, baddest movement, and I was also seeing improvement.
However, I saw the guy in the wheelchair’s back size from an earlier post I put up, and it made me finally decide to drop them altogether.
Yes I think they are a great exercise, but I don’t believe they are absolutely necessary.[/quote]
Well good luck and you know your body better than anyone, but just because you see a couple individuals who “break the rules” (and it’s not a rule, that’s just an expression) and get away with it, doesn’t mean that you can too.
I train a guy from time to time who has hyooge traps, johnnie jackson esque traps. He’s told me that he has NEVER trained his traps directly and doesn’t even DL often or much weight. The guy just has freaky genetics for traps.
Now if I took this example and ran with it I might falsely come to the conclusion that I too never need to train my traps directly or DL much weight. Which of course would be false (unfortunately).
My point is that if you quit because you fear injury, fine. If you quit because the exercise wasn’t working for you, fine. But don’t quit simply because you see an exceptional individual who gets away with not doing what most others need to do and you think that you can do the same.
Unless maybe you have always had huge traps for your build or your father/mother has huge traps (basically you are genetically predisposed to having big traps).