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Unable to Squat - Alternative Leg Workouts?


#1

Hey all I just made an account and this is my first post on here.
I was diagnosed with a herniated disc under my L5 vertebra about a year ago.. for those who don't know where that is, it's my lower back basically right above my butt crack. Anyways...the dr. said that I can still lift weights, but can't run and cant do deadlifts/squats.
I've been trying to build up my legs but it's difficult. Any other workouts that I could do to get those huge thighs and calves goin??


#2

Try the bodybuilding forum unless you're interested in bench press only competitions. Here, most people's knowledge revolves around getting a bigger squat, bench press, and deadlift.

You could also try the injuries and rehab forum.


#3

certainly sounds like you are looking more to get big than get strong. Anyways, obviously you want to find compound movements:
Leg press
Hack squats (I have one in my gym where the weight rests on your glutes so that wouldn't put stress on your L5 I would think)
Glute ham raises

Other than that the choices are limited as far as I can think. Leg extensions and curls are really garbage exercises in my opinion but if thats all you can do, then push it hard! As far as calves... Well I haven't trained calves in probably 9 months soooo... calve raises? Hahaha anyways. I had an injury preventing me from sq/dl a while ago and I just pushed as hard as I could on everything I could do (mostly curls/extensions) and I managed to not suffer too much.


#4

How to reverse hypers work for you? Some people find that they work very well for a bit of posterior chain work, as well as being therapeutic due to the SI joint movement.


#5

Sam i had the same issue with slippage in l4 and l5. I ignored my doctors advice and still squatted and deadlifted. i used low weight and really dialed in form and making every rep count. as soon as the injury started to flare up real bad i stopped pushing it for the day and over time i was ready to go 100%.


#6

x2, listen to your body, not your doctor. StormTheBeach is a pefrect example of someone who has fractured a disc in half and still pulls 800+ pounds.