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SimeonIconLower body training with an injured back09-04-2011 @ 14:46 
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Anyone got any suggestions for good lower body exercises that don't use the back? I've just strained my back (lumbar region) hence the need for them. Don't really know how to train without squating!
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...09-04-2011 @ 14:49 
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I've had an injured back for months.

The solution I found was.... front squats.
JamesHIcon...09-04-2011 @ 15:34 
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Post Edited: 09.04.2011 @ 15:35 PM by JamesH
Agree with Wayne, on the proviso that you leave your ego at the door with the weights you're using. Less weight, more volume (e.g. 5*5 with relatively short rest) is going to be better than singles etc.
JamieCIcon...09-04-2011 @ 17:22 
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Sled drags with a belt around your waist are a good shout. These for lots of sets absolutely suck. Single leg stuff might be a shout as well, something like split squats, one-leg deadlifts etc. Less load on the spine whilst still hitting the leg muscles. Also improve hip stability so you're less likely to hurt your back in the future.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...09-04-2011 @ 17:29 
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JamieC said:
Sled drags


Another good suggestion.

When I injured my back a few years ago (worse injury than I've got now but much shorter lived), I just did drags for lower body. They maintained my strength really well.
DuncanIcon...09-04-2011 @ 17:37 
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Wayne_Cowdrey said:
Another good suggestion.
When I injured my back a few years ago (worse injury than I've got now but much shorter lived), I just did drags for lower body. They maintained my strength really well.


But yet you don't change your training to prevent any future injuries...Roll-Eyes
ThingIcon...09-04-2011 @ 17:39 
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3 years and counting for me with my back injury

What I have found is that front Squats are good especially if you can do the clean grip on them and as the others have said keep the weight low and reps medium to high.

Pistol Squats and body weight lunges are great also step ups with a couple of d/b in your hand.

Sled drags are ok fir me just depends on how the joints are and I don't tend to do these much but if you can get a harness then do light to medium sled drags to simulate truck pull but lighter or even just use a car.

Sissy Squats are also good.

Depending on your injury you might want to concentrate on stretching your hamstring, priformis, gluts and hip flexors which can all have and impact on the back.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...09-04-2011 @ 18:23 
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Duncan said:
But yet you don't change your training to prevent any future injuries...Roll-Eyes


I've actually had hardly any injuries overall.

Name someone on here who's never been injured.

I think I train sensibly.

What would you suggest? Sticking a belt on I suppose?! Roll-Eyes
DuncanIcon...09-04-2011 @ 18:43 
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Wayne_Cowdrey said:
I've actually had hardly any injuries overall.
Name someone on here who's never been injured.
I think I train sensibly.
What would you suggest? Sticking a belt on I suppose?! Roll-Eyes


There's a difference between someone who's never been I juried and so one who has been injured but does something about it to stop it from happening again.

And your back/abs are weak. Make them strong. Job done.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...09-04-2011 @ 18:51 
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Duncan said:
And your back/abs are weak.


How can you possibly deduce that??

Because I've injured my back a couple of times in the last decade and I'm a mere 260 beltless dead lifter?

I can do 300+ farmer's beltless without wobbling around. I don't think my mid-section is a weak link.
DuncanIcon...09-04-2011 @ 19:04 
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They can never be too strong. If you were tweaked your back whilst lifting probably your abs are weak as they aren't doing their fair share of work.
ThingIcon...09-04-2011 @ 19:11 
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I have to agree with Duncan in that strong core and back especially the lower and middle section is very important. And this is what I'll be focusing on a good bit after my hospital trips.
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...09-04-2011 @ 19:12 
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Sorry, I'm needlessly getting irate! Got a few things on my mind. I need to chill out.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_iBNDASajr00/TRvh4gwZK_I/AAAAAAAAAU4/...

Ah, that's a bit better!
NamonsterIcon...09-04-2011 @ 19:14 
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A good osteopath, reverse hypers and 30 minutes with Duncan.

Just watch he doesn't ask for oral sex in return.
AdamCIcon...09-04-2011 @ 19:28 
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Wayne_Cowdrey said:
I've actually had hardly any injuries overall.
Name someone on here who's never been injured.
I think I train sensibly.
What would you suggest? Sticking a belt on I suppose?! Roll-Eyes


You'd be better off taking up chess instead of lifting weights probably

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