Alternative to squats????

  • Razzmaniac

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    May 29, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
    Im sure this has been discussed before, but couldnt find it.
    I work out very well, and can do just about anything, BUT I do have a problem with my 2 lowest discs in my back. I can NOT do squats due to this. What are great alternatives to squats for building a powerfull butt???? I hear in building glutes, everyone says, "squats, squats, squats". Seeing I can not put heavy weight on my shoulders because of my back, i need a better way.
    I know that lunges are good also. How effective are squats with dumbells at my side???
    As for leg presses. . .whats the most effective "position" for targeting the butt???
    Thanks guys.
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    May 30, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    floor bridges, ball bridges, tube walking
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    May 30, 2008 1:40 AM GMT
    Seated leg press perhaps? At least your back is protected and it works the glutes. I can't think of any other alternatives right now.
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    May 30, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I'd recommend trying front squats. Here are a couple sites that talk about them...

    http://stronglifts.com/7-benefits-of-the-front-squat/

    http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/OlympicLifts/FrontSquat.html

    http://www.straighttothebar.com/2006/10/holding_the_bar_in_the_front_s.html

    A lot of gyms will also have a glute machine. You might try looking for one.
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    May 30, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Depending on how much weight you can handle without putting any strain on your lower back, you can do lunges. Possibly hack squats?
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    May 30, 2008 2:11 AM GMT
    I limit the amount of weight I do with squats because the only serious injury I ever had was a sciatic nerve pull from doing too much weight in my squat sets. So I do the lunges with dumbbells and the hack squat. The seated leg press is another option--it certainly puts less stress on the lower back.
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    May 30, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    seated leg presses are a non-funtional exercise..they do not carry over to real life activities.


    http://www.expertvillage.com/video/2112_core-exercises-shoulder-bridge.htm

    floor bridges!!!

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    May 30, 2008 2:23 AM GMT
    try bodyweight squats or one leg pistol squats
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    May 30, 2008 4:11 AM GMT
    one leggers are dope and if ur a first timer u aint duin more than 5
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    May 30, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    We have a machine at the gym for trap shrugs, that I will use for squats if my back is giving me problems for the day. Works well If I grab the lower handles. Kind of the same as dumbell squats.
  • Razzmaniac

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    May 31, 2008 1:25 AM GMT
    AWESOME guys. . .thanks alot. . . icon_biggrin.gif