Back exercises needed that are chest supported

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  1. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    My back is and has been fucked for over a year and a half. After reinjuring it half a dozen times, I've finally realized that it's time to stop doing things that aggravate it. Unfortunately, that just so happens to be deadlifts, seated cable rows, bent over bb rows, bent over db rows to some extent, push presses, etc. So I'm looking for back exercises for back thickness that are chest supported. I am able to do lat pulldowns and such, but those are for width so I need something to subsitute for the rowing movements I can't do.

    Here's what I've come up with so far:

    Hammer strength one arm chest supported row
    Hammer strength chest supported row
    Incline DB rows

    I can't think of any other exercises that won't aggravate my back. Any ideas?
     
  2. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    I also know that people are going to call me a pussy and say just lift through it or try to do rehab to get it fixed. I've gone to the doctor 3 times, had x-rays and mris done, gone to the chiropractor, did mobility work, strengthened my abs, etc. No one knows what the problem is and it will improve for a few months until I do something in the gym and then it's back to hurting like hell again. Even things like struggling on a standing bb curl and leaning forward slightly is enough to cause pain.
     
  3. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    any type of pullups/pulldowns
    inverted rows
    incline shrugs
    straight arm pulldowns
    prone trap raises
     
  4. BlaXXXima

    BlaXXXima OT Supporter

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    Chins?

    Having a severe back injury myself - I would just recommend staying away from things that could hurt it for a long time, and dropping the dreams of ever lifting heavy iron again. Pushing weight now isn't worth it when you're old and can't get up to avoid shitting yourself.

    You might want to try bench rows (elevate a bench, put a bar underneath it, lie on the bench and row). The rowers at my university used to do that. I tried it a number of times. Hard and great for avoiding pressure on the back.
     
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    b21bballer Active Member

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    I've been having the same problem lately. I went to deadlift 135 and had this shooting pain in my back.
     
  6. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    What are the symptoms? Location of pain, etc.
     
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    knucks Active Member

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    honestly maybe you should just stop lifting.
     
  8. infinite loop

    infinite loop Statistically speaking, the Yankees do indeed suck

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    what position are you sleeping in and how old is your mattress? have you tried massage and physical therapy?
     
  9. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    When it first happened I had intense pain in the tail bone and lower back area. Sneezing or taking a step that was slightly different than my normal stride would cause an enormous amount of pain that nearly forced me to sit down until it passed. The pain is difficult to describe, but it's what I imagine being stabbed would feel like.

    Now that same pain comes back if I do something such as bent over rows even when my form is perfect. The pain isn't nearly as bad as when it first happened, but it's definitely still there. Any exercise that involves the bar being in front of my bad is a problem due to the increased moment applied to my lower back. Even bent over db rows with 1 knee on a bench can cause similar pain if I'm not extremely careful about form.
     
  10. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    I lay on my back or side when I sleep and my mattress is less than a year old with a 3" mattress topper. This problem happened before I got this mattress and has continued.

    I haven't tried either massage or physical therapy.
     
  11. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Chins are good as are pulldowns and chest supported movements, but I hate not being able to do deadlifts, bent over rows, etc. I'm not even sure I'll be able to do squats anymore.
     
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    chest-supported t-bar rows
     
  13. Skeletor

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    DB rows with an incline bench supporting your chest :dunno: I read that it is a good way to teach your body to mobilize the scapulae throughout the rowing motion... but I imagine it would be fine for working sets.
     
  14. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    he already said that he's doing those
     
  15. Yuppy

    Yuppy Have a seat right there....

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    maybe consider doing woodchops to strengthen your back, avoid seated excercises too; they tend to cause a lot more weight on your spine

    idk if that helps, goto a physical therapist if you want a good answer
     
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    chest supported stuff always hurts my sternum :wtc:
     
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