Can lunges be a replacement for squats?

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  1. Falconer

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    I tore a spinal erector a couple weeks ago and I need to lay off of squats for a while because they aggravate my back.

    For as long as I've been lifting weights, squats have been the only quad exercise I've done. Can lunges be used as a replacement and still result in good quad stimulation? I can't do leg presses right now either.

    I'm thinking lunges might be cool because they'll let me work each leg independently which will prevent/correct any imbalances I may have developed from squatting.

    For those of you who do lunges, do you prefer to do them with a barbell on your back or with dumbbells at your side? I'm thinking with my back it might be better for me to use dumbbells.
     
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    Well if thats all you can do...then I guess. IMO i like the barbell but the dbs would be easier on your back, i think.
     
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    have you tried front squats?

    Lunges single leg squats Bulgarian split squats, leg curls etc. would eb a good replacement until you are healed up.
     
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    I think that both lunge and step ups would it glutes a bit more.
    You could do BB hack squat, DB or cable split squat if you still want to hit quads although I feel that split squat hit quads or glutes depending on how far you put your feet from the bench.
     
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    Is this a self-diagnosis?
     
  6. Falconer

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    No. I had never felt pain like this before and I was seriously afraid I had fucked up my spine or something. The pain went all the way down to the bottom of my coccyx. It hurt when I moved, when I stood up, sat up, and if I was sitting down and straightened out my legs (think like the motion you do on a leg extension machine), it would cause horrible pain in the bottom of my tailbone. That was the part that scared me.

    btw I did lunges Monday night and they were hard as hell. I started with what I thought would be a very light weight and i could barely complete one set. I did walking lunges and took 16 steps, so 8 reps per leg basically. And not only were my legs shaky as hell, I was also out of breath at the end, too. I will definitely add these to my leg workout day.

    And my back was fine the next day, too :)
     
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    so an mri was involved?
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    db squats :dunno:
     
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