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    Default Squats for the squatless

    I need help. I have bad knees due to an injury when I was young, and according to my doctor, squatting with any sort of significant weight has become dangerous.

    Is there a reasonable alternative to squats? I've been doing lunges in the mean time, and I can manage sumo-squats, but I'm looking for something closer to the old standby( leg presses present the same problem)

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    I would imagine if you can lunge, you can squat. A correctly performed lunge is basically a 1 legged squat.
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    it has less to do with the weight itself as it does with the orientation(across my upper back)

    And lunges with dumbells are far less significant weight in general. After some rehab, I might be able to squat normally again, I just need something in the interim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    it has less to do with the weight itself as it does with the orientation(across my upper back)

    And lunges with dumbells are far less significant weight in general. After some rehab, I might be able to squat normally again, I just need something in the interim.
    Can you explain a bit more about what you mean?
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    Well, according to the doctor. Having a barbell across my upper back puts a very specific type of strain on my knees and the surrounding ligiment when I squat down. Doing a seated leg press is much the same, just from a different direction.

    The reason I can do lunges is becasue I hold the weight at my sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    Well, according to the doctor. Having a barbell across my upper back puts a very specific type of strain on my knees and the surrounding ligiment when I squat down. Doing a seated leg press is much the same, just from a different direction.

    The reason I can do lunges is becasue I hold the weight at my sides.
    Ah I see. Have you tried goblet squats?





    Or front squats?

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    I'm not sure about front squats, 'll need to talk to my doctor, I haven't done much experimenting with goblet squats. Do they work the glutes and hammies well? I know front squats focus more on the quads.


    As a side note: Can you recommend anything for making a floor press more efficient? I work-out primarily with an olympic bar, but I only have a standard bench. Any suggestions for getting under the bar or increasing the range of motion etc;?
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    Goblet squats are a great way to teach people to squat well and correctly.
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    Step ups with DB's...after my knee surgeries both Dr had me doing these in rehab
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    Do goblet squats work the glutes and hamstrings well as opposed to the traditional squat?



    Also, Can you recommend anything for making a floor press more efficient? I work-out primarily with an olympic bar, but I only have a standard bench. Any suggestions for getting under the bar or increasing the range of motion etc;?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    it has less to do with the weight itself as it does with the orientation(across my upper back)
    This does not make sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondocksaint View Post
    Well, according to the doctor. Having a barbell across my upper back puts a very specific type of strain on my knees and the surrounding ligiment when I squat down. Doing a seated leg press is much the same, just from a different direction.

    The reason I can do lunges is becasue I hold the weight at my sides.
    This makes no sense. Think about this.

    You have to do what you feel is right, and I'm not telling you to do anything, but I'm calling BS on this, based on what you have provided.
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