How To Build Legs If You Are Unable To Squat- Due To Low Back Issues
Squats are really my favorite way to build awesome legs. They work every part of your quads, glutes, and hamstrings, if you do them correctly. But I do know many people that have a hard time performing squats due to knee problems and lower back injuries.
There are many other great exercises to build great looking legs. Personally, I love leg extensions. Although this exercise is not for mass building, it still works to help get them cut up. Drop sets with leg extensions will get your quads pumped and burning without irritating the lower back. Also, leg presses can work well for someone with lower back issues and can give you a good stretch in your lower back. Just by changing the angle of your feet, with leg presses, can work a different part of your leg muscles. For example, placing your feet higher on the platform will work more of the glutes / hamstrings. Placing your feet lower will predominately work the quads. Also, you can do leg extensions and presses by working one leg at a time, really focusing on strengthening each leg individually.
A person with lower back problems can also try the hack squat machine. However, be cautious and listen to your body. Do what feels good to you and stop the set if you start feeling back pain. Find exercises that do not irritate the the low back. There have been many top pros that have excellent legs and have been unable to squat due to lower back issues. They have found exercises to work around their issues and still build awesome legs.
1986 – 1st -NPC Mr. Southern Cal ( Lightweight)
1989 – 1st -NPC Cal. Novice and Overall ( Lightweight)
1992 – 1st – NPC Mr. Orange County ( Lightweight)
1993 – 1st – NPC Mr. California ( Lightweight)
1994 – 2nd – NPC Mr. North American ( Lightweight)
1995 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Middleweight)
1998 – 7th – NPC USA ( Middleweight)
1999 – 1st – Mr. Los Angeles ( Light Heavyweight)
2008 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Masters Middleweight)
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