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    Alternative to squats

    A while ago I had made a thread about feeling sore in my lower back after doing squats, and it seemed that I was not supposed to feel that aka something is wrong. I'm doing Ironborn with 10kg dumbbells and when it comes to the squats it feels like that's a mistake ready to happen, I just can't do them properly or something, even without weights. So I'm wondering if there's like an alternative exercise that works the same as squats but that would at least prevent my back from suffering?

    #2
    I don't know if it is anywhere near the right answer, but intuitively I would do deep wall sits. If you're supposed to do, let's say 20 squats, do a 30" wall sit...
    Waiting for someone who can help responsibly..

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      #3
      Originally posted by GiorgosD View Post
      I don't know if it is anywhere near the right answer, but intuitively I would do deep wall sits. If you're supposed to do, let's say 20 squats, do a 30" wall sit...
      Waiting for someone who can help responsibly..
      deep as in knees bent at < 90 degrees?

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        #4
        Have you tried squats with the DB held on one shoulder, or sumo DB squat with DB between legs or goblet squats with heels on a 2X4 ? If your doing suitcase squats are you keeping the DB to the sides by the ankles and not forward ?

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          #5
          Originally posted by thinman View Post
          Have you tried squats with the DB held on one shoulder, or sumo DB squat with DB between legs or goblet squats with heels on a 2X4 ? If your doing suitcase squats are you keeping the DB to the sides by the ankles and not forward ?
          I'm doing it as it is displayed in the Ironborn program, so goblet squats and squats with the DB on the/close to the shoulders. What does 2x4 mean?

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            #6
            Scohui the deeper you bend your knees, the harder it gets for the leg muscles... So I suppose the same applies for the lower back... Hope this helps

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              #7
              Originally posted by Scohui View Post

              What does 2x4 mean?
              A block of wood 2X4 inches any length. I use to put a towel on one shoulder then a 50LB DB right on my shoulder hold with one hand, then switch sides, no stress on the lower back when going deep. When I do side to side lunges I keep DB inside which keeps my back upright and can use forearm to keep knee going inwards, more of a tai chi style.

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                #8
                Scohui in Europe the equivalent is the 50x80mm square timber

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Andi64 View Post
                  Scohui in Europe the equivalent is the 50x80mm square timber
                  Canada is metric but in construction nobody uses it, sometimes I'll dig a 4 foot deep hole 4'X4'. The only metric is temp, car speed and distance. I hate metric, I'm 5' 8" 148 lbs and don't care what that is in metric.

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                    #10
                    thinman
                    The beauty of the metric system

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                      #11
                      Metric is cool until you slap kilo on the front of it then I don't like it. kg is less precise than lbs and km is horrible for long distance. Sub kilo is good though. And don't even get me started on the tonne, bunch of horse manure there (sorry, mining rant done)

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                        #12
                        My boot is a foot long, at work I could use my fett one in front of the other and measure out how many feet something is, like 16 feet.

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