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syn 06-08-2013 03:40 PM

physio said I cant train legs -best option?
I have had issues with my knees for the last while, I went to see a physiotherapist on Thursday, I Have a number of issues with my feet & knees (right leg more than my left)

So I have to take some time off martial arts/squats/Dead lifts.

I want to keep training, but not sure what the best course is, I was doing one of Steve's Full body routines alternating between workout A & B.
I am eating in a caloric surplus, and I have gained a few lbs

so my questions are
Should I continue whit this routine, but leave out Squats & deads?
Should I continue with the caloric surplus, or ease off a little?

So I'm hoping some you guys can advice me on the best option to move forward

Thanks for reading.

WilldBill88 06-08-2013 03:49 PM

I'm not as experienced as the other guys here nor am I your doctor, but maybe you can do some squat/deadlift variations? Maybe some lighter leg presses for reps or rack pulls?

syn 06-08-2013 03:59 PM

yeah they maybe an option, Ill discuss it when I'm back for treatment on the 18th.
I have specific stretches/rolling to do in the meantime. but the physio said specifically not to squat/deadlift or run for now, to see how my legs react to the stretching and time off.

SecondsOut 06-08-2013 04:07 PM

i've been in a similar position before -- had to drop all exercises that messed with my lower back, which pretty much meant all barbell exercises. i ended up training dips and pullups exclusively for a couple months. i did lots of variations of the movements. i trained 4-5 days a week like that. in the end, my lats and rear delts looked great, and my arms were bigger. in fact, my biceps are actually smaller now than they were then.

syn 06-08-2013 04:13 PM

Thanks man, I could add dips/pull ups/chin ups.

I was a bit worried that training upper body exclusively would be a bit of a waste.

Hopefully it wont be too long before I can squat again.

SecondsOut 06-08-2013 04:55 PM

that's how i feel, too. it was a real blow to not be able to train lower body. i think i stopped barbell training for a month, maybe even 5 weeks. when i went back, though, i was very surprised at how little strength i lost. i made sure to keep my calories and protein up, and i was also riding my bike a lot (not sure what, if any, effect this had on my legs, though).

Epinephrine 06-08-2013 05:46 PM

If I were you I'd do pin-pulls instead of doing deads off the floor. But as for squatting, I'd just take a break from all variations/styles. If your doctor told you your knees are bad then don't do any movement where you put pressure and stress on them, ESPECIALLY IN A FULLY BENT POSITION. Pin-pulls will be sufficient IMO. Your knees barely play a role in the movement, you'll continue to strengthen your lower back/posterior chain, and pin-pulls are just plain fun. I'd also throw in some t-bar rows or pendlay rows to help with developing thickness in leu of deadlifting.

Keep your calories up. Utilize the energy you aren't using on squatting and deadlifting for something else, like benching or pressing. Just make sure your workouts are still intense and you shouldn't have to worry about it. If anything just lower your carb intake on the days you aren't training.

I hope this helps you out, brother. Stay positive and keep pushin' forward.

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