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Old 02-15-2013, 16:07   #2
Green_Manelishi
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I've hit a roadblock. Simply put, my lower back sucks. I had a back surgery that removed scar tissue and most of the disc between L4/L5 a few years back after disc problems. I feel 100% good to go, but just shouldering 315 lbs in the squat rack sends tingles and numbness down my right leg and foot...it's time to stop.

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Thanks in advance... I anxiously await the wisdom of GT, and I'm off to the gym to try something new.
Unsure how wise I am but I know what it's like to have a point where your back, or neck, is the weak point. Can you
reduce the squat poundage and increase the reps?

A few years ago I was fine with 225 on the squat but more than that caused my neck and back to present problems so I stuck with 225 and simply increased the reps. One day I did 12 reps, deep, with no problem and my spotter said "dude. 225? deep? 12 times? No problems? You need to increase the weight." I told him I wouldn't and why; it was all good.
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