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  • Any Advice for Squats for Someone with a Full Hip Replacement?

    Hey,

    I won't go in to details, but I had one of my hips replaced in my late 20's. Everything has been going very well but I would like to safely add some leg strength exercises to my routine. For the last handful you years, my only leg exercise has been elliptical tredmill and swimming. I am starting to do a few reps using light weights on a hip sled using some recommendations from my PT.

    I am just look for some suggestions or share experiences with anyone else in the same boat.

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    Hey there! I don't have any expert advice, but I think squats would be great for you (anyone actually!). Can you get into a squat position comfortably using just your body weight? That would be with feet flat and hips down to parallel, at least. Do you have the primal blueprint fitness handbook? Mark has many videos showing proper form and the progression to get there. Once you're doing well with just your body weight then you can consider adding a barbell. Hope this helps!!

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    • #3
      Artificial hips are a no-go for heavy lifting, aren't they?
      Crohn's, doing SCD

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      • #4
        I have been given conflicting info from a couple doctors but my gut feeling is heavy lifting with the robohip is a bad idea. I have been doing elliptical treadmills and swimming and have gotten a lot of my coordination back. I would like to get a little more strength back though (nothing dramatic mind you). I might try lunges with no added weight and count my blessings.

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        • #5
          With absolutely 0 experience of my own to speak of, I would say absolutely try bodyweight exercises, and proceed with caution. You can get plenty of strength from bodyweight alone!
          Depression Lies

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          • #6
            I have a total hip replacement and I understand where you are coming from wanting to add in some more exercises (I am 42 and had the op nearly 3 years ago). I currently also have a rotator cuff problem so I feel like I am falling apart Anyway, I do squats, but instead of doing them in the middle of the floor, I do them using a big gym ball against a wall - it rolls down with me to add extra support so is easier on the hip. The lunges would probably be OK as well, although I might have to support myself on one side by holding onto something. I would avoid the heavy lifting while standing. There are other leg exercises you can do with the gym/swiss ball as well - it is a handy bit of kit.

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            • #7
              Don't do weighted squats with an artificial hip. Bodyweight squats should be fine. Up the resistance on the elliptical machine. Push around or drag a weighted sled. Listen to your body. If it hurts or "just doesn't feel right" don't do it. You were young for getting a hip. You need to get lots of miles out of this one, because they do eventually wear out.

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              • #8
                Definitely follow the advice of trained medical professionals on this one.

                If regular BW squats get too easy maybe look to doing them super slow or pre-exhausting your quads first by doing a static wall sit for a minute or so before doing regular reps straight after.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OldSchhool View Post
                  Definitely follow the advice of trained medical professionals on this one.

                  If regular BW squats get too easy maybe look to doing them super slow or pre-exhausting your quads first by doing a static wall sit for a minute or so before doing regular reps straight after.
                  great idea, even for someone with his own hips thanks for the inspiration, because I feel like my joints need a break from too much squatting!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                    great idea, even for someone with his own hips thanks for the inspiration, because I feel like my joints need a break from too much squatting!
                    You won't thank me after trying them, LOL !

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                    • #11
                      Doesn't everbody need to curse something or somebody during heavy exercises??

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                      • #12
                        Heavy a$$ squatting at low reps, is a good method in trying to get a hip replacement before the age of fifthy, so keep up the good work all ye knucklehead squatters…
                        Last edited by Gorbag; 02-25-2014, 11:33 AM.
                        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                        - Schopenhauer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                          Heavy a$$ squatting at low reps, is a good method in trying to get a hip replacement before the age of fifthy, so keep up the good work all ye knucklehead squatters…
                          thank god I am only doing bw squats, not the heavy ones...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gergirl View Post
                            thank god I am only doing bw squats, not the heavy ones...
                            I am not against squat, it's a great strength exercise for many people, but very heavy weights in the low rep range will sooner or later give you trouble...
                            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                            - Schopenhauer

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                            • #15
                              Agree on that. But with every exercise it is the same. If you neglect form, sooner or later something is going to hurt.
                              You can do challenging squat variations without weight. If your goal aren't thighs like elephants have, they should be enough?!

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