You get stronger through progressive resistance increases and by injecting variety into your routines which helps to stimulate your muscles in new and different ways . This is a great time for you to switch up your training and do something new. I encourage you to never do the same routine for more than 6 weeks before changing it.
The deadlift is probably the best barbell exercise, after the squat, for developing strength and overall health. A strong deadlift helps to increase your grip strength, keep your back surgery free, and improve your posture. It is a very useful lift. I would recommend that you deload, work on form, and continue to deadlift.
But...if you really don't want to do it, it's not essential for everybody. Weightlifters hardly ever deadlift, but they are still very strong. If you decide to quit deadlifting, incorporate snatches and clean and jerks into your routine.
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Hey I don't squat. Call me a sissy boy. I don't give a shit. Strength is the ability to produce force. All things being equal bigger muscles produce more force. Work your muscles and get stronger WITHOUT hurting yourself. How strong you gonna be if you gotta get back surgery cause YOU GOTTA DEAD LIFT BRAH!
I love dead lifts and fear them too!! Back injuries can be lifelong...........get well soon!!
that sounds nasty! i've never thankfully had anything like that happen. my 2 cents worth. i find if i jump up weights, my form can go. good example. i was deadlifting this week and added 5 kgs on. i deadlift a barbell not an olympic bar with plates so i do a very deep deadlift. more like a cross between a squat and a deadlift. once the weight bumped up i started feeling it in my hammies as i wasnt going down so low. so i had to really concentrate on getting right down low and coming up properly. i always do 10 - 15 reps of whatever i am doing but from memory you do less? so maybe build up reps at a lower weight before you go up any? i also do weighted good mornings which i have read helped strengthen your back against dead lift damage.I mean there I am, starting rep 3 when all of a sudden everything just shifted in my whole body, there were three rapid very loud cracking noises in the lower part of my spine, almost like the whole thing was being stretched apart. It was very scary, felt both like relief of some pressure I didn't know I had plus a sickening feeling. It's just too easy to mess up and now I'm afraid.
Last edited by canuck416; 07-19-2013 at 03:46 PM.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 157.5 x 2
I was scared to DL again, but knew I wanted to do them again. About 3 weeks after injury I started back up using bar only. I've slowly added weight again up to 135 lbs, but haven't gone past 135. I just do more reps at that weight. I'm sure at some point I will add more weight, but my focus really isn't strength as it is a nice rear end Plus, I really don't want to injure myself again.