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    Bent over barbell rows rough on the legs

    I don't know if I'm leaning too much or if my legs are just that weak from my hiatus of a few months, but doing barbell rows is really rough on them. I get an insanely intense burn after about the third rep and it feels like ass. Should I see if they catch up in the coming weeks or go back to lying dumbbell rows instead? I'm not sure which one would work best. I don't really feel like I get a good workout from the lying rows, the bent over ones feel better aside from my damn legs.

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    What part of your legs are hurting? Your hammies? If so, work your hammies since that isometric hang of the "bent over" shouldn't really stress them.

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    It feels like more in my quads more than anything. My legs are probably just extra weak or something. I had to take a big break from doing anything deadlift related and that's the main source of leg work for me since I can't squat at the moment. Hopefully if/when I get my power rack I can finally start doing those.

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    Why can't you squat?

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    I don't have a squat rack or a gym nearby and I don't like the idea of doing front squats or doing them without a rack. Always seemed too risky for me, especially if I'm just starting out.

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    Go light. I full front squat without a rack (just one holding the bar up). Give it a shot sometime. Any quad exercise is better than nothing even *cough* leg press.

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    I agree progress, you should do front squats, those will help build up your quads nicely. I have a Rack and I don't even do them in there most of the time. If you miss a rep you could just drop the weight.
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    I'd need to get those foam pads or something before I thought about dropping the weight. I'm just not set up at all to do squats, but I'll look into it. I don't particularly want to clean the weight up either unless I move my bench around when I want to do them so I can get under the barbell that way. Soon rather than later I should have a rack that I can properly squat with.


    EDIT: Sweet, I just found out that the lat option for the rack is in fact the same one Dick's has, model number P-LTO. I'm going to head down there and ask if they have any plans on getting the power rack in.
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