An old injury cropped up recently. I bruised my ribs 1.5 years ago and now the ribs hurt again. I think I aggravated them by racing go-carts and having the seat harness too tight. Heavy squats also added to the issue.
Last night while warming up with squats I found I couldn't come out of the squat to fully upright without severe pain. Once I got to the top - standing upright - the pain hit. This is definitely not something someone could work through with heavy weight - The pain is too severe to chance that the body won't buckle under weight - 255lb barbell.
So I need an alternative to squats. I want to try to retain all my strength while I heal so when I go back to squat I can start very close to where I left off.
I tried the leg press and I'm able to perform this exercise without any pain. If I take the weight down below parallel will this be sufficient to retain my leg strength?? What other exercises would you suggest I try to keep in shape for the squat?
I understand the nothing can fully take the place of squats!!