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    I'm "quad heavy"

    I've been having some knee/back discomfort and after doing some research and really looking at my legs, I've came to the conclusion that my hamstrings are non-existent in comparison to my quads which may be causing my knee problems. I'm not quite sure how to fix the in-balance. I can't do squats or SLDL's because of my back/knees. The only hamstring specific excercise I can think of is leg curls. I usually do these after the bigger movements, leg press and hacks. Maybe do leg curls first even though I don't think they've ever done jack for me? Anybody have any ideas??
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    What's wrong with your back?
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    Glute ham raises.

    Although you might not be able to do those either, if your back is really screwed up.
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    Originally posted by Paul Stagg
    What's wrong with your back?
    I've got some discomfort in the lower back. It's just on one side, kind of at the top of the glute. It feels like it was "overstretched." I can really feel it when I'm doing heavy rows or T-bars. At the bottom position of the rep I can feel it pulling on the area. When I press on it I feel kind of a stinging sensation. I was thinking it may be a flexibility issue. When I bend over to pick up a weight my glutes don't go down. Instead my knees go forward. It seems my lower back is very tight and doesn't allow my ass to go down and remain a tight arch. I don't know how to stretch the lower back.
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    Originally posted by carolinagirl
    Glute ham raises.

    Although you might not be able to do those either, if your back is really screwed up.
    you need a machine for this right? gym doesn't have one. I may switch soon though.
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    Once you find the exercises you can do, train hams first, then quads.
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    I'd still reccomend SLDL's, just go really light. They actually helped me strengthen my back and hams to overcome a lot of pain I had dealt with. And lots of stretching, especially post workout.

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    Then your back isn't permanently hurt? Stretch, rest, and if no relief in a week, see a doc or a chiro.

    ONce you are pain free, you can squat and SLDL.
    Squats work better than supplements.
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