Okay, a couple q's for ya'll.
I injured my back 2 years ago deadlifting. During a test for my 1 rep max, I ended up achieving an annulus tear, and herniation of my L3, L4, and L5 discs. My neurosurgeon said this was due to an inherited degenerative spinal condition (thanks a f*ckin' lot, mom!). Essentially what this means is that I can't squat, deadlift, or do anything that exerts a significant amount of axial pressure on my spinal column.
So, my first question is regarding my leg routine. I'd just like a critique from a bodybuilding perspective.
DB Lunges: 2-3 sets, 10-12 reps/set.
Hyperextensions: 2-3 sets, 10-15 reps/set
Seated Leg Extensions, 2-3 sets, 10-12 reps/set
Lying Hammie Curls, 2 sets, 8-12 reps/set
Donkey Calf Press: 4 sets, 8-15 reps/set
After reading some of the stuff from the pros over at professionalmuscle, I've been giving higher rep ranges a try. From a bodybuilding standpoint, does this scheme look effective?
Okay, and my second question. Seeing as I cannot do any deadlifting (or rack pulls for that matter), can anyone recommend some good grip enhancing exercises that can be performed at the gym? I don't have the cash to invest in a grip trainer right now, so if anyone knows anything I can do with freeweights without putting my back at risk, please let me know.