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    Can't do Squats. Looking for different leg exercises

    About seven years ago I injuried my back resulting in damage to my four lower plates. Two are actually fused. I was told then, if I wanted to keep walking, to stay off the squats. So, I am looking to gain size in my legs but having slow progress. My leg day consist of the following. Also, the fact that I have had complete knee replacement doesn't help either.

    Leg extensions, hamstring curls, leg press, deadlift w/trap bar, calf, and inner and outer thigh.

    Without squats, is there anything else that I can do?

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    dumbell lunges

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    Yes, lunges would take the impact off my back, but how is it on the knees?

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    DB Lunges are like a one legged squat without the barbell on your back, AFAIK

    So, I suppose that would be it about as rough on the knees as squats are which depends on person to person to form
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    A unitaleral movement like lunges COULD be pretty hard on the knee, you'll have to try light and find out. I really like hack squat machines, there is some pressure on the low back obviously, but it can stay perfectly straight while performing the exercise. I'm surprised you have no problems with leg extensions on that knee, for many people those are a killer. Hack squats + lunges if possible +leg curls should be more than enough if you put the work in.
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    front squat? and you are pretty much restrained to using leg press and hacksquat machines. but then they all have some sort of impact on the knees...

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    Thanks for the advice. I will try the lunges. If they seem to be to much, I'll try the hacksquat.

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    Leg press still puts a lot of pressure ont he lower back, if going heavy and deep.
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