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Old 04-05-2007, 05:50 PM   #1
Jesse Woody
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Default Squats, swings, and ballistics...scaling

Ok, two quick questions. I have a client who has ridiculously long femurs in relation to the length of her torso. As such, the best I've been able to accomplish as far as squats is a rather wide stance, partial range of motion squat with a SEVERELY angled torso. DJ's "goblet squats" work relatively well, but the shear distance her hips drop behind your torso due to the long femurs even makes those sketchy. Now, one issue is that she has very little strength, and we're working on that, as well as trying to make her aware of "what her ass does for a living" as coach Glassman would put it. That being said, I was wondering if anybody here has any experience with this and had perhaps found a better way than plugging away with goblet squats, squat balances on a pole, wider stance, X-fit's "squat therapy" with the box, etc.

Second question, I have another client who came to me with a bulging lumbar disk. He is rather strong and we've worked to find functional ranges of motion for certain exercises. The problem is the fact that he's a hard worker and tries to kick ass on every workout possible. We did some KB swings today and I had him start VERY light with a short range of motion. When he said it felt perfectly find, I allowed him to do a short (10:00) circuit that included SDHP's and push-presses. At the end, he said that his right lower back hurt, near his pelvis. From where he pointed, it seemed to me to be muscularly related (such as a tightened spinal erector from holding form for 10:00) but it still scares the living shit out of me. What CAN he safely do with a bulging disk? I've been researching this a lot and you get so many conflicting views that it gets confusing. Any experience here? I know swings and other ballistic movements are definitely on the fringe of possibility (hence the slow ramp-up today...maybe not slow enough) but what movements do we have that don't cause excessive spinal loading...or is there some way to work this out slowly and bring him back to functional levels of strength?

Any help on either of these issues would be much-appreciated!
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