The single exercise that has done the most to diminish my back issues.
Are these one legged squats with the back leg up on a bench or similar? Or both feet on the floor?
What I do is sit in a chair, lift one leg off the ground and stand up, then lower myself back down. A set of 10 then switch legs. Somebody in better condition might not need the chair.
Wow, I just tried that, and it's not easy! I guess that means I should be doing it.
And one leg is much stronger than the other ... interesting.
I've never done them that way - it's good! Might have to work some of those in!
I’ve done them with an exercise ball between my back and a wall and one ankle on the other knee, rolling up and down with each squat. Maybe I should take them up again, now that you all mention it.
I’m not sure if one leg is actually stronger than the other, but they are pretty different in terms of where they hurt when I do it. That is, they both have issues, but different issues. So weak and unbalanced.
The height of the chair seat seems to be critical. On my adjustable chair, it goes from impossible to doable in just a few inches.
I'm doing the "Charlie version" but maybe should try this...
Bubo, if you can do that, you don’t need the Charlie version of anything.
TomN, absolutely right about the height issue. From a weight bench or a standard chair height I can do it with great difficulty. If I put a 2” pad on it, it is still difficult, but more feasible and probably a better exercise for me. My wife, with a much shorter tibia length, can bounce up and down easily from the weight bench, but then again, pound for pound she is probably a fair amount stronger.