Ha! MRI results back, I don't have a herniated disk, but a (spelling may be off) annular tear L5/S1 disk, resulting in the bad pain. Coo, so what can I do? Recommendations: Never a Bent over row, no deadlifts, squatting in a smith machine to prevent "foward" leaning, and quarter squatting. I asked him,. well, wouldn't it help to build up even with just bodyweight using natural-form squatting to strengthen the back? No, just aggravates / hurts the tear. Strange, I would think the Smith machine due to it putting your body in an unnatural arc, would be more dangerous. So, I'll be bodyweight and OHS with zero weights, elliptical for now. And, eventually I'll be deading and squatting, without a Smith machine Thoughts on this?