This thread is open to anyone who still squats and pulls heavy despite serious past and/or current injuries. I want to see what you guys have done to get back into training heavy after a bad injury; how you dealt with it physically and mentally. I herniated a disc in my lower back last year and just recently felt ready to start training heavy again. Besides the lack of loading my spine and trying to stay active in other ways like hiking I didn't really do anything for rehab. For the past few months I've been squatting twice a week, 3 sets of 5, adding 5-lbs a day. Started with 95-lbs and I'm currently working with 240 x 5 x 3. And that's it, old school linear progression. No special warm up or anything, just squat to warm up for squats. I use a little wider stance and descend a little slower than I used to and wear a belt even with an empty bar. I'm A LOT more focused on bracing my trunk now. I obviously don't feel the same as I did when I was squatting 405 x 5 x 5. I feel a little creaky, almost like my back is a Jenga stack at the end of the game, about to break any second. But I guess that's more mental than anything. Still trying to get used to the bros smirking at my measly 2 plates & change lol It's been humbling.