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    Default Forbidden to Squat--May I increase number deadlift sets?

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    Coach,

    I am 76 years old and quit working the novice program about a year ago. I want to start it up again.

    I will be having full replacement of my right (bone on bone) knee either in May or June, 2021. About 1 year later, I will have the left knee done.

    My surgeon has told me under no circumstances to perform squats with the bar. I have also seen at least one of your comments affirming that doing so prior to surgery could complicate the procedure.

    I have read all of your books and understand how difficult the deadlift is--(thus only one set).

    I also realize that deadlifting is NOT squatting and cannot, by itself, build strength in the same way that working the novice program does.

    That having been said, I would appreciate your thoughts on my working the program...BUT...substituting 1 or 2 extra working sets of the deadlift in place of the 3 working sets of the squat.

    I would also appreciate your own assessment of what my doctor thinks--i.e., that the deadlift is not nearly as hard on the knee as is the squat--due to not bending it under the heavy weight.

    My thanks as always,

    Russ

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    I think you should have both knees done at the same time, this month.

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