Due to a neck injury and 2 surgeries (<<<see avatar) I cannot squat. The bar across my neck causes too much pain for 2-3 days after squatting and I just don't want neck surgery again. I currently do front squats with either a plate or dumbell. Any suggestions on leg exercises to sub for squats? We don't have a traditional sliding leg sled in my gym (thanks Gold's). We have one of those machines where the weight is on a pivot, SIMILAR TO THIS ONE.
I also cannot do heavy deadlifts for the same reason. Anyting past about 185lbs causes a lingering neck pain.
I have lost a lot of my upper leg, lower back, and core strength and I'd like to get some of it back. Any advice is appreciated.