leg workouts for bad knees...

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  1. Fresh

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    i wanted to start some leg workouts to build some mass on my stick legs, but my knees have been really bothering me. i started squats last week and noticed when i lift the weights back up, my knees lock up and makes cracking noises. there's also a sharp pain.
    anyone know some alternative workouts or maybe a way to get stronger knees so i won't run into this problem?

    btw, i'm not a body builder or anything. i am 25 yrs old, and just started working out. i just got a membership to a gym and i've been working to get some lean muscle on my upper body but my legs need some SERIOUS work.

    any input will be appreciated.
     
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    lol.
    this is really embarassing - but it was just the bar.
     
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    instead of squats, use a leg press, but make sure that your feet are "planted" higher on the platform so that when you lower it, the knees DO NOT go over your toes... if that still bothers you... try wedging a medicine ball between your knees for support (while using the leg press).

    ...oh, and make sure you "drive through" your heels to use the glutes more than your quads... then use the leg extension machine to build quads.
     
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    EXCELLENT!!
    This could really help me improve.
    My right knee really sucks.
     
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    cool. i will try that. thanks is300.
     
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    walking on the treadmill at the highest incline. or the step machine.
     
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    will that really give me mass on my legs?
     
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    what is the sl in sldl, and what is ghr's?
     
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    leg extension machine looks like it would be a lot more taxing on the knee , there'd be a lot more torque on the joint than in squat.
     
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    no, but it helps strengthen the small muscles around the knees
     
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    first of all your squat form is horrible.....if you can't find a legit trainer, just do leg press and machine hack squats until you are not so vaggie.
     
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    You should warm up on an eliptical trainer, they are very easy on your knees.

    Lol at your second post--this guy I used to work with was working out with a trainer and the trainer asked him "if he had been in an accident" since he couldn't lift very much! The answer was no, he was just a scrawny dude! ; )
     
  13. lilox

    lilox Live fast, Die old

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    I have had knee trouble on and off for 10 years, ever since I was 14 and grew 9 inches in 18 months, most important part of your work out is stretching at the beginning, I warm up on the bike for 7 minutes before I do my stretches for my legs, stretching my legs takes about 7 minutes and I really feel the difference in my exercises, 90% of the time your pain will be down to incorrectly stretched tendons and muscles, the knee is a very complex joint and very easy to break, if you start getting pain in it frequently consult a dr,
     
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    I tore a ligament in my knee and couldnt squat much more than 50lb with out a lot of pain. I picked up a mountain bike this summer and ride almost everyday. I do about 15 miles on the trails at a near by state park. I found that I could a good leg workout on some of the long climbs with out hurting my knee. Now 3 months later the pain I have had for over a year is gone.
     
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    It depends on the injury.

    A lot of weight directly over the knee (squat or leg press) is what I have the most problems with.

    I can do leg extensions with very little discomfort.
     
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    I had pain in one of my knees for several years from basketball, I started squatting and it got a little worse for a couple of weeks but I kept with it and now my knee is almost fully recovered. :dunno: I'm no doctor or specialist but I suggest just sticking with the squats for a while and see what happens. IMO alot of people puss out too quickly at the slightest feeling of discomfort.
     
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