Is it still possible to train legs with bad/weak knees? Every time I do squats or go heavier with my leg extensions my knees ache. I have since stopped traing legs and now I look like a serving tray. Help....
Thread: Training legs with bad knees?
08-20-2008, 10:34 PM #1
08-20-2008, 11:23 PM #2
I have the same problem. What I do these days is single leg split squats. What amazes me about them is that I can't do even close to half the weight I can squat with them, even though it would stand to reason that each leg can do half the squat poundage. FWIW I can single leg hamstring curl more than half of what I can do with both legs.
I hear box squats are helpful when you have knee problems. Of course, its a no brainer that leg extensions are bad for your knees in the first place so I don't know why you're doing them. I never grew any when I didn't know any better than to do them.
08-21-2008, 06:09 AM #3
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Get rid of the leg extensions
You need to find out why you have sore knees. Is it technique related, muscle imbalance/weakness, genetic predisposition, etc...
Leg press & split squats are both great suggestions.Dan Brown BPE, CSCS, PICP Level 2 (Oct 2010)
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08-21-2008, 01:32 PM #5
Everyone rips on extensions but what most people fail to realize is it's not the actual excersise itself per say, but rather the way you go about it. Extensions should be done at the end of a leg workout with LIGHT weight and high reps. Leave the heavy weights to squats and presses etc..."The smarter you play, the luckier you'll be."
08-21-2008, 01:38 PM #6