Hi, I'm new to the forum but have been looking on here for about a month or so picking up workout/nutrition information and such. I recently (about 2 weeks ago) started doing Starting Strength, a while I can handle the upper body lifts fine, the lower lifts (squats, DL's & cleans) KILL my knees. It affects me so much that I'm literally hobbling after I do it. I went to the doctor and they say I don't have any severe damage, but I know after trying to squat that my knees are not what they used to be. I developed really bad knees towards the end of high school. I believe this is a result of poor form/too much weight in my leg lifts while training for football. A couple months ago I started cycling 3 times a week, and find that to be a much less painful way to work my legs.
My question is, what type of routine could I use to work my upper body similar to Starting Strength? My weightlifting goal is mainly to put on a bit of strength and some size but not a lot, I have no desire to be huge. I have a decent strength base across the board from lifting throughout high school and afterwards, but I haven't made much progress since my football days, so any advice would help. Thanks.
07-02-2010, 12:21 PM #1
Really Bad Knees, Alternative to Starting Strength?
07-02-2010, 12:29 PM #2
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Perhaps you started with too much weight. Additionally, I would suspect that your form is poor. But that can't really be verified unless we can see it. Can you post a video?
Two weeks seems too early to throw in the towel to me. Perhaps you can lower the weight and start the progression over. I believe the book states it is better to start too low than too high.
Cycling isn't going to net you any size or strength.
07-02-2010, 12:57 PM #3
The way my knees feel after doing even light squats make me sure that doing them cannot be good for them. At this point I want to just keep my legs in shape and keep them healthy, I don't really care if they get any bigger/stronger. And I know cycling will not build up my legs, but I have naturally big legs, and don't want them any bigger than they already are. When I said a bit of size/strength, I meant adding it to my upper body, mainly because it's pretty small compared to my legs.
07-02-2010, 12:58 PM #4
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Bulgarian Split Squats, Split Squats, Hack Squats, Sled Squats, Leg Press, SLDL's, RDL's, Step Ups, Lunges, Reverse Lunges, Sled Dragging, Leg Extensions, Leg Curls, Goblet Squats, etc. There are plenty of excercises you can choose from that will probably be less stressful on your knees or atleast stress the knee differently.http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=165762691&p=1326599401#post1326599401
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Get your form in order.
Pay particular attention to the possibility of your knees going far in front of your toes or collapsing inwards. They should track over your feet/toes.Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.—Thomas Jefferson
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