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    Squat Alternative for bad knee

    I have a bad knee and have quit doing squats to protect it. Any thoughts of good alternatives. I can do Leg presses without an issue.
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    Originally Posted by gorbyak View Post
    I have a bad knee and have quit doing squats to protect it. Any thoughts of good alternatives. I can do Leg presses without an issue.
    How exactly do leg presses put less stress on the knees? The basic movement that you're doing there is quite similar to the squat...except that the leg press isn't quite as good as a squat is so you might as well squat. Perhaps I'm missing some piece of information here but I just don't understand your argument.
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    Originally Posted by matjusm View Post
    How exactly do leg presses put less stress on the knees? The basic movement that you're doing there is quite similar to the squat...except that the leg press isn't quite as good as a squat is so you might as well squat. Perhaps I'm missing some piece of information here but I just don't understand your argument.
    I am unsure, maybe there isnt a motion difference I am just paranoid about movement I guess, I was aslo told to avoid them. Maybe I should just try them again now that I have been using the leg press for months.
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    NM I am in pain now, not knee pain though. Squats hurt to start....

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    Warm up properly, go through some good mobility movements before squatting, work on form before weight.

    Overall, if your knees are not that bad, squats wont kill you if you take your time and dont rush things.

    If your knees really do have a hard time coping with freeweight squats, the Hack Squat machine might be better for you because you can really work on foot placement and knee travel with the movement. Thats my 2 cents. That combined with some other quad work and SLDL's/RDL's, youll have a pretty solid routine.
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