Squats/knee pain/glute exercises

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    Feb 20, 2008 2:17 AM GMT
    Ok, so I attempted squats this evening, got one good set in, and about 6 reps into the second managed to tweak my right knee. My right knee gives me trouble all the time so I'm not all that surprised that it showed signs of weakness during the dreaded squats, but anyone have any advice on exercises I can do instead of a squat that will work my glutes?

    I'm gonna explore the web a bit tomorrow at work too. I have negative ass and its starting to bug me. Just wondering if you guys have any miraculous tricks you could share to help me fill out my jeans a little better.


    Thanks guys!

  • Feb 20, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    I would suggest using the smith machine. it takes away the balance aspect of the free standing barbell squat and is safer. I would also make sure you're properly warming up (especially your lower body) before your squats. you should be SWEATING before you start your weight session. See my post about Osgood-Schlaters knee problems. I just commented on it today and I put some good information about knee pain and such on that posting. Good Luck!
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    Feb 20, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    Switch to leg presses - with the knees bending no less than 90 degrees - that is, let them come down only until you reach a right angle at the knee. Do NOT let the pelvis move at all.

    As you push back up, close your eyes and imagine yourself standing up out of a deep chair - you'll bring in more glute involvement that way.

    This is a compressive load for the knee, which is usually much more tolerable.
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    Feb 20, 2008 7:32 AM GMT
    Also, make sure your knees are bending and pointing in the same direction as your feet. Also, don't let your knees extend past your toes. I've been doing lunges with 30-35 pound dumbells...Talk about feeling it the next day!
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    Feb 20, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    You may also consider doing some core and hip exercises. I'm currently in physical therapy for my right knee (torn ACL 20 years ago now resulting in arthritis aggravated by running and heavy leg workouts). My therapist has be doing lumbar bridges, ab exercises (plank, swedish ball crunches), and and resistance training (rubberband sidesteps, hip pulses, etc.) to strengthen the muscles that are supposed to assist the knees when lifting, running, etc.
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    Feb 20, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses/suggestions guys! I appreciate it!