Barbell lunges / knobbly knees questions

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    Jun 12, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
    Hi again

    Question 1: I have been doing barbell lunges for a few weeks but have encountered a problem. The weight is too light for me now, but if I go up much higher it will be very tough to get the barbell off my shoulders and over my head to put it down afterwards. Should I try backing into the squat rack and racking it, even though this will mean waiting for the squat rack to be free sometimes? Or, should I stick to using dumbbells? They feel a bit too easy compared to the barbell maybe because it is easier to balance with them.

    Question 2 (related question): I have big thighs now, but very bony knees! I realise it is genetic but has anyone had any success in improving the appearance of this area?
  • popobtc

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    Jun 16, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    This seems like an obvious answer...use the squat rack. If someone else is using it with the same weight, ask to work in. If they say no they're a gym idiot, lol to yourself and wait for them to finish.
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    Jun 16, 2013 9:45 PM GMT
    No. Don't use the squat rack. Leave it for the people that actually use it for squats. If the gym is dead and no one is around, sure go ahead. But if there are people waiting, then expect to get dagger eyes from everyone. icon_lol.gif

    And do you actually benefit from doing lunges? I see so many people struggle with lunges (either with barbell or dumbbell) but they don't get any results. They're either doing them wrong, or they don't know why they're doing lunges to begin with.
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    The dagger eyes thing haha, I know it well. Only a minority of people (including me) will ask how long someone is using a machine for, the rest just glare at you. Well, that's British people for you icon_biggrin.gif

    I would consider swapping out lunges but the leg press at my gym only goes up to about 110kg. Of course I can do one legged and 110kg is more than enough. I think lunges are a good exercise though, you need to use a range of muscles to stabilise yourself as you go which is always good.
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    As an alternative, I would suggest jumping lunges. Basically, start in the lunge position. Then with the balls of your feet, leap up as high as you can, switch your feet, and land on the balls of your feet. As soon as you land, leap, switch, land. The key is to keep moving. Keep doing it until you feel like throwing up. icon_biggrin.gif Take a break. Then do another set.

    I find that it thoroughly works the inner thighs, hamstrings, and part of your quads.
  • pelotudo87

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    Jun 16, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    Honestly, I think that in theory walking barbell lunges would be AMAZING exercise, especially for the glutes.

    However, like you said, getting the barbell into place is the hardest part. I've honestly always just done dumbbell lunges. Unless you have a workout partner and a clear path for lunging, barbell lunges can be hard.
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    Jun 18, 2013 8:18 AM GMT
    I tried backing into the squat rack and it worked great. Was able to go up 10kg which would have been very hard before. I had barbell shrugs after which I also use the squat rack for, so it was pretty convenient. And yes I always offer to let people work in with me icon_cool.gif