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2008/05/17 17:54:33 (permalink)

Squat alternative

Hi everyone

Thanks for all the replies to my previous post.

My query is this. I'm 40 years old and have recently been getting knee pain. I have seen a physio and he said like a lot of guys my age your cartliage to quote ' starts to turn to Weetabix with a touch of arthritis thrown in '. What joy! This seems to be as a result of all the rugby I used to play. I played for nearly twenty years. The problem is squatting. No matter how light I go I get pain and you can guarantee a few days later one of my knees will flare up. Ironically though dead lifts aren't a problem. So I was wondering would a good amount of leg extensions help me somewhat. I know there not as good as squats but it's better than nothing. I did these today and the legs were fine. If there are any other exercises though I would give them a go.

Interested in anyones thoughts.

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    RE: Squat alternative 2008/05/17 19:34:57 (permalink)
    maybe try 45 degree leg press, should be better, with some knee wraps

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    RE: Squat alternative 2008/05/17 20:01:42 (permalink)
    Dumbell Lunges.

    They're an excellent exercise in my opinion.

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    RE: Squat alternative 2008/05/18 21:12:47 (permalink)
    If you have serious problems with your knees it would be worthwhile seeing a knee specialist. You could end up doing more damage in the long run even though it feels ok at the moment.
    If theres nothing that can be done then its just a case of trying the various leg exercises and seeing which ones you can do without causing too much pain.
    Glucosamine also helps with cartilage.
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