First and foremost, I have to start with the following disclaimer: I am not a physical therapist. Or doctor. Or wizard of magic and great power. This is in no way at all intended to help you treat chronic knee injury, train around a serious injury, or rehab a recovering knee. If you have any serious pains, concerns, anything at all – go see a professional physical therapist.
Good, that’s out of the way. So if we can’t train around serious injuries that need medical attention, who is this article for? Anyone who says they have “bad knees” (but they aren’t bothering them right now), people who are scared of squats for some reason or who don’t like them, or someone who just wants some ideas to hit the legs without putting a ton of pressure on the knee.
One of the most common complaints I see when talking with people is they tell me their knees hurt, or they have a bad knee. I ALWAYS follow this up by asking if they have received a thorough examination by a qualified medical professional. Half the time they say no – so exercises involving heavy knee flexion/extension go out the window.
(If you haven’t seen a professional, please do so.…