Many people write me saying that they cannot do squats because of pain in the knees and I felt I needed to address this problem more costly.
Sharp pain in your knee (or any area in your body) should never be ignored. If you feel pain anywhere during any exercise move, like squats, don’t work through the pain. You want to stop, make a note of it, and see your doctor if the pain does not go away. This pain could be minor but it could also be very major and mean that you have a knee injury or strain that needs special attention. A closer look at your knee by a medical professional might tell you whether squats (or whatever exercise) just is not for you or if you should just proceed with caution.
If you have healthy knees that are weak or you are avoiding squats because of other reasons you might be harming yourself rather than helping yourself. Squats are one of the best exercises that you can do when strengthen your knees if you are doing them safely and correctly. They work the areas around you knee like your quads, hamstrings, calves which all directly effect the knees.
If you can’t quite do a full squat yet or you feel pain when doing squats (and you have ruled out chronic knee injury. Try the things list below (in the video) to help build your knees and your legs to help you better perform this amazing exercise move.
First Check Your Form: Always perform squats with your knees behind your toes. Your thighs parallel to the ground. Your hips back and your spine neutral.
Alternative Ways to do Squats
- wall sit
- Ball sit
- Chair sit
- Decrease Range Of Motion
CHECK OUT THIS OTHER POST ON BUILDING STRONGER KNEE MUSCLES