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25 Jan 2006

Knee pain
I have joined the gym a couple of years ago and have increased the weights on the circuit equipment as I grew stronger. I have, however, found that my knees started to ache afterwards, especially at night. I first thought it might be the running on the steps as part of the circuit routine, but discovered it could be the leg extension and/or leg curl machines. I have stopped the leg extensions and reduced the weights on the leg curl machine, but I am not sure if these are the culprits at all. Perhaps you can give me advice and recommend an alternative leg exercise with less strain on the knees. Much appreciated.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Riaan

Sometimes the leg extension machines can cause problems, just because of the nature of the movement, the knee is inherently 'less stable' when doing this type of movement. Doing a semi-squat or full squat might be an alternative. However, I feel that the problem is probably the load, not the type of exercise. I think that if you just reduce the weight, do fewer reps perhaps, or have a day extra of recovery, or try to avoid doing too much running on the same day that you do weight training. Perhaps you are just fatiguing the muscle too much, then running and exposing the knee joint to loads that it can't handle? I do think that simply reducing the load will really help you to recover between training sessions.

Good luck
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