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Old 05-16-2007, 10:44 AM   #1
Greg Primm
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I've been lurking for a few weeks, trying to figure out how many of the exercises I can safely perform. The problem is I have bad knees. I'm not talking about a little knee pain here and there. My knees are almost shredded. I've had 2 operations on each knee, including an ACL replacement on the left knee 14 years ago and 2 surgeries for torn cartilage on the right knee within the past 18 months. At age 33, I already have some arthritis in the left knee.

My goals are to get in great shape while preserving the knees as much as possible.

Squats, lunges, leg extensions, etc. are not an option.

I have been using a leg press machine in my gym that doesn't hurt too much. Spinning classes have been great, so biking is fine. Straight leg deadlifts are fine for the hamstrings.

Any ideas? Can I do this? Should I only incorporate the upper body exercises?

I'd like to get some advice from someone who's had some serious knee trauma.

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Old 05-16-2007, 11:03 AM   #2
Anthony Bainbridge
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If can't squat, how do you get off the couch? The toilet? How do you step over a puddle? Do you have a personal assistant to carry you around?

I'm not trying to make light of your injuries, but you should start asking why you can't squat instead of accepting defeat. Not being able to squat is a huge loss of independence.

Also, leg press is a lot worse on your knees/back than proper squats or lunges. If anything, I'd avoid leg press at all costs.
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:01 PM   #3
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greg, you may want to post on the injury board. there are two wonderful guys...garrett and wayne, who make rehab thier profession and have hearts big enough to share thier expertise here on the boards.

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