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AWKSWAN Posts: 41
2/12/14 2:22 P

Thank you. I’ll scale back a little for now, then. If my knee gets any worse, or even just doesn't improve, I’ll certainly have it looked at, but for now, it seems pretty minor. I just don’t want to exacerbate the problem by ignoring it.

As far as the shoes, I use fairly new New Balance cross trainers—maybe I need to break them in? I actually tried jumping in my running shoes (Brooks Adrenalines) once, but the same cramping occurred—not surprising, given that they’re the wrong kind of shoe to jump in. But I’m not sure how to gauge if the cross trainers I’m using now are right for my feet. They don’t hurt in anything else I do—just the repetitive, high impact jumping. But I’ll look into it further.

Anyway, thanks for the advice! I just wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t cause further harm to my knee by doing moderate workouts, assuming no pain, of course. If it doesn't improve, I’ll definitely get it checked out. Thanks again!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,294
2/12/14 1:41 P

I'm not a huge fan of self-diagnosis, so if the pain persists or gets worse, I'd recommend getting it checked out. I think you could try to scale back the intensity of your workouts, and as long as what you're doing isn't bothering your knee, and the knee seems to be getting better, it's probably okay to continue.

As far as foot cramps go, are you wearing good shoes that fit properly and aren't worn out? Bad shoes can give you all kinds of aches and pains.

Coach Jen

Edited by: SPARK_COACH_JEN at: 2/12/2014 (13:41)
AWKSWAN Posts: 41
2/12/14 12:42 P

Because my knee has never hurt during the plyo sections of the workouts I do. But I realize it might still be getting irritated, even if it doesn't hurt. I'm not sure. That's why I asked. :)

I forgot to mention in my first post: I do modify the SP workout because I'm new to skipping and still get tangled in the rope when I try the fancy stuff. So for a good majority of her workout, I'm doing a very repetitive jump--just up and down, no variation. So it's not like the plyo sections when I'm constantly changing the type of jump.

Edited by: AWKSWAN at: 2/12/2014 (12:49)
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2/12/14 12:31 P

Why do you think that plyo is ok when skipping rope irritates your knee?

AWKSWAN Posts: 41
2/12/14 12:17 P

Two problems:

Self-diagnosing, here, but I’m pretty sure I’m developing patellar tendonitis in one knee from jumping rope. I’m not heavy (110 lbs, sorta the skinny fat variety?) but I just started working out again mid-January. I actually feel pretty strong in my workouts now, but I still might have started jumping rope a bit too early? (I’m just doing the SP workout with Coach Nicole, and not every day, so it’s not a ton, but still….)

Anyway, I’m going to nix the skipping for a bit, but I’m wondering if it’s okay to do my other workouts, namely The Firm (with fanny lifter), Jillian (plyometrics included) and a decent amount of stretching? Are these okay as long as they don’t give me pain? I don’t want to aggravate my knee, but right now it only hurts occasionally (sometimes going down stairs, sometimes jumping rope). So I’m hoping I can still exercise with a bit of impact and let it heal at the same time, though I can eliminate the plyos if need be. Please don’t say I’ll have to change my entire routine. *cries*

Second problem: when I am jumping rope, the only thing that really makes it difficult for me to finish the workout is foot pain. My feet start cramping about halfway through (as they do in high knees and standing mountain climbers). My form might have suffered because of that, which may or may not account for the knee problem. Either way, it’s not good. So is there any way to strengthen my feet aside from jumping? Calf raises, maybe?

Any help or advice on either problem would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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