1. Instead of thinking of lunging forward, take a smaller step and think of your hips lowering. What I mean is, instead of the force of the lunge propelling you forward in to your knee, think of sinking the hips DOWN straight towards the ground.
2. Instead of lunging and bringing the foot back to starting point, try this: Step one foot in front of the other, and stay there. Do not move your feet. Simply bend your knees and sink hips down into the lunge, and do a few reps like that WITHOUT MOVING THE FEET. Then switch and do the other side.
3. Try doing #2 while placing your hand on a chair back next to you for added support.
Edited by: IRISHF at: 5/10/2009 (11:55)
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The lunges hurt my knee too. I'm on the road to knee replacement so I've got to be careful with my knees but at the same time try to strengthen the area around them. I think I'll try the baby lunges this week.
I want to do bootcamp but I've noticed that a lot of the exercises but stress on the knee area. So far the lunges are what bother me the most.
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I have to agree dont skipthem. Do baby lunges. I had a severe injury to my left patella and have had 3 knee surgeries with some nerve damage in the area. My physical therapist had me doing just very little lunges. We call them baby lunges. It strengthens the area. My knee is better now and I am able to do real lunges and run and walk without problems. I had a great Dr and therapist who pushed me to keep working it to the point of discomfort and to not give in I got stronger and I am glad they were mean at the time!
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don't skip just do until the point of discomfort not pain unless you have a medical reason why you shouldn't you cannot recover that ability without trying but you have to know what your point of discomfort is also try it with support first( a chair a bar or a table) don't do walking lunges until you feel stable
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I'm sure there must be and I wish I could say I knew. I'm in line for a knee replacement the end of the year. I flat can't do them. I have attempted to do these by shifting my weight around to the other leg or just whatever eases the pain....short of that a physical therapist suggested strengthening the muscles around the knee ie. inner and outer thighs. I also double up a sofa pillow and just squeeze for 20 - 30 minutes, to strengthen the inner knee area. It really does help. My inner leg is getting stronger......
I have problems with my knees as well. Something called facaeitis, which I'm sure I misspelled. Basically its an inflammation of the connective tissue. Ice and rest tend to be the key to relieving the pain. A flexible brace is a good way to keep it from coming back. You can get one at the drug store for around $20. My suggestion is check with your doctor before continuing with the lunges or anything else that puts to much stress on your knee.
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