How X Factor choreography puts Lady Gaga’s knees at risk

lady gaga knee problemViewers of the UK’s Sunday night X-Factor live results show on 27th October 2013 were treated to an energetic performance by Lady Gaga of her tracks Venus and Do What U Want from her new album ARTPOP. However, we at KneeStrength were more concerned with a piece of poorly designed dance choreography which repeatedly put the star’s knees into a poor position.

The picture to the left shows the singer’s right foot pointed outwards, the arch of the foot collapsed down to the floor, the knee and shin turned inwards, pointing well inside the line of the foot, and the corresponding internally rotated thigh. The choreography had Gaga’s knee moving in and out of this position about half a dozen times. Continue reading

Weight training: an unconventional regime for a busy mum

knee strength interviewChristine Parker, a local client from  Harpenden, explains how weight training, though considered unconventional at first, has helped her move in everyday life, and given her a strong understanding of the way the body works:

I found out about Chris from my next-door neighbour Pauline. I had had a cup of tea with her at the height of her vertigo problems and she was very withered and withdrawn. Then some months later I noticed a dramatic change in her well-being: she seemed energetic and happy again and I asked what it was down to. When she said she had been doing weight training I was really taken by surprise but was intrigued enough to go along with her to watch one of her training sessions with Chris. Continue reading

“With just two main exercises, I’m stronger than ever”

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Since launching our training videos on YouTube, a lot of viewers have written to say how the simple exercises have been life-changing. None more so than Andrea, who now trains with Chris via Skype. We asked her to give us the full story of her background and progress: Continue reading

How strength training helped me deal with vertigo

strength training for vertigoWe aren’t just concerned with knee problems here: training can help with other physical problems such as vertigo. A long-term trainee of Chris’s, Pauline, gives her story of how this training helped her with Uncompensating Labyrinthitis (an inner-ear ailment affecting balance):

Chris is a friend of my sons and, as such, I have known him for many years. So it was quite natural that, when I became unwell, they insist I sought his professional help. Continue reading

Interview with a trainee: Ross Beard

knee strength interview Continuing our series of trainee interviews, today’s trainee is Ross Beard, an accountant from Essex. Ross regularly trains with Chris in person, which has helped him recover from debilitating knee injuries. His case study shows how you can return from barely walking to competing in sporting competitions.

1. What problems did / do you have with your knees?

Whilst playing football I suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Eventually, after misdiagnosis and long waiting lists, I had the ligament reconstructed using a hamstring graft. I suffered extreme muscle atrophy in both legs, my knee did not feel stable, I continued to limp, I started to experience problems with other parts of my body and remained very cautious when doing physical activity. Continue reading

Interview with a trainee: Andrew LeDuc

knees interview, case study, squat We love to hear from anyone whose improved their health through exercise in training. In order to share the stories of success, we’re happy to interview anyone who feels they’ve benefited from our videos or articles. The first of our series comes from Andrew LeDuc, who approached Chris Williams to thank him for his YouTube instructional videos. Continue reading