Why some pain is inevitable when improving your knees

knee pain exerciseKnee pain is a vicious cycle. When it hurts to exercise your knees, you don’t want to exercise. When you don’t exercise, certain muscles weaken. When certain muscles weaken, the muscle strength in your legs becomes imbalanced. When your leg muscles are imbalanced, it hurts to exercise your knees. And so it goes.

In order to prevent that imbalance, and break free from the cycle, you need to be prepared to exercise through some discomfort. You need to expect, and accept, some discomfort in the knees as you first tackle sissy squats. More important than anything, you need to keep going for long enough to make a difference. Continue reading

How to use sissy squats to correct patella maltracking

sissy squat, kneesIf you suffer from patella maltracking, the chances are you find it difficult, and likely painful, to perform any activity that involves bending the knees. Sissy squats are all about bending your knees, and are a big step towards making that knee pain a thing of the past. They’re not a quick fix: they may take time to master, and progress may be slow, but if you were to do only one exercise to help your knees, the sissy squat could make the most difference in the long run. Why? Because they improve the balance between the muscles which pull the patella laterally and medially, specifically targeting the tracking of the patella. Continue reading

Self-treatment of patella maltracking

self-treatment patella maltrackingThe following videos were an early introduction to self-treatment for patella maltracking, filmed in my private gym, under the earlier LiftAge brand. In spite of the low production values, the advice in these guides has already helped dozens of people, internationally, to resolve lasting issues with patella maltracking and knee problems in general. If you would like help with knee pain relief, these videos are an excellent place to start, and will be updated in the near future: Continue reading