Squats Hurt Your Knees?

🚨EXPERIENCING KNEE PAIN? CHECK YOUR HIPS & ANKLES!🚨
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One of the most common complaints is knee pain during a squat.
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The knee joint is sandwiched in between the hip and ankle joint. This means that if there is a dysfunction in the hip and ankle (lack of mobility, etc), the knee will be forced to compensate and result in pain! Stretching the muscles in the knee will NOT correct this problem.
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Instead, focus on improving your hip and ankle mobility along with promoting a strong and stable base to allow your body to squat off from.
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Proper glute activation and avoid having the knees collapse inwards is also crucial to eliminating knee pain.
(See below for visuals):
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✖️Example 1: strong glutes + poor arches = outside knee pain
✖️Example 2: weak glutes + strong arches = inner knee pain
✅ Example 3: strong glutes + strong arches = strong and stable knee
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In addition to working on your hip and ankle mobility and strength, you can try these different techniques when squatting:
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1️⃣ Lift your big toe off the floor.
Why? This forces you to keep your weight towards your heels which protects your knees.
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2️⃣ Try box squats.
Why? They force you to sit back, not down, which puts the stress on your hips not your knees.
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3️⃣ Take a wider stance.
Why? This takes stress off your knees and puts it on your hips.
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Happy squatting, hope this helps!! 🤗🏋🏻‍♀️

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