Photography by Paul Buceta | Shot on location at Elite Performance Center
Few exercises come as close to building muscle (and feeling as bad ass) as the mighty squat. But for many long-time trainers, this classic move comes at a price: knee pain and irritation from old injuries, tendonitis or arthritis.
You may not realize it, but knee pain can be reduced, even avoided, by improving hip strength and mobility. When the hip lacks the proper mobility to perform exercises, especially movements that require a wide range of motion, the knee compensates by picking up the slack, resulting in improper motion and increased stress on the knee. Thus, in any lower body lift, flexibility of the muscles and joints surrounding the knee is critical.
So before you squat, warm up with these movements recommended by James Ho, DC, BHSc, Chiropractor at Athlete’s Care Sports Medicine Centers in Toronto.
Before your leg workout: Perform 15-20 reps of each of the following exercises: