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    Safe to work Legs with a Bad Knee?

    So I've been working out now for about 2 months straight. A lifetime achievement for me. I was 250lbs about two years ago, made it to 155 last year.

    My current workout is okay but doesnt include legs, I wont post it unless requested. But as is Im not doing any leg workouts, except running up/down stairs whenever I get the chance and about an 1 - 2 hours a day of walking. I tried skipping, did it once for around 30 minutes and was a bit sore, did it again the next day which totally ****ed them both up, left knee has been slowly recovering since then, right knee is pretty much healed. That was about a month and a half ago and my left knee is almost always a bit stiff. No sharp pain or anything but more of a dull ache if Ive been doing a lot of high impact activity.

    My main concern is that Im missing out on a lot of beneficial exercize. Im afriad my knee will get worse if I start doing squats or deadlifts but its been almost two months and if my knee hasnt fully healed yet when will I know its safe?
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    Try using low weights and see how it feels, also try using a wrap on the bad knee. Alot of times light work will help it rehabilitate. If you feel any kind of pain or pressure stop.
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    use rehab work to get back into it. start out light and make sure you warm up thoroughly, and when your done working your knees use ice packs to help the pain. also dont be afraid to try a sports doctor if you have the ability to do so
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    Ok, since I wont be doing much weight, should I incorporate this say into my ab day and double up on a back/chest day? At least that way I wont waste a whole day on rehab
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    yeah that sounds fine.
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    You can run up and down stairs?

    If you can do that, your knees are fine.

    Otherwise, go see a doctor.
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    Will not working my legs at all hold me back in any way? I mean aside from not getting bigger legs. As it is my legs are almost too big (former fatty), pretty solid. Im not concerned about gaining muscle mass in that area but I remember reading something on here not too long ago saying that the leg muscles produce most of the testosterone in your body.
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    it's not working legs that is supposed to produce testosterone, but doing heavy exercises as squats and deadlifts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignoramus
    Will not working my legs at all hold me back in any way? I mean aside from not getting bigger legs. As it is my legs are almost too big (former fatty), pretty solid. Im not concerned about gaining muscle mass in that area but I remember reading something on here not too long ago saying that the leg muscles produce most of the testosterone in your body.
    Yes, it will hold you back.

    It sounds to me like you are looking for an excuse not to train your legs. Like I said, if you can run up and down stairs, your knees are fine. If they otherwise hurt, you need to visit a doctor to determine what the injury is.
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    Stair running is the most demanding high impact move there is in leg training espcecially going down them. Weight training is NOT going to affect the knee joint any worse than stairs will. I had knee surgury and was squatting two days later without any side effects. Start light, high reps, squats, leg presses, lunges and if you feel uncomfortable, use a smith press until you get the form on your squats, but eventually ween to free squats. Increase weights as needed as you progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg
    Yes, it will hold you back.

    It sounds to me like you are looking for an excuse not to train your legs. Like I said, if you can run up and down stairs, your knees are fine. If they otherwise hurt, you need to visit a doctor to determine what the injury is.
    No, honestly you're half right, Im looking for an excuse not to go to the doctor. I think you're right, and bad knees run in my family so I will try using lower weight first, if that dosent help I'll bite the bullet and see a doc.
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    I think working with light weights should help your knee problem, squats help strengthen your knees.
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    I gave it a shot last night. So far so good, my knee dosent feel as tight as it usually does, but it might be too early to tell. I didnt use much weight, I'll use more next time.

    Thanks guys
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    Thats good to hear, built it up nice and slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trainerSI
    Stair running is the most demanding high impact move there is in leg training espcecially going down them.
    I wanted to emphasize this in case you're still doing it. If so, stop. Nothing is harder on your knees than going down stairs/downhill, and it was even worse if you were running down. If you just pay attention while squatting that your knees don't go further forward than your feet, you should minimize the risk of injury to the knee and strengthen it.
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    Well Im not running up and down flights of stairs numerous times in a row like rocky or anything. Whenever I go up stairs I go two steps at a time and the same thing coming down, and I did notice going down hurts a lot more. Man its just people walk so slow I want to get around them and thats the best way usually. I'll take your advice and stop, the less damage I do the more weight I can squat I guess.
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    yup, just monitor it.
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    I might also suggest using the braces that wrap just below the kneecap. This can reduce the stress to your knee.

    I have acute tendinitis in my knee, and these have helped me tremendously.

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