Since early January, my knee has be bothering me a lot.
I’ve had bad swelling when I jump too much or use the rower.For those who don’t know, I had hip and knee surgery when I was 14 & 15 to correct a leg deformity. I had the what in layman’s term was called “frog legs.”
It was a bummer that if the technology was better then I was younger (my mom knew something was up from a fall when I was 6 years old), I could have just had a brace when I was younger to correct the issue.
In short, being overweight and having my legs develop wrong, I was going to have arthritis before 20; the surgery was to help postpone it. As y’all know I lost the weight, but was still new I was going to get arthritis.
And so, the time has come; at almost 33, arthritis has [most likely] taken over my right leg. Now I haven’t confirmed it with my doctor, but all the symptoms are pretty clear. Having worked with clients with leg issues and being in physical therapy in the past, I know more or less what to do to keep it at bay.
I do have a doctors appointment set for next month.
Until then, I’ve avoided a lot of jumping exercises or weighted exercises that I know bother me, such as lunges (I do them body weighted). I’ve also been wearing a brace and icing my right knee as needed.
Now that I know what to avoid/ what to do, I have been feeling much better. I was trying to go hard and ignore it (duh, so wrong) but it got to a point where I couldn’t even press the gas pedal without extreme pain.
I decided to sell a good chunk of my fitness equipment, with the exception of my kettlebells. I’ve found that using the kettlebells are less painful on my joints vs. holding two dumbbells.I just can’t use most of my equipment, especially the barbells without severe pain.
As a fitness coach, it’s tough to have to back down on going hard but over the past month I’ve found a new love for boydweight and no equipment workouts. If a workout has a lot of jumping I’ll modify when needed (like side steps for jumping jacks or squat to calf raise for jump squats). Below are some of my favorite bodyweight/ no equipment workouts:
- Abs + Booty Band Workout [Heather Robertson, “HR”]
- Low Impact, No Equipment + No Repeats HIIT [HR]
- Yoga Fusion HIIT [HR]
Now these workouts below have jumping in them, but if my knee is feeling up for it, I’ll do most of it. Again, I’ll modify when needed:
Let me know if you try any of the workouts; happy sweating!
*Disclaimer: Please be mindful that these workouts are part of my OWN personal workout routine. Before beginning any fitness routine, please consult your health care provider.