Feng Shui Fitness: The back of my knees hurt? Why?

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Feng Shui Fitness: The back of my knees hurt? Why?

Question, if I am doing leg exercises and the back of my knees are hurting the next day does that mean the weight is too heavy?  Its when I do lunges and squats with a 20 lb barbell....Doesn't seem like 20 lbs would be too much for me since I have been strength training for like a month now tho....

Answer: There could be various factors so really pay attention.  20lbs can be a lot when you are using no supportive equipment.  Be sure you posture is on key and that your knees are not going passed your toes.  If they are, that in it's self can lead to improper lifting which = injury.

Try squatting with out the weight, take notice of your positioning when squatting down and coming back up.  The only muscles that should feel resistance are your hams, glutes, quads and calfs.  If the back of your knees are feeling pressure or pain then the positioning is off or it's too much weight or it could be both.

You can use the "smith machine" which will act as a spotter.  When ready to increase the weights, only due so by 5lbs or 10lbs. I would recommend 5 to be safe.  But to start, I would recommend trying the Smith Machine without weight and once in proper form your own body weight should be enough. Keep a consistent tempo and squeeze the muscles mentioned when pushing up (positive) and coming down (negative).  The negative movement is when you build muscles so always have control. 

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*Carole Provenzale was a Certified Feng Shui Consultant who graduated from the Country's very first School for Feng Shui Studies that was licensed and accredited in 1997. She established Feng Shui Long Island along with her Daughter, Laura Cerrano.  Ms. Cerrano is the second generation of Certified feng Shui consultants in her family.  Being certified in 2000 and establishing her own company "Feng Shui Manhattan," Laura has a strong client base in New York City, Long Island NY, Queens, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Staten Island and the rest of the Tri-State area.

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comments (6)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Laura- years ago when I was working out at Gold's Gym, i would get a trainer every so often just to make sure I was working with the weights and dong the exercises the correct way.  Glad I did. 

Jul 22, 2013 11:26 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Hey Kathy, it's so important to understand the proper movements and key techniques when you first start working out because that will stay with you as you progress.  Glad you did that :)

Jul 22, 2013 08:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jul 27, 2013 01:06 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

What a great post Laura. .we need more of them!

Having experienced  a knee  operation, I know first hand about pain in that area. .

Jul 28, 2013 12:01 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

It's so important being in the right position....who wants to go through all the sweat and pain of exercise if they are hurting themselves instead of helping?

Jul 28, 2013 12:49 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Laura, it has always been my contention that proper form trumps weight every time. 

Jul 28, 2013 09:18 AM