Knee Strengthening Exercises for Running

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Knee strengthening exercises for running help help prevent injury and wear to your bones and joins. Learn how to use knee strengthening exercises for your benefit with help from a personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Jason Morgan with Muscleworx Fitness in Carolina Beach, North Carolina. Today, we're going to talk about knee strengthening exercises for runners. Assuming that you just have a weakness in, let's say the ligaments around the knee, there's not really an injury so to speak, one of the best exercises you can do to strengthen those connective tissues is the leg extension. You're going to need a machine generally found in any commercial gym to perform these movements. The reason I say to start with a machine is most of the machines you're going to have adjustments that you could adjust the range of motion, as well as get proper alignment for the pivot point in the joint. So, when you're doing a leg extension, sit down on the machine, make sure that the back rest and the leg portion of the machine is adjusted so that your knee is in line with the hinge pivot point. Start with a lighter weight, keep your toes pointed towards the ceiling at all times, raise the weight from the lowest portion of the movement that you can do comfortably without causing any pain. So, if you have a 90 degree bend in your knee and it doesn't cause you pain, going to a fully extended motion, then that's where we want to start. If you need some help and have to start at say a 60 degree where your leg is partially extended to start with, that's okay too. We just want to start where you can start. So, start with that motion, legs back, bring the weight up, extend, squeeze at the top of the movement for about a second, maybe two seconds, lower the weight back down, try not to let the weight stack touch and then repeat the movement. Please remember, these tips are just to provide basic information. Always consult with your health care provider and a fitness consultant before beginning any diet or exercise program.

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