Knee Tracking in Exercise

Something was spend a lot of time working on with people in the studio is their knee tracking with exercise. That means what direction their knees are going when they’re bending during things like squats, lunges, step ups, etc.

A lot of people don’t think about it or they don’t realise they’re doing it, but if your knees are caving in when you’re doing squats, lunges, or even just standing or walking, you could be doing a lot of long-term damage to your joints! You can also put yourself at a lot higher risk of getting a muscle injury as well when you’re exercising.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the video for a demonstration of both lunges and squats – the first four reps of each exercise have poor knee tracking movement, and the second four reps have correct knee tracking.

Can you see a difference? It’s up to you now – check out what your knees are doing when you exercise! Use a mirror so you can see if your knees are tracking in line with your ankles and your knees are going out away from each other as you squat, and staying in line with your ankle as you do a lunge.

If your knees are coming in, you may need some foam rolling muscle releases (click here) and glute strengthening (click here) to help correct your movement pattern.

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