I'm confused by the knee issues. I would expect that "misaligned patellae" would be made worse by intense elliptical or bike work, and that properly-planned resistance work would help a lot. Who diagnosed the "misaligned patellae" and how?
I don't have insurance right now, but my friend's dad is physical therapist. The diagnosis was in 3 parts. Me telling him all the symptoms I've been having. Him testing me through different exercises. Finally an x-ray (couldn't afford an MRI).
Yeah, the lack of real leg work bothers me. ...
... It's true that cartilage doesn't regenerate, but you can also stop damaging it by getting things balanced a bit better.
Great info! I am doing several strengthening and balance things on a stability ball.
Also have been trying to do various things from the exercise repository on this website:
- Lunge and Squat - failed miserably even with body weight.. Knees feel extremely shaky and it was painful.
- The stiff leg straight back variation of deadlift worked
- Bent knee good mornings (the straight-leg hurt)
- Wall squat using a stability ball (w light dumbbells)
Any of that useful for me?
Anything you can add? (other than free weights and stability ball, I have a lat machine with pulldown and row pulleys. no other machines.)
And you apparently took my comment about thinking like a body builder as a compliment!
Now I feel stupid :)
Compound work should be the MAJORITY of your work. You should plan your training around movements, not muscles.
Well, I'm off to the gym for some horizontal push, vertical pull and horizontal pull.
I use the repository of this website exclusively and try to always pick those that are listed as compound. Is that a safe bet or is it still too bodybuilding-ish?