The sad truth of the matter is that 99.99% of all those people actually DO have terrible knees and a back that is everything but pain free.
Thankfully though, that doesn’t have to be the kind of life that you lead. You can create truly bulletproof knees with intelligent training, the kind of knees that can’t stand up to all kinds of pressure, stress, and fight back against injury – even if you’re knees aren’t exactly in the best shape right now.
Here’s how to go about future proofing your knees for life!
Focus on your posterior chain before you do anything else
A lot of people are going to dive right into training the muscles right around the knee and flexing the ligaments and tendons inside the knee, but that’s the very last thing you’re ever going to want to do if you are already dealing with knees that could pop at any point in time.
What you’ll want to do instead is focus on strengthening up your posterior chain – your hamstrings and your glutes – so that you can take a lot of pressure off your knees with these major muscle groups.
Kettlebell swings and deadlifts are fantastic for overhauling the posterior chain, and that’s where you’re going to want to start.
Always go through a full range of motion
If you are going to be training your knees over there something that you’ll want to do after your posterior chain is up to par) you’ll want to be sure that you aren’t doing half squats or partial lunges.
These halfway exercises seem like they put a lot less stress on your knee but the truth is they are devastating to the joint as it isn’t ever able to be properly exercised or two utilize all of the corresponding muscles.
You’ll overload portions of the knee while under loading others, and you’ll risk a tremendous amount of injury without even realizing it in the first place.
Switch up your cardio to something less impactful
Running, cycling, and rowing can feel great – and all of them are pretty easy to get into – but they are all going to put a lot of stress on knees that are already pretty stressed out.
Change things up by hitting the pool and lightning your load (so to speak) and your knees will eventually become bulletproof.