Much as we love a good squat move, they aren’t for everyone. It’s the knees! Some of us simply can’t take the pressure on the joints. And for these folk, San Diego, Calif.-based certified persona trainer Courtney Brickner, owner of Brickhouse Fitness, has designed a lower body workout exclusively for Crush that doesn’t incorporate one little squat or lunge.
“When performing these knee-friendly exercises, make sure you focus on keeping your core tight and your back in a neutral position,” Brickner says. “Keep your legs and glutes tight and maintain control during the movements so you are getting maximum result. In time, hopefully you will build up strength in your knees so you experience less pain.”
Perform each move for 12-15 reps on each side. Rest for 1 minute after completing a full set. Repeat for 4 rounds.
If you do like squats, try 9 Squat Variations for a Bangin’ Lower Body!
Stacy Julien is editor in-chief of Crush Magazine and loooves squats!