Improving movement and building strength are two of the best things you can do to solve chronic knee pain, keep active, and maintain your lifestyle as you get older. Our workouts to strengthen knees give you the best and most effective exercises to build strength without stressing your joints.
This Level 4 workout to strengthen knees is an advanced workout to build strength in your glutes, legs, and core to limit the impact that goes through your knees. To avoid aggravating any knee pain, be sure to build a solid movement and strength foundation with our Level 1-3 workouts.
As we move into our more advanced workouts to strengthen knees it’s time to start adding weight (resistance). To complete this workout you will need access to:
- Rubber Resistance Band (Red or Black)
- Medium weight kettlebell
- Bench or chair
A proper warm up is an important part of workouts to strengthen knees. The following exercises will help prepare your muscles and joints for the following workout. Grab a timer and perform each movement for 1 minute (each side if applicable).
Bi-Phasic Hip Flexor Stretch
Mobilize and stretch your hip flexors and quads which are commonly tight in those with knee pain.
Side Lunge Hip Mobilization
Mobilize and stretch your hip joints and prepare for many of the movements performed in this workout.
Yoga Mobility Warm Up
This easy yoga flow is a great warm up for the entire body. If this is difficult to perform due to mobility issues, it’s OK to use the warm up from the Level 1 and Level 2 workouts.
Workouts To Strengthen Knees: Strength Exercises
These workouts to strengthen knees are designed to strengthen your glutes, legs, and core to limit the impact that goes through your knees. Use your timer and perform each exercise for 1 minute. Performing slow and maintaining control is more important than number of reps.
Banded Glute Bridge
Using a rubber resistance band is a great way to add resistance to your glute bridge to build strength in your hamstrings and glutes.
This functional core strenthening exercise is a great way to build core strength to protect your knees in a more functional way. A medium to heavy weight is preferred to get the most out of this movement.
Full Body Movement Patterning
Improving movement patterns (how we move) limits impact on your joints as you move through the day. The foundational movement patterns used in our workouts to strength knees are also great movements to build full body strength. Use your timer and perform each exercise for 1 minute. Performing slow and maintaining control is more important than number of reps.
The Kettlebell Deadlift
The deadlift is one of the best movements to build strength in your hamstrings and glutes to strengthen and protect your knees.
The Bulgarian Split Squat
The bulgarian split squat is a challenging lunge variation that builds strength and improves balance in the single leg.
Need some extra motivation? Follow along with Dr. Baird as he takes you through the level 4 workout on the video below
This workout to strength knees is meant to be performed in a circuit. After you’ve completed the first round, start back with your Banded Bridges and perform series again (don’t do warm up twice). Workout should take 25-30 minutes to complete.
This is the most advanced of our workouts to strengthen knees. Be sure to build a solid movement and strength foundation to avoid aggravating knee pain with out Level 1-3 workouts