Hi friends, I hope your spring is going great so far! The weather has been getting nicer bit by bit here, but we still had some snow the other day. We are really looking forward to nice weather so we can do some more outside! I’m itching to do more bicycling and hiking this year.
Training for our triathlon is coming along nicely, and my running is getting better aside from the fact that my runner’s knee decided to flare up again this past week and has been bothering me lately. Boo 🙁 I had to cut my run short yesterday due to knee pain, which hasn’t happened in a while. Doing more lunges lately has been the culprit. For some reason, lunges seem to bother my knee, so I’m going to stop the lunges and focus on some other leg and glute exercises: deadlifts, bridges, hamstring curls, leg press, etc. I have good lunge form and proper shoes, so I’m going to get a doc to look at my knee and make sure I don’t have bone spurs in my knee or hip. I already have several bone spurs on some of my other joints (genetics I suspect), so this is my next order of business.
My swimming is improving! Not the best, but getting better
Meanwhile, I’m going to work to keep my strength training routine in place but modifying for my knee until I can get the inflammation down and see a orthopedist. Lunges are awesome and one of my favorite exercises, but such a bummer when they hurt my knee after all the progress I was making.
Instead of doing lunges, there are plenty of other great leg and glute exercises that I can do, including one of my favorite leg exercises: the hamstring curl with sliders. My friend Emily over at Momsanity sent me a set of their new sliders to review, along with a giveaway for a set of sliders. I love using sliders with my training clients, too: they add another dimension to traditional exercises to target muscles groups in different ways. Here are a few of my favorite slider exercises (that don’t involve lunges):
Hamstring curls with sliders: make sure you don’t over-arch your low back in this move. You’ll feel this one in your glutes and hamstrings, and this one is knee-friendly!
Slider plank with kick-through: make sure you maintain good plank form during this move and keep your hips and shoulders square to the floor. Your hips should stay low, don’t lift them too high!
Slider plank with knee tuck: keep your hips low with this move, making sure your wrists are under your shoulders. Keep the weight in your upper body and avoid the temptation to sit back on your feet
The Momsanity Sliders:
- Are double sided for both hard floors (wood, tile, linoleum, etc.) and carpet
- Have a lifetime warranty and 100% money back guarantee
- Come with a nylon carrying bag
- Come with a complimentary set of 5 slider workouts (includes arms, booty, legs, core, and upper body workouts)
You can buy the Momsanity Triangle Core Sliders on Amazon, they are a great price and are perfect for home workouts, travel workouts, or for using at the gym.