Quads failing to do their job

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    Quads failing to do their job

    Hey!

    After 6 months of break, I am back to fitness (not that I was a very fit person before, but at least I've worked out 2-3 times a week). Note has to be taken I am overweight - even passed the obese threshold a month ago, which kickstarted me to get back to work.

    I have a problem with exercises involving quads- squats being my worse nightmare. A year and a bit ago, before lock down, I had to stop doing them altogether as my physician told me my hamstrings are too weak compared to my quadriceps - rising my patella and damaging my cartilage. Needless to say I've hated squats even more, as my knees hurt like crazy.

    Now, working out for over 20 days, I see an improvement in everything - except those quads. Squats and lunges are every bit as terrible as they were when I started. I ride a bike almost every day, in a city full of uphill (my flat being on top of one and I feel like I'm improving at least at that.

    I'm considering to do the legs of steel challenge - while stretching my hamstrings every day, not to fall in the same issue again. Anyone here with the same problem, some ideas? Let me know As I live in a student accommodation and gyms are still closed around here, I have a kettlebell, an elastic band, a metal framed bed and my creativity as equipment^^
    Last edited by Ryuji; March 15, 2021, 03:31 PM. Reason: Title fixed ;)

    #2
    Get thee to a kinesitherapist (physiotherapist?) ASAP. Seriously, that means learning to do squats and other quads-adjacent moves safely, without hurting your meniscus, and a pro's advice will be a far safest tool than anything we can tell you. (and that's from someone who has had meniscus injury due to quads inbalance too, and I can't thank enough my kinesitherapist and sport doc for what I learned then).

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      #3
      Agree with what PetiteSheWolf said. If you call your general practictioner/PCP, a simple referral to a physical therapist will save you a lot of trouble down the road.

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        #4
        I agree too. Hurting yourself would be bad both for your health and motivation. A physical therapist will be able to indentify what exercises you can do safely and the appropriate intensity.

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          #5
          Ok, point taken, I'll schedule an appointment then and keep away from squats and similar evil till then^^ Thanks!

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