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Do you avoid squats like the plague? If you have knee problems, your answer may be a resounding yes. Some of you may even avoid squats simply because you're afraid they'll cause knee problems. You might change your mind when you learn that squats can actually strengthen the knees, if you do them correctly. Squats can also strengthen the hips, knees and ankles while targeting almost all of the muscles in the lower body, which is one reason we love them so much.

Squats don't always work for everyone, but you do have some options if you're looking for an alternative. Learn more in this new FAQ about squats.

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November 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm
(1) Bone&jtdoc says:

Nice article. Find a reputable personal trainer to walk you through different squat exercises. Sumo squats, front squats, ball squats….there is many to pick from.
If you have “arthritis” in the knees seek a specialist in sports medicine or a bone and joint clinic. There are many ways to get around bad knees.Being active is always the right choice.

Good Luck,
Dr V

November 19, 2007 at 7:25 pm
(2) slm says:

I have had bad knees for decades. I was told to avoid what hurts and ‘take it easy’.
It does not involve any kind of surgically repairable thing. I do reg squats 3x week to help strengthen the muscles that support the knees. I like the idea of different squats and will try all of them as my knees will allow. They dictate much of my exercising.
Thank you for a v helpful article.

November 21, 2007 at 4:53 am
(3) Dr.Samuel Thomson Sugumaran says:

Wonderfu guidelines on the different squats.Very helpful dispelling many fears and myths and very encouraging. Thank you for the same

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