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Rate My Workout: A Better, Painless Leg Workout

Carlos G. from Los Angeles sent us his leg workout and said his knees hurt. Here’s how we helped him out.

A Better, Painless Leg Workout
Duration 25 Min
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Our Advice

Switch to box squats. They force you to sit back more (onto the box), developing good squatting mechanics and putting the stress of the movement on your hips—where it should be—rather than on your knees. Instead of lunges, do reverse lunges, where you step backward to lower yourself. This helps keep your front shin vertical when lunging, preventing knee strain.

SEE ALSO: How to Deal With Knee Pain>>

Quick Tip

If your knees hurt, work your hamstrings more. Muscle imbalances can cause knee pain.

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Carlos' Old Workout M&F Rating: C-

Exercise 1

Back Squat You'll need: Barbell, Squat Rack How to
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3 sets
10 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 2

Dumbbell Lunge You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
8 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 3

Leg Extension How to
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3 sets
12 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 4

Leg Curl How to
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3 sets
15 reps
60-90 sec rest

Carlos' New Workout

Exercise 1

Box Squat
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3 sets
10 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 2

Reverse Lunge
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4 sets
12 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 3

Romanian Deadlift
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3 sets
15 reps
60-90 sec rest

Exercise 4

Leg Curl How to
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3 sets
15 reps
60-90 sec rest
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