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T
September 23rd 04, 05:41 AM
Hi,

When I do squats and I get to the very bottom of the squat my right
knee makes a popping sound. It happens every single time. If I don't
hear it I know I didn't go low enough. There is no pain but it is
worrying. Should I be worried?

Some background:
I've always done some kind of exercise, either some sport or a bit of
gym or swimming. I picked up fat when I left school, was 18 at the
time and never lost it. Recently I got serious about losing it though.

I've been exercising for about 3 months, did 2 months on machines and
cardio and lost about 25lbs but ran out of energy. Took 3 weeks to a
month off and started up again but at a slower pace and without
cardio. Also changed gym and program, details at the end.

I am 6'4" and weigh about 250lbs. Body fat is around 25-28%. No health
issues and not entirely unfit. 31 years old.

My aim is to lose the extra fat, build a bit of muscle and increase
strength in general. The first two months I did a program with
machines only 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) and cardio 2 times a week
(Tue, Thu).

I only signed up for a month as the gym was being renovated and they
were getting in new equipment and were changing the membership fees
etc. By this time I did some research on here and the net. I had to
squat. The new equipment did not include a squat rack or powercage at
all. I decided to not sign up but also ran out of energy at this time.
I was really tired and muscles didn't seem to recover from workouts.
My knees were also quite sore and didn't seem to get any better. I
think leg extensions must have got them.

So I took a month off and signed up at a new gym with 2 power cages
and they also have a dedicated lifting area (power zone). I think
there is a local weight lifting club that uses the power zone.

My program I did myself just to start off slowly is 3 times a week:
4 x 5-8 Squat (150lbs on last set)
4 x 5-8 Bench press (150lbs on last set)
4 x 5-8 Deadlift (180lbs on last set)
3 x 5-8 Assisted Pullup (160lbs on assist for all sets)

Is this enough? I am usually pretty tired after this and legs feel
rubbery. Squats and deadlifts take me a long time to recover from
between sets.

Regards,
T

Robert Corbett
September 23rd 04, 05:58 PM
i was told a couple of weeks ago that it is just the fluid in your
joint moving, i dont think it is anything to worry about, if you are
getting worried about it see a doctor or physio for some more advice

Rob Corbett
www.penwithpersonaltraining.com

T wrote:
> Hi,
>
> When I do squats and I get to the very bottom of the squat my right
> knee makes a popping sound. It happens every single time. If I don't
> hear it I know I didn't go low enough. There is no pain but it is
> worrying. Should I be worried?
>
> Some background:
> I've always done some kind of exercise, either some sport or a bit of
> gym or swimming. I picked up fat when I left school, was 18 at the
> time and never lost it. Recently I got serious about losing it
though.
>
> I've been exercising for about 3 months, did 2 months on machines and
> cardio and lost about 25lbs but ran out of energy. Took 3 weeks to a
> month off and started up again but at a slower pace and without
> cardio. Also changed gym and program, details at the end.
>
> I am 6'4" and weigh about 250lbs. Body fat is around 25-28%. No
health
> issues and not entirely unfit. 31 years old.
>
> My aim is to lose the extra fat, build a bit of muscle and increase
> strength in general. The first two months I did a program with
> machines only 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) and cardio 2 times a
week
> (Tue, Thu).
>
> I only signed up for a month as the gym was being renovated and they
> were getting in new equipment and were changing the membership fees
> etc. By this time I did some research on here and the net. I had to
> squat. The new equipment did not include a squat rack or powercage at
> all. I decided to not sign up but also ran out of energy at this
time.
> I was really tired and muscles didn't seem to recover from workouts.
> My knees were also quite sore and didn't seem to get any better. I
> think leg extensions must have got them.
>
> So I took a month off and signed up at a new gym with 2 power cages
> and they also have a dedicated lifting area (power zone). I think
> there is a local weight lifting club that uses the power zone.
>
> My program I did myself just to start off slowly is 3 times a week:
> 4 x 5-8 Squat (150lbs on last set)
> 4 x 5-8 Bench press (150lbs on last set)
> 4 x 5-8 Deadlift (180lbs on last set)
> 3 x 5-8 Assisted Pullup (160lbs on assist for all sets)
>
> Is this enough? I am usually pretty tired after this and legs feel
> rubbery. Squats and deadlifts take me a long time to recover from
> between sets.
>
> Regards,
> T

September 23rd 04, 09:59 PM
On 22 Sep 2004 21:41:35 -0700, (T) wrote:

>Hi,
>
>When I do squats and I get to the very bottom of the squat my right
>knee makes a popping sound. It happens every single time. If I don't
>hear it I know I didn't go low enough. There is no pain but it is
>worrying. Should I be worried?

A popping knee could be torn cartilage. If it bothers you see an
orthopedic specialist. They can scope it to know for sure.

Hal

>
>Some background:
>I've always done some kind of exercise, either some sport or a bit of
>gym or swimming. I picked up fat when I left school, was 18 at the
>time and never lost it. Recently I got serious about losing it though.
>
>I've been exercising for about 3 months, did 2 months on machines and
>cardio and lost about 25lbs but ran out of energy. Took 3 weeks to a
>month off and started up again but at a slower pace and without
>cardio. Also changed gym and program, details at the end.
>
>I am 6'4" and weigh about 250lbs. Body fat is around 25-28%. No health
>issues and not entirely unfit. 31 years old.
>
>My aim is to lose the extra fat, build a bit of muscle and increase
>strength in general. The first two months I did a program with
>machines only 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) and cardio 2 times a week
>(Tue, Thu).
>
>I only signed up for a month as the gym was being renovated and they
>were getting in new equipment and were changing the membership fees
>etc. By this time I did some research on here and the net. I had to
>squat. The new equipment did not include a squat rack or powercage at
>all. I decided to not sign up but also ran out of energy at this time.
>I was really tired and muscles didn't seem to recover from workouts.
>My knees were also quite sore and didn't seem to get any better. I
>think leg extensions must have got them.
>
>So I took a month off and signed up at a new gym with 2 power cages
>and they also have a dedicated lifting area (power zone). I think
>there is a local weight lifting club that uses the power zone.
>
>My program I did myself just to start off slowly is 3 times a week:
>4 x 5-8 Squat (150lbs on last set)
>4 x 5-8 Bench press (150lbs on last set)
>4 x 5-8 Deadlift (180lbs on last set)
>3 x 5-8 Assisted Pullup (160lbs on assist for all sets)
>
>Is this enough? I am usually pretty tired after this and legs feel
>rubbery. Squats and deadlifts take me a long time to recover from
>between sets.
>
>Regards,
>T