So you have decided that you’re interested in doing some HIIT (high intensity interval training). You have read about the benefits and want to take your physique and fitness to the next level. But unfortunately, your knees just are not what they used to be. There are many reasons and possibilities for poor knee function. Sometimes when your body is carrying too much mass (fat mass) it can cause a lot of stress on your joints. Maybe you spent too much time squatting too heavy and hard in your youth. Whatever the reason, let’s just assume that aside from the knees, you’re otherwise healthy and in pretty good shape. We should say however, that if you’re experiencing debilitating issues, it’s always a good idea to consult some licensed health professionals like your physician or physical therapist. Often times, there’s preventative measures and simple exercises you can do to circumnavigate nagging injuries. Plus it’s always better to get the proper medical attention otherwise you’re subjecting yourself to further more serious injury. At the majority of large gyms, there should be personal trainers who have specialized education or training in injury prevention and debilitating conditions.
Low impact workout routines
The key to implementing HIIT into your training regiment with knee issues is to keep the HIIT exercises low impact. High impact would be something like sprints on the treadmill where low impact would be something like cycling or swimming. In low impact, you eliminate the constant pounding, which obviously is a lot less stress on your knees. Low impact exercises also take the weight of your body off of your knees, this is especially true for cycling. You could ride a bike outside or a trainer bike at the gym, both will have the same benefits. You’ll just want to make sure the bike is set up properly to suit your dimensions.
What equipment to use for HIIT for bad knees
Most commercial gyms today have a multitude of low impact cardiovascular machines where you can implement HIIT, it doesn’t always have to be on the treadmill. That being said, HIIT doesn’t even always have to be implemented on a cardio machine. The reason we gravitate towards cardio machines, is because you can typically track time, speed, and nowadays even heart rate. You can also change resistances and speed. Although the calorie expenditure is not as great as on a machine, you can do HIIT with bodyweight movements and a couple of light dumbbells. Intensity is in a way relative to the individual and as long as you’re pushing yourself and alternating between high and low intensities, you can still gain the benefits of HIIT. The great thing about bodyweight HIIT, you it’s easier to go at your own pace, however you have to be a little more disciplined when it comes to pushing yourself. Check out the links listed below for quality low impact HIIT workouts, most can be done in the comfort and security of your own home with minimal equipment:
Give those workouts a shot! Remember to start at your own pace and work your way up in intensity throughout the weeks. Try implementing these workouts one to two times a week.