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Achy Knees No more! Part 1
By Sean Lim (NASM CPT)
Did songs like Lose Yourself and Thinking Out Loud hit home for you?

"His palms are sweaty, knees weak… knees weak… knees weak", "When your legs don't work like they used to before".

Most of us have probably related to those lines some point in our lives regardless whether you're an athlete or just a weekend warrior or even a couch warrior. However, that doesn't mean you should stop training legs altogether. When tackling knee issues or any anatomical issues for the matter, we should always look beyond the pain spot and ask if the surrounding areas are the source of pain whether it is due to overactivity or underactivity or some form of altered reciprocal inhibition or something else altogether.

Before we can think about loading up the legs or even putting them through resistance training, allow me to introduce you to the wonders of self-myofascial release (SMR). SMR is used to "roll out" tight muscles by improving fascia distribution over the muscles. Think of it as a poor man's massage. I am personally a firm believer in the benefits of SMR as I myself have nursed a partially torn ACL and seen the wonders it has done for my leg day and I.

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