Knee Doctor Diagnosis

So, for quite some time now, the inside of my left knee has been crackling and popping and for the most part acting somewhat “unstable”.  Slight bending of the knee or applying pressure down to my feet causes my left knee to buckle very quickly.  It just seemed like I’ve lost support in my knees when I’m trying to exert a force from a bent knee position.

Visited a knee doctor specialist today and was told this was a common problem among runners and other sports involving impact to the knees.  The doctor asked me what sports I played and I answered “heavy weightlifting”.  His tone from here on out got slightly aggressive and right off the bat he told me, “I’m biased against weightlifting”.  Proceeded to tell me that squatting ass to grass is very bad for the knees and that I should instead be squatting only to 90 degrees.  In other words, doing partial squats (half, quarter), would alleviate the additional stresses on my knee joints.  Also, I have to avoid all impact-based training at all costs (no jumping, no walking, no running, etc.)  Instead, I should use the bike.

I get avoiding impact training for a while.  But, avoid below parallel squats?  I’ll do parallel squats.  Maybe not ass to grass, but to avoid doing parallel squats completely isn’t happening.

Week 30 – 5/3/1 – Day 101

Cycle #5
Week 1 Day 3

5/3/1 Bench:  3×100, 3×115, 8×135
BBB Bench:  5x10x80
Core:  5xF Situps + 2×10 Lying Leg Raises
Conditioning:  Cycling intervals 20min.

Foam rolling was agonizing.  DOMs finally kicked in today and my legs were just in pain when I was rolling them out.  I do a full out 10-15 minute work out now.  Agile 8, leg swings, arm swings.  Bench press felt very easy.  Used a powerlifters arch for the last set.  My right arm/pec/shoulder was working harder than my left, especially once the fatigue started setting in during the Boring But Big assistance.

No more running or walking for at least a month to see how my left knee does.  Chrondromalacia patella is a common problem among athletes that run a lot.  Doctor’s diagnosis says that my knee join felt very smooth, no crunchiness that is normally associated with this problem.  But, of course, he recommended I avoid any walking, running or jumping for another month to 6 weeks or so.  With this in mind, I have to get a bit creative on cardio.  Interval cycling was the recommended temporary alternative.  I did 20 minutes of interval cycling- wasn’t too bad.  Definitely expected worse, but then again, my interval running on the treadmill were pretty ridiculous.

Week 30 – 5/3/1 – Day 100

Cycle #5
Week 1 Day 2

5/3/1 Squat:  3×150, 3×175, 3×200  C1W1
BBB Squat:  5x10x115
Core:  5xF Situps + 2×12 Lying Leg Raises
Conditioning:  1 mile @ 3.0 spd + 5% incline

So, as expected, my squatting strength has definitely diminished from when I last did heavy squats AND I used cycle 1 numbers.  Also, trying something a bit new, using plates under my heels.  Few things that I noticed with this change is I’m not arching my lower back as much.  I feel like I’m using my abs a bit more.  Quads definitely got more involvement.  Don’t feel like I’m leaning over as much as before.  Stance is also narrower than my typical low bar wide stance squat.  I think this will help me avoid stressing my low back as much.

Boring but big was pretty difficult.  My legs were jello and felt like blown up balloons.  Did some more core work again.  Did 5 sets of sit-ups to failure.  I don’t keep track of rep count.  Lying leg raises were fairly agonizing, I was still a bit sore from the previous day’s.