Squats and lunges are two of my favorite classic moves to incorporate into lower-body workouts because they really work! However,as effective as they are, these particular moves can cause knee pain for a lot of people. The good news is that you can still effectively target the lower body with these alternative exercises that won’t strain your joints. This full-length, low-impact workout doesn’t include a single squat or lunge and is designed to be gentle on the joints but tough on your hips, thighs and glutes!
All you’ll need is a sturdy chair for this routine, and--if you’d like to add more intensity--a set of light dumbbells.
Please note: If you are working with a specific knee injury, be sure to get your doctor and/or physical therapist's approval before attempting this workout. If you suffer from regular knee, hip or other joint pain, be sure to consult a professional for an expert diagnosis.
Like this workout? Be sure to check out our knee-friendly "Walk On" 3-DVD set, available now on DVD.
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As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, and now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit jessicasmithtv.com/shop to learn more about her fun, results driven programs for all levels of exercisers.