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The 10-percent rule in running: how to start?

As you've discovered, the 10% rule isn't really applicable to someone who is completely new to running. It requires that you already have an established weekly running volume that you can tolerate, so ...
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Squats technique flat feet

A lot of people have this problem, and it's usually caused by short tendons on the back of your ankle. I forget the name... Achilles? Anyway, there are plently of things you can try in order to fix ...
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Help understand chronic tightness behind knees

Both the gastronemius and the hamstrings cross the back of the knee joint, so both can be tight from sitting 10 hours per day. Muscles can tighten, but the fascia can also become stuck and stop ...
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Squats technique flat feet

I transfer a lot of weight to the toes while moving up My fix for this is to concentrate on pushing through my heels. If there are no physiological barriers then this should be enough. One way I ...
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How should men above 40 train cardio?

Running properly isn’t bad for your knees, but running in bad form certainly can be. As a matured human being, you should train like a matured human being. It doesn’t matter what age or sex you are, ...
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Knees and middle age

Many people experience more aches and pains as they age. However, it's not a guarantee. Knees don't just 'go bad' most of the time and pain doesn't automatically mean there is damage either. Sure ...
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Correcting squat form, mild knee pain, numb thumb

I don't think a high or low bar squat should necessarily cause knee pain: both are okay when performed correctly. As such, I wouldn't look at that as the cause of your issue. The low bar squat is "...
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Pain in knees, quadriceps, ankle on jogging

It could be something more complicated, but generally I'll just say that running hurts, especially when you're just starting or increasing your mileage. I would recommend following a training ...
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running with a bad knee

Many runners try to adopt this running style simply because it does take stress off your knee. The craze around Vibrams was a good example of how you were forced to change your running style. I would ...
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Strengthening muscles absorbing shock by running downhill

There are two main adaptations of the body to downhill effort: that of the muscles and that of the joints. A downhill effort is made of eccentric muscles contractions (wikipedia link) have a specific ...
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Is it right that frontal muscles above knee gets tired (don't like it) during bicycling with heightened load (>260W)?

I wonder - what muscles can be [approx 5-15 cm above knee]? My guess is that there are very few muscles and they should not be important for the cycling. That would be the quadriceps, and they are ...
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Dealing with torsional knee stress during Dance Dance Revolution

The knee is a hinge joint that will never respond well to rotational forces. Gray Cook's joint-by-joint approach to training states that lack of stability in the knee is usually caused by lack of ...
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Knee pain, but not whilst doing exercise

What you're going through sounds similar to an experience that I had. I was a college athlete, I played basketball and tennis every day of the week and lifted multiple times a week. I had very bad ...
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Correct form for eccentric squats on slant board for treating patellar tendonitis

The reasoning behind keeping your shins vertical is this: Moving the shin angle to 90 degrees relative to the floor allows the shin bone and the thigh bone to roll atop one another, reducing stress,...
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Can wearing tights while running cause pain in my knees?

Yes, and I do not have a history of knee problems. I have 2 pairs of compression tights I wear for cold weather runs. I also have several pairs of non-compression tights both insulated and not. I like ...
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Can wearing tights while running cause pain in my knees?

I am experiencing the same thing. I have a history of knee issues (mostly ITB) and wearing tights for running (and sometimes even wearing skinny jeans throughout the day) seems to exacerbate the ...
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Knee Dysfunction- Baker's Cyst- How can I help myself?

You sound like one of the lucky ones. i was diagnosed with a Bakers Cyst over 3 months ago and it shows no real sign of leaving anytime soon. It was excruciating at the hospital and they gave me pain ...
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Does muscle strength reduce the risk and problems of injury?

Recovering from injury is a tricky thing, especially for active people who want to get moving again. Strength exercises can definitely help with injury recovery, but not knowing the specifics of your ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

Everyone's hips are slightly different. Most people turn their toes out to ensure that their knee tracks over their toes. That said, squat stances can vary massively depending on type and sport: ...
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'Knees out' cue with front squat - could this be a source of minor knee pain?

When I front squat i tend to attempt to perform the same moment as the back squat, but with anterior loading. This is not how I front squat. Though quite related and quite similar, they are distinct ...
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Squats & Lunges above parallel - is there any benefit?

There's always going to be benefit from any movement (you're using SOME muscle, so SOME muscle will get trained), but of course, by limiting the range of motion (ROM), you're also limiting the effect. ...
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Squats technique flat feet

When I'm doing squats my knees go forward further than my toes. This is not necessarily an issue. It may be due to your individual leverages, how wide your squat stance is, and whether you you can ...
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How should men above 40 train cardio?

Short answer: You should train like anybody else. Only thing what change with age is the error buffer. In other words, your body will tolerate less mistakes. So if you choose running (or any other ...
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Leg Extensions and Curls less harmful to your Knee with Light Weights

The reason why the leg extension is particularly harmful to your knee is the way your leg is partially loaded on the seat, and the rest isn't, causing a "break point" that can be compared to how a ...
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Machine Leg Curl vs Glute-Ham-Raise

There's just entirely different exercises, honestly. The only similarity is that you're contracting the biceps femoris. Compare the muscles used for the GHR vs the leg curl, you'll see the difference. ...
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Strengthening muscles absorbing shock by running downhill

The rule of thumb is to minimize downhill running to 1% of your uphill running. Thus, if you do hill workouts such as hill repeats or Jack Daniel's type R sessions on hills you are supposed to run up ...
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Pain on lower outside of knee after running for 20 minutes

I agree with JohnP, hard to say. But I suggest you give running a break. Try barefoot walking lunges, they can reveal if your balance/step is good. What to do: rest, roll, stretch, strengthen, see a ...
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Squats: point feet forward and externally rotate hips?

I’m going to disagree with the statement that “…pretty much everyone turns their feet out slightly”. I tend to vary my foot placement, and, I know of others that do also. This includes ‘neutral’ (...
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Why can I run for 6 miles without any problems, but standing still in one place for more than 10 minutes makes my knees sore?

Like the comments, it's impossible to say exactly what is happening over the internet, but, you're also asking for experience, and here is mine: It could be that your knees just aren't used to ...
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Are “single box squats” safe for the knee?

There's always strain on the knee when you use it for something. Actually this mode is probably safer than a full squat olympic style for a reason: Range of Motion is reduced and the starting point at ...
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