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    I have weak ankles and knees, presumably from being so fat for so long (several years with a BMI over 30 will do that, I guess).

    I'm currently at my first plateau since starting PB, and I want to get through it. It's discouraging, and I'm falling off the wagon. It was suggested that sprints could help with busting through a plateau, but since impact tends to jar my joints painfully, I"m kind of scared to just bust out running at full speed without letting my body know first.

    I am averse to exercise of any kind, but I've been making an effort at strength training once a week. I have pretty toned quads (under the fat) and my calves and shin muscles (dont' ask) are pretty strong, but the rest of my body is pretty weak.

    Do you have any suggestions or advice?


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  • #2
    try different intensity technques but I would firts increase the number of weight lifting session to 2 per week,

    then my idea is you could try swimming sprints if you fear for joints;

    or maybe hill climber, burpees, jumping jacks or similar activities,

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    • #3
      I sprint once a week and had knee surgery in October slowly accelerate to your maximum speed and slowly decelerate. I also go barefoot on a soft football field. I feel amazing afterward. My feet feel strong. I have a little knee pain but its tolerable. Just start slow. Soft surface!

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      • #4
        How about biking?

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        • #5
          Hill sprints, although technically harder, will produce significantly less impact. This is due to the change in stride length and angle in comparison to a natural gait on flat ground. The only real concern would be the descent.

          I'd suggest some short hill sprints with a walk back recovery - but, above all, listen to what your body is telling you.
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          • #6
            Look at your shoes first. Do they have arch support? If so, toss em. I wore a pair of ASICs which I thought were comfortable as hell for almost a year straight. My angles and knees started hurting all the time. I have been wearing Chuck Taylors (flat foot bed) for about two weeks and my ankles are starting to feel fine again. Too much support in a shoe allows joints, ligaments, and tendons to get weak.

            As far as sprints go, jump in head first. You won't be able to do much in the beginning (listen to your body!) and you may be limping for a couple days after your first session due to stiff legs. However, after that you should be golden, because that first "jarring" experience and several days of recovery will put your body exactly where it needs to be.

            Also, make sure you do them with proper form. Make sure you are landing on the balls of your feet and not your heels. I found out that I could not sprint in my traditional running shoes (ASICs) because the heel was too thick and I COULD NOT land on the balls of my feet.

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            • #7
              running up the stairs is also cool if you live in a big city
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              • #8
                You could also do a tabata protocal for a movement that you can do.

                For a time I was doing tabata push ups, sit ups, and air squats. Mostly because I am traveling alot and it takes no equipment. Meaning no excuses for me to skip the work out.

                Here is an online timer to use:

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                • #9
                  Have any pool access? Doesn't get more low impact than that unless you're in orbit... I do my sprints there too. It's my fave place to exercise... no sweat.
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                  • #10
                    You might also try sprints on a rowing machine. You'll want to have access to a cable-style rower though, not a hydraulic one--I've found they're too hard to get up to sprint speed.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Owly View Post
                      You might also try sprints on a rowing machine. You'll want to have access to a cable-style rower though, not a hydraulic one--I've found they're too hard to get up to sprint speed.
                      I can not row on that machine plus it kills my lower back so exercise caution on it just my opinion;
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                      • #12
                        Try CrossFit thrusters (essentially a deep squat pushpress) with 10-20kg weight, across various intervals Programming Interval Training | Thor Falk . Also wallball shots which is a very similar movement. I found those two are an absolute killer and better than real sprinting (make sure though you squat in good form - shins straight! The first rule of Squat Club | Thor Falk).
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                        • #13
                          Swimming is a distincy possibility once the weather warms up and the public pool opens, but it will only be open for 2 or 3 months.

                          Biking is also possible, if I can find someone to watch my kids.

                          Uphill sprints are pretty darn perfect, because of the layout of our land around here. Going down would be difficult, but I like the idea of a sprint up, and walkdown recovery.

                          Shoes are a nonissue for me, as I've been a barefooter since before it was cool, and was pondering barefoot sprints when I posted, because I know I stride more gently when I run barefoot. My primary shoes are isotoner slippers. They look like ballet flats.

                          I am an exercise newbie. Terms like "tabata", "burpee" and the like are unfamiliar to me.


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                          • #14
                            These work great for big folks.
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                            • #15
                              I do my sprints in the pool. I pretend a shark is coming after me and haul ass in any/every way possible across the pool.
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