If you have knee pain due to injury, overuse, or arthritis, and think you have to sit on the sidelines during high-intensity workouts, bookmark this page now.
If you've ever experienced knee pain, you know that it's no joke. Plus, without properly dealing with it, even minor discomfort in the joints can increase your risk of knee injury (such as a tear in the meniscus, a sprain, or an ACL injury). Then you're in for some real recovery and healing time. And here's a not-so-fun-fact: Women actually have a higher risk of ACL tears if they spend time jumping or pivoting—a common denominator in many a HIIT class.
Even if you aren't nursing a knee injury, but have some uncomfortable-to-semi-painful creakiness going on, all those squat jumps and side-shuffle drills in boot-camp class are sure to cause a flare-up. That could lead to a real injury that's just going to sideline you from a lot of workouts, HIIT and otherwise, as you heal.
"But I love to really sweat and give it my all during workouts," you're saying right now. Well, luckily, Erika Hammond, founding trainer at Rumble Boxing in NYC, has a lot of ideas up her sleeve. She's sharing her go-to HIIT circuit that will get your heart rate up, make you break a sweat, and—get this—won't kill your knees.
Push-Up with Shoulder Tap
Repeat for 30 seconds.