My Knees & High Impact Workouts: What I Wish I'd Known.
I have two pieces of advice for girls who want to do, or who are doing, Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide:
1.) Have fun. Don’t take yourself, or the guide (especially those transformation pictures) too seriously. You’ll drive yourself crazy. Enjoy the journey, and don’t focus solely on the so-called “destination”, or end result.
2.) More importantly, protect your KNEES. Our knees are so much more fragile than we think they are. We work them really hard with jump lunges, jump squats, jumping rope, weighted leg exercises, etc. I used to love these moves because they would help me break a good sweat and contribute to a heart-pumping, invigorating workout. And while they are excellent plyometric exercises, if we are not careful, these moves can do (potentially long-term) damage to our knees.
I did BBG for six months, 3-4 days a week, with walking/running/elliptical on the non-resistance days. When I stopped BBG because of light/moderate knee pain, a few weeks later, the pain started to get very bad. Simple squats hurt. It wasn’t good.
After thinking that the pain would simply “go away” (it didn’t), I finally went to a knee doctor this summer.
I have patella tendinitis. And now I wear this supportive CoreFlex knee brace when I workout. This is not the worst that could have happened, and I don’t need surgery (for this, I’m very thankful), but I’m going to have to be extremely careful with my knees going forward. Thanks to my newfound love for yoga, I’ve been able to work on strengthening and resting my knees, but I still get twinges a few times a week. I ice my knee every night now, and I can no longer do jumping, plyometric exercises or sprinting, which I used to enjoy. Maybe one day I’ll be able to, but definitely not now.
So while BBG is a fun, effective workout program, I empower you to be extremely careful and loving to those knees of yours. After all, you’ve only got two, and you have a whole life ahead of you to live.