KneePain-460x250[1]So today at the gym I did my first barbell squatting with anything more than 135 pounds on the bar for the first time in at least a couple months.  The experience was made less enjoyable since I was six feet away from the trainer that overuses his clients name.  I shit you not, he said the guys name (John) no less than 10 times a minute.

The squatting didn’t go great, not that I expected it to.  I also was wearing my running sneakers which is pretty much the worst footwear you could choose for squatting.  The only positive thing I could say about the squats was although I felt weak I was still trying to push myself to go as deep into the squats as I could, breaking parallel with my thighs.

Later in the workout I had an oh shit moment.  I was switching legs on the kneeling leg curl machine.  I had my right foot down on the floor and was turning.  For just a brief second my right foot was hung up causing a slight twist.  That twist was enough to send a shot of searing pain in my twice scoped, right knee.  Being a 16 year veteran of meniscus related knee pain I knew it was something like that.  It felt like something was out of place, despite multiple attempts to “kick it out”.

I limped through the rest of my workout but by the time I got back to the office the pain was less severe.  I am hoping I can just write it off as a close call, I am supposed to run tomorrow.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

Barbell squat – 135lbs x 10, 185lbs x 4, 185lbs x 4, 205lbs x 1

Single leg seated leg extension – 30 sec rest between sets – 50lbs x 10, 60lbs x 10, 70lbs x 8

Kneeling leg curl – 30 sec rest between sets – 60lbs x 10, 70lbs x 8 (stopped due to knee injury)

Rotary calf machine – 100lbs x 12, 130lbs x 8

VMX rope machine – max resistance 500 foot pull – 3:08