Got Crepitus?

I had a client that would refuse to do lunges or squats because her knees make a crackling noise as she was doing them. She assured me there was absolutely no pain involved, she simply did not like the sound that they made. (It reminded me of a bowl of Rice Krispies cereal!)

She told me that her knees also made this sound when she got up off the couch or out of her chair—again things she didn’t like to do—which is how she ended up with me!


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After having her check the situation out with her doctor, she was given the all clear to do squats and lunges.

Note: a good trainer will make you check out any issues with your physician. Personal trainers are not doctors, do not let one try to diagnose you under any circumstances!

That being said, she did the lunges and squats, noises and all. And you know what? She got stronger. She sweated through every lunge I had her do, swearing my name the whole time. And they delivered results. Her body composition changed and you could see the muscle definition in her legs. Pretty soon, she no longer noticed the sounds from her knees because she was too busy focusing on the weight she was squatting. She ended up loving those squats and if she is reading this today, I hope she is still doing them!

So what does Crepitus have to do with this? That is the medical term describing the cracking and popping sounds that your knees make. It is usually caused when the rough surfaces of your knee joints come into contact with each other. It comes without pain and is sometimes a precursor to osteoarthritis of the knee. It is not a reason to skip out on doing lunges or squats!

So if you are having knee issues, please have them checked out.

And don’t let a little Crepitus keep you from being active today.
Absolutely no excuses gang!

How many squats and lunges are YOU going to do today?

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  1. OK, a) why does Crepitus have to sound so creepy? B) it’s interesting to learn the name for this – I think I have it in my elbow. Whenever I do pushups, there’s a weird clicking noise that emanates from my right elbow on the way down and I swear, it seems so loud, I feel like the gym is broadcasting it over the PA system. It doesn’t hurt or ache…just noisy. Damn crepitus!! Thanks for the info, WM!

  2. I have it in my left hip. It pops when I do Pilates, and it sometimes freaks me out. I’m going to start teaching it soon, and I may need a disclaimer for my popping hip,lol!

  3. Oh, my gosh. I was ready to kill you this morning. I don’t even know you but I did your cleaning work out. The one with 10 squats per room you vacuum, 20 lounges per leg…. I could barely get out of bed this morning. :) Thank you. I did more of your kick squats every hour today but boy, my back side is sore.

  4. LOL………..Because I’m a member of Iowa Avenue’s Take off to a Tight Ass Club, I’m starting my lunges and squats tomorrow. I’ve set the goal of doing 70 per day. That might be kind of high, but I think I can do 10 at seven different times each day.

    I’ll let you know in a week if my ass falls off……….:)

  5. I don’t think I can look at Rice Krispies any more and not think of you and knees…lol…It’s amazing how mental roadblocks can get quickly bulldozed once a doctor gives us the a-okay.

  6. I sure am glad my knees don’t sound like that when I do squats and lunges! Not to mention it’s probably something people use as an excuse NOT to do those exercises (just like you mentioned), and as we know, people are good enough as it is with making up excuses! :)

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