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Going to the gym and not working legs-pointless? watch

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    Ok, so before i get flamed for this. I am 18 years old from the UK. Anyway i have had knee pain for the past 5 years and under supervision of an orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist and do many hydrotherapy and physiotherapy exercises. This means i can't work my legs due to them being painful, however they are improving- i am able to walk for 15 minutes, and bike for 8 which is good.

    I have access to a gym because i need a pool to do my hydrotherapy exercises so access isn't a problem. I have been working out my upper body for awhile now, but recently been thinking, as i don't want to look out of proportion. I can't even do bodyweight squats without being in pain.

    I am quite small so will it look even more out of proportion?

    Should i stop?

    Any advice, help or anything is appreciated.

    Thank you for reading.
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    Not unless you do heavy weights.

    You have a legit excuse, carry on.
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    Carry on working out those legs. Chicken legs aren't good.
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    (Original post by my_username_was_taken)
    Ok, so before i get flamed for this. I am 18 years old from the UK. Anyway i have had knee pain for the past 5 years and under supervision of an orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist and do many hydrotherapy and physiotherapy exercises. This means i can't work my legs due to them being painful, however they are improving- i am able to walk for 15 minutes, and bike for 8 which is good.

    I have access to a gym because i need a pool to do my hydrotherapy exercises so access isn't a problem. I have been working out my upper body for awhile now, but recently been thinking, as i don't want to look out of proportion. I can't even do bodyweight squats without being in pain.

    I am quite small so will it look even more out of proportion?

    Should i stop?

    Any advice, help or anything is appreciated.

    Thank you for reading.
    Carry on. regularly working out is a good for your body and mind. Monitor the changes to your body, if things are beginning to look out of proportion and it bothers you take action.

    Until then don't dwell on it. It's not like the changes are permanent.
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    (Original post by puma21)
    Carry on working out those legs. Chicken legs aren't good.
    So you're saying do quats/leg press/etc. even if it is immensly painful? I'm sorry health > size.
    OP, I have a similar problem, as long as you don't intend to get massively huge in your upper body, it shouldn't really matter. Like Bluelight said, it's hard to see how big a persons legs actually are under a pair of trousers/jeans/whatever.
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    I've never worked out my legs and yet they're still bulky. You don't even need to work out your legs unless they're skinny or you play a sport.
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    i'd say stop if u start to look out of proportion.......cos when i see a guy with a massive chest walking around in trackies and not shorts i think 'clearly never does leg work = massive tool'
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    (Original post by my_username_was_taken)
    Should i stop?
    If you enjoy it and/or you like the effects keep it up.

    Sure working only your upper body may not be ideal but do what you can, when you can - anything is better than nothing.
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    legs are pretty key to all the big movemnts, can't really think of one that doesn't involve them in some form or another.
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    People with no back look stupider than people with crappy legs IMO. I don't care how you work out.
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    This is really a discussion you need to be having with your specialists.

    Even if you're unable to focus on legs, there are many beneficial 'upper body' movements requiring stable and strong legs/core - most barbell movements, in fact, as I presume most standing presses, pulls from the floor (i.e. rows, deadlifting) etc are out of the question. Basically, whilst you can't do much for your 'lower body' you still need to seek balance and synthesis when working your upper body.
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    Sorry to hear about your situation. Dealing with knee problems can be really tough...especially if you're interested in building lower body strength. However, it will be a really long time before you have to worry about the chicken legs problem, since that requires a massive upper body. I haven't gone through the other posts here so I'm not sure if someone already mentioned a solution. I have one.......I recommend to all the people I know who have knee/joint pain and want to build stronger legs.>>>>are you familiar with elliptical trainers? It would be the best machine for your situation. You can start of at lower intensities dependent on your comfort level, and slowly build up. I'm sure you'll notice increased strength in your lower body without placing undue stress on the knees.
    Hope this works out.
    Good luck!
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    lmao, what a knob.

    i've got a dodgey knee op but thankfully i can squat.
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    (Original post by Barden)
    cos when i see a guy with a massive chest walking around in trackies and not shorts i think 'clearly never does leg work = massive tool'
    So that's the secret? I might stop working legs then :yep:
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    (Original post by TheUnderdog)
    So that's the secret? I might stop working legs then :yep:


    *sigh* 'tool' as in foolish/vain person....
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    (Original post by Barden)
    i'd say stop if u start to look out of proportion.......cos when i see a guy with a massive chest walking around in trackies and not shorts i think 'clearly never does leg work = massive tool'
    You don't ever think, "maybe he's cold", or "maybe he's deadlifting today"?
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    (Original post by Arturo Bandini)
    You don't ever think, "maybe he's cold", or "maybe he's deadlifting today"?

    i'd still wear shorts if i was deadlifting (i'm gonna assume u mean straight-legged deadlifts), as tbh i like to show my legs off when im in the gym :o:
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    (Original post by Barden)
    i'd still wear shorts if i was deadlifting (i'm gonna assume u mean straight-legged deadlifts), as tbh i like to show my legs off when im in the gym :o:
    You like to show off your legs in the gym? Weren't you just accusing other people of being vain?? :confused:

    Lot's of people wear tracksuit trousers to deadlift to avoid scraping their shins up.
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    (Original post by Arturo Bandini)
    You like to show off your legs in the gym? Weren't you just accusing other people of being vain?? :confused:
    yes but that's different, i was using the term to define my use of the word 'tool'

    Lot's of people wear tracksuit trousers to deadlift to avoid scraping their shins up.

    i'm refering to people who a quite clearly out of proportion, through only doing upper-body work anyway
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    It would take years to get out of proportion.

    No point in working legs if you physically can't.

    Can you not even do leg extensions, leg curls?
 
 
 
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