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    Hi,

    Im looking to join the gym in the new year and I need trainers that support me, as I have bad knees and I am flat footed. I was looking at running trainers, as they offer trainers for flat feet, but I only will be working out in the gym- so I am unsure whether thats a good decision.

    So any productive advice would be good, Thanks
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    Well, first off..

    What do you want to do in the gym?

    if you have bad knees I suggest swimming and no treadmills as they are the worst thing for somebody with bad knees.
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    Asics

    They do good cheap ones at lillywhites (at piccadilly circus) if you're living in london
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    I have bad knees, pronating feet, and would wholly recommend Asics (I see someone has already said that above!). They do versions with anti-pronation soles, and great arch support which really helps. If you can't make it to Lilliewhites, SportsDirect shops do great deals on Asics so they're not quite as expensive as normal.

    Even if you're just in the gym and not running, decent shoes will hold your feet in the right place and consequently be more comfortable on your knees.
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    (Original post by HARRY PUTAH)
    Well, first off..

    What do you want to do in the gym?

    if you have bad knees I suggest swimming and no treadmills as they are the worst thing for somebody with bad knees.
    I want to lose some weight, um I cant swim- yeah I know, in this day and age. My knees are not that bad, but sometimes they do ache if I overwork them etc.
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    (Original post by Nasher and Basher)
    I want to lose some weight, um I cant swim- yeah I know, in this day and age. My knees are not that bad, but sometimes they do ache if I overwork them etc.
    You could cycle (outside or in the gym), use a cross trainer or a rowing machine for cardio work rather than a treadmill.
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    (Original post by Nasher and Basher)
    I want to lose some weight, um I cant swim- yeah I know, in this day and age. My knees are not that bad, but sometimes they do ache if I overwork them etc.
    Change what you eat and how you eat it. Nutrition forum above this one is there for a reason.

    If you want to lose weight you should consider both cardio and weights, not the machine weights though as a fair few of them are just isolation exercises and that can lead to boredom. What you need is a flexible training regime so look into that "Girls who lift" thread titled barbells society.

    A big concern for women who want to lose or lose weight is excess skin, stretch marks and other problems.

    Weight training helps immensely with these problems but don't be worried about 'bulking up', you aren't aiming to lift in excess of 200KG here sbut what you should aim for is functional strength and movement.

    It also goes a long way to improving your knees. Physio work will always include gradual strengthening of a limb or joint so for example if your knee is weak, put effort into improving how much muscle is in that area. How flexible it can be and how resistant it can be to strain.
 
 
 
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