Does Crossing Parallel Prevent Knee Injury?

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Ever since I started lifting weights I always thought traditional squats, when your thighs go down to the same level as your knees and create a line parallel to the floor, were the preferred method of squatting.  I assumed crossing parallel, when your thighs go below the level of your knees, were better left for the professionals and could potentially cause more risk for a knee injury.

That’s what I thought until a couple of weeks ago at least, when someone at the gym told me I was actually going to hurt my knees if I continued doing traditional-style squats.  I was fairly surprised to hear this, and decided the subject was worth formally looking into… does crossing parallel prevent knee injury?

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How to Start Lifting Weights

After my post on Primal Workout Websites last week, my awesome co-worker, Earlene, told me she wanted to lift weights… but she didn’t know where to begin.  I tried to give her some simple advice… but that’s a little harder than it sounds.  After all people write entire books and devote entire careers to solving this problem.  But as someone who successfully self-taught herself how-to lift weights, I thought I’d share my 2 cents on how to get started 🙂

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Primal Workout Websites

Yesterday my Primal-sister asked me to send her a list of my favorite primal workout sites and tips.  She currently does mostly Pilates and was looking to break out of her fitness-rut.

Since becoming Primal a little over a year ago, I‘ve realized that the most successful exercise routines aren’t overly complicated and don’t need to be done every day.  I attribute my success with this philosophy to the following three websites.

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This site can be a little overwhelming the first couple times you try to read through it.  But don’t let that scare you, it is packed with tons of useful information.  It mostly talks about the benefits of fasting, but since it is run by a personal trainer it also has a lot to do with working out: specifically lifting weights.  Lifting weights is the most-effective type of exercise.  So if you want to tone or lose stubborn fat, I highly recommend you try it.

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