both have been using weight machines without incident but would like to change up their routine but every time I try to incorporate a new free weigh lower body exercise they don’t want to do it for fear it will hurt their knees. They are doing the leg press, leg curl, leg extension machines now and have no problems. Are there lower body free weight exercises that do not include, squats, lunges, steps???
Hi Elizabeth. Overcoming their fear will take time, but it CAN be done. I’d start them off with body weight lower body exercise. This will serve two purposes, first it is VERY FUNCTIONAL for them since effectively handling their own body weight is essential for them with total knee replacements. Second, their effectively navigating these body weight exercises will serve to give them the requisite self-confidence to start using additional free weight with those exercises.
As far as lower body ‘free weight’ exercises that do no include lunges, squats, steps. How about straight-legged (seated against the wall) leg extensions for quad work? Modified single leg deadlifts (body weight). Cycling (although not a true ‘weight’ exercise, this exercise could do wonders with increasing their range of of motion and thus hopefully their self-confidence, as well as improve cardio and body fat reduction).
Of course, NONE of these exercises should be started unless and until your clients have approval by their physician or healthcare provider.
Good luck, and keep them moving!