I agree wall sits can be good for people with knee issues and lower back issues. It can teach people about pelvic tilts and abdominal recruitment as well. It is a space saver and can go anywhere with the client. You may want to check their BP if they have any challenges there. Most people don’t like them I fear.
Hello Tracie Renschen,
It is good you are doing your research. Everyone has their own reason for doing something.
Wall sits are a good isometric exercise for people with arthritis. Sometimes during a flare up or other injury the wall sit is the best option. It can help to use the wall sit for cross training, also.
Personal Trainer~NAPS 2 B Fit…
I don’t think they are a waste of time or useless at all. Like any other exercise they need to be used in the right way. As Paul states above, I use them and hip hinging for people who have knee problems and it just hurts to do other exercises. Great for muscular endurance. I’d be sure to hold just above or just below parallel to the floor if there are not knee issues.
I also incorporate one legged wall holds, then the client has to focus on more core stability too. 2 legged wall sits can be made more challenging by adding lateral band pulls on thighs and pressure from my hands.
Good question! I haven’t used them a lot, so I don’t have comparative data like Martin suggests in order to say whether they’re as effective or more effective than other exercises. I think they would be the most effective for a client who needs endurance in a similar position, as opposed to strength.