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thumper1232011-12-02 04:16:13 +0000 #1
after a spin class i find my knees hurt at the top sides, the points where if you were sat down, where your knees come together. i have had to sleep with a hot water bottle between my knees! it almost feels like an ache or a sun burn. I don't have the pain during a class only after...and it lasts for a few days...and then if my knees generally feel fine, but then i get on the treadmill i have to stop as i can feel it, i know if i start jogging, i would end up injuring them. But when i have jogged without having done any spin classes for ages then i am fine, so its def due to spinning.

at the moment i have just let them recover but will hopefully try another spin class soon.

I have asked for advice from the instructor who showed me how to set up the bike and told me to keep my knees inline. I think the problem might be that when i get tired/put the resistance up too high my knees automatically go inwards. I also dont think i keep my feet straight on the pedals.

Just wondered if anyone else had similar problems or ideas on what else could cause the pain or if you think this could be it? it is a nuisance as i really enjoy the classes, and don't want to give them up. i Also outdoor cycle everyday as that is my transport but I dont get any knee problems from that.

Cheers,thumper


Catrin2011-12-02 04:19:30 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by thumper123

after a spin class i find my knees hurt at the top sides, the points where if you were sat down, where your knees come together...just wondered if anyone else had similar problems or ideas on what else could cause the pain or if you think this could be it? it is a nuisance as i really enjoy the classes, and don't want to give them up. i Also outdoor cycle everyday as that is my transport but I dont get any knee problems from that.

Cheers,thumper

Wondering about your fore/aft seat position on the bike. I had problems like this early in the year until my instructor micro-adjusted one of the bikes to fit me. It took care of the problem immediately. Is this something you can check into with the help of your instructor?
rubywagon2011-12-02 04:56:31 +0000 #3
I have noticed my right knee feeling the same since I have put my bike onto the trainer. I think it is due to mashing the pedals/using too high of a gear, like you mentioned. Try spinning with less resistance and if the problem continues, make little adjustments to your positioning.
thumper1232011-12-02 05:12:28 +0000 #4
Thanks for your replies

Catrin what do you mean by fore/aft position of the sadle? is this moving it backwards or forwards? I was shown where abouts to have the seat..next time i go I will write it down.

greenbean yeh i need to reduce the resistance its annoying though as I want to work hard and get my heart rate up high!
indysteel2011-12-02 05:49:05 +0000 #5
Yes, fore/aft refers to moving the saddle forward or back. You might play around with it as there's no one right rule of thumb to follow. Most instructors will tell you that your knee should be above the pedal spindle when your foot is in the 3 o'clock position. But that's a general rule. I need to be farther back than that.

That said, you likely nee to dial down the resistance. You should strive to maintain proper form first and foremost. As for getting your heartrate up, you should be able to do that by increasing your cadence using a pedal resistance that doesn't overly tax your knees. Frankly,those drills get my heart rate higher than climbing drills.
Catrin2011-12-02 05:27:46 +0000 #6
I have also found that my knees do NOT like the toe cages on the spinning bikes. Do you clip in for spinning class?

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