Exercises to Strengthen Your Knees If You Can’t Get On the Floor

Exercises to Strengthen Your Knees If You Can’t Get On

Received a question via the Exercises for Injuries Secret Facebook Group on how to strengthen your knees. This is a page where people who have purchased my products ask the community and me about health, fitness, injuries, or pain.

Today, I’d like to answer a question from Simone…

“What kind of exercises can be done when one can’t go down to the floor and put much pressure on knees and hands because of extreme degenerative osteoarthritis?”

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Osteoarthritis is one of the many forms of arthritis and is the most common in the United States. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by joint wear and tear over time. It mainly affects the hands, hips, and knees and leads to pain, aches, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and swelling. The location of this pain can make it extremely difficult for people to get up and down off the floor, which makes many exercises inaccessible. Luckily, there are exercises you can do without getting on the floor to strengthen your knees.

There are two sets of exercises that you can do to strengthen your knees.

1. Utilize the Wall

You can utilize the wall to do different types of exercises. You can do various plank movements: out to the sidestepping on the spot, or increasing the angle by stepping your feet further back. Make sure you are on a non-slip mat when performing the knee exercise.

Various Plank Movements

Various Plank Movements

If you can’t place your hands on the wall, you can use your forearms or fists when doing the exercises.

Using the Forearms or the Fists

Utilize the wall if you are not able to kneel or place pressure on your hands when getting in this hand position. Don’t devalue what you can with the wall to effectively strengthen your knees.

Use a Foam Roller

Use a Foam Roller

You can also grab a 1/2 foam roller and place it on your hands. Place it against the wall with your hands and then go through the various exercises. This is great if you can’t kneel or can’t place too much pressure on the hands or extend the wrist.

2. Utilize Loop Tubing

Step on the tubing and grip the tubing or place the tubing in your hands. Doing this would add strength to your knees.

Gripping the Tubing and Placing the tubing on the hands

Even if you can’t grip it, you can lift it and bring your legs out to the side.

Bringing the legs out to the side

Bringing the legs out to the side

Use loop tubing to do various exercises, such as pressing if you cannot kneel or placing pressure on your hands and wrists to make your knees stronger.



Those are some ideas if you cannot kneel or place pressure on your wrists due to degenerative osteoarthritis. Remember, you can always find a way to work around injuries safely while strengthening your knees efficiently.

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Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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