Training clients with knee injuries are more challenging than natural fitness and weight loss programs for a personal trainer. However, a trainer with the proper tools and knowledge can make the workouts easier and more effective. As a personal trainer, each knee injury client you train has different health and physical requirements.



Personal Training for Knee Pain, Tacoma WA

Beometry's personal training for clients with knee pain involves careful assessment and customized workout plans to address individual health and physical needs. Research suggests that a home-based exercise program can significantly reduce knee pain. Our personal trainers work with you and conduct assessments to design appropriate workout plans, and coaching exercises to strengthen muscles around the knee. We also offer virtual fitness programs for individuals who can't make it to the gym due to distance or busy schedules.


Achy or Painful Knees?

When your back, hips, and knees tighten it pulls the weight off your body off balance. This can create overuse of your knees putting them in a unstable and even painful position. Having a tight back or hips can create overuse of other joints including your knees.

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My knees were cracking, popping, and hurting just bending them. Small things like sitting on my couch were painful. My doctor told me I had arthritis and I thought “ Well I guess I’m just old”. I can’t believe that by doing these simple exercises my knees don’t hurt anymore. I can easily sit, walk, and get up again which has helped me lose over 22 pounds.
Kim H.


Before starting workouts with a knee injury client, a trainer should take them through an assessment program to determine the severity of their injury. After the assessment program, the trainer will launch the appropriate training sessions for the client. Here are some strategies trainers use to help with knee pain.

Assessment Programs for Clients With Knee Pain

An assessment program helps a trainer determine the type of workout exercise for a knee injury client. A personal trainer can give assessments such as functional mobility screens, body movement assessments, balance assessments, and body strength.

An assessment aims to help a trainer launch the right client workouts. In addition, it helps manage pain, maintain range of movement, and arrange appropriate referrals to a doctor or a physical therapist if the injury is severe.

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Proper Workout Plans

Finding workouts that will not irritate the area is challenging with knee pain. Most bending exercises usually put extra pressure on the knees. Therefore, you sometimes have to modify the activities in a workout. However, it is possible to get a total-body workout while being gentle with your knee joints.

When dealing with a knee injury during a workout, it is more helpful to incorporate exercises that strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee. The muscles help in supporting and stabilizing the joints.

These are some factors that your personal trainer should account for while planning a workout for clients with knee injuries:

  • The client's goal
  • Assessment results
  • Referral instructions from a doctor or physical therapist
  • The severity of the knee issue

Exercise Coaching for Knee Pain

You should pay attention to your pain levels when doing knee pain exercises. The exercises may increase your symptoms slightly in the beginning. However, with the help of a personal trainer and regular practice, the exercise should get more accessible and improve movement in the knee over time.

Whether you have chronic knee pain or injuries, a personal trainer can help you with various workouts, from cardio to stretching. The crucial thing to note about exercising with knee pain is that you should exercise your hamstrings, quads, and glute that surround the knee muscles.

A personal trainer should start a client's program with basic workouts unless a doctor or physical therapist advises against it.

Some of the basic exercises to start a knee workout include the following:

  • Straight leg lifts
  • Sit and stands
  • Low step-ups
  • Glute bridges
  • Clamshells
  • Deadlifts

Regarding deadlifts, consider starting light and slow since some clients might also have back issues. Also, trainers should avoid single-legged exercises such as lunges and split squats. Although they can strengthen the knees, they can cause injuries if done incorrectly.

A personal trainer should do more work on a client's posterior chain. The client will benefit more from the extra strengthening of the glutes and hamstrings; thus, the lower body should be the biggest concern.

Virtual Fitness Programs

personal trainer should design a virtual fitness program to assist clients in improving their mobility. The program should guide you in improving your stability and strength. Trainers can share the instructions with their clients using an online app to help them reach their health goals from anywhere.

If you want to work out from the comfort of your home or want your workout to fit your schedule from wherever you are, the virtual fitness program is the right choice for you.

Nutrition for Knee Pain

Solving chronic pain also means considering nutrition. We help clients with knee pain live a healthy lifestyle because it improves joint pain and workouts.

How does a proper diet relieve knee pain? Proper nutrition increases bone density, reduces inflammation, and strengthens connective tissues. Focus on reducing portions, increasing physical activity, and cutting back on fried foods, sweets, and alcohol. We advise clients to use meal replacement drinks and join a weight-loss program.

Massage Therapy for Knee Pain

Massage therapy is essential in increasing blood flow to the knee muscle joint. Massaging a sore joint also reduces swelling while reducing overall pain and stiffness. In addition, massage therapy helps improve the overall flexibility of the muscles that support and stabilize the affected knee.

While all these benefits are crucial, what is more impactful is the effect it will have on your daily life. Massage therapy positively affects pain levels and stiffness in people with osteoarthritis in their knees. Also, there are minimal to no side effects concerning massage.


Although it may seem contradictory to working out with knee pain, keeping your muscles active and strong is very important. Whether your knee pain is from medical or lifestyle issues, supporting strength training is suitable for the following:

  • Improves range of motion and mobility on your knees
  • Relieving pain
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Improving stiffness in the knees
  • Improving joint cartilage
  • Preventing arthritis or continual breakdown of knee joint cartilage for those with arthritis
  • It helps reduce body fat, increasing stress and strain on knee joints and ligaments.


When suffering from knee pain, it is important to do the following:

  • Engage your trainer. It is essential to communicate with your trainer about your health. Knee injuries can escalate to more severe issues if not handled correctly.
  • Be honest. Talk to your trainer about other issues you may have. Also, disclose your food and drink intake to allow your trainer to prepare a good workout plan.
  • Maximize your workout intensity. Despite the knee injury, you should increase your physical power during an activity.
  • Do not work through the pain. If you feel any pain during a workout session, inform your trainer. If a particular exercise hurts, your trainer can substitute it with a more relaxing one instead of jeopardizing the entire training.
  • Set your goals. You will only get a trainer if you have something to achieve. Ensure you set your goals and discuss them with your trainer. This will help them create a workout plan to help them reach their goal.
  • Most clients try to overcome a specific obstacle, such as a lack of motivation or the pain keeping them from healing. If a trainer is not careful, the knee injury may exacerbate, leading to more severe problems.


Having a personal trainer to guide you through your workouts is valuable in ensuring that you perform the exercise effectively for your knee. You'll see better results and avoid more injury this way. Knowledge is the key when it comes to your fitness goals. Therefore, having a proper understanding to reach those goals is empowering.

Research by the National Library Of Science shows that a simple home-based exercise program can significantly assist in reducing knee pain. A personal trainer should use different strategies to help clients reduce knee pain and improve workouts.

Do you want to improve your knee injuries, among other fitness requirements? By following the Beometry process, you can become a happy client while you achieve your goals.


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