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I'm writing because I have knee pain when I exercise. I especially feel it when doing lunges and squats. It's a sharp, shooting pain in my knee cap. I was wondering if you have any suggestions about how to strengthen my knees, or if there are certain exercises I just shouldn't do, and if so, what are some alternatives. Oh, I should give you a little info about myself: I'm a 42 year old woman, and I'm about 100 pounds overweight. I've been exercising regularly(4-5 times/week for 60 minutes) for 4 years and doing strength training 2-3 times/week for the last 2... I was working with a personal trainer for the last year but recently stopped. He was very young, and a good trainer, but he didn't take my knee pain seriously and kept dismissing me when I would tell him about it. I just don't think he really knew how to help me, so he just ignored it. It has gotten worse recently. Any insight you could give would be helpful.
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