## Dwayne Johnson Reveals the Bodyweight Exercise He’s Doing to Strengthen His Knees
Knee pain is a common issue that affects many people, including Dwayne Johnson, who has undergone four knee surgeries. However, the 51-year-old actor recently shared with his Instagram followers the bodyweight exercise he’s re-added back into his leg day routine to help strengthen his knees again, and it’s one that Jason Momoa approves of too.
### The Bulgarian Split Squat
The exercise Dwayne’s started doing is the Bulgarian split squat, which is renowned for being one of the best leg workout exercises. It targets your quads, hamstrings, calves, as well as your core and glutes (depending on your foot positioning). But, it’s also a good alternative exercise to do if you suffer from knee pain, as opposed to doing your regular squats. This is because the exercise puts less pressure on your knee joints, but still develops the muscle around this area.
It’s not just Dwayne who loves this exercise too, as Jason Momoa was quick to comment on the video to give his seal of approval: “my favourite good for the knees uso” he said. Wonder Woman actress, Gal Gadot, however, was not too impressed expressing that she hates them.
### How to Do a Bulgarian Split Squat
If you want to add Bulgarian split squats to your leg day routine, follow these steps:
– Stand a couple of feet in front of a chair or weight bench that’s knee height, with your back facing it.
– Place your right foot behind you on the chair or weight bench — this is to help you stay balanced.
– Engage your core and lower your left leg to the floor, like you were lunging. If you can’t hover your right knee above the floor, just go to wherever is comfortable.
– Hold here for a second, then drive through your left foot to stand back up to starting position.
Don’t worry if you can’t do loads of reps, even Dwayne says he’s still trying to find his groove and balance with them. Start by aiming for eight reps on each side, then once you feel confident, progress to 10. If you want to spice things up and challenge yourself, hold a pair of dumbbells in each hand whilst you do it.
So, if you’re looking for a new exercise to add to your leg day routine, give the Bulgarian split squat a try and see how it can help strengthen your knees.