The simple knee strengthening exercise demonstrated in the video above is a real favourite of ours for helping those with running related knee pain build strength in a small but important section of the Vastus Medialis muscle, Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO).
The VMO muscle is situated to the inner part of your knee. It forms part of your lower Medial Quadriceps. It has an important role in helping control the knee’s alignment through movement and loading.
TIP: We show this exercise performed off a step with a wedge. You can recreate the same exercise off the bottom step of a flight of stairs, with a book or two placed under your heel. This gives the same effect as a wedge.