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Keeping your knees bent while exercising ensures that the weight of your body, in addition to any weights being used, is actually supported by the muscles surrounding your knees instead of the knee joint itself. Locking your knees puts unnecessary strain on your knees and can lead to pain and injury. For example, consider that when landing from a jump most people try to reduce the impact by bending their knees as they land to avoid hurting their knees.

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