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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence

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  • Thanks for this article as I tripped over my GD and fell on the concrete curb in a parking lot and broke my femur. I now have a titanium rod and screws in my leg & I spent 34 days in rehab. I'll get well again, but what exercises to do is an issue. One in three people over 65 will fall, so be alert. It happened to me in the blink of an eye.
  • I use a cane and have limited leg mobility plus COPD so besides my walking routine, these ideas are truly helpful. Thanks so much!❤
  • I have always been a fairly active person. Two years ago I was diagnosed as needing two new hips! The diagnosis process is a whole different story. If you have a couple of hours I will tell you my story. :-) Now I am considered disabled (until my surgeries later this year?) and have had to modify my activities dramatically. You never notice the little things until they are gone. Housework? - difficult. Bend over to feed the cat? - almost impossible. Putting on a pair of socks or cut your toenails? I haven't been able to do that for over two years!! (I now get regular pedicures, btw)
    But I do have a regular exercise routine that I am doing to prepare for my surgeries, and thereafter. My routine is six days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is an hour or more in the pool. I am (was?) an avid swimmer (lifeguard, etc. when I was younger) so water is like home. I found that is the only time that the hips (and legs) do not hurt. So I spend most of my time there.
    Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are my BowFlex days (Ultimate II). I have a routine of 10 exercises, unfortunately mostly upper body as I have real problems with my back and legs due to the hips. I searched a long time to finally get some advice on how to work with my BowFlex. All the company does is give you a set of pictures but not much info on developing a set program.
    My program consists of 4 levels. I start at 3 sets of 8 reps in week one, move to 3 sets of 10 in week two, 3 sets of 12 in week three and finally 3 sets of 15 in week four. All at the same weight. Then I raise the weight by 10 lbs and start again at 3 sets of 8, etc. I am expecting to have the machine maxed out in another 4 months. Time to buy a couple more power rods!
    The real key here is that we are not disabled!!! It just means we do things differently. I can barely walk without the use of a cane but I can still workout almost every day!
  • I am not disabled but sometimes I have a lot of achiness, soreness and exercises like these come in handy.
  • Finally, a program for fitness with exercises that include the disable!!!!!! I am a paraplegic for the past 19 years and with absolutely no permission from Spa/Health clubs I have no NO Opportunity to get exercise to help take off the 65 mg of cortisone I take each day. Yes! In 19 years I am become Petite elefante!!!!

    I sincerely thank your organization in recognizing that there are ALOT of PHYSICALLY DISABLED people dying to get in shape and do exercises as they morethan likely did before thei life-changing experience,

    YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for your sensitivity to ALL PERSON OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!
  • Finally, a program for fitness with exercises that include the disable!!!!!! I am a paraplegic for the past 19 years and with absolutely no permission from Spa/Health clubs I have no NO Opportunity to get exercise to help take off the 65 mg of cortisone I take each day. Yes! In 19 years I am become Petite elefante!!!!

    I sincerely thank your organization in recognizing that there are ALOT of PHYSICALLY DISABLED people dying to get in shape and do exercises as they morethan likely did before thei life-changing experience,

    YOU ARE WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thank you for your sensitivity to ALL PERSON OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!!!
  • I hated strength training until I discovered the seated videos. Thankfully I don't have mobility challenges, but I find these exercises valuable because they allow me to focus on one muscle group at a time.
  • SHAHAI16
    I'm sharing this with my sister-in-law, she has a lot of health issues that limit her mobility and has become very depressed about her weight gain. She can only stand/walk for short periods of time.
  • Thanks for sharing.
  • KARENK1024
    Thank you so much for this..I was severely injured in a car accident that had me in a wheel chair for 5 yrs.. 18 leg and feet operations..Well I packed on pounds
    I'm up and walking but with a lot of pain so the weight gain continues. I so tired of talking about what I can't do instead of doing what I can do.
    I sooooo need to get moving!!!! Thanks!
  • I need to use this resource more often! I do have a hard time finding exercises that work for me and then I get discouraged and quit! I know this is here but, I am horrible at using it! Time to make a change!
  • Thanks for this article...I will give it a try. I will also be starting a water workout soon. I have limited mobility & use a wheelchair due to 2 back surgeries (lower & upper) that didn't do much but left me with severe back pain still, osteoarthritis & trouble with my knees & hips. I also have lost grip strength & have numbness in my right hand. I get some cardio by walking & rolling in my wheelchair.
  • ANNEMILNES45
    Thank you for this as I need to be able to exercise but am limited what I can do so now I feel I can do more so bless you.
  • Thanks for this one.

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