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Strength Training with a Disability

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  • 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.
  • Perfect timing now that I've severely injured my knee.
  • I can try yhis when my hip is hurting.
  • This is a great article for me; I can use these exercises while my fractured ankle is healing.

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