Because of my personal bias I would recommend resistance bands. Resistance bands were the first use of the stretch ability of India rubber and they were in fact develop for rehabilitation from injury. You can get a good beginner set with handles and three varying strength bands and a DVD from Walmart for $15. You can do virtually any dumbbell exercise with resistance bands and adjust the band strength to your ability.
Kettlebells are create but like Indian clubs they are use for primarily ballistic exercises which add stress to the body so I think it premature to start with them . Avoid the Barbie sets also you will outgrow them in two weeks.
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While I'm for consulting doctors, what makes everyone so confident that a GP will be able to answer such a specific question?
I personally wouldn't ask my GP for specialist knowledge is I had cancer, so why would I ask them for the best advice for serious spinal problems?
I'd go to a specialist in dealing with rehab of spinal injuries before deciding the best course of action...
I'd be surprised to hear any one working in this field recommending kettle's straight off - they'd more than likely suggest starting with body weight exercises only to start with...
Building strength is a process...
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Just finishes 28 day boot camp and had been lifting weights before that. I'm thinking about changing things up a little and kettlebells look like something I might want to try. Sounds like I'd better look for a class too.
5/17/13 5:31 P
Thanks, LJCANNON. I guess I should have added that I am a NASM certified personal trainer and also have a kettlebell certification from the National Personal Training Institute. I would like to think I know what I'm talking about. In fact, I did a small group kettlebell session at the Y last night. Lots of issues initially with form even though I talked them through it and demonstrated it, similar to what you would get from a video.
I would hope the OP follows this up after she talks to her doctor.
The more I read about it, the more I agree that SIMPLELIFE2 hit the Nail On The Head, so to speak. You really DO need to exercise caution when starting out with Kettle Bells. They are A Good Tool, but like many other Good Tools, they carry a risk of injury if used incorrectly or by Untrained Individuals.
5/16/13 12:59 P
You really need to be very specific with your doctor on what you want to do. :Lifting 15 pounds is very, very different from swinging 15 pounds. Ballistic movement puts a totally different stress on your body than slow, controlled movement. If your doctor vetoes it, there are a host of options that will help you meet your goals without putting you at risk for further damage.
And I definitely agree that anyone needs instruction before swinging kettlebells around or you could do serious damage. Just watching videos won't cut it since there are so many crucial checkpoints that you are just not going to see on your own. Make sure the trainer has a certification specifically in kettlebells. A few sessions with a certified trainer would be enough to get you started and much cheaper (and less painful) than any injury you can incur with bad form.
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I've never tried kettleballs, but look at them everytime I pass through a fitness section of store. My son says the military has been using them a lot. Does anyone have recommended instructional DVD's to use with kettleballs?
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I'm must say . I requested them for Mother's Day. Everybody looked at me like I was crazy , because I asked for something that's fitness related.
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Kettle bells and dumb bells in mine
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If cleared by your doctor, a kettlebell workout would give you a great low impact workout. Good luck!
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I think it would be a good investment. It may not sound like a lot of weight but when you are doing the movements with the kettlebells your muscles will absolutely feel it...even if you are only using 5-15 lbs.
I am thinking about investing in Kettlebells or Dumbbells. I found a ste of 3 Bells (5 pound, 10 pound, & 15 pounds) with a Training DVD for $30 Dollars. I am wondering if that would be a wise investment or if those weights would quickly become Too Light? My Long Term Goal is to be lifting at least 50 - 100 pounds, maybe more.
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I like kettlebells better, I just feel like I get a better workout. However, if you have an injury, I would suggest you talk to your doctor especially if your movements are limited or you have a weight restriction. If your doctor clears you for weights, I suggest you work with a personal trainer to make sure that you have the right movements so you do not further injure yourself. Good Luck.
Kettlebells can be an awesome workout, but some of the swings are quite wide and fast, and this can place significant strain on your body as you try to arrest the momentum - basically you really have to know what you are doing to use them safely.
With a trainer or class (assuming you make them aware of your restrictions) to guide you, kettlebells can be a great workout. If you don't have access to these, then you may be better off with the slow and controlled movements of conventional dumbbells.
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Super your doing so well but on a important note ask your doctor for a referral to the department that operated your injuries and get a qualified answer from them.. They know what you can and should hold yourself too When you have such a injury you can "never" be too careful..
thank you Lucasmom2003. When you say Aldi, are you referring to the grocery store? We have an Aldi grocer where I live and they sell a kettlebell set for like 25 bucks. That is where I got the idea to try them. I hope you have a speedy recovery with your foot. I spent 6 months in one of those boots on crutches too. Bad ankle sprain and lis frank fracture. Those foot injuries are no joke!
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I have both...my kettle bells I bought from aldis consists 5, 10, and 15 size and dumbells are assortment from 3-10lbs. That might work for getting weights to 15lbs... I haven't been released from my broken foot being healed. I have a few more weeks than I can use my weights... I help this helps u out.
thank you all for your responses. Yes, the doctor said no more than 15 lbs of lifting anything. I will just hold off on any weights at all until I can get back in to see the doc and get more specific recommendations for strength training.
3/8/13 4:25 P
Sorry, first time post but I had to stop long time lurking to chime in. Kettlebells are often used in rehab for some very serious injuries/conditions.....BUT I would never attempt this without supervision. I also think 15 pounds may be too light for most kettlebell exercises, or at least one would soon outgrow such a weight. Art Of Strength/Punch Kettlebells have some great testimonials on their site, but in the end I think the doctor needs to be clearer to help the OP. Is the 15 pounds a limit, or a start? Is it a guideline for day to day activity...such as don't lift anything over 15 pounds ever....or a nudge to start lifting to rehabilitate?
As I already stated for you, strain is not dependent on the shape of the thing you lifted.
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I understand what you are saying, but you must understand that it is very hard for any of us to offer advice when we can't do an in-person fitness assessment and talk with your doctor which is part of the process as to recommending what equipment you should or should not use, especially with anyone who has had not one, but two neck surgeries.
I will add that while kettlebells are becoming quite popular, you really should take at least a couple of classes with a certified kettlebell instructor to learn proper technique. Too many people use wrong technique which may create other issues.
I stated in my 1st post that my doctor cleared me to lift up to 15 lbs. He didn't say "you can lift up to 15 lbs, but don't use kettlebells" or "don't use dumbbells", or "don't lift 2 sacks of potatoes and a gallon of milk." My question is posed to the community of people here who are experienced in lifting both kettlebells and dumbbells. My hope is that someone can tell me if there is any more strain perceived to the neck in the use of one vs the other so I can decide if I want to purchase kettlebells. Not whether I should lift at all, I have the okay from my doctor. I apologize, I guess it was a silly question.
Strain on your neck is about how you've moved and where the weight is in relation to you, your neck, and gravity, not about whether the weight is an iron bar with a ball at each end or an iron ball with a handle.
Talk to your doctor about how YOU are allowed to move.
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Either way you need to get clearance from your doctor as to what you can and cannot do to avoid creating issues. I see your doctor gave you some advice, but all advice must come from him/her. This is outside the scope of advice any of our members or coaches can advise you on.
I have had 2 neck surgeries, the last one in 2002. They were to remove herniated discs and fuse with a piece of my hip bone. My most recent MRI done last May shows 3 more bulging discs in my neck, and 2 in my lumbar spine along with stenosis, spondylosis, spurring and arthritis. I currently just use my body weight for resistance exercise, but really want to incorporate some light weight. My doctor cleared me to lift no more than 15 lbs. I have used traditional free weights in the past (pre-injury) as well as Nautilus. I absolutely adored weightlifting, and really want to get back into the shape it gave me. I only have 9 lbs left to lose. I don't have access to a gym, so I am trying to find out what type of weights would be best for me to use at home. I like the idea of kettlebells, that you can incorporate it with cardio so to speak. I just wonder if they would be safe for someone with my injuries to use, or if they would put more strain on my neck than dumbbells.
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