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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence

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  • Thank you for this article. Great ideas. I propel myself in my wheelchair for cardio, but needed ideas for strength training - these are great! Thanks! - 5/6/2012 1:25:21 PM
  • Thanks for thinking of physically challenged individuals!!! - 4/4/2012 4:02:49 PM
  • Nice to know SparkPeople is thinking about those who have disabilities. I'm not disabled but know of those that are, including my daughter who has down's syndrome. Thanks for the article it's nice to know others care. - 3/13/2012 2:25:04 AM
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    Not bad, I wonder if there is any cardo ideas as well. - 1/18/2012 12:56:08 AM
  • This was great, Coach Nicole. I'm not disabled, but it's good to know (hey, anything can happen) that it's possible to stay in shape, even with physical limitations. I just saw a television program featuring a man named Craig Dietz, who has no arms or legs. He lives alone, and competes in a variety of sports, including long distance open water swimming. What an inspiration! - 9/19/2011 3:08:28 PM
  • great article - 9/19/2011 12:48:02 AM
  • I am disabled and let me say there isn't anything really out here for us. I do admit this article does give you some great ideas but often that gets boring and mundane. There are videos out here for chair exercises. Also, many trainers don't want to take on someone that is not fully functional. It seems to much of a hassle. I have been through it enough times. I had enough I started my own workouts and modified them for me without the help of pros. Watch through a workout tape/dvd and see how you can modify it for your needs. IT CAN BE DONE. - 8/31/2011 7:50:37 AM
  • This article is much appreciated! Chris - 8/23/2011 8:52:29 PM
  • Just what I needed! I was recently diagnosised with very mild Osteoarthritis in my left knee. My doctor suggested I strengthening my Quads.

    The suggestion you made I do at my desk at work or at home. Thanks so much. - 8/19/2011 12:23:47 PM
  • Thank you so much. I have a torn rotator cuff, and have been whining I can't use my arm so I can't exercise the way I should. Now I know there are ways around any limitation! - 8/1/2011 5:42:10 PM
  • Thanks for this article! I broke my ankle in January and have been having a hard time not exercising after being on a Spark Exercise kick since last April. I've suffered withdrawal from exercising and at least this gives me something that i can do until I get back in full swing. - 3/12/2011 1:54:31 PM
  • First time I've ever left a comment. Thanks. In a wheelchair it's often hard to find appropriate exercises that are possible. This was a great help. - 3/12/2011 10:50:22 AM
  • Thank you for this article, Nicole!! We really need more recognition of possible limitations and ways to work around, with and beyond these limitations!! THANK YOU! :-) - 1/15/2011 12:56:23 PM
  • I am recovering from a work injury and this article was just what I needed. Thank you. - 1/14/2011 6:58:51 PM
  • Thanks for this article. It is easy on SparkPeople to feel left out of the all the marathon and "runner's high" talk when you have trouble getting across a room! Fitness is still important to me, despite numerous limitations and much pain...and it is good to know how to do it safely. I would suggest a book on this topic, Coach, I have one called Yoga for People with Arthritis and it tells which poses are safe for which specific arthritic problems and how to modfiy them if they aren't. A similar one for the various categories of disability such as the ones you've used in this article for Strength training and cardio would be SUPER useful...and I've never seen anything like that on the public market (excluding PT textbooks!)
    Thanks again...this article is a keeper! - 11/2/2010 5:25:46 AM

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