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Strength Training with a Disability

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    Very helpful for me since I have limited mobility and balance. I also cannot stand more than a minute without just collapsing due to severe back problems caused from damage from Osteoarthritis to my lumbar sacral spine region. - 1/27/2013 3:24:18 AM
  • Nice - I might be able to talk husband into exercise again - 11/3/2012 11:28:22 AM
  • 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
    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

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