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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence


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  • 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.
  • This article is much appreciated! Chris
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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! :-)
  • I am recovering from a work injury and this article was just what I needed. Thank you.
  • 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!
  • SHERI1969
    It is good to see an article specifically for people with disabilities, especially because many of the medications needed to help people, myself included, actually CAUSE weight gain. To not only have the article but the links that will take us directly to the exercises, etc., is even more helpful and time saving. I know losing 50 pounds in 1 1/2 years does not sound like much to many, but for me it is exciting and empowering. Hope to see more of these kinds of articles considering disabilities are on the rise.
  • This is a very important article. For me if fits right in wit the over 60 ones. It was discovered I had no cartilege in my right knew, Long story short I had surgery and a therpist had me doing exercices that weren't right and blew out the entire work the surgeon had done. Then I was diagnosed with Asthma that limits the length of time I can do any exercise. It really helps to know there are exercises t help. Thank you so very much!
  • This is a really good article! I suffer from a genetic problem with my knees. I've been told that within a few more years I will most likely go through a total knee replacement so I have to stay away from high impact or certain weight lifting exercises.
  • Thank You so much. I am awaiting knee replacment and needed to figure some stuff out and here it is. Again thank you
  • I am a 41 year old female and about 7 months post-op with a lumbar fusion (multiple disc/vertebra).

    I am trying to learn to stop making excuses for my limitations and lose the weight I've gained since my car accident.

    I love all the support and articles, I need all the motivation I can get!

    Wellness and peace to all.
  • Thanks for sharing exercises for those of us with limitations. I would like to see more of these from SparkPeople.

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