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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence


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  • 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.
  • I'm glad to see this article!!! I've learned a lot!
  • I have two knee surgeries, and this was a great article: all the types of exercises one can do, and that you should listen to your body.

    I'll start looking for more articles on exercises to strenghten the muscles to support the knees, and variations of the ones in pilates, or other DVDs I have, that I don't feel good doing because my knee hurts feels funny when I'm doing them, and hurts afterward.

    Any tips will be more than welcome!
  • Fantastic article. I learned a lot!
  • puffinlady For about $45 you can get a station set of wheels you put on the floor. You can also put it on a table and do your upper arms. I bought one when I got out of rehab just like the one I used in rehab. it works great, tracks your time and reps, small so it doesn't take up much room
  • Thanks so much. When SP asked for things we'd like, this was one of them I asked for. Appreciate that you put it together, and will be sharing them!

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