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Strength Training with a Disability

More Strength Means Greater Independence


  • 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.
    - 7/29/2010 9:41:52 AM
  • Thank You so much. I am awaiting knee replacment and needed to figure some stuff out and here it is. Again thank you - 5/10/2010 2:04:19 PM
  • 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. - 5/4/2010 3:56:41 PM
  • Thanks for sharing exercises for those of us with limitations. I would like to see more of these from SparkPeople. - 3/12/2010 8:07:29 AM
  • I'm glad to see this article!!! I've learned a lot! - 2/22/2010 9:18:11 AM
  • 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! - 2/20/2010 8:37:45 AM
  • Fantastic article. I learned a lot! - 2/10/2010 7:50:10 AM
  • 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 - 1/4/2010 12:28:21 AM
  • 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! - 12/13/2009 4:19:54 PM
  • Thank you for your inspiring story - 11/28/2009 4:19:51 AM
    Thank You so much for your life's story, this has really helped me out alot . See, I have limitations too on what I can and cannot do, chronic pain, bulging disks in the cervical area of the back and I also have lower lumbar issues and nagging to intense pain daily. I use to be very active until my third child was born. After that my body has went down hill. I now have five children and about 70 extra pounds that don't want to budge. Your story has given me hope. Thank you so very much. - 10/12/2009 5:58:49 PM
    I have started an exercise program for which I have to drive 80 miles 3X a week. Just the drive wears me out. I find that there needs to be a day of recovery between exercise sessions but I guess consistency is the answer. Better 3X a week than nothing. I have osteoarthritis in all my joints and back as well as a Morton's neuroma in my foot. Some days everything acts up and it takes all I've got to get into the warm therapy pool. - 7/28/2009 9:58:22 AM

  • I have permanent disabilities to my right shoulder and upper arm, and right knee and shin. Both have steel plates and screws, and my range of motion for both is around 90 degrees to 100 degrees. I cannot do high impact exercises, nor can I lift more than a few pounds with my right arm, due to permanently torn cartilage and forwardly misaligned shoulder, from a poorly done surgery that cannot be corrected. With all that said, I do get frustrated with my limitations, as I was pretty good with weights and flexibility exercises,and aerobics, prior to my injuries, 2 years ago. The information in this article is most helpful, and I will give some of the moves a try. At 57, I cannot afford much more loss of strength and flexibility. I lost too much strength and range of movements, during my long recovery, and that just is not me. - 7/14/2009 8:46:54 AM
  • I am challenged by rheumatoid arthritis. Exercise is, of course, critical to the management of my disease. Warm water exercise is all I can do right now. And, when I am in a flare, as now, my hands are curled up and terribly painful, so it is not possible to grasp or hold anything, such as a dumbbell. I do use water resistance and I have water dumbbells, which I use when my hands allow. My feet, also, are extremely painful during as RA flare, so just walking down to the warm water pool is painful. BUT - the show must go on! And losing weight is going to make life easier. So - on with the show! And thank you for helpful comments and recommendations!

    Christine - 7/12/2009 1:04:59 PM
    My limitation is my hip. I had a complete hip replacement at the age of 45, after years of pain and limited mobility from childhood disease. My doctor wants me to do things like ride a bike or swim, and prefers walking and weight bearing exercises not be my main mode of exercise. So, I've tried several different exercise bikes, but because I'm so short, it's almost impossible to find one to fit me well, therefore it's quite painful in the groin area. But, I'm still searching for that perfect bike that will fit my budget, and will eventually start going to the pool on a regular basis. - 5/26/2009 2:08:22 AM

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