Look ma, no legs!

  • imaxim

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    Aug 28, 2007 8:24 PM GMT
    So I've been struggling with various leg injuries for many months now, and things have been slowly recovering. I'm still having lots of problems with climbing, running, and walking motions, however. Seated cycle machines also cause residual problems. I'm hoping this will all be cleared up in another month or two, but for now, any sort of vigorous exercise involving my legs (other than the calves) is out.

    Is there any sort of reliable, variable-intensity aerobic exercise I can do in the meantime that doesn't require lots of leg movement?
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    Aug 28, 2007 9:26 PM GMT

    Personally I would suggest swimming.

    Yes, there is some leg movement, but it is very low impact; it is a fantastic Cardio workout with exceptional upper body benefits.

    Rob
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    Aug 28, 2007 9:35 PM GMT
    I'd go with ITjock's suggestion. A former coworker was also recovering from leg issues a few years ago, while training for a marathon at the same time by spending hours a day in the swimming pool. There are a number of low impact exercises you can do in the pool that a PT would probably be able to better advise you on.
  • imaxim

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    Aug 28, 2007 10:40 PM GMT
    Well, that also assumes I actually CAN swim ;) But I suppose it's also good incentive to [finally] learn. Thanks for the responses!
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    Aug 28, 2007 11:05 PM GMT
    We'll chip in and buy you a pair of these.

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    Aug 28, 2007 11:06 PM GMT
    Damn; I still haven't figured out how to post images apparently.

    Floaties!
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    Aug 28, 2007 11:44 PM GMT
    have u tried a MYstride by nautilus? or some similiar equipment? it's low impact b/c your feet never leave the surface and you can vary the size of your stride to work different muscle groups. Also, you can adjust the difficulty level to alternate b/w aerobic and anaerobic activity. Just a suggestion. Check out thier website www.nautilusinstitute.org/.../cardio/ellipticals/prdcdovr~SM530053B/Nautilus+MyStride+EV916+Elliptical.jsp - 49k -
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    Aug 29, 2007 9:11 AM GMT
    I want Elmo floaties! Curse my wildly impressive swimming skills!
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 29, 2007 12:56 PM GMT
    I'm not sure how common they are, but my gym also had a seated hand bike. Basically, you sit at the machine where there are a pair of bike-style pedals mounted approximately chest high, which you spin with your hands. I try to give guys in wheelchairs and whatnot priority for its use, but it's a good way to mix things up sometimes, and have a cardio exercise that isn't all about the legs.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 29, 2007 11:54 PM GMT
    Shit in a pool u can hold onto the side and kick ur feet. Don't have to know how to swim at all. !!@#%$&$@!!

    Me either chewey..
  • kew1

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    Aug 31, 2007 6:51 PM GMT
    "Shit in a pool u can hold onto the side and kick ur feet. Don't have to know how to swim at all. !!@#%$&$@!!"

    That will get you kicked out & banned! :-)
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:45 PM GMT
    if you have a gym that has a upright rower ie the arms then use that.

    if not and you can do the weights then do this:

    Employ the HIT method ie a slow cadence of 5/5 down one set to absolute failure.

    Combin that with doing supersets, triples and quads NO REST ON A SET, in between sets keep your rest at max 2 minutes after a major compound (if you can do them) and 1 minute between smaller sets and isolation.

    Would hit you up on a routine but mine include a fair degree of leg work. I cnat do impact because of a permanent leg injury but my CV ability is the best it has ever been and has measurably improved since starting on this method 2 years ago
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    Sep 12, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    doh upright rower wtf I meant one of those arm cycling machines, but saying that stiff legged rowing would have a similar impact.