workout without legs

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    Feb 18, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Good exercises to do for Cardio and strength without putting pressure on my leg. I have a very sensitive knee and any pressure causes extreme pain. So jogging and treadmills and elipticals and bikes are out of the question. I have been working out at home and have been using kettlebells and a lot of the exercises require leg workouts and I was just hoping anyone had a site or know of alternatives because I have a hard problem finding them. I have seen all the doctors and there isn't really anything that can be done besides surgery which would easily make the problem worst.

    I found out my secret on why I fail workouts. I am a lot more motivated if I can do it at the privacy of my own home.
  • vbportugal

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    Feb 18, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    There are arm bikes that can maybe be used for decent cardio. I never seen one in a gym, but I used to use it to warm up at physical therapy. There are also rowing machines where the seat is stationary.
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    Feb 18, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
  • mybud

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    Feb 18, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    Dude...Why don't ya just do upper body weight exercises...military bench...lats...etc...? I have a heavy bag and boxing gloves and I throw punches and do related routines to build the upper body.Look into that..Put the kettles away for now..It wont help your current situation...All the best
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    Feb 18, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    I have had the kettlebells forever just laying around. Swimming will be great in summer.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Feb 18, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    may ask what are the problem with your legs? why can't you do anything with your legs? in addition, you can do swimming for cardio. its a great workout. i would also try taking boxing as well. there are tons of things you can do. i think you just have to do the research.
  • wild_sky360

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    Feb 18, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    Try keeping your heart rate up during your upper body routine. Do reps to failure, but instead of resting and then doing more sets, immediately move on to something else. You can develop a circuit to run through, of 6-7 exercises. By the time you are finished with the last one, the muscle should be ready for the second set on the first exercise.

    In this way you give the target muscles some rest time but your heart rate is maintained at whatever target rate you're trying to achieve. You probably won't be able to focus quite as intensely on particular exercises but you will get the dual benefit of a cardio workout in the same time frame.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Feb 18, 2013 4:27 AM GMT
    Swimming for sure!
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    Feb 18, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    It's probably best to consult a physical therapist. Whatever is up with your knee, there may be ways to work the leg without tweaking it. Sometimes, if you can build up some supporting muscle, it relieves the pressure on your knee and allows you to do more leg stuff. My left knee was rotted out by rheumatoid arthritis when I was seventeen. I'm still working around it, but that doesn't mean skipping legs day.
  • wild_sky360

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    Feb 18, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    High Intensity Interval Training, is supposed to be a much more effective cardio routine than the hour plus long sessions on a bike or elliptical. The theory is to go to maximum heart a upper body set to failure. Rest just long enough to do it again...and again. Also called Peak 8, as that's the recommended times to do this. Fits in nicely with what I described earlier. The heart benefits more from these intense bursts, like an intense set lifting, than just a steady output on a treadmill. Best benefit is accomplishing two workouts in the time of one.
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    Feb 19, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    I can't see a physical therapist due to financial reasons. I have tried in the past but dropped out for the exact reason. High intensity interval training I like the idea of.