Special Considerations for Strength Training for the Disabled

Posted by Joe on 11/19/2014 to Upper Body Fitness
It is very important for the elderly and the disabled to continue to do strength training to stay as strong and fit as they can. However, there are some special considerations to keep in mind for these types of exercisers.

For instance, did you know that 94% of gyms do not feature wheelchair-accessible machines? However, more progressive gyms now are taking more steps to be more available to people with disabilities or mobility problems.



It is a good idea to see if the gym you may join is accessible for you and meets your physical needs. Freemotion is one major gym machine brand that has weight machines that are accessible to people in a wheelchair. It is more likely that you will find such features in a university or hospital gym. Many of those types of facilities offer memberships to the general public.

If your hands are weak, there are wrist cuffs available that can help you to secure weights in your hands. Also, consider All-Pro wrist weights or weighted gloves to ease the weight lifting process.




Remember that almost any type of upper body strength training can be done in a chair or a seated position. Some of these include:
  • Seated Chair Knee Lifts
  • Dumbbell Should Press
  • Seated Dumbbell Triceps Extension
  • Wrist Curls
  • Seated Leg Extensions


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