Working Out For Paraplegics

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Curated by
Brittany Déjean
Content via Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Curated by
Brittany Déjean

”Fitness has always been a part of my life. Just because I was in this accident doesn’t really stop me from continuing to do that.” 

Frank, a T6 paraplegic, started with dumbbells in his hospital bed and through a long process of figuring out what he can and can’t do, he’s back in the gym and shares his tips. 

How to hit the gym in a wheelchair

Jump to 2:25 to see him in his gym to demonstrate a chest press machine that he uses independently including how to transfer, change weights, and tips to keep yourself safe and secure. He even throws in a few tips for breathing and staying hydrated.

At 5:10, he shares his routine and how he balances working out different muscle groups without overworking any one area.

At 5:48, he demonstrates using a bench press machine.

At 7:00, he demonstrates a machine to do pectoral flies (including a strap that helps him on machines where he feels less stable).

Jump to 9:10 to see his back exercises, including tips for avoiding getting bad posture from pushing a wheelchair.

Don't miss part two of Frank's workout tutorial! 

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