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Old 01-05-2008, 04:04 AM   #21
Susie Rosenberg
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Thanks, Chris and Steven,

Do you know of any resources for developing strength through bodyweight work? Websites, books, etc?

I'm woefully weak in my upper body, which is why I was so excited about an organized approach to weight lifting. (My gym essentially began offering strength training classes.)

I can barely do a handful of real, good pushups. I'm pretty beat up, I guess. Pushups hurt my elbows 'cause I have a tendinitis going on there. At least I can start with pushups, pullups and air squats. (Those are pretty much all the body weight exercises I can do...no HSPUs, pistols, etc. yet.)

Sheesh, 50 years, 50,000 miles and the warranty's up. I need some body work!

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Old 01-05-2008, 04:33 AM   #22
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As far as rings goes:

http://www.drillsandskills.com/article/17

There's also some stuff at http://ringtraining.com . I can different progressions for stuff if you need them. Blair Robert Lowe had a good post on CF forums if you wanna look that up.

As far as other stuff like bodyweight legs.. Coach Sommer has a pistol progression. But yeah, just work up to stuff first with sprinting and such.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:56 AM   #23
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Eva T posts basic bodyweight workouts on her site:

www.skievat.com

click on her blog.
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Old 01-06-2008, 11:57 AM   #24
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Thanks, everybody...I really appreciate the tips. It's helping me feel less bummed out about this, knowing I can still work strength in some fashion or another.


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Old 01-18-2008, 01:18 PM   #25
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Saw the neurosurgeon today, and it ain't great news.

Apparently, I have a pretty tight cervical canal on a congenital basis, and because of osteoarthritis, I'm developing bone spurs (osteophytes) which are further impinging the cord, especially at c3/4.

My exam actually even scared me! I knew I've been feeling weak at the gym---can't squat any weight---but I had motor weakness in arms and legs that was obvious during the exam. (I didn't expect to see weakness on clinical exam, I thought it was only in relation to my usual weights in the gym.) Plus I had hyperreflexia in my lower extremities. So, yes, I have a degree of myelopathy.

Doc put me on a steroid taper and will see me back in six weeks. Told me to stay off my road bike, as any fall puts me at risk of cord injury because of the fragility of my c-spine. Told me not to lift heavy, but that's moot because I couldn't lift heavy even if I wanted to.

The funny part was, when I was telling him about when the symptoms first started, I said, "I was deadlifting really light, only 135 lbs." (I'm 145 lbs.) He looked at me like I was nuts and said, "That's a considerable amount of weight." Ha. Depends on who's sayin'.

In six weeks, we'll discuss surgical options.

Sucks.

Susie
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:38 PM   #26
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Don't have much to add but we are here for you if you have any questions on the fitness side.

I know a lot of the people on here do a lot of rehab work.

You certainly have my best wishes.
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:44 PM   #27
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Wow Susie, I hope the steroids help and surgery wont need to be. I would call Dr. G ASAP as he might have something to offer. I have been consulting with him for a while with great results!
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