Adapting Workouts For You

The big problem with box gyms for people in adaptive situations is that the equipment provided is for the general population. They have mazes of dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, and treadmills, but these are not as practical if you have a prosthetic or are in a wheelchair. Not only are they challenging to navigate through, but it can also be difficult to know how to modify equipment for your specific needs. LionHeart provides gear and an open floor plan to make working out less intimidating. You don’t have to worry about trying to maneuver through poorly placed equipment. All of our equipment is on the outer walls, and the center is left open to move to different pieces of equipment quickly!

While we do have dumbbells, treadmills, and barbells; we also provide a variety of bands and a cable machine to adapt your workout easily. Our favorite new equipment are Stroops! The best part is that we can easily attach them to your prosthetic or residual limb. These resistance bands allow us to work in different planes of motion and exercise muscles that otherwise are difficult to accomplish. The clips on each end make it easy to use any attachment for your workouts.

Our favorites are to use them to strengthen quads, hamstrings, and glutes for individuals who cannot squat or lunge. We can easily strap the Stroops to prosthetic or ankle and complete hip extensions, flexion, adduction, and abduction. Another favorite lower body exercise is band leg press. You sit on such as a chair or weight bench. Perform this activity by placing the band around one of your feet while sitting down with good posture and holding the band close to you. Your knee should be up and just in front of your chest. From there, you press the leg out.

You thought treadmills were the only way to get cardio? Think again. We love using the battle ropes and rowing machine to get your heart rate up! Strength and Conditioning Research found that a mere 10-minute battle-rope workout increases heart rate to peak levels and should be classed as high-intensity exercise. These long, thick ropes work your cardio levels to the max while enhancing your grip, strength, conditioning, and overall level of work capacity. They’re great for cardio and general physical fitness.

If you are always intimidated to go to the gym or have had unsatisfactory experiences at the gym, don’t let that stop you anymore. LionHeart is here to provide a safe workout environment, provide adaptive exercises and help you reach your fitness goals! Try one of our classes on Monday or Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM!

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