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    Senior Member IronDaddy's Avatar
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    Disabled Weighlifters

    I have a friend in a wheelchair who has requested me to come up with a lifting program for him. He is not in good shape right now and his shoulders have been torn up from the chair so he needs to strengthen them and become more flexible. He's actually an amputee w/ one working leg but is in a wheelchair most of the time due to problems with his prosthetic.

    I am thinking full upper body a couple times a week and mostly universal type excersices initially. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Squats and Deadlifts.



    Okay, that was in poor taste, but seriously, you could have him do the upper body excercises from WBB1.
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    i've heard of wheelchair bound ppl who have superior upperbodies. but, the shoulder thign shoudl be checked by a doctor

    i saw an ad for electronic wheelchairs which are covered by insurance and donations. that may be something to recommend b/c of the shoulder problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Podium Kreatin
    i've heard of wheelchair bound ppl who have superior upperbodies. but, the shoulder thign shoudl be checked by a doctor
    Has been. He's had rotator cuff surgery so, this is partly rehabilitation.

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    oooo... for rehab, light weights is what i've heard (not for the burn, just for coordination). this is to rebuilt the nerve cells in the muscles, b/c when trauma occurs in muscles, ur muscles kinda "forgot" how to work, and yoiu have to "teach
    " it again.
    "No one can completely believe that I am natural.
    The most important drug is to train like a madman
    -really like a madman
    The people who accuse me are those who have never trained once in their life as I train every day of my life."

    Alexandr Karelin
    Ten-time World Greco-Roman Champion
    1988, 1992, 1996 Olympic gold medalist

    current stats (10/19/03): 20yrs, M, 5'4 @160lbs, ~11% body fat
    lifted since march 2000
    occupation:MCB major @ uc berkeley

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