My client recently reinjured a knee that’s been problematic for a long time. It’s a severe sprain and her wedding is only 6 weeks away. She is bummed to say the least and desperate to continue to lose weight up until the big day. Once the swelling subsides I can have her on her feet but for the time being we will be seated for most of the workout. We will focus mostly on upper body and I could use ideas for either position (seated or standing) that will keep her heart rate elevated!!!
If you aren’t training runners using aquatic exercise, you are missing some of the best training opportunities for your clients.
I am an advocate of aqautic exercise for restrengthening injured runners and athletes. I also use it to train my clients that are not injured. Aquatic exercise is used in almost all professional sports programs for prehab, rehab and postrehab situations. And equestrian (horses) training facilities spend big money to construct pools/tanks for use to train multi-million dollar horses, both as training and rehab for injuries. It is even possible to train for power and hypertrophy using aquatic exercise.
If you think that aquatic exercise is too wimpy for you, I invite you to visit me on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’ll change your mind. This is one of the course formats that I teach as CECs for fitness professionals. Check out my website – www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com . And I would be happy to just meet any fitness professional coming here on vacation. This is my passion and I like to spread the Aloha in the fitness community.
Lots of great ideas have been suggested so far…another one to try may be rowing. If you can keep the seat stationary and just have her use her upper body/arms if will definitely keep her heart rate up. Otherwise, the water is a great place to exercise with a knee injury. Just make sure you consult with her PT to see what she can do at this stage.
Whatever you decide to do with her, make sure she is still having fun! Wedding planning is sooo stressful as it is and I’m sure she is getting anxious! Congrats to her!