Rehab Begins

Written by  Tuesday, 26 August 2014 17:35
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Today I have started in earnest my rehab from my accident. Despite still being in a neck brace the plan is to get me back into the gym and moving...

Due to the restriction of being in a neck brace both the physio have got me working on my lower body, a mixture of low impact and strength training.

So as not to stress my back at all, I am restricted at the moment to using the cycling machine, I tried the normal upright one first off but found it felt awkward due to the tendency to lean forward. The way forward is using a recumbent cycling machine.

The machines in the gym are all fitted with the classic accessory which will hold a book open! Definitely no way I am going to be using that! Although the pace I have to work out it I could probably get away with it!

A 40 min session on the cycling machine despite working in fat burning effort zone left me dripping in sweat, no thanks to the neck brace. I am just glad that the temperature isn't what it should be for this time of year.

Following the cardio session it was onto the fixed lower limb weight training... This is a bit of a bonus as rather than just a maintain session, it's used as a muscle gaining session which means any leg muscle I lost over the previous 5 weeks of very little activity will soon be sorted out with the bonus of further strength gains.

The exercises I am doing for my legs are:

  • Leg Press - 3 sets 10 reps
  • Leg Extensions - 3 sets 10 reps
  • Leg Curls - 4 sets 8 reps

With any luck with 3 sessions a week I will soon be seeing gains, as and when I am allowed to remove the neck brace my routine will start to build in my upper body. It's not the ideal situation to be in but it's a great opportunity to get back in shape!

I have a rest day tomorrow and then I will be back in the gym on Thurs, I may see how I feel on Friday and get another cardio session in will wait and see.

Now for bike talk... I am still trying to decide what I am going to replace my Thundercat with, there are lots of options from all of the major brands, I am probably going to have to get some test rides so I can get a decent comparison. I do love the ride from the BMW R1200RT through riding the charities bikes, but for now time to keep reading the reviews.

Dave Webber

Dave joined Devon Freewheelers in Feb 2013, as a rider I am part of the team that keeps the charitys IT working as it should. I also bleed members for articles that we can post on the site. Ride safe everyone.