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.