How can I workout my chest and abs? I’m in a wheelchair!?

I have spina bifida and severe scoliosis and I am confined to a wheelchair. I have titanium rods that are fused to my spine. So I was wondering how I can work on my abs and chest?
I have spina bifida and severe scoliosis and I am confined to a wheelchair. I have titanium rods that are fused to my spine. So I was wondering how I can work on my abs and chest? I really would appreciate it if someone helped me out with this question!


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#1 Beth

Can you get to a gym with weights machines? especially at low-tech gyms you might be able to remove the seat from in your way and sit in your chair and reach the weights.

Try the kind of weights that are on pulleys and you can hold your arm out straight and lift the weight by pressing down in front of you. Do it again with the arm out to the side and lift by pulling forward so your arm stays parallell to the floor.

That kind of weight machine, especially with no seat attached, shouldn’t cost much so maybe have a look at local or internet sports equip stores if you want to be able to do it at home.

You could also do similar exercises with free weights. Start with a kg or 2 and use them how you like, work out where you’re feeling the burn and decide if that is a muscle you want to work on. They will work your arms more than your chest though.

Exercises for your abs will depend on what functional ability you have there and you’d be best off talking to a physiotherapist who is familiar with you and how your conditions affect you.

Hope that helps

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