Training with spinal injury blog

October 15th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  3 Comments

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you a spinal cord injury… you feel like shit for a while, then hit Home Depot and rig up various inventive solutions for a pullup bar. At least that’s what Ian did. He’s learning how to move and train again after a spinal injury, and learning that strength comes in all shapes and sizes.

He’s new at this, so let’s cheer him on! And if anyone has clever suggestions for him, please let him know.

Get Fit, Get Up


  1. Katja says:

    October 15th, 2010at 8:45 am(#)

    Thanks for posting this! Ian, have you checked out CareCure’s Exercise and Recovery and Recreations and Sports forums? Lots of other wheelers working on fitness.

  2. Ian says:

    October 18th, 2010at 6:23 am(#)

    Yes I do post on carecure from time to time and do get good ideas. I like to look for other sources to get different ranges of ideas.

    Thank you for your feedback!

  3. Neil says:

    November 3rd, 2010at 3:03 pm(#)

    Seems to me you’ve already nailed the formula for achievement.
    1. Your determination.
    2. Associating with positive, caring people (predominantly your wife, but also your physios).
    3. Taking it little by little….setting achievable targets and going after them.

    If you concentrate on little targets many times, one day you come to realize that you’ve come a spectacular distance.

    The strongest man I’ve seen in terms of lifting his own body weight is a gent who became a paraplegic when hit by a car as a boy. Paul is lifted to a pullup bar then reels off 3 sets of 20.

    You’re on your way.
    All the best

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