Online Exercise for People with SCI
With most of the country currently stuck at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, working out at home is on many people's minds. For people with spinal cord injuries, getting creative with workouts at home might seem impossible because of a lack of mobility. Many rely on adaptive gyms outside of their home.
This, however, can be overcome. People with all levels of spinal cord injuries have figured out clever ways to work out at home while quarantining. And since everyone is home, there is a flood of new at-home adaptive workout videos being made by clever people with disabilities all across the world. Check out our favorites below.
Ella Beaumont's Wheelchair Circuits
Making adaptive workout videos because of the current pandemic, Ella Beaumont might be new to video-making, but adaptive athletics is nothing new to this experienced athlete. A graduate of the University of Worcester with a degree in Sports Coaching Science with Disability Studies, Ella is a high-level wheelchair basketball player, mono-skier and wheelchair tennis player.
While she has only created two adaptive workout videos to-date, but they're worth checking out. Her videos show a series of wheelchair workout circuits, which is a form of body conditioning and resistance training using high-intensity aerobic exercise, but with an adaptive spin. In her first wheelchair workout circuit video, it begins with a 5-minute warm-up, a 10-minute workout session featuring various circuits, and then a 5 minute cool down.
Ella also uses objects in her home to intensify her workout. If you don't have hand weights, she shows how you can use a can of soup or 1/2 gallon of milk as a substitute. For Theraband, if you do not have any in your home, you can use tights or anything stretchy like pantyhose as a substitute. Ella Beamount is full of great tips and has an equally great smile. A definite joy to watch.
Adapt to Perform
Injured in a diving accident while he was training for the Olympics, Ben Clark decided to funnel his energy into an adapted exercise channel several years ago, and he now has over 7,000 followers on Youtube. A C7 quadriplegic, Ben has made dozens of adaptive exercise videos, as well as several other fun videos showing his life, motivational videos, and nutritional videos. He's currently quarantining with his girlfriend and sharing more videos than usual. One of his specialties is HIIT workouts, with his 20-minute HIIT workout his most popular video.
Wheely Good Fitness
Kris, a wheelchair-user from the UK, has used a wheelchair for nearly 10 years. A chance meeting with the Australian Paralympic team in 2012 brought him out of a depression that inspired him to begin his Wheelie Good Fitness exercise classes. He has a teaching degree in fitness for able-bodied people and he has a specialty in teaching people with disabilities in adaptive exercise. Since 2014, he has been sharing his fitness class with thousands of people throughout the UK, teaching people aerobic, strengthening and spinning classes, which are mainly for people with paraplegia and low-level quadriplegia. He has created several new workout videos for those staying at home.
Brad Grove's Adaptive Training
A wheelchair rugby player from Australia, Brad Grove started his adaptive exercise channel just one month ago when the quarantine began, and they are all CrossFit inspired workouts. While Brad has only a handful of videos on his channel, if you are interested in adaptive CrossFit, this channel will inspire you. In some of his videos, he has an able-bodied assistant help with some of the exercises, but they can all be adapted.
Hailing from the Netherlands is Felina Tiger Lopez. She is a wheelchair model and wheelchair lifestyle, blogger. While she has only made a couple of wheelchair exercise videos, she is inspirational and motivational. Her most recent workout video features a workout you can share with an able-bodied partner, which is great if you are quarantining at home with someone who wants to work out and is able-bodied. She also has several other videos on her channel showcasing life with a spinal cord injury.
Remember, it is important that you workout at least three times per week and for at least 20 minutes per session. While diet modification can help you lose weight with a spinal cord injury, working out has many other benefits other than weight loss, including improving your mental and respiratory health.
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