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    Ideas needed for cardio

    Hi all. My husband and I go to the gym 3-4 days a week and then have basketball practice 2 times a week (with games possibly on weekends) and we also play hockey. We lift weights, and shoot some baskets there, and try to do cardio. However, the only piece of cardio equipment they have at the gym that we can use is the arm bike. While that is great, I really would like to have some other options. Does anyone have any other ideas what we can do for cardio? I know the vitaglide is awesome...but that is just not in the budget right now. Any help would be appreciated.
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

    #2
    Hand-cycling and swimming are both good cardiac/aerobic exercises.

    (KLD)
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      #3
      vitaglide.
      Bike-on.com rep
      John@bike-on.com
      c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
      sponsored handcycle racer

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        #4
        I do handcycle...but right now it is in storage due to the loads of snow we get during this time of the year and my condo is just not big enough. Swimming is an option...need to talk to the gym about that.

        Fuente...would love a vitaglide...but do not have the funds to get that. I have asked the gym to look into purchasing one since we are not the only wheelies who belong to that gym.
        "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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          #5
          Are you guys doing line drills at bb practise. When playing with the Cablecars, we did those for a good hour before even touching the ball.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
            Are you guys doing line drills at bb practise. When playing with the Cablecars, we did those for a good hour before even touching the ball.
            Our practices consist of the following:

            Layups from the right
            Layups down the middle
            Stop and shoot
            Layups from the left
            3 on 2 2 on 1 drill

            then we do a few of the following:

            a. two hard pushes and then stop...then 2 hard pushes then stop...with or without someone hanging onto the back of your chair

            b. sprints the length of the court... either with someone holding on to you or not

            c. twist and turn drills (start on one side of the lane...push hard to the other side...twist to the left...to the right...to the left...then back to the other side and repeat)

            d. pushing backwards with someone hanging on to your chair

            e. trains (where one person pulls the whole team)

            f. Another version of the twist and turn drill...where you have a partner and you start on one side of them...when the whistle blows...you pull back, turn to the outside, loop around behind your partner and end up on the other side. You continue doing this and count how many you can do in a minute

            Then we do drills, scrimmage, and free throws...so we do some cardio.
            "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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              #7
              Loks like a good workout WC. Congrats. I agree with some of the others, do a different form of Cardio other than the constant pushing motion. Your body is used to that motion so the cardio is not as great due to the great shape you're in. Since a VG is not for you yet, KLD has the best "cheap" option with probably the greatest benefit, swimming.

              I'd sure push, no pun intended, for your gym to buy a VG. Dang, the worst that's going to happen is that they would bring in more money for a reasonable piece of equip. that both wheelers and a/b's can use.

              Never can do enough can we lol. P

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                #8
                There is a series of exercise dvds called "Chair Aerobics for Everyone".
                Titles in the series include Chair Boxing, Chair Salsa, Chair Bellydance,
                Circuit Training Beach Party, & more.
                Have you tried working out to these or any other sitting exercise dvds?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Crashbang View Post
                  There is a series of exercise dvds called "Chair Aerobics for Everyone".
                  Titles in the series include Chair Boxing, Chair Salsa, Chair Bellydance,
                  Circuit Training Beach Party, & more.
                  Have you tried working out to these or any other sitting exercise dvds?

                  Never heard of them...although I have done on occasion wii boxing...but never worked out with a dvd. Will have to check those out.
                  "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                    #10
                    Not exciting, but I have an exercise routine for my shoulders. It mixes up therabands with a few minutes of cardio between sets. In the gym, I use a handcycle, but at home, I either bounce a kids ball off the wall, or roll my arms, hand over hand, quickly.

                    Kind of tedious, but it works. Guess it would compare to jogging in place.
                    T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by sjean423 View Post
                      Not exciting, but I have an exercise routine for my shoulders. It mixes up therabands with a few minutes of cardio between sets. In the gym, I use a handcycle, but at home, I either bounce a kids ball off the wall, or roll my arms, hand over hand, quickly.

                      Kind of tedious, but it works. Guess it would compare to jogging in place.
                      Good ideas! Keep them coming! I like having different options!
                      "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                        #12
                        sex. lots of it
                        Bike-on.com rep
                        John@bike-on.com
                        c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
                        sponsored handcycle racer

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by fuentejps View Post
                          sex. lots of it
                          I know my husband would agree with you on that one! Not a bad idea.
                          "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                            #14
                            If you have some space, w/out breakables to worry about, you could modify the wall ball to be a sort of volley-ball rally ..... just batting the ball back and forth, wasn;t thinking at first that there were 2 of you.
                            T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                              #15
                              What about boxing? I work at a spinal cord injury facility and we just purchased a boxing set up with a 70 lb bag and speed bag. One of our clients used it to help her shed off 30 lbs, with addition to a well balanced diet. She said it was fun and I have found many other clients to enjoy the punching bags as well. Gets the heart rate up and really works the core and arms. Can do it from a standing frame or from the chair. Intervals is what I would suggest, changing up ur workout makes its more intense and keeps ur mind going instead of getting bored. Hope that helps! Good luck with your workouts!

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