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    Heart Rate SCI vs AB

    I've owned a Vitaglide for a couple of months now and have been using it 5 and 6 days a week for 14 to 21 minutes 2 times a day on settings 2 and 3. I'm having to stop and rest for 1 minute (HR at about 120) after about 3 to 4 mintes. Sometimes I can do 14 minutes nonstop, most times not.

    My question is what is a good cardio target HR for SCI? Is it lower than AB? Just how big a factor is age regarding a cardio regimen (I'm 57)? My goal is to get up to 1 hour a day in one session staying at target HR.

    I've read here on CC some guys working Vitaglide for 1 hour on 3 and 4 is that cumulative or total time? What is target HR?

    Hey Garlin, Not sure of the level of your injury but I just go with what the ab chart says. I'm T/6, 61yrs old.; been doing the Vitaglide for three years.

    Many who are doing the hour are either young bucks or aren't training with a heartrate monitior. IMO the h/r mon. is vital for working efficiently. It's important for me to work in the three zones. I also use cords before and after to stretch out I use my grey cord attached to a hook in the ceiling the most.
    Here's a good site:

    this is my guide for


      220 bpm - age = maximum heart rate

      If you are a low para , your heart rates will match anything that ABs can do.
      With arms after you are in condition, you can reach any zone and it will be the same as AB. But that is only after you acclimate your upper body to perform aerobic work with lots of para sports.

      For quads, all bets are off since you may not have the musculature to burn and require Oxygen that will make your heart have to work hard. It depends on how much muscle you have and get you get them to work and require more O2 from your heart/lungs.


        Thanks guys for the info. I am a C-7 complete. I guess I gotta keep pushin the envelope.


          Quadriplegics and high-level paraplegics with complete injuries have diminished aerobic capacity and are unable to achieve a maximum heart rate much above ~120-130 due to loss of sympathetic nervous system innervation. Complete quadriplegics are sometimes unable to detect chest pain of cardiac origin so be careful.


            Exercise recommendations for individuals with spinal cord injury.

            Sports Med. 2004;34(11):727-51.

            Exercise recommendations for individuals with spinal cord injury.

            Jacobs PL, Nash MS.

            Department of Neurological Surgery, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami School of Medicine, 1095 Northwest 14th Terrace, Miami, R-48, FL 33136, USA.

            Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) exhibit deficits in volitional motor control and sensation that limit not only the performance of daily tasks but also the overall activity level of these persons. This population has been characterised as extremely sedentary with an increased incidence of secondary complications including diabetes mellitus, hypertension and atherogenic lipid profiles. As the daily lifestyle of the average person with SCI is without adequate stress for conditioning purposes, structured exercise activities must be added to the regular schedule if the individual is to reduce the likelihood of secondary complications and/or to enhance their physical capacity. The acute exercise responses and the capacity for exercise conditioning are directly related to the level and completeness of the spinal lesion. Appropriate exercise testing and training of persons with SCI should be based on the individual's exercise capacity as determined by accurate assessment of the spinal lesion. The standard means of classification of SCI is by application of the International Standards for Classification of Spinal Cord Injury, written by the Neurological Standards Committee of the American Spinal Injury Association. Individuals with complete spinal injuries at or above the fourth thoracic level generally exhibit dramatically diminished cardiac acceleration with maximal heart rates less than 130 beats/min. The work capacity of these persons will be limited by reductions in cardiac output and circulation to the exercising musculature. Persons with complete spinal lesions below the T(10) level will generally display injuries to the lower motor neurons within the lower extremities and, therefore, will not retain the capacity for neuromuscular activation by means of electrical stimulation. Persons with paraplegia also exhibit reduced exercise capacity and increased heart rate responses (compared with the non-disabled), which have been associated with circulatory limitations within the paralysed tissues. The recommendations for endurance and strength training in persons with SCI do not vary dramatically from the advice offered to the general population. Systems of functional electrical stimulation activate muscular contractions within the paralysed muscles of some persons with SCI. Coordinated patterns of stimulation allows purposeful exercise movements including recumbent cycling, rowing and upright ambulation. Exercise activity in persons with SCI is not without risks, with increased risks related to systemic dysfunction following the spinal injury. These individuals may exhibit an autonomic dysreflexia, significantly reduced bone density below the spinal lesion, joint contractures and/or thermal dysregulation. Persons with SCI can benefit greatly by participation in exercise activities, but those benefits can be enhanced and the relative risks may be reduced with accurate classification of the spinal injury.

            “As the cast of villains in SCI is vast and collaborative, so too must be the chorus of hero's that rise to meet them” Ramer et al 2005


              Thanks once again CC.