You don’t need to go to a gym to get a self-directed therapy workout. You can do that at home with resistance bands. There are lots and lots of choices when it comes to resistance bands available. Let me tell you about the ones I bought. I’ve had them for many years and used them long before my I had my strokes. A personal trainer friend recommended these because they’re more durable than cheaper versions. A resistance band that breaks could cause serious eye injuries. Just ask former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. He got snapped in the eye and suffered permanent damage. I have owned my Bodylastic set for 10 years now and there is absolutely no sign that they are wearing out. It comes with instructions and limited-time access to their video library, but it wasn’t made with stroke survivors in mind.,
My favorite feature of this particular version (there are several available) is that it includes 4 handles and 4 heavy-duty Velcro Wrist and Ankle Straps, as well as 2 Door Anchors. Here’s why all that is important to me:
4 Handles: Allows you to have multiple bands already hooked up and ready to go so that you do not have to attach and un-attach the various elastic bands in the middle of your workout. You choose the bands that you plan to use in advance for your workout, hook up the handles and then do your reps. I start out with a thick band and do reps to exhaustion, and then grab another handle attached to a thinner band and do a few more reps with lighter resistance. You get a much better workout this way.
4 Heavy-Duty Velcro Wrist and Ankle Straps: These are the best feature about this product, and allow you to get a workout even if you don’t have use of your hand. The Velcro straps go around your wrists and ankles, and there are metal rings embedded in them. You clip the various resistance bands to the rings and get to work. I also use them to combat my spasticity by attaching one of the thicker bands that I usually reserve for leg work, then stepping back until the band is taut. I can gently pull my arm and shoulder straight this way, and hold it until it relaxes completely. It feels great. You do have to be careful not to subluxate or dislocate your shoulder. If you are unstable on your feet, I recommend that you only do this while seated.
2 Door Anchors: For many exercises, the bands must be attached to a stationary object. This is easily accomplished by laying the heavy-duty strap over-the-door. A thick foam donut is built into the strap so that it will stay in place when you close the door. The donut stays outside, while you work out inside. You can place the donut strap over the door for exercises that require you to perform a pull-down motion. You can position the donut strap on the hinge side for mid-body exercises like torso rotations or chest pulls. Finally, you can put the donut strap underneath the door for leg workouts, or exercises that require you to perform an upward pulling motion like bicep curls or shoulder shrugs for subluxation prevention. If you’re wondering why you would need 2 donut straps, it’s so you won’t have to reposition the straps as often in the middle of a workout. One final important thing – the straps won’t cause any damage to your door.
The entire set fits into a small gym bag that is also included. Stash it under your bed, or wherever you do your workouts. Unlike most home gym equipment, it doesn’t take up a lot of space or end up as a place to hang laundry or towels. This product is affordable and easy to use. Perfect for your stroke recovery workouts. I’ll bet that your physical therapist uses something similar.
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