It's been a few weeks now since I started doing a bit of exercise. I bought a 30 minute workout DVD that I've done for several days. Now that I can anticipate every movement, it's gotten a bit boring. I went on line to find stuff but YouTube had only three or four postings that were appropriate or adaptable for someone in a wheelchair. So, I went on a search for arm and shoulder exercises and made a list of them. Lateral raises, bicep and hammer curls, W to V were all moves on the list.
Once I had a variety of movements, way more than the DVD and way, way more than any of the short YouTube clips, I decided to design a routine for arms and shoulders. I tried it and it was a tough workout that lasted for about twenty minutes, not counting the warm up or cool down. It was tough, but fun. It had lots of variety and seemed to be doing what I wanted it to do.
So for a couple of days I sat at the computer with the print out up against the monitor and I took my weights and followed the paper. Double dull and really hard to focus on where I was and count lifts and crunches. So ... tee hee ... I made myself an exercise video using my webcam. What the hell, no one is ever going to see it, why not?
Now I've got an instructor who, unlike my wheelchair workout teacher, is actually disabled. He needs to exercise and isn't flashing his perfect trim body at every opportunity. He has a sense of humour. He seems to know exactly when to give encouragement and exactly which exercise I have the most difficulty with. He knows that my goal is to be able to push myself further and require assistance less often. He doesn't go on about sexy waists or toned arms - he's all about independent movement. And what's cool, he looks, surprisingly, a lot like me, I've never had that before.
Gotta love the computer. If you need something with a bit of research, with a bit of work, you can create resources that don't seem to exist.
Here's to my new video - Wheelchair Workout for Wusses and Wankers - featuring the 'gay stretch' ... you won't find that move on the net anywhere and you'll have to pay me a lot of money to find out exactly what it is ... and it's not what you're thinking so stop it!