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Resistance Cords

For those interested in creating a home gym or taking exercises on the road, exercise cords are a good, lightweight alternative to dumbbells.  These kits often come with an anchor which allows you to attach it in a doorway for lateral or overhead exercises.

resistance bands

 

 

Resistance Bands Set

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Aquabells- weights for exercising while traveling

For those who travel often and find it difficult to maintain a consistent exercise program, these might be the perfect solution.  They pack lightly but can give a legitimate workout when filled with water.

Aquabells at Amazon

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Foldaway Recumbent Exercise Bike

foldable-bike

Hammachler Schlemmer carries a foldaway stationary bike which is perfect for those with limited space in their apartments.  Patients report it is sturdy and stows away easily in a closet.

Foldaway Stationary Bike $199

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Reebok Speed Pac

Reebok Speed Pac

If you are looking for a great space saver for your home gym, you might consider these adjustable ‘click’ weights instead of purchasing a full set of dumbbells. Pictured is a pair of 12.5lb dumbbells which adjusts in 2.5lb increments. If you desire heavier weights the same thing is available as one Reebok Speed Pac 25-Pound Adjustable Single Dumbbell that adjusts at 5lb increments. There are several higher end brands(Powerblock & Stamina) which cost a lot more(>$150), but I found these at Target for $50.
Note:  Adjustable ankle weights may be more appropriate for those with wrist/forearm injuries

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Adjustable Ankle Weights

All Pro Weights

When it comes to getting weights for home exercises for physical therapy we recommend starting with a pair of 5lb ankle weights (10lbs total) which are adjustable in 1/2 pound increments. Because many injuries involve small muscle groups this amount of resistance is usually adequate in the beginning. One can also avoid gripping which can be problematic for those with forearm injuries.

I prefer using the weights with leaded rods rather than those with sewn bags as the sewnbags often eventually break.

AllPro Adjustable Ankle Weights, 5lb pair