What are some ways I can keep my cardio strong while letting my foot heal from inury?
Running is the purest form of cardio I know and I can't think of anything else.
I don't know how to swim but I am so hell bent on getting in good shape before wrestling season that I will take a stab at it.
Is there anything else that's really intense?
Also, I can't squat or do anything else that puts pressure on my right foot, so what are some other things you can recommend to keep my whole body strong without hurting myself any more...
Thread: cardio alternatives to running?
04-28-2010, 11:00 PM #1
cardio alternatives to running?
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04-29-2010, 05:15 AM #4
kb's for wrestling power/strength
a lot of the coaches i work with use kb's to help with endurance strength. In fact the Vo2max protocol by Kenneth Jay was tested with wrestlers and a world champ in particular.
If you're interested, here's an overview of the protocol and a discussion of the why's and wherefores of the approach.
another high side of KB's is that they also work the grip like mad.
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04-29-2010, 08:24 AM #5
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04-29-2010, 09:01 AM #6
I work at a YMCA pool and lots of people come there to get cardio in when they have had injuries and cannot run. We have these foam belts that you can wear around your waist and they make you bouyant enough to actually remain upright in deep water and just simulate your running motion back and forth down the lane. They are called water jog belts. check em out at swimoutlet.com
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Your best option is swimming, assuming you can submerge your foot. If you can't swim at all you'll need lessons. If you can swim but can't swim well (read: with technical and biomechanical efficiency) google swim technique and watch videos until you get a good feel for it. Any type of running workout you would do for cardio, sprints, intervals, or low intensity, you can do swimming. I've read in many places that swimming a mile freestyle burns about ~700 cals but don't hold me to that. It's more (or maybe even less) depending on efficiency, personal metrics, and even what you wear (affects drag).
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05-04-2010, 10:49 AM #14
Your imagination is the limit really.
If most traditional forms of cardio (ie. continuous cyclical sports such as running, swimming, cycling, rowing etc.) are out of the question, then your best bet is probably to design a metabolic resistance training protocol.
You could use any form of resistance (bodyweight, barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells etc.). You will want use fairly high reps with short recoveries. Best results will come from multi-joint exercises that involve large muscle groups - but you will obviously need to base your exercise selection on what will and will not aggravate your injury.
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Weight circuit interval training. Machine or dumbell with reasonable weight that you can get a high amount of reps out of (about 12 to 15), and move to each station straight away after a set at each station. Have about 10 stations at least that hit all your body parts, and take a short break then repeat the circuit however many times you want to. That can be a really intense cardio session!
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aqua jogging...running in water.<<STATE QUALIFIER 2008...3200m>>
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Honestly you should get yourself healthy first, go through your physical therapy or whatever you need to do to get healthy, and then try your best to get conditioned to go into the season.
It's pointless to endure an injury longer by unnecessarily training while injured. I've made the mistake before, I actually fractured my right foot and sprained my ankle one day during rugby...not fun. I was stubborn and tried to train around the injury and it cost me two rugby seasons and a few weeks of physical therapy that could have been prevented if I wasn't stubborn.
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