Hi, this is my first post. Two years ago I suffered an abscess on my brain, was paralyzed on the left side of my body for six weeks, and had to learn to walk, put on my clothes etc. all over again. I have permanent neurological damage and constant vertigo, so I use a walker to avoid falling. In my physical therapy I used a Total Gym and a multi-station machine with weight stacks. I've been reading the threads on here for the last week or so and realize that neither of those two are popular with bodybuilders, but they work well for people who are rehabbing or disabled.
I've been doing physical therapy bodyweight exercises since I got back home, and have really advanced beyond them and am ready to move on to more serious conditioning, so I have ordered a Total Gym. Since I'm hoping to increase my strength beyond its capabilities, I only ordered the $230 version.
Once I get beyond that I will need to evaluate whether or not I can handle free weights. I'm more worried about my balance than my strength. I would prefer to go with the rack/fid bench/oly barbell/dumbbell basics so that I can work on my stabilizers, which I think could help my balance, but I don't want to fall while I'm lifting any plates or doing any standing exercises.
If my balance hasn't improved enough with the Total Gym I'll have to go with a multi-station home gym. A lot of people on here have a negative opinion of leg extensions and curls, and I've always though I got more out of leg presses, so I've been looking at ones with that attachment. The two that I'm interested in are the Powerline P1X and P2X. I don't see how to post a link or I would, sorry about that. I would also buy the 50lb upgrade to bring the stack up to 210lbs, which is honestly as much as I will ever need, I'm not naturally strong at all. Does anyone have an opinion on those two gyms, or perhaps any better suggestions? I realize the free weights would be preferred, but as I mentioned, don't know if that will be possible given my condition.
Thank you in advance. This is a great website.
Thread: Home Gym for Disabled