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Training After Surgery

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I hear many people that won’t exercise a day in their lives if they can spend time doing nothing and still they are in perfect health and others that have gone through surgeries and can’t wait to return to their training schedule so as in many other areas in life - life is unfair. But seriously if you have gone through a surgery such as knee replacement and you liked to do some weight lifting then you won’t be able to do much of this again as the maximum allowed weight for people after the surgery is 40 lb. Go here to read the entire instruction for people before and after the surgery. As in all kind of injuries the ability to practice all kind of sport is seriously limited, I guess it is possible to find other activities to stay in shape. a large variety
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  • Lloyd Johnson: I’m 72 and squating 5 reps x 225 lbs. Had partial knee replacements in both knees five years ago. How much weight can the polyethlene take ?
    I’ve been able to discontinue my 6 month cartilage shot treatments.
    Comments ?
  • Tom: I had a partial left knee replacement 3.5 years ago. I’m 6′2" and 235 pounds. I lift as much as I did before the surgury. I use a Bowflex and free weights. I do shrugs with 60 pounds in each hand, 45 pound dumbbells for curls. I put about 250 pounds on my incline leg press and go for fifty reps. Then I work the calves with the same amount of weights. I’m 64 years old and have no intention of dying in front of the TV. So far I have not had any problems with my new knee.
  • Lloyd Johnson: Tom,
    I’m 74 now and last year I did 3 Parallel Squats with 285, but I was
    afraid to push the polyethlene prothesis any further. I switched over to narrow parallel squats on a Smith Machine, and I find that most of the stress goes to the vastus lateralus, and gives me that outside curve on quads, but I have to use significantly less weight.
    I can’t seem to find anyone who knows what the polyethlene limits are.
    During the last year I did 90 pound dumbells on the bench and I’m presently benching 2 reps with 205 and still able to add 5 pounds a week at this point.

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