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Training after Shoulder Surgery

Hey there. I was hoping you could give me a few pointers. I had shoulder surgery recently and as such I wont be able to lift properly or do any intense cardio (like sprints, etc) for the next few months. Since I’m not really able to lift, I thought this might be an ideal opportunity to shed some unnecessary weight, and perhaps do some leg and core training if possible. Could you please point me in the right direction? I’d really appreciate any help.

Are you not doing physical therapy? Your PT should be having you do a graduated level of effort as you being to strengthen the muscles surrounding your shoulder. You are still not going to be able to lift plates and.or bars for core and leg training after surgery. You need to focus on getting your shoulder better or you will regret it in years to come if you dont do your rehab correctly. Listen to your PT and tell them you want to be aggressive in your PT so you can return to the gym.

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I’m four months out from full rotator cuff repair, and had to hunt my ass off to find out what I could and couldn’t do, and also just had get in there and start doing some things to figure it out.

I read this article. It was a huge help. Ending up employing the same method – strapping my right arm to my body and training hard with one side, and concentrating on the leg exercises I could do.

A day or two after surgery I started walking on a treadmill, controlled speed, high incline and kept from getting fat until they cleared me to run at the 8 week mark.

Godspeed, fella. Rough little journey for a while. DO YOUR PT!!!