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Upper Body Machine Work with Knee Injury


#1

I recently tore my patella tendon, and am looking at several months of rehab. I’m in a knee brace, won’t be able to bend my knee at all for 5 more weeks.

My doctor has cleared me to go to the gym and do upper body exercises on machines only, no free wieghts. I’m 37, 5’9" 190lb who works out 4-5 days a week doing everything from bootcamp to low rep heavy sets depending on current program.

I’m looking for advise on rep, set, eccentric, drop sets, etc, how I can mix these up for different routines while only using machines. I’d like to keep building muscle and get as much of a cardio burn as well.

Injuries suck, especially one with an 8th month total recovery period. It might keep me down, but I won’t let it keep me out of the gym! Any advise is GREATLY appreciated!


#2

Do what you can, machine sucks and there is no way it will replace free weights. You will lose what you have.