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Strength Training – Lower Limb

Mode | Intensity | Protocol | Duration | Frequency | Type

The frequency for lower limb strength exercise sessions should be two or three times per week.

Patients should ensure they have at least one day of rest between strength training sessions.

Progress as suggested for each exercise shown below.

Lower Limb Strength Exercises


(high weight and low repetition)


  
Exercise #1
Knee extensions in sitting
  • Sit in a chair.

  • Straighten your knee.

  • Hold the knee straight for five seconds, and then relax.

  • Repeat for other leg.

  • Progression:
    • Add weights to legs.


Exercise #2
Squats
  • Lean your back against a wall.

  • Squat down until your thighs are parallel with floor.

  • Slide up the wall to a standing position.

  • Start with only sliding down a short way.

  • Progression:
    • Increase depth of slide down.


Exercise #3
Climbing stairs or use a stepping box
  • Your instructor can help you with this exercise.

  • Progression:
    • Increase the number of steps.

    • Increase the height of the step (or walk up two steps at a time).

    • Carry a weight on your back.


Tip: It is often advisable to perform lower limb endurance training as a “warm-up” before strength training.