Strength Training – Upper Limb
An adequate upper limb strengthening program can be devised with or without weight equipment. The exercises should be performed slowly and smoothly and ensuring that the patient does not hold their breath during the exercise.
It is generally recommended to perform the exercises in the in the sitting position with back supported. However, in everyday life upper limb activities are often carried out in standing. Some of the exercises can be performed in standing providing the patient can perform a correct technique.
- Strength training with weights and weight machines:
- Hand weights for biceps and triceps.
- Lat/chest pull down for latissimus dorsi.
- Chest press for pectorals.
- Strength training without weights machine:
- Wall push-ups for pectorals.
- Theraband resistance for pectorals and latissimus dorsi.
Examples of upper limb strengthening exercises are shown below:
Upper Limb Strength Exercises
(high weight and low repetition)
|Shoulder press||The following exercises were adopted from:
Lung Foundation Australia’s Better Living with Exercise- Your Personal Guide