Same week, more of the same.
Had physical therapy twice and my PT is really pushing me. The second I am not looking he sneaks another plate of weight on the leg press and exercises that are tough already are REAL tough now. Just when I think “this exercise is monstrous”, he tops it with something.
I have made my peace with “clams” by now but two exercises just got more advanced and are killers.
- walking sideways 8x with a super tough elastic band around my ankles. It takes everything out of me and burns my gluteus medius muscles to a point that’s beyond funny.
- getting up and sitting down from a chair 20x with a 4 lbs./ 2 kg ball in my outstretched arms AND an elastic band around my thighs, while the feet are wider than my shoulders.
They are both tough exercises but I really do hate the first one. That band is so incredibly tight, it hardly gives. I swear it’s the elastic band from hell.
I am doing my exercises but I certainly have an opinion about them.
Did I mention already I almost fell at PT?? I was done with the elastic band from hell, which by the way is so tight it left my skin bloody as I noticed afterwards (!), and hobbled that one meter over to the bench to take it off, when I tripped and almost fell. That could have been catastrophic!!
Also, my PT thinks it’s a splendid idea to start doing incline on the treadmill. (I personally KNOW it’s not a great idea. Already before I broke my hip and I was “just” dealing with two recoveries from FAI & labral tears, incline was a baaaad idea.)
For the moment it is on the lowest level and only a few minutes at a time but I know my PT by now. Very soon it will get steeper and the minutes longer and then I will put my foot down.
Coming home from PT I was completely exhausted. So many exercises in a relatively short time, a few were made even tougher and to top it off – incline. I fell asleep immediately, with my lower body feeling like dead weight. That’s the best I can describe it.
Last week I tried walking a tiny bit more than a mile (2 km). I needed about 5 breaks and my op hip was not happy afterwards. So back to my mile. Obviously my hip needs more time.