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How long till I'm back at the gym?

  • Vanessa3
  • Hicksville, NY
  • 9 months ago

Had my surgery done Dec19th and couldn't be happier with it but now in itching to get back to the gym. I only do cardio ( bike elliptical etc) no weights. I still have about 20-25 lbs to lose but mostly I like the gym because it clears my head and makes me sleep much better. I would love to hear any advice / experiences about your post op back to the gym approaches and also what your Drs advised. Going back for my final post op visit tomorrow and I plan

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I am 3 weeks post of today. I just got back to the gym today. Just started on the treadmill walking for 30 min and 15 min on a stationary bike. I have been given permission by my doctor to do treadmill or bike or something cardio if it doesn't hurt. I am going to take it slow and hopefully by 6 weeks post op I will be able to do a lot more. I may have some swelling but not a whole lot.
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I am nearly 6 mo PO and I couldn't even stand up straight at 8 weeks. So much for being in the gym at 6! It was so debilitating I couldn't go out because I looked like an old lady. And from what I read at the time, that isn't uncommon. I can still only stand up 98% and have to work up to full standing after I get out of bed etc. As for excersize - I was able to walk the dog easily after 3 months, gentle jogging was fine, but when I tried to do bootcamp I had severe trouble with body drops - where you drop to a position lying face down then stand up again. I couldn't arch my back enough to stand up, so had to go to a press up position and work from there. Apart from that, I could do all the things I used to do before, albeit I will need to work up to my old strenght again. I do wonder if I'll ever have the full flexibility to 'walk tall' again. Some say the standing up is about how tight you were stretched, which may be true top to bottom, but something I learned is that top to bottom stretch is only one aspect and that side to side stretch is a different thing entirely. So, I have a good stretch over the middle of my tum, but my flanks are hardly any different than before and quite flabby.
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I can't do sumo burpees, either.....they sound like the body drop you describe. I am 14 weeks, and my doctor told me no crunches, etc. until 6 months, either. Are you doing crunches yet? I can do oblique exercises well (side to side stretching like you said) but nothing that even resembles a crunch or leg lift.
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Yes, I can do crunches and planks and stuff. But I haven't really gone back to hard core exercise yet. Partly due to catching up with work and the goddam ENglish cold weather! But I do worry that the more sedentary lifestyle will mean I am gaining visceral fat.
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It's freezing here, too. All winter. And lots of snow. So. Ready.For.Spring. Can't blame that on not working out, though, b/c I use DVD's at home. lol. Turbo Jam and Turbo Fire, mostly. Looking into a weight program...Chalene Extreme. I was just getting back full steam from surgery, then I pulled my hamstring last week. Ugh. More time off......I bought an exercise bike from a friend for $20 just so I could do SOMEthing during the hammy recovery.
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I was able to stand completely upright the same day as surgery. I wasn't pulled tight enough and can grab large handfuls of skin when bending over and when sitting. The waist roll is so large that I'm considering having a revision but after reading the above I worry about ending up being hunched over, like you! Did your surgeon mention anything to you about having poor skin elasticity?
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No, but I'll ask him today - But I actually think my skin is very elastic. I am short waisted (the distance between boobs and tummy button) and I think this means they didn't have a lot of skin (relatively) to pull down, which is why I ended up with a 'w' scar and being quite tight. My only wish is that there was more they could do to pull you in at the waist as I still have flab there. But I am gettting happier with the results apart from the lumpy bit.
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Hi, my procedure was done on Dec. 13th and I just started cardio 2 weeks ago. I'm warming up for 5 min. Walking in an incline of 5% then jogging starting at 4.6 in the treadmill and gradually increasing the speed up to 6.3 for 25 min. I gradually drop the incline and then cool down for 5 min. That is the extent of my cardio for now and then I usually do bodybuilding posing afterwards. I have 1 more week until I can get back to my weight training. I can't wait. Take it easy and build your strength back up gradually. We don't want to do any damage by doing too much too soon. Good Luck!
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Yes thank you I have my dr visit tomorrow at 10 so I will see what they can let me do. :(. I'm ready kinda but scared of pulling something.
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When did you start up at the gym. I'm not far behind ya I had my tuck on dec 26
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I started jogging last week, but only very small distances and very slow (I jogged so slowly my 10yr old daughter 'fast walked" past me lol). But the first time was a very weird sensation as my tummy felt like someone had shoved a brick in it and it was gurgling like crazy afterwards. The second time was better. I'm going out again today. Oh yeah, I'm 7 weeks PO today, so I started jogging again at 6 weeks PO.
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I had an extended tt with MR. I was told I would walk after a week. At 3 weeks, I could walk "more." At 4 weeks, they said I could step up the walking and walk as much as I wanted. Also, could work arms. At 6 weeks, was cleared for low impact aerobics, etc. But no major twisting, or core intensive moves. Def. no straight up core stuff like crunches, Etc. At 8 weeks I was cleared for everything but crunches, leg lifts and other core only moves. Don't know when I'll be able to do that. But I am back to doing Turbo Jam and almost ready for Turbo Fire now at 10 weeks. Full range of motion and I don't hold back. My endurance isn't what it was, but I finally feel like I'm getting good workouts now. Hard to really get that heart rate up with only walking. Good luck!
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Check out my review. I put a lot of workout info on there because I was wondering the same thing before my TT and couldn't find much info.
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Yeah, I've was a long distance runner and it's driving me crazy that I can't run. My surgery was 7 December and I'm barely distance walking at the moment lol. I got back onto my bicycle yesterday and I think that I will start cycling as it's low impact (I'm 5 weeks PO). I'm not ready for running yet as I think that the stress and movement will be too much to deal with. We've got a gym machine at home so I'm going to start with some leg exercises. My PS says that we can do light exercises after 3 weeks but no heavy core work for the first 3 months.
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