Training Program for Athlete Suffering Arm Injury
- 6-week, 5 days/week
- Designed to keep an athlete fit by training around their injury
- Not a rehab program
- This training plan is one of 200+ Plans included with an Athlete’s Subscription.
- Required Equipment
- Sample Training
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- Common Questions
This 6-week training program (30x total training sessions) is designed for athletes who suffered an arm injury and can’t use that limb for training. This program is designed to keep these athletes training hard and in the gym during their recovery.
This program is not a rehabilitation program or orthopedic program for your injured limb.
Instead, it aims to train around your injury by working your good arm, legs, core and lungs/heart. Leave your injured limb alone – only train your uninjured arm.
We’ve found that athletes who are able to train around injuries have higher spirits in general, and seem to recover quicker, and be stronger when they do recover, than athletes to do no training during their recovery. Your injury does not give you an excuse to quit training. We can work around it.
This is Version 2 of the plan, Updated November 2018.
This training plan concurrently trains strength, work capacity, endurance and chassis-integrity by deployed 1-arm version of common exercises, and leg-only work capacity/endurance exercises.
** Note – This training plan trains your body around your injured limb, but this does include jumping (box jumps) and other exercises which might jostle the injured arm/shoulder. Your recovery needs to be far enough along to handle this type of activity to complete this program.
This plan deploys a modified version of MTI’s TLU Strength Progression to train strength. It deploys leg only, and 1-Arm versions of common strength exercises. Each strength session deploys a train total body strength exercise, lower body strength exercise, upper body pull, and upper body press exercise. You’ll train strength 2-3 times per week.
Ten-minute, intense, work capacity events are prescribed using 1-arm and leg-only exercises. You’ll train work capacity 2-3 times per week.
We’ve modified select exercises from our chassis integrity exercise library to 1-Arm versions, and deployed these in three exercise circuits. You’ll train Chassis Integrity 2-3 times per week.
The plan deploys step ups, running and/or spinning on a stationary bike to train endurance, in either single mode events, or a simple circuit of two exercises. Endurance efforts are 30-40 minutes long and trained 2-3 times per week.
Below is a typical training week:
- Monday – Strength, Work Capacity
- Tuesday – Endurance, Chassis Integrity
- Wednesday – Strength, Work Capacity
- Thursday – Endurance, Chassis Integrity
- Friday – Strength, Work Capacity
Full set of dumbbells and/or kettlebells, bench or box for step ups, 20″ box for box jumps, stationary bicycle, stopwatch with repeating countdown timer (smartphone will work).
What if I can’t complete the exercises using the prescribed loads?
Drop, or “scale” the load or weight as necessary to meet the prescribed number of reps. For example, if the training session calls for 10x weighted sit ups with 45# and this is too, heavy, drop down to 35# or 25#, – whatever is required, to get 10 reps.
If the session calls for 4x Walking Lunges, is that 4x Total, or 4x Each Leg?
4x each leg – 8x total. This is the same for all single side exercises – if it calls for 4x Russian Twists, this means 4x each side, 8x total, Etc. The only exception is step ups. 50x Step ups = 50x Step ups total, 25x each leg.
Does a 1-Arm Exercise mean both arms – even my injured one?
No – the 1-Arm Exercises are intended only for your non-injured arm.
Won’t training my injured arm become too strong and unbalanced as compared to my injured arm?
Your uninjured arm will definitely become significantly stronger than your injured arm …. but don’t worry about it. Studies have shown that some of the strength gains in the uninjured limb migrate to the injured limb. Training the uninjured limb will help you recover faster.
What if I miss a day?
Begin where you left off when you return to training. This program is progressed – each session builds upon the prior session – so don’t skip a session or skip around. Follow the training sessions in order, regardless.
Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run Calculator is listed as an exercise.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
Can I see sample training?
Yes. Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming.
How do I access the plan?
You can access the plan via username and password either through our website or through our app (Mtn Tactical Fitness) available for IOS and Android.
Can I print out sessions to take to the gym?
Yes – you can print a week of programming at a time
Required EquipmentFull set of dumbbells and/or kettlebells, bench or box for step ups, 20" box for box jumps, stationary bicycle, stopwatch with repeating countdown timer (smartphone will work).
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Where do I find unfamiliar exercises?
See our Exercise Library HERE. The Run and Ruck Calculators are listed as exercises.
What about nutrition?
See our Nutritional Guidelines HERE.
Can I see sample training?
Click the “Sample Training” tab to see the entire first week of programming. You are encouraged to do it before purchasing.
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