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or post your question on the Facebook group.

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The 8-WEEK MS Fitness Challenge

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WEEK 5 - DOUBLING DOWN 

Progress Sheet

WEEK #5 BONUS CHALLENGE: Post a video of yourself performing the SAME activity you want to improve on that you posted on Week 2. Let's see if there are any improvements yet! 

 

WEEK #5 AGENDA: Welcoming you to the Half-Way Point. Attempting to add more time to your sets. Focus on Your Form.Lower-Body Exercise Session. 

WEEK #5 TIPS: Don't be discouraged if you can't add more time to your exercises - like the crunch. High-Intensity exercise is all about challenging your muscles so that they get stronger. The times you reach and the goals you make are just there to ensure that you're exercising at a high-intensity. The times you get are not a reflection of your success. If you're exercising at a high-intensity level 2-3 times a week then you're already successful! 

SAFETY TIPS: Keep a fan on you. Turn down your A/C to 68 degrees or COLD. Keep your hair off your neck. Remove any sharp corners or tables from your exercise area. Drink ice cold water between every exercise.  Make sure to continue to breathe during the exercise, continue to remind yourself not to hold your breath.

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Some of our favorite posts from the January 2020 Facebook group! 
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FAQ

  • How do I subscribe?
    Click on this link and provide your information: https://practical-fitness-online-ms.uscreen.io/users/sign_up
  • Should I ask my doctor before performing these exercises?
    Yes. We recommend that you consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
  • Can I get rid of my MS by exercising?
    No. Currently there is no cure for MS. But research does suggest that strength training can provide relief to many of your symptoms.
  • Will my MS symptoms improve after these workouts?
    MS is not a curable disease, yet. But everyone should exercise for a healthier life, and research does support added benefits to MS symptoms after exercising.
  • Can I customize my workouts?
    Not yet. We are currently working on making individual workouts available to you, as well as the ability to create and customize your own playlists.
  • Can I perform the workouts if I am in a wheelchair?
    Yes. We have an entire wheelchair series that focuses on upper body and core strengthening.
  • Can I execute all of the workouts?
    Yes. If there is a particular exercise that you cannot perform, then don't force yourself to perform it. We encourage everyone to try and challenge themselves, but don't force yourself into an unsafe or painful zone.
  • Are the exercises safe for me?
    Yes. They are low-impact and high-intensity exercises that keep your body and joints safe. But we still recommend that you consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
  • Is this safe to do at my house alone?
    Yes, but we encourage you to take responsibility for your own safety in this regard. Discuss this with your doctor first.
  • How long are the exercise sessions?
    Each exercise session is 20-30 minutes long. There are generally 6-10 different exercises in each session, with rest periods in between.
  • How often should I exercise?
    We recommend you execute our videos two to threee times a week depending on how your body is feeling.
  • Are the exercises really hard?
    The exercises will range in difficulty based on your strength or weakness in areas of your body. For example, you may have atrophy in your calves, so calf raises might be very difficult to perform in the beginning. However, performing a bicep curl may be easier if your arms are stronger than your calves. Our exercises are designed to give you flexibility in difficulty. If you feel like challenging yourself to the max, then use a heavier band. If you want to take it easy and just get some exercise in, then use a band with less resistance.
  • Will there be a trainer watching me?
    No. There will not be a trainer able to watch you while you are exercising from home. This is an option that we may provide in the future.
  • What equipment do I need to perform the workout videos?
    You will need a CLX Theraband, which you can purchase at our webstore: www.msworkouts.com/store. One Free Yellow Theraband will be provided for free when you subscribe.
  • How do I purchase an exercise band?
    Step 1: Click on www.msworkouts.com/store. Step 2: Click on the exercise band you want. They are in order from heaviest to lightest resistance and are separated by wheelchair and standing series. Step 3: Click Purchase. Step 4: Enter your information. Step 5: Wait to receive your equipment in the mail.
  • When do I need to upgrade my exercise bands?
    You will need to upgrade your exercise bands whenever you get stronger and the exercises aren't challenging you. You should be able to exercise until the last 30 seconds of each set which is what we call the "exhaust range." If you cannot reach the very end of the exhaust range then you don't need to progress to a stronger band yet. If you can reach past the exhaust range then you should upgrade to a higher resistance band.
  • What is the Steady-Pace Technique?
    The Steady-Pace Technique is a unique way of exercising based on the principals of slow-motion strength training. It was developed by Practical Fitness Studios in Austin, TX and has been executed there thousands of times. Steady-Pace slows down your rep time thereby engaging your body and muscles at a much higher level than traditional methods.

8 Week Challenge - SCHEDULE

WEEK 1 -- Laying Down the Foundation - Mobility & Balance

WEEK 2 -- Waking Up the Muscles - Foot Drop, Core, and Upper Body

WEEK 3 -- Walking Strong - Mobility & Balance

WEEK 4 -- All About That Core - Foot Drop, Core, and Upper Body

WEEK 5 -- Doubling Down - Mobility & Balance

WEEK 6 -- Perfect Form and Technique - Foot Drop, Core, and Upper Body

WEEK 7 -- Sticking with Exercise - Mobility & Balance

WEEK 8 -- Final Effort - Foot Drop, Core, and Upper Body

WEEK 9 -- Graduation!

"My mission is to change lives through strength training by providing safe and effective workouts to those living with Multiple Sclerosis all Across the World."  - David Lyons

Certified Trainers With Years of Experience Treating Multiple Sclerosis

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David Lyons

Founder of MS Fitness Challenge 

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Jeff Gotte

Exercise Physiologist  M. Ed - BS Exercise Science  NSCA-CSCS, ACE-PT

Along with MS Workouts, David works with organizations such as Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Medical Fitness Network and MS Views & News to help educate and train both fitness professionals and MSers on the importance of fitness, nutrition, and mindset in battling this disease.  David's goal is to bring exercise and healthy nutrition to every person living with MS.

In 2009, Jeff co-founded Practical Fitness in Austin, TX, a private personal studio specialized in strength training for busy professionals. Jeff has personally executed thousands of sessions with individuals dealing with many types of physical challenges, ranging from hip and knee replacements to lung transplants.  Jeff also oversaw Practical Fitness strength training pilot program for individuals with MS sponsored by the MS Society. 

What is

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Together with the Director of Physical Therapy at Central Texas Neurology Consultants and the personal trainers at Practical Fitness Studios, our mission is to bring safe & effective online exercise to those living with Multiple Sclerosis.

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