Questions for those doing weights or machines as part of your rehab plan:
1. How many days a week are you lifting?
2. What kind of leg press routines / machines are you doing?
3. My surgeon nixed leg extensions, which I have been doing all my life. I forgot to ask why in the confusion of all you are thinking about when you get time with the surgeon. Is this because it puts undue stress on the tendons and ligaments?
@old bruce.....I do my leg exercises every day and upper body free weights and machines every other. I start with the old StairMaster for 20 minutes and then do 10 minutes with the rehab leg only. Then I go to the leg press machine and do 4 sets of 15 starting at 180 and go to 210 currently. Then the leg extension machine at 120 up to 150 3 sets, BUT you have to be sure you set it at an angle of 70-80 degrees. If you get to vertical (90) or more you really are putting way too much stress on the tendon repair. I started these at 12 weeks post surgery only. Then I do machine hamstring curls 4 sets at about 130 or so. Lastly, I do at least 8K on the Concept2 rower. Great for increased ROM, cardio, and leg strength. For that matter, great for everything...my favorite total body work-out. RUNNERMX is a fantastic trainer, gym rat, guru...so, I'm sure he'll have something to say soon.