Trainer suggestion post ACL tear

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Posted: Sep 22, 2019 at 19:05 Quote
Hey folks,

So I blew up my ACL at the bike park 3 weeks ago and, because I'm in Canada, it'll be 8 months before I get surgery.

I bought a cheap stationary bike to take to work with me(I work out of town) but i don't think its going to do a hell of a lot to strengthen my leg pre and post op. It does help to keep stiffness away though.

I wondering about trainers. I don't want to spend $2000 dollars on one, but I'd like one that is going to be beneficial to my recovery.

Right now I can pedal my enduro bike fairly well, on mellow trails, but once the snow starts flying, it's really going to hinder my recovery.

Looking for suggestions because I know absolutely nothing about them.


Posted: Sep 23, 2019 at 6:35 Quote
Why you waiting 8 months?

My girlfriend has done both right and left ACL, we have a cheap $400 stationary bike, as long as your leg goes around with some resistance your good. She also rode her MTN bike on green trails prior to surgery, as long as you keep your leg straight (no twisting) it functions fine.

Unless you just want to invest in something high end....that's your call...Nodic Track has a decent commercial one for $1000-ish

Posted: Dec 5, 2019 at 1:19 Quote
That's a long wait time?

When I did my ACL in, my initial surgery was 5 months and 2nd surgery was 8 months. I only had to wait that long as I had to do a bunch of physio prior to the first surgery, and another 3 months of physio before the second surgery.

I did physio weekly throughout most of that time period and for months following the 2nd surgery and the exercises from physio daily, went to the gym and did weights, swam and went on an exercise bike. I wasn't allowed on an actual bike for about a year and a half past the injury.

At home, I bought a cheap $200-300 trainer and put my DJ bike on it. When I was at the gym I used their exercise bikes.

I see you're from Radium, I did both of my surgeries through the knee clinic at the University of Calgary - they are pretty quick there and have top notch ortho's.

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