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Denver • Lakewood 

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SymFit® Healthy Neck Program
Gym Programs

SymFit® For Injury Management
SymFit® For Injury Prevention
SymFit® Pilates Program

At Week 2 of the program you are able to maintain neutral spine alignment against light to moderate loads.  This allows for a safe return to the following gym based fitness programs;

Perform the SymFit® workout of the day before any gym workout.  Perform all strengthening exercises with a 1,2,3 tempo.

Cardiovascular Health: 
  • 5 to 8 minutes on the Incline Treadmill walking followed by 12 minutes on the Elliptical followed by 5 to 8 more minutes of incline treadmill walking
Upper Body Conditioning
  • Pull Downs on a cable machine pulling the bar in front of you while sitting upright against the resistance you can complete 12-16 controlled (1,2,3 tempo) repetitions without loading your neck or low back
  • Reverse Tricep Pull-downs at cables against the resistance you can complete 12-16 controlled (1,2,3 tempo) repetitions and maintain a "stacked upper back" and "head nod"
  • Reverse Biceps at cables against the resistance you can complete 12-16 controlled (1,2,3 tempo) repetitions and maintain a "stacked upper back" and "head nod"
Lower Body Conditioning
  • Leg Press (single leg) with opposite leg on the floor against against the resistance you can complete 12-16 controlled repetitions (1,2,3 tempo) without loading your neck or low back
Progress resistance when the last 3 repetitions are not challenging to complete!

Medical Disclaimer:  If you are receiving post-operative physical therapy the gym program above may not be appropriate based on your surgical procedure. Check with your physical therapist before returning to the the gym.   

At Week 2 of the program you are able to maintain neutral spine alignment against light to moderate loads.  This allows for a safe return to the following gym based fitness programs;

Perform the SymFit® workout of the day before any gym workout.  Perform all strengthening exercises with a 1,2,3 tempo.

Cardiovascular Health: 
  • 5 to 8 minutes on the Incline Treadmill walking followed by 12 minutes on the Elliptical followed by 5 to 8 more minutes of incline treadmill walking
Upper Body Conditioning
  • Lat Pull Downs on a cable machine pulling the bar in front of you while sitting upright against the resistance you can complete 10-12 controlled repetitions (1,2,3 tempo) without loading your neck or low back.
  • Overhead Press machine single arm without allowing the shoulder blade to hike up against the resistance you can complete 10-12 controlled repetitions (1,2,3 tempo) without loading your neck or low back.  
Progress resistance when the last 3 repetitions are not challenging to complete!


Lower Body Conditioning

  • Leg Press (single leg) with opposite leg on the floor against the resistance you can control 10-12 perfect repetitions without loading your neck or low back.  
  • Knee Extension (single leg) against the resistance you can control 10-12 perfect repetitions without loading your neck or low back.  
Progress resistance when the last 3 repetitions are not challenging to complete!

Medical Disclaimer: If you are receiving post-operative physical therapy the gym program above may not be appropriate based on your surgical procedure. Check with your physical therapist before returning to the the gym.