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    I've got a horrible case of plantar fasciitis going right now that I can't seem to shake. I'm trying to keep my impact to an absolute minimum. Anyone have any ideas for what I can do for sprints? I don't belong to a gym so no access to machines. Unfortunately, I don't own a bike, either.

    Thanks!

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    What about swimming or roller-blades?
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    • #3
      Total shot in the dark but maybe kettle bells?

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      • #4
        Swimming if you have access to a pool.
        Monkey bars on the closest playground as a monkey-bars race-course or Tabata chin-ups
        You can also see if you can do shadow boxing keeping your feet stable or seated on an excersise ball
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          this workout is based on 4 bodyweight/sandbag weight Tabata intervals. There are a couple of intervals where she does back-and-forth jumping pushups but you could just substitute regular pushups there. she also does a 2 non-interval endurance-style sets between the Tabatas, but you could just leave those out - 4 Tabatas is still a damn good workout (for me anyway).

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Leida View Post
            Swimming if you have access to a pool.
            Monkey bars on the closest playground as a monkey-bars race-course or Tabata chin-ups
            You can also see if you can do shadow boxing keeping your feet stable or seated on an excersise ball
            I don't think it's ever wise to use an exercise where you're likely to fatigue your muscles before completing the tabata ie tabata chin-ups. Can anybody do tabata chin ups without stopping? I seriously doubt it.

            Get a sledgehammer, find an old tired, beat the crap out of it. You can do this in a tabata scheme, but it's pretty brutal that way. Look up on youtube how to do the form, though it should come naturally.
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              I don't think it's ever wise to use an exercise where you're likely to fatigue your muscles before completing the tabata ie tabata chin-ups. Can anybody do tabata chin ups without stopping? I seriously doubt it.
              ? I didn't suggest anything before Tabata, it's either or proposition, depending on what is more doable/fun. Interval chin-ups is probably a better word than Tabata. Just cracnk out the sets of chin-ups with a minimal rest in between till you are down to one. That's one heck of an all-out workout. Well, at least in my books, since my chin-ups involve my whole body down to the little toe, lol.
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              • #8
                I prefer and recommend controlled exercise movements so I'm not going to suggest Tabata style training with resistance, however, you can do sprints/Tabata type work statically like using the plank hold position or Warrior II pose. Hold for :30, rest for :30....see how many you can get. It's not an ideal situation but good enough until you are back to running and it will be challenging none the less.

                Shadow Boxing - throw 100 pinches as fast as possible, take a short rest.

                Take a long rope (30-50 ft) and tie it to a heavy object (anything) and drag it, pull it, staty stationary and row it toward you all as fast as you can.

                Can you walk OK without pain? If so, grab a pair of dumbbells and do the Farmers Walk for distance/time.

                In my Dumbbell Training book we have a section on Finishers and the "Medley" is a good one to do.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jennf View Post
                  I've got a horrible case of plantar fasciitis going right now that I can't seem to shake. I'm trying to keep my impact to an absolute minimum. Anyone have any ideas for what I can do for sprints? I don't belong to a gym so no access to machines. Unfortunately, I don't own a bike, either.

                  Thanks!
                  If you can buy a bike, get one. I purchased one last week, and I had forgotten how much fun they are! Sprints are, quite literally, a breeze!
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                  • #10
                    If you own a kettlebell you can do tabata swings or snatches.

                    You can also do tabata squats, if they are too easy for you, do goblet squats. Most people do them with a kettlebell holding the kettlebell by its "horns" but you can use a rock too. They are pretty tough and great for fat loss
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                    • #11
                      I had Plantar Fascitiis years ago. What I did then was to sit on an exercise ball and tie a resistance band to a very sturdy pole, and basically did punch/pull (hope that makes sense). I was punching like I was punching a bag but also pulling away from the punch. come to think of it, I have been looking for a sprint exercise that is gentle on the feet, I will have to go back to this.

                      p.s. the way I finally got rid of the PF, was to sleep in a stiff boot and do strength exercises as well as stretching ones. DH now has a serious case of it, and does the strength and stretch but refuses to wear the boot, and cannot get rid of it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bamaphotopro View Post
                        If you can buy a bike, get one. I purchased one last week, and I had forgotten how much fun they are! Sprints are, quite literally, a breeze!
                        +1

                        Bought one as a birthday present for myself and LOVE it! Getting ready to go for a ride now! You don't have to buy a brand new one from the store, you can generally find them really cheap on craigslist. Good luck and I hope your feet feel better soon!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KatyNC View Post
                          +1

                          Bought one as a birthday present for myself and LOVE it! Getting ready to go for a ride now! You don't have to buy a brand new one from the store, you can generally find them really cheap on craigslist. Good luck and I hope your feet feel better soon!
                          Katy, I did sprints on mine this past Saturday morning ... really went all out for 8 sprints of approx 200 yards each. My only problem is shifting gears ... not a smooth thing when you're all out. But on the other hand, it makes me focus more on being safe. Rockin' the Grok Hyper Vigilance! LOL!

                          I also looked on Craigslist for a bike for 2 weeks. Locally, I didn't have any luck, so I plopped down $450 on a Fuji Crosstown 1.0 ... nice bike! And more bike than I will need for quite some time.
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