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    Any ideas for completely non-impact sprints?

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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.

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

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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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.

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    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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