Stroke Recovery Training Takes Time (and Hard Work!)

This challenging full body lunge exercise provides great balance and coordination retraining follow a stroke

Post by David Dansereau for

This is one exercise I sometimes  still visualize in my sleep and continue to work on to improve my balance post  stroke.  I’ve since been able to give it a boost by trying it with heavier weights, with my front leg on a Total Gym glideboard,  and at times even successfully with my eyes closed.

Use caution and modify to your level of fitness / rehabilitation when needed*

Intensity Level:  Moderate Difficulty with disc as shown

Lunge with Balance Disc
1) Stand with feet hip width apart. Take leg and step back approximately 2 feet standing on the ball of the foot. Place the front foot on a balance disc (or use the floor without disc for beginners).
2) Start position: Feet should be positioned at a staggered stance with head and back erect and straight in a neutral position.  Hold medicine ball in front of your chest for added challenge.
3) Lower body by bending at hip and knee until thigh is parallel to floor. Body should follow a straight line down towards the floor.
4) Return to start position while raising the medicine ball overhead and repeat. Alternate or switch to other leg after prescribed reps.

5)Stroke Rehab Tip:  Use a mirror and focus on a central point straight in front of you and always train both sides

This exercise is from my PT coaching

*You should follow a rep and set sequence that makes sense for your level of rehab or conditioning.  If you are working with a physical therapist or qualified trainer consult with them first about adding this full body balance exercise to your  stroke recovery training.

Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at PTC Physical Therapy Consulting and SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at

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