Weight Lifting

Hi folks. HIS bundle PM paced for 2 years.  I am also quite risk averse. My goal is to get the most mileage out of my equipment, rather than return to my pre-PM physique. I've done quite a lot of running biking swimming but really miss lifting weights. I figure back squats would have zero affect on my PM and leads; y'all agree? And maybe I could do deadlifts? What about bicep curls? I would appreciate any and all input about the lowest risk weight lifting exercises with respect to device damage and expedited wear and tear. 


Weight lifting

by AgentX86 - 2022-04-25 12:01:12

Go for it.  The only restriction my EP put on me, and this is controversial, is no presses with free weights.  The fear is crushing a lead between the bar and the clavicle.  Other than that, enjoy your pain.

Squats tend to ruin knees but your pacemaker isn't in your knee.

YMMV but this is what I do

by ar_vin - 2022-04-25 13:24:46

I lift three days a week: kettlebell swings, getups, squats, deadlifts and more.

Of course I do my usual runs, hikes, bike rides.

I'm in better shape now than before my SSS issues first manifested and my PM was implanted.

I waited about three months before I even tried to lift any weights.

But first please check with your EP/primary care physician.


Pull Ups

by JayKay - 2022-04-25 17:01:19

My EP said he wouldn't recommend pull-ups, due to stress it puts on the leads. Aside from that, he said I could do as many push-ups as I wanted. No issue with bicep curls.

what's acceptable risk

by Tracey_E - 2022-04-26 09:45:09

I'll start by saying I'm not very risk averse. Every doctor I've ever had has said live my life and don't worry about it, so I take them at their word. I asked one what would happen if I broke a lead, his response was we'd fix it. This ep is an adult congenital specialist which means half of his practice is lifetime patients like me, many of whom are paced for a decades, young and active. So when he says it's ok, I trust him. 

I did Crossfit for 10 years with no restrictions and my ep's blessing. I stopped a few months ago because of my shoulder and back, heart and leads are just fine. I haven't decided what to do next, sticking to kettlebells and dumbells and running a lot more for now until I pick a gym my shoulder won't hate so much. I also hike or ski every vacation, kayak every chance I get, love ropes courses. I've been paced since 1994, am on my 5th generator, and still have one original working lead. So in 25+ years of not holding back, I haven't had a bit of trouble. Just the opposite, my leads have well exceeded average expected life. 

Long way of saying, it's ok to be cautious but odds are you won't hurt anything if you go all out. 

I would say the risk comes not from the moves so much as the amount of weight and number of reps. Slow controlled movements with a moderate amount of weight are perfectly safe. 

Some people are more comfortable using dumbbells and kettlebells rather than barbells. If your pacer is high and close to the collarbone, or shallow enough that you might hit it or put direct pressure on it, then you may want to consider this instead. Mine is lower and deeper so that was never an issue. 

Keeping at it

by Prof P - 2022-04-27 10:49:30

I agree with Tracey_E.  Although I'm only a year in on the PM part of my life, I resumed running and lifting early on.  My doc said "do what you want to do" and his only recommendation was to avoid bench presses because of his concern about the leads.  So, I've done that.  Nothing and everything has changed, of course.  

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