My friend has 1 leg.... lower body workout suggestions?

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  1. Contemptor

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    He hasn't really worked out much before but he came with me to the gym some during the school year and he got a membership now and is working out over the summer. He does only upper body though really. I was going with him occasionally but when I was doing a lower body day he never really knew what to do :o.

    He has a knee and a little after that followed by a plastic prosthetic. He tried doing squats on the smith but it was still a little difficult, but then again he's never really worked lower body. I don't know much he could do without just getting one leg a lot bigger than the other...
     
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    Maybe low reps for more strength if he doesn't want to get the right leg 10 times bigger. He can do 1 legged extensions, maybe walking lunges, body weight squats, wall sits
     
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    That's what I was thinking. I still wasn't sure even if it got a good bit stronger that it might feel weird walking with legs of different strengths. But then again, he has half a fake leg, I'm sure it feels weird anyway :o
     
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    He doesn't need to do legs. People will feel like assholes if they give him shit for having chicken legs. :mamoru:
     
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    almost all upper body exercises shouldn't be an issue. for his amputated leg, an adjustable pulley setup can be used. buy several sets of ankle straps/cuffs. use the versatility of the pulley setup and the cuffs/straps to adapt most exercises for his bum leg. the use of a bench can be used to better isolate the muscles left over in his leg, provide stability during the movement, and to apply more stress to/on the muscle. also when using the straps/cuffs, tell him to watch out for sores caused by excessive friction and pressure. maybe use a neoprene cap on the nub part.
     
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