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    Hi everyone. I joined a gym this week at my job(its located in the bsmt.of my officce bldg.)I have spoke to my dr.and he gave me the ok for a mild exercise program.no weights over 20lbs. and heart rate no greater than 140.which sounds insane to me because I become frightened when my heart rate gets near 100beats per min. I wanted to do this for a few reasons but mainly is fear I have noticed lately over the last 3 mos I have become more sedentary and have gained weight about 10 lbs.I know that doesnt sound like an emergency,but no one was alarmed when the titanic first hit the iceberg either.I was diagnosed a year ago april.and currently take 200 mg toprol&120mg verapamil as well as altace.I have spent this week walking for 30 min on the treadmill avg speed of 3 mph.and lifhting 3 and 4 pd weights.I cant seem to break a sweat,but I feel alot better doing something.(A body in motion tends to stay in motion).Its a little comical because everyone else is running on the treadmill or going nuts on the skiing machine or whaterver you call it.their is sweat flying and people out of breath not to mention the beefcake weightlifting types. then picture me if I didnt tell you Ihad hcm you wouldnt know anything was wrong with me.Im there today next to some guys benching heavy weight and giving each other high fives and theres me curling a 3 lb dumbbell I must look ridiculous. I must stay grateful that atleast Ican do something.and who knows maybe if I cont slow and steady.I will improve just saying hello Ihope everyone is well take care mike ob also go see million $ baby its a great movie
    One day at a time.

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    Mike ,

    You are so funny and you make me laugh out loud ; while I am reading I am visualizing what you describe. Hey at least you are in motion and that's the key point . Good luck and keep up the positive outlook it is very refreshing.

    Pam
    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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    • #3
      Mike

      Good for you, i know about the weight, i'm going to get there as soon as my doc says i can exercise, i sweat picking a room up with just straightening a room, but good luck with your exercising and hope it does what you want it to do

      Shirley
      Diagnosed 2003
      Myectomy 2-23-2004
      Husband: Ken
      Son: John diagnosed 2004
      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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        Taking it one step at a time

        Mike, I think that it is great that you are taking a step in the direction of working out. I am 20 years old and a student at Indiana University. Along with having HCM, I find the time to work at a gym as a personal trainer and yoga instructor, I also work oout myself everyday. This is definetly a change from the point I was a few years ago. If staying health and fit is what you are interested in, it is possible without using large weights, and in some cases no weight at all. It is amazing what you can do with your own body. My boyfriend is a competitive body builder and has gotten me interested in competing also. I come home on the weekends to train with someone who specializes in bodybuilding and this morning I did a quite strenuous workout and never touched a weight. Believe it or not I never ever ever get on a treadmill, mainly because I too am afraid to get my heart rate to high. It may help you to find yourself a training partner, it can be someone who is on a totally different level than you, but has a positive attitude and is aware of your condition. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!!! If you have any questions about this stuff let me know or if you have any suggestion that are working for you, I am always wanting to learn.
        Christian Peachey
        Although being diagnosed with HCM was the end of the world for me, it has opened up a beautiful new world for me too. \"To thine ownself be true.\" ~Polonius

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          Hi wonder woman thanks for your upbeat post.I want to keep in as good of shape as possible Im afraid that if I let myself go Iwill gain alot of weight and do more damage to my heart I do have a question for you what do you do to get such a strenuous workout I cant seem to break a sweat.without raising my heartrate also I read your post about your mom and I pray that she has a speedy recovery take care mike ob
          One day at a time.

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