Post Covid-19 kettlebell training?

Abraiz

Level 5 Valued Member
Hi.

Me and my wife were infected. Rode it out alhamdulillah. The thing is my wife has some after-effects of Covid. Specifically palpitations. We have consulted doctors who confirmed that this is a commonly seen after-effect of Covid and prescribed medications and exercise. The palpitations seem to be linked more with timing of food and sleep and not with activity.

My wife had just started kettlebell training (with an 8 kg bell) just before Covid. S&S. Should she follow the same routine now? Should she drop swings for now and just concentrate on TGUs and squats to build up her strength until she stops having palpitations altogether? Or just go by feel? What should she do now? I don't know who else to ask this question.
 

Steve Freides

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Senior Certified Instructor
Elite Certified Instructor
These questions are best asked of your doctor. IMO, how much discomfort your wife should tolerate is a question for a medical professional. But if she is "cleared to exercise without restrictions" then, while I'd still be cautious and not push, I recommend she simply, given the history, start over from the beginning and enjoy that it may feel easier the 2nd time through.

-S-
 

Abraiz

Level 5 Valued Member
These questions are best asked of your doctor. IMO, how much discomfort your wife should tolerate is a question for a medical professional. But if she is "cleared to exercise without restrictions" then, while I'd still be cautious and not push, I recommend she simply, given the history, start over from the beginning and enjoy that it may feel easier the 2nd time through.

-S-

I don't think I could explain kettlebell training to a doctor. Maybe we will just go by feel. If she feels that swings don't agree with her right now, then we will go with TGUs and squats, and minimize swings to maybe 2 times a week. Thanks.
 

Anna C

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Elite Certified Instructor
Goodness. That is uncharted territory, I think. All the best to you and your wife as you reclaim your health.
 

Sauli

Level 7 Valued Member
@rkoo had covid earlier this year. It took it's time heal fully, but now he is doing his usual training again.
Starting super easy would be my uneducated opinion.
Maybe just 4x5 swings and naked get ups.
Monitor how you feel.
 

rkoo

Level 6 Valued Member
Yes, I was infected in April/May and still have palpitations (also since Covid-19 I get high blood pressure on and off) and some respiratory issues with coughing. And I was not in any risk group before getting Covid-19.

This does affect training still and my approach is to keep sets short and long rest between sets not to raise heart rate too high.
I have not yet had any help from doctors as they just say that these are quite common after-effects.
I will however be having an ultra sound examination of heart musculature next week. That will be interesting.
But doctors have cleared for exercise as long as high pulse for long time is avoided.
So, short and heavy A+A -ish training works, for me.

Edit: While always referring to doctors regarding these types of questions is standard, when it comes to Covid-19 they simply don't know. Nobody has ever had this virus before this year and therefore nobody knows about the after-effects. So many people needing help and advice but no doctors to give that. Yet.
 
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rkoo

Level 6 Valued Member
How much low heart rate aerobic work were you doing prior to infection? MAF or Niko running, walking, rowing, hiking etc? Are you doing any aerobic work now?

Wishing y'all a full recovery, God bless.
I did quite a lot of walking and occasional jogging outside of my kb-training. Have tried jogging once after covid and it was very very taxing. Then doctors also recommended not to do any longer high pulse training. Still try to do walks which are fine to do.
 

offwidth

Level 9 Valued Member
I did quite a lot of walking and occasional jogging outside of my kb-training. Have tried jogging once after covid and it was very very taxing. Then doctors also recommended not to do any longer high pulse training.
Does that mean permanently?
 

rkoo

Level 6 Valued Member
Actually, now that I think of it, the palpitations feel worse when in normal situations and when training that feeling almost disappears for a few hours after also. So I do believe training is good for you. As it usually is.

@offwidth Still don't know. And doctors don't know either. Hopefully wisdom will come soon.
 

The Nail

Level 7 Valued Member
I did quite a lot of walking and occasional jogging outside of my kb-training. Have tried jogging once after covid and it was very very taxing. Then doctors also recommended not to do any longer high pulse training. Still try to do walks which are fine to do.
I'm not a doctor and don't play one on the internet. But I wonder how you might improve if you were able to build into walking for a continuous hour 7 days a week.
 

rkoo

Level 6 Valued Member
I'm not a doctor and don't play one on the internet. But I wonder how you might improve if you were able to build into walking for a continuous hour 7 days a week.
I wonder too! I don't have trouble walking for an hour though, just to find the time and lust to do it.
 

Shawn90

Level 5 Valued Member
I've been reading about this alot recently since one of my friends has severe symptons.

This is how I would approach it for myself

Breathing exercise seems to work for most people ( according to fora statements from (ex)rona patients) . If I were you I'd try some. There is alot of information to be found on the internet. Personally I'd try to focus on deep diaphragmatic breathing, and (muscle) relaxation. Anything to try make it easier for the body to perform it's prime functions. And (as a buteyko practioneer) reduced breathing

Exercise should be easy. I'd park the kettlebells (or any external resistance) for a while if I were you and (try) go for walks. (not run/jog) Maybe some bodyweight exercises. Yoga ? Just to keep blood flowing. The joints moving ( naturally) But avoid stress (mental and physical). Focus on posture. Practice good posture ?

I hope you guys will recover quickly !
 

Abraiz

Level 5 Valued Member
Big thanks for the responses everyone. Especially rkoo and Shawn90. Both me and my wife were infected, but the palpitation issue seems to be with my wife alone. I am not having any issues as such. Have been going to the gym since they have opened up. I feel I am needing a lot more sleep, but that could also be because successive lock downs have made me lazy.

And yes, doctors don't know much about Covid as of now and they are wary of giving advice.

My wife had just started using kettlebells before Covid struck. I guess, she will have start slow. Real slow. Maybe forego the swings altogether for a couple of weeks and stick with goblet squats and TGUs.

When I was a kid, I had breathing issues. Would have random episodes of shortness of breath. My mother was a doctor. She made me undergo a battery of tests, which didn't show anything. Then one summer, I did a lot of, mostly bodyweight, squats and whatever exercise I could do with those old heavy National brand cloth irons. Curls, presses, whatever. It somehow "cured" me. I didn't have any such episodes after that for years. Eventually, they stopped altogether. My younger brother didn't do any such thing and he kept having the same kind of episodes until he moved to a place which has way less pollution. Obviously, not the same thing as coming off a serious infection, but maybe I could use this a reference point that strengthening up is more important than anything else.

Once again, thanks to all who replied.
 
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