Spencer is 53 years old and an Army veteran from Oxfordshire. Having served in the Infantry for 29 years, across numerous locations around the world, he was medically discharged in Dec 2017.
In 2005 Spencer was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which has now progressed to Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
A full time wheelchair user, Spencer was introduced to the WheelPower Resistance Bands Programme by the Sports Recovery Team at Help for Heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was also aware of the Exercise at Home with WheelPower Workouts after finding them online.
“I had used elasticated bands and therabands during my time at the Defence Medical Recovery Centre at Headley Court, but have not since. I am always looking for new opportunities and ideas for exercising so am very grateful to receive my new bands from WheelPower.”
Spencer received his new resistance bands in May 2020 and has been using them ever since as part of a weekly exercise routine. As he explains, “I use the bands in combination with stretching and warming up prior to undertaking something more physical on my hand bike, or shooting some arrows on a recurve bow. They have been particularly useful when warming up my arm and back muscles for archery.”
The Covid-19 Pandemic has meant that Spencer and his family were under lockdown at home and he was looking for new ways to adapt his routine whilst unable to go to the gym or swimming pool. As Spencer says, “I have been fortunate to continue with most of my exercise routine since lockdown.Although, it has made me think about adapting the exercises available to me and how to incorporate the muscle movements in different ways.Having the Resistance Bands is incredibly helpful and has opened up new opportunities for me.”
It is very important that Spencer continues to train during lockdown, and to maintain his fitness as he intends to compete at the next INVICTUS Games. Unfortunately the 2020 event was postponed until 2021 so with this new date set as a target Spencer continues to stay keep fit during this time. Spencer represented Team UK at the 2018 Invictus Games and competed in both swimming and sailing.
“I was very fortunate to compete in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and privileged to be the Vice Captain. What an amazing experience it was for both me and, critically, my family - as we all live with MS! There were many lessons I learnt from taking part in this event but one of the most important to me was that ‘It’s about what you can do, NOT what you can’t’.”
At the next INVICTUS Games in the Hague, Netherlands Spencer intends to compete in swimming and Archery. We wish him well with his continued training and hope the new set of resistance bands allow you to bring more variation to your weekly exercise routine. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Apply for your FREE set of Resistance Bands
Apply now for a set of resistance bands so that you can keep active at home during this difficult time. If your application is successful we will send you a resistance band set which will include hand grips, ankle straps and a door anchor that make it easier to target different muscle groups, including biceps and triceps, back and shoulders, chest and legs and abdominals. Resistance training builds resistive power in body muscles and there are many benefits to adding these exercises to your weekly routine.
The bands can be used for the exercises features in our Resistance Band Exercises for Wheelchair Users film or for yoga, warming up before exercising, strength training or physical therapy rehabilitation. They are designed for aerobic and anaerobic exercise, physical fitness and weight loss.
You must be a UK resident to apply.