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Donate for a New NUSTEP

Gathering Strength is raising funds to purchase a new Nustep recumbent cross trainer for Frazier Rehab’s Community Fitness and Wellness (CFW) gym, which is the only totally accessible gym in Louisville for people with disabilities.

Online Fundraiser Goal:

The goal is to raise $8,000 by March 31, 2023, to purchase a new Nustep T6MAX. Accessories such as leg stabilizers and gripping aids make the Nustep accessible for people with many different disabling conditions including paralysis. The Nustep allows users to engage in cardiovascular exercise using the arms and legs together or separately.

The Nusteps currently in the CFW gym are 15 years old and in disrepair–one is completely unusable. Chris, Jerry, and Patricia (seen right), and many other CFW gym members, rely on the Nustep for cardiovascular exercise. 

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What’s New?

Changes to Louisville’s Accessible Parking Ordinance gives drivers more enforcement options.

Gathering Strength works on making accessible parking more available for people with disabilities in our community. See the WAVE 3 news story by clicking the button below.  Changes to the Louisville, Ky Accessible Parking ordinance include:

  • In addition to fines, the police and other enforcement officers now can tow a vehicle that is unlawfully parked in an accessible parking spot and access aisle.
  • Property owners must include the words “No Parking” stenciled in the van-accessible access aisles or on a free standing sign.
  • Property owners must make sure the painted lines of accessible parking spots are visible day and night. Failure to comply can lead to fines.

Cardiometabolic Changes After Spinal Cord Injury –
A Discussion

This was an online event on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 5 pm – 7 pm Eastern Time.

See the recording of a discussion with two experts on cardiovascular and metabolic changes after spinal cord injury that lead to chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, and how we can fight these changes and improve our health.

Key Takeaways:

Everyone with SCI shows improvement in fitness (strength and endurance) when they exercise.

As little as 20 minutes of aerobic exercise AND 3 sets of strength training exercises for major functioning muscle groups at moderate to vigorous intensity 2 days a week improves fitness.

People with SCI whose autonomic function has been spared (paras, incomplete tetras who can get heart rate up to 130 beats per minute) improve heart health with:

At least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise 3 days a week will improve risk factors for heart disease.

People with higher SCI who have autonomic dysfunction (i.e., cannot get heart rate to 130 beats per minute) can improve heart health with exercising over the long-term.

Long term exercise appears to improve risk factors of heart disease. The problem of grant funded research is that it is usually only for short-term interventions. Study of long-term exercise for tetraplegics is warranted.

How improve obesity?

Exercise helps (150 minutes a week of moderate intensity) but exercise alone is not enough. Nutrition must be addressed too so we burn more calories than we take in.


Christopher West, Ph.D., University of British Columbia and ICORD.

David McMillan, Ph.D.
, University of Miami and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Takeaways continued:

Dysregulation of fat metabolism appears more prevalent among SCI survivors than glucose dysregulation. Both can be improved with:

Generally, 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity exercise—30-60 min 3 to 5 days a week or bouts of at least 3 10-min bouts 5 days.

Everyone with SCI, regardless of level, can improve glucose and fat metabolizing with:

Specifically, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and CRT (circuit resistance training) produce better responses during and AFTER exercise. 2 hours after HIIT or CRT, resting metabolism continues to be increased and there is more use of fat for paraplegics and tetraplegics.