Duration :

21 min

Level :


Equipment needed :

- Chair

Equipment needed :

- Weights

Benefits :

- Muscular strength and endurance

- Posture

Discipline :

resistance training

Even with lower lung function, participating in exercise is so important for maintaining strength and fitness. Being fitter will make your day-to-day activities easier, and it will also put you in a stronger position for undergoing and recovering from transplant should that be something you're considering.

In this video, Zelda and Charlotte are joined by Eve, who has cystic fibrosis and is using oxygen while exercising. Together they will guide you through a seated exercise workout designed to maintain and build cardiovascular fitness and strength. Zelda and Charlotte offer variations of the exercises depending on how hard you're able to work - so please listen to your body and work at the right intensity for you and take rests as necessary.


  • Seated marches and arm movement to warm up
  • Leg extensions
  • Shoulder press
  • Seated leg abduction
  • Tricep extension
  • Standing calf raises
  • Reverse fly
  • Streches: chest opener, spinal twist, side stretch, hamstring stretch, standing quad stretch

Charlotte's tips for this session:
"Make the most of the recovery time to ensure your breathing is under control."

This session is suitable for:
People with CF who want to maintain their strength, fitness and quality of life despite being limited by their breathlessness

Benefits of this session include:

  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Posture

Equipment required:

  • Chair
  • Weights

Instructor : Zelda Beverley and Charlotte Gray

Qualifications: BSc Exercise Science, REPs Level 2 Gym Instruction
Area of expertise: Cystic Fibrosis
Connection to the condition: Specialist instructor/trainer for people with the condit...

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Jo Hobbs
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good instruction, pefectly paced for me,
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I have cystic fibrosis and I have had a lung function level below 40% at it's worst. Currently recovering from a big internal bleed I had which caused me to be in hospital for months and saw my chest getting worse. Needing to implement some sort of exercise but being extremely limited due to what has happened to me and the fact I'm still recovering this was a great starting point, easy to follow and I managed to complete the full workout with my fitness being at arguably one of it's lowest points.
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