Many amputees keep in shape by weight lifting. If you are just starting out it is important to discuss the exercises you would like to do with your prosthetist and a trainer – they can help you customize exercises for each piece of equipment (free weights, dumbbells, bench presses) to ensure that you can safely use the equipment with your artificial limb(s) or special devices, and to make sure that the muscles in your residual limb(s) are being appropriately exercised. Weight training can improve range of motion and muscle strength and help with balance. Everyone works up a sweat at the gym so it is important to ensure that your suspension is secure with your artificial limb(s) or device( s).
These are a few examples of weight lifting devices:
Grip and Black Iron Master
TRS Inc. [distributed by Otto Bock (VASI)] offers the Grip 2S and Grip 3 Prehensors – these terminal devices can be modified to accept a locking pin accessory for holding weights in place. For serious heavy-duty and professional weight lifters TRS' Black Iron Master (shown on lower left) mechanically grasps and locks onto handles and bars to provide extreme security and stability. The BIM is manually secured with a wing nut and has no quick release or other break away features – once clamped in place it stays in place until manually released.
The N Abler
Texas Assistive Devices (distributed by Hosmer Dorrance) offers a weight lifting Device. Many other devices are also offered which attach to the N Abler (carpentry tools, gardening tools, kitchen utensils etc.).
This amputee uses an Otto Bock Clamp (10A2) with a standard attachment for her weight lifting needs. The tips have been covered with rubber hose for added grip. (A prosthetist advised that she used this clamp for an adult client to help him fly a plane).
Your prosthetist may also be able to custom design a weight lifting device.