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Table 1 Content of the land-based (gym) exercise group

From: Randomised controlled trial examining the effect of exercise in people with rheumatoid arthritis taking anti-TNFα therapy medication

  Duration/no. of repetitions Exercises
Warm up 5-10 mins • Walking forwards, backwards, sideways
• Joint ROM*- neck rotation/side flexion, shoulder rolls/hands behind back+ neck/shoulder abduction, elbow flexion/extension, wrist flexion/extension, trunk rotation/side flexion, hip flexion, ankle rotation
• Stretches- Quad, Gastroc, Tricep, Posterior shoulder (10-15 sec hold each), latissimus dorsi stretch in supine lying
Circuit 4 mins each station • Station 1 = Upper limb free weights (shoulder elevation, biceps curl)
• Station 2 = Upper limb (wall press up, throwing ball against wall)
• Station 3 = Lower limb (sit to stand, hip extension in prone lie)
• Station 4 = Lower limb (single leg stands, squats)
• Station 5 = Trunk (on all fours-arm/leg lifts, supine lie- leg slides)
• Station 6 = Trunk ( supine lie-bridging, side lie- oyster exercise)
• Station 7 = Aerobic (Stationary bike)
• Station 8 = Aerobic (Walking as fast as possible)
• Station 9 = Aerobic (Jogging on trampette)
• Station 10 = Aerobic (Step ups)
Cool down 5-10 mins • Walking forwards/backwards, high stepping
• Posterior shoulder stretch (20 sec hold), shoulder rolls
• Quads, Gastroc, Hamstring stretch (20 sec hold)
• Spinal rotation, deep breathing exercises
  1. *ROM = range of movement