An update on my experiences with the exercise program:
To summarize the basis for the research http://www.aventurasenmontezuma.com/
The topic of this research is the effect of progressive non-aerobic high-intensity maximal effort exercise (MEE) and on deconditioned persons such as those with multiple sclerosis (MS). People with a diagnosis of MS commonly become debilitated, deconditioned, and weak. Additionally, MS patients have problems tolerating aerobic exercise, fatigue easily, and recover slowly from fatigue. The broad long-term objective of this line of research is to determine the efficacy of MEE for treating weakness and deconditioning in people with MS and similar debilitating conditions. In persons with a diagnosis of MS, the proposed multi-center randomized study with a wait-list cross-over design will determine if MEE can cause measurable improvement in strength compared to values measured in the wait-list period. The study will also collect data to estimate the effect of these interventions on three core measures of function in persons with MS, the Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite measure (MSFC). These measures consist of a 25-foot timed walk, the nine-hole peg test , and the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT). The study will also track health-related quality of life (HRQL) measures using the Functional Assessment of Multiple Sclerosis (FAMS) and fatigability using the Subjective Perception of Fatigue test
Exercise was completed on the IsoPump Machine - video can be seen at
After 10 weeks of exercise (twice weekly 10-15 minutes each session) I am happy to report that my strength did increase. Measurement for the leg press more than doubled (about a 250% increase in strength) and measurement in the lunge doubled. My walking gait is a straight line, longer stride and I have more endurance. I have had less headaches, less sinus problems, and the most exciting news is that my golf game has improved. My left leg has improved dramatically.
Yesterday I went for the follow-up visit. Part of the study was that we could not add any exercise to our normal routine - we could continue anything we were doing prior to the study. So, for a month I have done my regular morning routine of stretches. Results of my follow-up exercise session - I have retained all the strength I gained in the study. This is amazing to me! I will be tested again in one month. Supposedly, I should retain the strength for 9 months without any further conditioning.
Sorry for the length of this post. I would encourage anyone who wants further information to look at the two referenced websites. Results of the current study will not be available for awhile. Of course I will be glad to answer any questions.