Lisa Ericson’s Seated Aerobic Workout

By | December 7, 2017

When I met Lisa Ericson in 1987, she was a lovely, vivacious former professional figure skater who had been consigned to a wheelchair by a misdiagnosed AVM (arterial venous malformation). She had channeled her amazing energy into this highly effective seated aerobic workout which she taught at Craig Hospital, the renowned rehabilitation center for spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.

I introduced her to aerobic instructor Marsha Macro, who nominated her for the Christine MacIntyre Memorial Award, named for the late founder of Shape magazine, whom I coincidently had met in Aspen prior to her tragic death in an auto accident.

Seemingly overnight Lisa got the recognition she deserved, and I spent the next five years piggy-backing her up and down stairs and plane aisles, and shepherding her and her assistants around convention halls–something of a challenge in those pre-cell phone days!

It soon became obvious that a video was the next step, so I gathered together the professional talent and other resources that had generated my video, “The Swedish Massage,” five years previously.

This is the result.

It provides high intensity aerobic exercise for anyone, regardless of fitness level or disability, without the use of the legs. In nearly a quarter century, I have seen nothing comparable.

The disabled life is fraught with difficulties, medical and otherwise. Sadly, Lisa is no longer with us, having passed away in December 28, 2014 at the age of 57. This video is her legacy; I shall always remember her the way she was in this video.

M.E. Joseph Meyer, Executive Producer

For instructions on how to modify the exercises for relative level of fitness or disability, see:
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10 thoughts on “Lisa Ericson’s Seated Aerobic Workout

  1. Betsaida Leija

    I’m in a wheelchair can this help me lose weight if I incorporate healthy eating?

  2. Doug Morris

    I'm a 54 year old disabled person who has been disabled from birth. For the most part, I'm wheelchair bound but can walk short distances. I met Lisa Ericson when she came to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in the early 90's promoting this video. I purchased it on VHS at the time and have used it on and off throughout the years. I still, to this day, have not found a video with the length and intensity of this one. It has served me well throughout the years and continues to do so. I'm very sorry to hear that Lisa passed away. She was an incredible person with so much energy. Thank you for putting this video on Youtube as it makes it much easier to access.

  3. Ashley Caveda

    I was in a car accident in 1990 at the age of 6, and am happy to have found this aerobic workout for people in wheelchairs! Thank you very much!

  4. Denyse Miele

    thank you for the video. i had a spinal cord injury in 1997 that left me paralyzed at the c6 vertabrae. i have a bone fused neck now at c5 level. i did my inital rehabilitation at kessler institute in west orange nj, where i still go back to for appointments, but i did go to craig in colorado for an evaluation for outpatient therapy. this video has helped me regain some of the endurance i had lost after i let the regular rat race of life let me ignore my health for several years! thanks again

  5. M. C.

    Hey guys using my apple watch I was able to burn
    346 calories doing this workout, and I was following the low intensity at times! This is really amazing thank you so much! I will do this twice a day to stay healthy until I can walk again, I sprained BOTH my ankles and knees.

  6. Jeannine Lisitski

    inspiring and fabulous message that no matter what abilities we have or don't have, we are all valuable and can take steps towards strength and better health- how wonderful this is available on Youtube. So grateful for this gift


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