Ottobock fitness app users at shoulder exercises

Fitness for Amputees app: Daily training made easy

Exercises for prosthesis users

The fitness app includes a number of easy-to-follow exercises developed by experienced Ottobock physiotherapists for leg and arm amputees. Over 40,000 amputees around the world use the app for targeted physical fitness and increasing their strength. As a result, the Fitness for Amputees app is now available in 11 different languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Finnish, Swedish, Chinese, Italian and Russian.

Leg amputees can train in three different modules. The exercises in the “Stretch & Relax” module improve flexibility, help relax muscles and promote faster recovery after training. Combined with the “Strength & Endurance” and “Coordination & Balance” modules, the app offers a holistic training programme.

The exercises for arm prosthesis users are grouped in the “Shoulder” and “Torso” modules. The aim of the exercises is to strengthen muscles, prevent malpositions and improve balance to prevent pain and achieve a high level of safety when using the prosthesis.

Download the free Fitness for Amputees app now from the app stores and take your daily fitness programme to the next level.

Ottobock fitness app user sitting with tablet in hands

Getting stronger every day

To get the most out of the programme, Ottobock physiotherapists recommend training two to three times each week for 5 to 11 minutes, switching regularly between the modules.

It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it! As confirmed by users of the app:

  • “Thanks to this app, I'm getting a bit stronger every day.” Debra
  • “I've been an amputee for 12 years, and this app is the most comprehensive programme I have found.” Björn

Training for the lower limb

Strength & Endurance

The first module in the app for leg prosthesis users demonstrates classic exercises for strength and endurance training without the prosthesis. The aim is to strengthen the upper body muscles and to stabilise the spine. This is the foundation for a natural gait pattern.

Coordination & Balance

Module 2 then focuses on balance and coordination training with the prosthesis. Exercises focusing on simple sequences of movement aim to help users gain better control of their prosthesis in everyday life.

Stretch & Relax

The third module includes stretching and relaxation exercises without the prosthesis for cooling down after each workout. These exercises help to promote faster recovery and improve flexibility.

Training for the upper limb

Ottobock fitness app users at shoulder exercises

Shoulder

This module focuses on strengthening the arm and shoulder girdle muscles in particular. The exercises help prevent malpositions that lead to back pain and headaches.
Ottobock Fitness App users at back exercises

Torso

The exercises in this module help strengthen the abdominal and back muscles. They also help improve balance, which results in more stability and safety when using the prosthesis.

Further highlights of the app

  • Different levels of difficulty: Exercises can be individually chosen to suit the amputee’s physical condition.
  • Selection of exercises: Offers choice of completing a predefined training programme or creating a customised training programme.
  • Statistics function: Lets users keep an eye on their own progress and gain an overview of the number of exercises already completed.