Programs that are easily modified?

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    Programs that are easily modified?

    Hey, all! I have completed a few of the programs here (Ironborn, Power Up, Back & Core), and I'm looking to start something new. My only problem is that I suffer from an L5/S1 bulging disc with sciatica so I can't do jumping jacks, burpees, running, high knees, etc. I've had success modifying exercises in the other programs, but am unsure what program I should try next. Does anyone have suggestions on a program that can be easily modified for someone with back pain?

    For reference, I'm in fairly decent shape. I'm doing Ironborn a 2nd time with heavier weights, and am currently working on Yoga and several of the challenges (Yoga Abs, Power Grip, 50 Push Ups modified because I can't do full ones yet, Tricep Dips). But I really need something that gets my heart rate up for a longer time because I feel like I'm not getting enough cardio. I used to run and have completed several half marathons, but that's out now because of my back. Even brisk walking is tough.

    Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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    Hi jimsgrrl1104!

    I recommend that you try Strength Protocol!
    It looks like Ironborn but harder even with no weights.
    Also, it's a progression based workout and so you won't need to switch from that for a while.

    For cardio your best option would be swimming because it's low impact.
    That or you could also try biking.

    Hope it helps!
    Wishing you a quick recovery!

    ~Rui

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      I was gonna suggest the the Cardio Go! program. It specifically mentions that it is low impact and excludes (yay!) planks, Burpees, jumping jacks and high knees. I thought of it immediately when you said you needed cardio.

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        DorothyMH I guess I'd only be concerned about the high knees (sprinting) and the half jacks. But I suppose I can do the high knees without sprinting (slower and a little higher than march steps) and do half step jacks or full step jacks instead. Thanks for the recommendation!!

        ruipfsilva97 I looked at that program earlier today and thought I might give it a shot. Thanks for mentioning it!

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