Rob wrote:so, lets say I was to write a book about this.
What Equipment would someone need to do this from home? what challenges are there? Wheel chair? mobility? etc
Equipment: Dumbells, stability ball, resistance bands.
Give options for equipment people have at home for a number of reasons. First if you have to go buy something special, you can put off shopping, if the soup cans or milk jugs are there, what's your excuse to wait another day? Second if you have a mobility issue, how are you driving there, carrying it home, getting it in the house? Third, it's pretty embarrassing to be the Fat person going into a gym or fitness supply store... some customer service reps are better than others.... but the inner shame could still be there.
Make modifications that are practical, for instance how does one do arm strengthening exercises like modified push ups etc from a wheelchair or on crutches? How do you kneel on a weight bench when you leg is immobile? I suggest taping (duct of course for rednecks) your legs to the chair and actually try the exercise. How do you keep perfect form when the wheelchair is in the way? If you don't actually immobilize your lower body, can you isolate it so you know what it's like? Amazing the things our lower body helps our upper body do.
What about exercises you can do laying in bed, I can give you a BIG list now Start with things that will be progressive, small quad and calf and hamstring exercises done while laying down or sitting, really can help with walking later.
Stretching is gentle and yet very effective at getting unused or underused parts going again. You know I appreciate all those pictures of thin people, with great muscles, but sometimes it would be good to have a heavier person, demonstrating the modified levels. We are surrounded by thin models, we need ROLE models. Not obese, but working towards fitness and still a large size.
Just a few ideas...stir the creative pot for you.