The gruelling workout of Martine Wright: Secrets of a Paralympic body
00:19 GMT, 4 September 2012
We reveal the stories behind the stars of the Games and their gruelling workouts. This week, Martine Wright
If anyone epitomises the spirit of Paralympian superhuman effort, it is the British sitting volleyball player, Martine Wright.
In 2005, the day after London was announced to host the 2012 Games, she lost her legs in the 7/7 bombings.
In 2005, the day after London was announced to host the 2012 Games, Martine Wright lost her legs in the 7/7 bombings
As part of her rehabilitation, the 39-year-old mother of one played wheelchair tennis.
She took up sitting volleyball a couple of years ago.
In preparation for the Games, Martine put in 25 hours a week on the court and weight training in the gym.
‘It’s really healing,’ she says. ‘You are in a room full of people saying to each other: How did you get through that It is what makes our bond so strong.’
'You are in a room full of people saying to each other: How did you get through that It is what makes our bond so strong,' said Martine
Try this: To boost upper arm strength hold a dumbbell or can of food in each hand with your arms by your side.
Tuck your elbows tight into your sides, turn your palms inward and lift the weights to shoulder height.
Lower and repeat 12 times.