WARNING: Wall of text ahead! I was reading yet another thread with someone asking whether their medical condition would prevent them from training in martial arts. And of course they got the usual nearly universal "talk to your doctor" responses. I admit I usually say something along these lines as well, especially if it sounds like a dangerous matter or falls outside my range of experience. Even if I do offer advice I couch it in terms of "Well, I'm not a doctor and you should talk to yours because they're going to know a lot more about what's going on with you than I do." I don't disagree with either approach (saying simply, "see your doctor", or giving advice within the context that they should see their doctor before proceeding) but I got to thinking about how this differs from the way I approach things with my strength training clients. When I can talk with someone in person and supervise their training I'm far more willing to take responsibility for helping them make the decision to work out or not. I will always ask what their doctor has told them and I never tell people to reject the advice of a medical professional, but I will push back and give them some questions to ask their doctor if I think the doctor is full of it. I've come to this place because I hear a lot of nonsense or useless answers from doctors when it comes to strength training. They often know next to nothing about the topic or are so afraid of being sued that they are afraid to give any advice. I've seen countless examples of this but I'll use my mother's case specifically to illustrate my point. She's an older woman, in her late 70's when this took place, and had to have heart surgery for something relatively minor as far as you can ever say that about heart surgery. After she'd been through the recovery process she asked her doctor if there were any concerns with going back to weight lifting. I live in a different state so I don't train her and I don't know exactly what she was lifting before the surgery but she'd been lifting for a couple of decades at that point and while she lifts lighter than I would have her do in my gym she was far from weak. Her cardiologist told her she could lift weights but not to lift more than 25 pounds. She and I were talking about it on the phone and she was really confused about what this meant and of course so was I. I told her to make sure the doctor knew what her weight lifting history was and then ask some clarifying questions. Did he have concerns about lifting more than 25 pounds for some specific structural reason related to the ongoing healing process or due to limitations created by the surgery? Was it 25 pounds period, regardless of whether that was on a leg press machine or a military press with free weights? Could she do unlimited reps and sets at 25 lbs, but none at 26? Since progressive overload is a key principle of strength training was there some point at which she could graduate from 25 to 25.5 say? Why 25 lbs and not 20 or 30? The guy literally had no answer for her to any of these questions and yet reiterated that she shouldn't lift more than that. As far as either of us could tell he'd pulled the number out of his tush because he looked at her and thought, "Gee, this is a little old woman, 25 lbs. seems like a lot!". You might think this was just one anomalous case but you'd be wrong. I've come to expect essentially this kind of response the majority of the time when one of my strength training clients asks their doctor a question about how an injury or other medical condition might impact their ability to do strength training. So, what has your experience been? Have you gotten more useful advice than this from your doctors? If yes, I'd love to know if you live in the US or some other, perhaps less litiginous society? Was it the first doctor you asked or did you have to get passed around to specialists a bit first?