Sunday, November 15, 2009
Exercising from a wheelchair: the VitaGlide
One of my wheelchair tennis friends decided to buy a VitaGlide for her home after seeing positive reviews of it on message boards in the disability community. It's a piece of exercise equipment that wheelchair users can roll up to and use to get a good cardio workout. The VitaGlide, made in a tapered shape, surrounds the wheelchair and has handles on each side. The user pushes and pulls those back and forth repeatedly.
People say they are losing weight and building up shoulder and back muscles. This, among other things, it is claimed, helps to correct muscle imbalances which can prevent injury. They say it also helps improve the ability to push a wheelchair and do other tasks. I've never used one, so can't attest to any of this,but feel free to check around the internet for feedback from people who have used it.
This is the kind of equipment that would be a great addition to gyms as well as in home use. It sells for about a thousand dollars, can be used independently by wheelchair users and adapted with specialized grips for those with quadriplegia.
A video is shown below.