Wheelchair Accessible Treadmill

Wheelchair Accessible Treadmill

A standard part of gym equipment and offering a dynamic cardiovascular workout

Treadmills are a standard part of gym equipment, offering a dynamic cardiovascular workout with several levels of difficulty. They are a great alternative for those who don’t fancy an outdoor jog or walk.

While treadmills for able-bodied people have been around for the longest time, there has been no option for those with disabilities. Wheelchair-bound individuals looking for a cardio workout cannot use conventional treadmills.

Thanks to the Invictus Active Trainer invented by Paul Cooksey, you can now enjoy a treadmill workout right in your wheelchair. It is basically a set of rollers with a small ramp though newer models incorporate smart features that help users monitor their progress. You can set the trainer up anywhere as it is light and easy to carry. It also doesn’t take up much space.

Wheelchair Accessible Treadmill

Adjust the position of your chair

Once you find a suitable place, lay down the trainer, reverse your wheelchair onto the rollers and wheel away. The more you use it, the more your strength and stamina will increase and you will soon be looking for a stiffer challenge. Here is where the adjustable levels of resistance will come in handy. You can also adjust the position of your chair to hit different muscle groups with each workout. In this way you will be able to enjoy progressive fitness.

Back to Mr. Cooksey; just how did he decide to make this useful device? 12 years ago Paul suffered a motorcycle crash that left him unable to use his lower body. He spent about a year in bed during his recovery, gaining a lot of weight in the process.

Driven by the desire to get back into shape, Paul whipped together a rudimentary trainer from some old parts. Since then the trainer has developed into a state-of-the-art gadget that can give real time info such as calories burnt and heart rate via a mobile device.

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