This is how we ROLL. Working in the fitness industry for over thirty-three years in America and Sweden, I have never encountered exercise equipment or classes for the handicap. International fitness franchises such as Gold gym and LesMILLS, to my knowledge offer no such classes for the population in wheelchairs. Perhaps you have entertained joining your local gym? I can understand that can be a a little intimidating, especially when you arrive in your wheelchair. These questions may arise:
1) Is the entrance to your fitness center WCA? (Wheel Chair Accessible)
2) Are the bathrooms, showers WCA?
3) Is the equipment WCA?
4) Is the staff educated on training those in a WC?
5) Personal Training Educations, currently do not offer training education for the handicap population?
I have taken the liberty of writing letters to Life Fitness and Jordan Fitness, offering them functional education for the handicap. They have not yet responded to my invitation. There is one company however, who is leading the way.
That company is Pulse Fitness.
Yes, Pulse Fitness is WCA. With a click of a button, you can push the chair on a bench press machine aside, allowing you to roll up with your wheelchair. This gives you the ability to effectively, train your chest, shoulders and triceps. The entire line of Pulse equipment, is WCA. With Pulse equipment, you roll through your workouts, with high intensity.
The focus is on working out, while not being forced to transfer in and out of your wheelchair. We have Pulse equipment at our local fitness center. Our members are satisfied with the caliber of these machines. Please thoroughly investigate and research Pulse, and other fitness companies. Ask your fitness center to consider this type of equipment in your gym. The technology and training is always evolving. Reach your goals. This is how we roll!
The Maryville kid, Frank Molina
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