We're extremely proud of the Freedom Chair's patented lever-drive. Not only does the design make it easier for riders of all abilities to get around outdoors - it's also a fantastic way to get in shape! Read on for more information for three key ways the Freedom Chair improves fitness.
1. Engaging large muscle groups
The easy-push levers are a great low-impact workout. A lot like a bench press, pushing on the levers engages large muscle groups, such as the triceps, pectorals, and deltoids. These large muscles are much more powerful than the collection of smaller muscles used for regular pushrim wheelchair propulsion.
With the GRIT Freedom Chair's lever drive, you can build up your beach body, and get around the great outdoors, at the same time!
2. Low impact cardio exercise
On smooth ground, grabbing low on the levers lets you easily push them through long strokes. This long, smooth, motion helps you cruise effortlessly down the sidewalk or bike path. Don't be fooled by how easy it is to push, however. Repetitive motion like this gets the blood flowing and is the foundation for a great cardiovascular workout. Sliding your hands up and down the levers lets you change your effective resistance, helping you shape your workout to meet your fitness goals. Cruising in the GRIT Freedom Chair is a lot of fun and hardly feels like a workout at all!
3. Strength training
The GRIT Freedom Chair lets you overcome a wide range of challenging terrains: grass, sand, hills, gravel, and more. Sliding your hands to the top of the levers gives you a lot of leverage, making it easy for you to climb over obstacles. However, by keeping your hands low on the levers, or by pushing yourself over more difficult terrain (there are always steeper hills, looser gravel pits, and sandier beaches), you can set yourself up for quite the strength training workout!
In contrast to cardio training, strength training requires a limited number of high-force repetitions. Focus on exerting your maximum possible push force a certain number of times (for example, 10 times), resting, and then trying again. It's like a weight-training machine on wheels. Just like working out with a spotter is important, we recommend riding with a buddy who can help spot you.
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The GRIT Freedom Chair is the most versatile chair on the market, designed from the ground up to handle any terrain. From trails to grass to snow, the Freedom Chair is built for you to push yourself. Born out of research at MIT, the Freedom Chair's patented easy-push levers reduce shoulder strain and put you in control of your mobility. Learn more about the GRIT Freedom Chair at www.gogrit.us