Benefits of the GRIT Freedom Chair wheelchair for CP
The GRIT Freedom Chair is significantly easier to push than a regular wheelchair. The ergonomic lever drive uses large muscle groups to reduce fatigue and keep you adventuring longer.
With our easy-to-push lever system, you can exercise your heart and lungs rather than just your arms. Many riders use it as a low-impact cardio device. Get out and work up a sweat!
Freedom Chair FAQ for riders with CP
How much strength do I need?
Pushing the levers is easier than pushing push-rims, so if you're able to maneuver those, you'll be absolutely fine in the GRIT Freedom Chair. We've also had a number of people who are unable to use push-rims have tremendous success in our chair. Of course, you will need some strength to push the levers forward (in the Freedom Chair, you are the motor), but very little to pull back, as the backward stroke just ratchets and resets for the next stroke.
Some riders, like Nate (see above), use a power chair as their primary mode of mobility, but are able to propel themselves in the GRIT Freedom Chair.
How do I stay secure in the chair?
The Freedom Chair is a consciously engineered wheelchair for CP riders—in part due to its angled seat and seat back. The seat is angled backward (dumped) 14 degrees from horizontal and the seat back is angled 7 degrees back from vertical. These features keep you secure in a comfortable riding position, even if you have weak abdominal support.
Additionally, the seat belt can be used as a waist or leg strap, for additional safety and security when riding. Some riders with more limited trunk control also enjoy riding with a chest strap, which keeps them upright and centered against the seat back.
Read stories from riders with CP
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