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What is the best wheelchair accessible exercise equipment available? There is a wide variety of accessible exercise equipment available, ranging from inexpensive to expensive, so how do you choose? Whether you're looking for something that is inexpensive or high-end, you always need to look for quality when purchasing accessible exercise equipment. The quality and endurance of the equipment can be ascertained by looking at user-reviews, which we also highly recommend doing before purchasing.

One popular accessible exercise machine for example are FES cycles, and these can cost a couple thousand dollars. Before buying any kind of equipment, make sure to read the reviews and product description. Don’t limit yourself to reading reviews on the product website be sure to check out Facebook/Meta groups, message boards, and the BBB. It is critical that you make sure it will work for your level of injury and physical condition. It also helps to speak directly with those who have personal experience with the equipment who can provide direct feedback which can often be found at activity based therapy centers.

To help you get started we have compiled our list of the best wheelchair accessible exercise equipment manufacturers in 2022 which you will find below.

Best Adaptive Exercise Equipment #2

Restorative Therapies
1 (800) 609-9166

Restorative Therapies RT300 Leg/Arm Cycle

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a well-established rehabilitation technique that uses pulses of electrical current to stimulate peripheral nerves (the “lower motor neurons” that connect the spinal cord muscles) generating muscle contractions and patterned muscle activity. FES is applied using electrodes placed over the muscle to be activated.

1434 Fleet St Baltimore, MD 21231

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Why they made the list

Restorative Therapies is the only FES company to provide complete continuum of care solutions with their in-house staff assisting with set up and education of the device and by providing long-term clinical and technical support along with funding solutions for users. For home use, the RT300 Leg w/ optional Arm Cycle are the pieces of choice for most home FES users and the software used allows for detailed tracking of progress.

There are many documented health benefits of functional electrical stimulation including:

• Reduce muscle atrophy
• Reduce muscle spasms
• Improve local circulation
• Maintain or increase range of motion
• Facilitate muscle re-education

Regular use can also help you prevent re-hospitalization, improve your quality of life, and avoid secondary complications such as pressure sores and pneumonia.

Best Adaptive Exercise Equipment #3

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1 (800) 321-2135

Theraband Latex Resistance Bands/Tubes with Handles

TheraBand Professional Latex Resistance Bands help users rehabilitate injuries, improve functional living, enhance athletic performance, and makes measuring progress and achieving goals for fitness or therapy easy.

1245 HOME AVE. AKRON, OH 44310

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Why they made the list

Resistance bands may seem like a simple product, but their main benefit is certainly affordability in a world where most things just are not. Price alone makes them a definite choice for at home exercise options. In addition to affordability, there are tons of videos online of the various ways they can be used independently or with a family member or caregiver. The resistance bands are easy-to-use, convenient, portable, and are an effective alternative to free weights and weight machines. They can be used in the clinic, at-home, or on-the-go. Theraband offers their bands with 8 color-coded levels of progressive resistance, giving at-a-glance documentation of progress from one level to the next and allows the user to progress as they get stronger. While on Theraband’s website be sure to check out their other product options!

Best Adaptive Exercise Equipment #4

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1 (888) 687-3552

Aqua Creek ProTone™

The ProTone Fitness machine is uniquely designed to provide the ultimate workout for those with limited mobility and gripping capabilities. It’s sliding and hand crank adjustments with no grip locking knobs and handles allow for easy manipulation and adjustment by individuals with disabilities. The sliding weight sled allows individuals to devise a workout specifically geared towards their own capabilities easily and without assistance from others.

9889 Garrymore Lane Missoula, MT 59808

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Why they made the list

Independence wins with this choice, as the ProTone allows higher level cervical SCI users to roll right up to the machine and get their workout in without assistance due to the special Gripless System. The piece is larger so needs ample room in the home environment, but offers over 16 possible upper body exercises in one. If you are a quadriplegic looking for more of a gym-style workout, this piece of equipment is a great option for you to maintain independence and build strength!

Best Adaptive Exercise Equipment #5

Cardio 3 Way Tie! Vitaglide, Concept2 RowErg and Concept2 SkiErg

Vitaglide: VitaGlide, originally developed in the early 2000’s, effectively addresses shoulder impingement issues, strengthens the upper body and core muscle groups. The recently new and improved model, VitaGlide 2.0, has improved engineering that enables the user to have a smoother glide and the addition of interactive software provides information that will enhance workouts and provide valuable information in structuring exercise sessions to build muscle and endurance.

Concept2 RowErg: The Concept2 RowErg sets the standard for indoor rowing machines. Built by rowers, for rowers, the RowErg is used by people of all ages and abilities worldwide who want a full-body, low-impact workout. The indoor rower can be modified to help meet the needs of adaptive athletes, making rowing accessible to a community of people with many varied gifts and abilities. Indoor rowing is a genuinely inclusive sport, and many races offer separate adaptive categories, including the World Rowing Indoor Championships.

Concept2 SkiErg: Originally designed as a training tool for cross country skiers, the Concept2 SkiErg is easily adapted to those with lower body limitations or injuries and will deliver complete cardiovascular training, working your core and upper body from a seated position, whether from a stool, chair or wheelchair.

Why they made the list

Cardiac health is incredibly important for the spinal cord injury community and these three options offer a great cardio and strength workout option for the home. With roll-up ability and plenty of resistance levels on each piece, those with limited upper body strength to full ability can get a good cardio and strength workout in.