Seems like every week there are commercials for new gadgets and equipment to help us get strong and into shape. Some are legitimate and can you get that muscled and in tone look while others do little to nothing. For wheelchair users, regular exercise is very achievable but many pieces of exercise equipment are inaccessible. So having more exercise options is always a good thing to have. One potential option is the Universal Fitness Board by French designer Oliv Martin.
Martin’s design is a very simple but effective piece that utilizes resistance band training. The Universal Fitness Board begins with a raised platform with tapered edges. Two resistance bands come out from under the sides and are held into position by slots on the sides. A bar and poles are also included for bench press, shoulder press, and curl exercises. The entire platform can then fold in half for transport. The resistance bands are stored in a compartment within the hinged area.
Wheelchair users can place themselves atop the platform, lock in place, and then do many different exercise movements as can be seen in the picture above. If a wheelchair user can transfer to the floor, they can then do additional exercises while sitting or lying down on the Universal Fitness Board. A lying bench press or chest flys for example. Only thing I would add to the design would be some raised holders for the resistance band handles so a person in a wheelchair wouldn’t have to reach all the way down to the floor when not using the poles and bar.
Resistance band training is a good exercise method that offers variety without the dangers of free weights. Not really for adding building bulk muscle but good for keeping fit. The Universal Fit Board is a great exercise concept for people with and without disabilities. To see Oliv Martin’s portfolio, visit Oliv-Martin.tumblr.com or this website.