Active Hands in the Gym

As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does.

Smith is not only keen on getting himself fit, he is also keen to help others get into the gym. One of the reasons he invented Active Hands gripping aids was for training for wheelchair rugby.

Still wanting to encourage others with disabilities to get into the gym he has now created an instructional video which takes you step by step through various exercises designed to strengthen your upper body.

The exercises are split into four sections: free-weights, weight machines, cable and pulley machines, and TRX-system. Rob talks you through several exercises using each set of equipment.

The gym visited in the video is not a fully-accessible gym, it just a regular gym. Smith shows how, with only the Active Hands gripping aid range, you can perform a variety of exercises to build strength, increase stamina, improve balance and prevent injury.

Take a look at the video to see what you could do.

Tags: spinal cord injury, adaptive sport