Ben Clark holding free weights with general purpose aids

“Life is for living!” – Ben Clark’s story

Ben Clark is the man behind the YouTube channel ‘AdaptToPerform’ and head of strength, conditioning and sports science for a performance swimming club, working with some of the country’s best swimmers. This month, we’ve been chatting to him about his work, how and why he started his channel and what he hopes to achieve, for …

“Life is for living!” – Ben Clark’s story Read More »

Gareth on rowing machine with Looped aids. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 5

Activity: Rowing Machine Used in conjunction with: Looped Exercise Aids Beneficial for: Increasing strength in arms, shoulders and upper torso; increasing stamina and cardio; overall fitness I find the rowing machine to be a particularly useful piece of equipment and one that can actually be used from a wheelchair. The seat and slider can be …

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 5 Read More »

Gareth on handbike. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, stroke and more.

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 4

Activity: Handbike Used in conjunction with: General Purpose Gripping Aid Beneficial for: Increasing strength in arms; increasing stamina and cardio; overall fitness Static handbike machines are great for wheelchair users and those who struggle with treadmills or regular exercise bikes, as they allow you to work up a sweat, get a good, fitness-based workout and …

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 4 Read More »

Rob with d-ring. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 3

Activity: Cable & pulley machines Used in conjunction with: D-Ring Aids Beneficial for: Increasing strength and muscle tone in arms and shoulders; maintaining suppleness and flexibility of joints; increasing stamina Cable and pulley machines are ideal for wheelchair users as you can often set them up at whatever height you want and do the exercises …

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 3 Read More »

Rob with looped aids on various gym equipment. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 2

Activity: Weights machines Used in conjunction with: Looped Exercise Aids Beneficial for: Increasing strength, power and muscle tone in arms, shoulders and upper torso Weights machines can often be tricky for disabled gym goers to access, as most of them do not have removable seats, and so being able to use them will depend on …

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 2 Read More »

Rob with General Purpose aid - free weights. Adaptive gym equipment. Suitable for reduced hand function: tetra, quad, cerebral palsy, SCI, spinal cord injury, limb difference, stroke and more.

Getting Active With Active Hands 2017: Exercise 1

Free weights are the bread and butter of many people’s trips to the gym, especially if disability has meant that ‘leg day’ is permanently skipped! When this is the case, building up strength in your arms becomes absolutely essential, as having the strength and ability to lift yourself, do various transfers and push a wheelchair can often be the difference between complete independence and having to rely on others.