Following the success of our first ever Wheel-Fit™ DVD we have now released our first Wheel-Spin™ DVD which is available HERE – in PAL format direct from ourselves or in both NTSC and PAL format via Amazon, ensuring that everyone is able to buy it.
Wheel-Spin is a high energy cardio workout created for self-propelling wheelchair users who use wheelchair training rollers. The training rollers allow you to achieve a full cardio workout without having to be outdoors and enable you to feel like you are pushing on the open road. Though training rollers are used in the DVD it is possible to still achieve a workout in your chair without by simulating the moves performed without physically turning the wheels of your chair. Although you won’t experience the resistance or feeling of motion, you can still elevate the heart rate and improve your movement and cardio fitness.
Before beginning, there is a brief introduction to explain what the DVD is about and to give you some basic pointers to be aware of – you then have a choice of two different styles of workout:
Workout 1 – Intervals
The interval workout slowly warms the body and prepares you before moving through a sequence of two different levels. The first level is a steady constant where you push at a comfortable but energetic pace and this is your rest mode. In between these rest modes are sprints, where the aim is to increase your pushing speed for a specific period of time before returning to rest mode. Each sprint and rest mode varies in duration to challenge the body.
After the main workout is completed you need to bring your body and heart rate back down near to where you started and so the ‘cooldown’ allows you to bring everything back to normal in a safe and steady manner by reducing the speed and effort involved.
After completing your workout you move to a short ‘flexibility’ section where gentle stretching is performed to improve range of movement whilst also helping to reduce the risk of injury following the workout. It is extremely important to stretch after exercise so don’t miss it out; stretching in general is beneficial.
Workout 2 – Random
As with the interval workout, the random workout slowly warms the body and prepares you before moving into the main workout. This workout is a mixture of random sequences and moves to provide an intense cardio workout and to challenge co-ordination, endurance and stamina. The workout involves more upper body movement whilst maintaining wheel movement and is designed to really push and challenge you. As with the interval workout, after completing your workout you move to a short ‘flexibility’ section where gentle stretching is performed to improve range of movement whilst also helping to reduce the risk of injury.
You will see in the DVD there are 4 other people taking part alongside the instructor – these are people who regularly attend our Wheel-Spin classes and all have differing abilities. It is hoped that you will find someone within this group that you can relate to with similar abilities to yourself and see how they perform a move slightly differently where necessary. It is also hoped that you will see that they may find sections hard, make mistakes and get tired just like you will but, like them, you will keep going.
You will get tired and you will ache following exercise, sometimes for several days afterwards. This is normal, but as your fitness improves this will reduce so don’t give up – it will be worth it! Depending on how you feel and what your current level of fitness is, aim to do a workout once a week to start with; the long term aim being to increase it to twice or even three times a week depending on your personal goals. Always leave at least one to two days between a workout to allow your body to recover as pushing yourself too hard is neither beneficial or healthy – listen to your body and if ever in doubt, get yourself checked out! Please note Wheel-Spin Fit is not considered suitable for people under 15 years of age.