Modified Arm Cycle

Black and white modified arm cycle on table

Poor grip can mean you need more traction. There are ways to create this by wrapping everyday things with something that has traction. For example, in upstate New York, Jon, who is disabled from the West Nile Virus, has to spend a lot of time maintaining and building strength with exercise machines. One of those is a table top arm cycle. But he needed to modified his. He’s supposed to hold on to the black plastic handles and move his arms, but his grip is poor that this was nearly impossible for him to do. So to create traction, he repurposed some rubbery physical therapy exercise bands. He cut them and wrapped a section of a band around each of the arm machine’s handles, securing them with painter’s tape. Now, paired with some mitts he bought, he can actually hold on.

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