Mobility Scooters and the Gym

Tips for Enjoying a Good Workout
If you’re ready to purchase a new mobility scooter for the first time, it’s best to think of all your possibilities, rather than your limitations. If you already have a scooter, how about broadening your horizons by taking your machine to the gym to enjoy a good workout?

Most of today’s modern gyms are equipped to accommodate your mobility scooter.  And as long as there is sufficient room between machines and enough space to allow you to move about throughout the gym, you may be good to go.  Following are some steps you can take to ensure a great experience at the workout location of your choice.

Wheelchair Gym Training

Wheelchair Gym Training

  1. Get a complete physical exam if you haven’t done so recently. Make sure your healthcare provider gives you the green light to use the various machines at the gym. Let your provider help you decide which areas of your body would benefit from a regular exercise program that includes time in the gym.

  2. Take a tour of the gym. Make sure the gym has equipment that you access by rising from your scooter and using the machine. If you are unable to rise from your scooter without assistance, look for machines that you can use while remaining seated.

  3. Make sure the gym has clean handicapped bathrooms and a clean shower that is designed for people with disabilities. It’s a good idea to visit the gym at its busiest hours (you can ask the gym manager to let you know the busy times to use the gym as well as the hours when gym use is light). If the gym is poorly managed, you might find bathrooms that are not cleaned regularly, especially during the busy times,.

  4. Do not fall for the sales pitches of trainers unless you know that the trainer is experienced at working with people who use electric mobility scooters and other assistive devices. Get references from others who use mobility scooters. Some gyms such as Planet Fitness don’t allow trainers to make sales pitches. If you need a trainer, hire one who does not work at the gym.

Which type of Mobility Scooter is best for gym use
You can use either a 4-wheel mobility scooter or a 3-wheel device. However, 3-wheel mobility scooters feature a tighter turning radius than 4-wheelers. Four wheel mobility scooters are less maneuverable than their 3 wheel counterparts; however they give you greater stability, which won’t usually be a factor in a gym. You can also use a lightweight travel scooter; the advantages of a travel scooter is its portability.

If you’re looking for a new mobility scooter, you can easily order online at a trusted site from companies such as Scooter Direct, your source for all mobility products. You’ll find a great selection of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, lifts, ramps, lift chairs as well as walking aids, pool lifts, stair lifts and vertical platforms. Call: toll free (800) 987-6791

to speak with a specialist Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm (Eastern time). Scooter Direct also offers a live chat feature so you can communicate in real time with a customer service representative.

Pride Go-Go® LX with CTS Suspension: 4-wheel model now available, 18 amp battery option for 3 and 4-wheel models now available

A 4-wheel version of the Pride Go-Go® LX with CTS Suspension is now available. An 18 amp battery option for both the 3-wheel and 4-wheel models of the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension is also now available.

The new Pride Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension (Comfort-Trac Suspension) brings an innovative level of performance features and value to travel mobility. Featuring CTS independent front and rear suspension, a sleek style, feather-touch disassembly and standard LED lighting, the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension is the most advanced travel mobility product available.

Features include:

  • CTS Suspension (Comfort-Trac front and rear independent suspension)
  • Feather-touch disassembly permits simple frame separation with only one hand
  • Charger port in tiller
  • All-new frame design easily disassembles into five super lightweight pieces for convenient transport and storage
  • Standard front tiller-mounted basket included
  • Convenient off-board dual voltage charger can charge battery pack on-board or off-board

Click here to view the product sell sheet.

Click here to view the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension product training video and see it in action.

Scooter Direct offers the Highest Weight Capacity Portable Scooter on the market.

Scooter Direct offers the Drive Medical Phoenix HD which was designed to bring travel scooters to a greater range of people than ever before.  This Portable Scooter offers a weight capacity of 350 lbs with a heaviest part of only 31 lbs.

The Drive Medical Phoenix HD 3 wheel scooter can be easily disassembled and can be loaded into even the smallest vehicles, eliminating the need to for a scooter carrier.  The 3 wheel scooter works on paved surfaces both in and outdoors.  For those wanting more outdoor activity, there is also a Phoenix 4 wheel model with 9” x 3” front and rear tires.

Every Phoenix scooter comes with both blue and red interchangeable color panels. The Phoenix Portable Mobility Scooter features a convenient, compact design that makes assembly and disassembly easy and will fit into even the smallest cars.  The Phoenix HD 3 wheel comes with a headlight, a padded hand grip with finger-pull throttle, comfortable height adjustable seat with a flip-back and width adjustable armrests.

Drive Phoenix HD 3 wheel Features:

  • Weight Capacity of 350 pounds
  • Battery Pack with two 18ah batteries has a range up to 15 miles.
  • Disassembles into 4 lightweight pieces; Heaviest Part: 31 lbs.
  • Charging port on tiller to prevent bending
  • Able to charge battery pack separately from scooter
  • Padded handle bars with easy pull throttles
  • Standard headlight and large front basket
  • Top Speed: 4 MPH
  • Ground Clearance: 2″
  • Turning Radius: 32″
  • Total Weight of scooter: 106 lbs.

Scooter Direct carries a wide variety of Travel Power Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility products to help you get mobile.  For more information on this scooter:

Spitfire EX 1320 3 Wheel Compact Scooter Just Released

The brand new 3-wheel Spitfire EX by ActiveCare Medical is a great new addition to the portable scooter market!  This scooter is going to be very popular with its upgraded features, options,economy and portability.

When ActiveCare released the 4-wheel Spitfire EX model and it rapidly replaced the standard Spitfire popularity due to the ease of disassembly and upgraded features.  The new 1320 EX is going to have the same affect on the current Spitfire model.  The Spitfire EX has been simplified and now can be assembled or disassembled in about 30 seconds! 

The base model Spitfire EX comes with the 12 Amp battery pack which can be upgraded to the 21 Amp Battery Pack for an additional 6 miles per charge. Additional standard features like the 3” ground clearance with front and rear anti-tip wheels give you the ability to drive indoors or outdoors safely.

Spitfire EX 1320

Spitfire EX 1320

 Spitfire EX 3 Wheel Compact Scooter (1320) Features:

  • Foam Delta Tiller for comfort and single hand use
  • Standard 12ah Battery Pack can be upgraded to 18ah
  • Easy disassembly and Assembly
  • Front Anti-tip wheels
  • Two tone stylish folding seat
  • Heavy Duty Steel Frame
  • Front basket liner organizer
  • Top Speed: 4 MPH
  • Driving Range: 9 Miles, 15 Miles with 21ah Battery Pack
  • Ground Clearance: 3″
  • Turning Radius: 46″
  • Carrying capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Heaviest Part: 34 lbs. Front Section
  • Total Weight: 99 lbs., 105 lbs  with 21ah Battery Pack

Scooter Direct is proud to offer customers the highest quality mobility products manufactured by premier dealers such as ActiveCare Medical, now owned by Drive Medical.  The Spitfire line of scooters fit the growing need of customers to travel with their scooters without the need of a scooter lift.  The Spitfire scooters are great for traveling on a plane, cruise ship and will even fit into small hybrid cars. For more information:

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