Vitaglide vs Uppertone

Both the Uppertone and the Vitaglide are well designed fitness machines for wheelchair users. So how do you know which to choose for you?
 I think it depends on the type of workout you want and the fitness goal. Both will build muscle and thus help lose weight but they do it differently.

VitaGlide Wheelchair Fitness Machine

Vitaglide is aerobic in nature. The intent is long durations at a sustainable pace/resistance. Aerobic is all about oxygen. The key is to keep your heart rate up with increases how much oxygen can deliver to muscles. The one thing that sets the Vitaglide apart from other aerobic machines  is the twisting motion incorporates more of the lower delts and back muscle and passively works the core, which is great for busting the “quad gut.”

The uppertone is all about weight training during which you focus on “overload” which is essentially doing more than sustainable. You want to generate a baseline of what weight and repetitions you can normally do and then you structure your workout to be able to finish your last rep with difficulty but with good form. Also you need resting periods to allow for muscle growth, unlike aerobic where you do same duration (30 mins or more depending on ability) each day.

Uppertone Fitness Machine

There’s the debate over which is better, aerobic or weight training, but ideally if you can do both that is best. Aerobic promotes strong, well fueled muscles and most important cardiovascular health but weight training usually burns fat faster because it takes more calories to sustain muscle more so than fat.

Both machines are well made and will give you as good of a workout as you put in, so it just depends on your goals and how you prefer to work out. To see more about these machines and other available exercise equipment for us wheelchair user visit our Exercise Equipment.

Tell us what you think…What wheelchair fitness machine do you prefer?