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Supersized Exercise Equipment

Thursday, March 05, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD
Due to our exercise physiology background, Travis and I often promote the adoption of an active lifestyle including both leisure (structured exercise) and non-leisure time (i.e. stairs vs. elevator) activity. With regards to structured exercise, I had never truly considered the difficulty some individuals, particularly those who are carrying a significant amount of excess weight, may have while attending a typical gym for their work-out. Specifically, much of the cardio equipment, including ellipticals, treadmills, and bikes is not specifically designed for an obese exerciser.

Interestingly, I just came across a website aptly named, which carries some exercise equipment specifically designed for larger individuals, among many other things such as supersized towels and high-capacity heavy-duty scales.

The line of exercise equipment includes:

1. Living XL™ Universal Tricycle ($1,349.95), with a 500lb weight capacity

2. Livng XL™ Men's Heavy-Duty Bicycle ($549.95), also with a 500lb weight capacity – different styles for each gender.

3. Theracycle 200XL Motorized Total Body Workout Machine ($4,999.95): sort of a cross between a recumbent bike and a row machine as far as I can tell with a 550lb weight capacity.

4. Aqua Jogger Hydro Therapy Belt & Weights Combo ($79.95): for aquafit type resistance exercise in the pool.

I bet companies like this, specifically offering items for the larger demographic, will become more and more popular and profitable. I only hope that it doesn’t get too silly with the products – think Ned Flanders’ Leftorium in the Simpsons.

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3 Response to "Supersized Exercise Equipment"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    You really should check out the NuStep. Their T5XR has a weight capacity of 600 pounds and you can purchase an extra large seat with this unit.

    Posted on October 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

  2. Peter Janiszewski, PhD (Cand.), MSc Said,

    @ Anonymous - thanks very much - I will certainly check out the product you mention, and possibly do a post on it.

    Posted on October 16, 2009 at 2:09 PM

  3. marina kamen Said,

    Love to spin!

    Posted on November 2, 2009 at 8:04 AM


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