I have to say that one of the biggest challenges is during my career as a physical therapist has been working with larger people. I found that a workout without weights was easier and more appropriate than trying to get them to get onto the machines.
One of the primary reasons for this is that the machines were not made to accommodate larger people. Another reason for this is that adding more resistance to the load that they were already carrying around appeared to be more of a burden than something that they actually wanted to do.
One of the main things that I realized that my heavy patients wanted to do was ride a bike. In fact, they would frequently ask me “Do they make bikes for fat people?”. To which I would answer, “I don’t know”. I had never actually attempted to buy a bike for the larger set. So I decided to do a little research.
For all those looking for “bikes for fat people” I have found two resources that seem good. One is at BrylaneHome. This retailer has a section for plus sized living and has many other things for heavy people.
Another site that is specifically for bicycles for overweight persons is SuperSized Cycles. This website caters to those that have difficulty finding bikes that fit. And the site appears to be updated regularly.
One of the apparent contradictions of the whole health and fitness movements is the glaring absence of equipment made for those who society says needs it the most! There is a huge market awaiting some aspiring entrepreneur!
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