HealthBeat® Parallel Bars - Proper Use
Video features the proper use of the Health Beat outdoor exercise equipment Parallel Bars system.
[video: Scene fades into a man dressed in a warm up track suit standing next to a woman holding onto the hand holds of a man’s wheelchair as they wait at the end of the Parallel Bars. The Parallel Bars systems has two sets of varying heights of bars. Chris Nelson a certified fitness trainer explains the proper use of the exercise equipment.]
Chris: The Health Beat Parallel Bars. For rehabilitation users they should grab the bars firmly in each hand and begin walking forward. This will engage the shoulders, core muscles, quadriceps, gluteal, and hamstrings while walking forward.
[video: the man in the wheelchair lifts himself to a standing position while holding on to the parallel bars on either side of him. He begins to walk forward. The camera zooms in on the man slightly as he continues to walk. The woman follows closely behind the man with his wheelchair. The camera pulls back for a full view as the man reaches the end of the parallel bars.]
Chris: Once this is mastered the user can begin walking backwards. This will help with motor planning and cognitive function.
[video: The man begins walking backwards. The camera switches to a close-up of the man’s hand as he walks backwards and holds onto one of the parallel bars. The camera switches to a back view of the man as the woman pulls the wheelchair backwards while the man walks. Scene switches to a full view of Chris standing next to the Parallel Bars where a man stands at the end of the taller set of bars.]
Chris: Also, on the Parallel Bars advanced users can use this to work out their shoulders, back and core by walking across the bars with their hands.
[video: The man lifts his body of the ground and begins walking himself across the bars with his hands. Camera switches to a front view of the man as he walks forward with his hands on the bars. The camera pulls back for a full view of the man as he walks across the bars with his hands while Chris stands by.]
Chris: Also, you can walk backwards on the bar while doing a leg raise and this will help engage the core.
[video: the man begins walking backwards with his hands on the parallel bars. He steps back with his hands and then lifts his legs in unison to a ninety-degree angle. Scene fades to black.]
HealthBeat® Parallel Bars
Video features the Health Beat outdoor exercise equipment Parallel Bars station.
[video: scene fades into a close-up of the Parallel Bars informational sign with suggested body placement and movements for wheelchair accessible users. Scene switches to a man as he pushes a woman seating in a wheelchair to the middle of the lower Parallel Bar station. The camera slightly zooms in on the woman as she lifts herself up to a standing position. She takes a few small steps forward. The man holding onto the woman’s wheel chair turns to another woman standing by and speaks to her.]
Man: And we will actually start back here.
[video: scene switches to a side view of the woman as she talks small steps down the Parallel Bars. The camera focuses down on the woman’s feet as she takes small steps. The man pushes the wheelchair closely behind her in case she needs to sit down. Scene switches to a front view of the woman as she lifts herself to a standing position and begins walking forward on the Parallel Bars. The camera slowly pans down to her feet as she takes a small step. Camera points up and focuses on the woman as she focuses down at her feet. A woman stands behind her with her wheelchair to spot the woman as she walks. The camera points down and focuses on the woman’s hand as she slides it along the hand support bar. Camera switches back to a front view focusing on the woman’s feet as she continues to walk at the Parallel Bars. Camera switches back to a side view of the woman’s upper body. The camera pans down to the woman’s hands as she continues to make small steps forward. Children shout in the background at the nearby
playground. Scene switches to a full view of the higher Parallel Bars where a man lifts himself up pulling his legs up off the ground. He bends his elbows and begins to do tricep dips on the Parallel Bars. The camera zooms in on the man’s upper body as he continues to do tricep dips. Scene switches to a front view of a man as he walks down the Parallel Bars with his hands. His legs wave back and forth below him as she shimmies across the bars. Scene switches to a side view of a different man as he also walks down the Parallel Bars with his hands as the scene fades to black.]