Michael FranzIn my nearly two decades with a spinal cord injury, there hasn’t been much new exercise equipment that has intrigued me. Most new equipment is too expensive and complex to use at home, so I stick with what’s tried and true. Recently, however, an old favorite has been resurrected and updated to keep pace with modern options. The newly redesigned Vitaglide offers a combination of strength and cardio training that can be done in the comfort of your own home.

SCI veterans might remember the original iteration of the Vitaglide. First released in 2003, the Vitaglide was unique in that it provided users a way to perform a cross-country skiing motion while seated. The first model was very much a product of its time. The resistance was adjusted mechanically, the only information that could be gathered about your workout was the time displayed on a small LCD screen, and the whole thing felt rickety and cheaply made. The concept behind the new Vitaglide remains the same, but there are many significant improvements.