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What is a Rollator and what are the advantages of High-End Fitness Walkers and Rollators?
A Rollator is best described as a standard walker on wheels. However, four larger wheels in turn replace two smaller wheels and two posts of a walker. Various other names describe the same product, i.e. Rolling Walker, Walker with Wheels or Fitness Walker. The Rollator has been in use in Scandinavian and European countries for many years, but has only recently become popular in the United States.
A Fitness walker promotes a healthier state-of-mind and the ability to stay independent while achieving a certain level of exercise for the body.
Depending upon the producer of the Rollator or Fitness Walker the wheels come in different sizes. The handles of a Fitness Walker typically feature caliper brakes or ‘hand brakes’. The user can squeeze these hand brakes to lock the wheels in place, or release them to continue walking. There are special Rollators made by various companies that work the handles whereby, when squeezing, the walker is released and when the handles are released the unit will stop. This is especially useful for Parkinson’s patience whereby the unit needs to be ‘parked’ when standing in position and before proceeding to walk.
A Fitness Walker typically contains a larger basket for storage purposes, along with a canvas seat and back between the handles. The storage area of a Fitness Walker is often larger and more stable than the wire basket of a standard walker. The handle frame on some models also serves as the back for relaxing. This seat and back allows users to take short rest breaks when desired.
Another major advantage is that with a collapsible design, a Fitness Walker can also be folded and stored in a car's trunk or rear seat. Standard walkers can also be folded, but in thirds, so they lose the compact folding ability of a Fitness Walker.
It is very important to consult your doctor when considering the purchase of a Fitness Walker as long-term studies are limited as to it’s long effect on the body. As each individual disability is unique and research is limited, it is up to the patient with their doctor’s advice to assess the effects on the body of various Rollators or Fitness Walkers. This is especially important for patients recovering from various surgeries as proper exercise and walking styles must be adhered to.
It is critical to have a Fitness Walker that promotes the body’s natural walking motion. A good Fitness Walker bears a good portion of the person’s weight at hip level and much of the stress is taken off the ankles and knees while walking.
3 particularly good Rollators (Fitness Walkers) we have found are:
The X-foldable construction facilitates fast fold up even when moving and makes this Rollator (Fitness Walker) stand steady in a folded position. It can access bathroom stalls and other tight areas as the folded width is apprx 12-13”. This means that the Topro Troja Fitness Walker requires less space and is easy to transport. Both the seat and the handles are easily vertically adjustable. The sole version of the Fitness Walker is suitable for wide variety of users. It is also made up of ultra high grade aluminum for lightweight properties and high strength composite material on the handles, seat and other connecting parts for long-lasting use.
Main specifications of the Topro Troja Premium Rollator are:
|Size||M (medium)||S (small)|
|Max. user weight||330||275|
|Weight with basket and wheels (TPE)||17||16|
|Transport weight (without wheels and basket)||13||12|
|Recommended user height||4ft 11" - 6ft 7"||4ft 5" - 5ft 7"|
|Height of support points||30 3/4" - 39 3/8"||26 3/8" - 33 3/4"|
|Maximum length||25 1/2"||25 1/2"|
|Distance between support points||18 1/2"||18 1/2"|
|Seat height||24 1/2"||21 1/4"|
|Diameter front/rear wheels||8"||8"|
|Width front/rear wheels (TPE wheels)||1 1/2"||1 1/2"|
|Distance driving brake||2 1/2"||2 1/2"|
|Length when folded||26"||26"|
|Width when folded||9 1/2"||9 1/2"|
|Height when folded||32 1/2"||29 3/4"|
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Another high quality high-end Fitness Walker is:
The Trionic - Veloped Fitness Walker is new state of the art fitness equipment and a Rollator for the active user all in one!
The five different versions of the Trionic Veloped All-Terrain Walkers offer increased access to most any outdoor environment. The mobility comes from it’s patented Trionic climbing wheel with ability to climb up to 5” curbs or obstacles. It is made up of T-6000 aircraft aluminum for strength.
Main specifications of the Veloped (which means "Fluid Foot" in Latin)Trionic All-Terrain Walker are:
- Weight of under 12kg (26lbs)
- Width < 76cm (30”)
- Height 76-94cm (30"-37")
- User weight max 150kg (330lbs)
- Folded 16.5" (W) x 41.73" (L) x 29.50" - 29.92" (H)
- Single Hand Brake Modification available to Mount left, right or or center (Operates Both Brakes) with dual wheel locks
The Rollz - Shown here with a backrest strap is the new version of a rollator from the Netherlands. A Rollator that makes you look cool! A chair that can transport you or you roll it yourself. All in One! They are offered in four fun colors: Orange, Ice blue, Cool Grey, and Deep Purple. The Rollz Rollator and Transport Chair offers you to regain access to most outdoor and indoor environment.
Main specifications of the Rollz Rollatior and Transport Chair are:
- Weight of under 10.6kg (23.7lbs)
- Width < 65.5cm (25.8”)
- Height 86-98cm (33.9"-40.2")
- User weight max 125kg (275.6lbs)
- Folded 11.4" (W) x 24.8" (L) x 33.9"-40.2"(H)
Regardless of your reasons for choosing a Fitness Walker (Rollator), you owe it to yourself to check out these high quality rollators!
Questions you want to ask yourself before you make a decision to purchase your rollator walker:
- Do you need the walker mainly for the indoors or the outdoors?
- How will you transport your rollator walker in and out of cars or public transport ?
- Handle height? You do not want to bend down, but operate the walker in an upright position. Make sure the handle height is adjustable to the exact position you need it to be. Optimal position to operate a walker is when your elbow is at a 45 degree angle horizontal to the floor. Hold your hands out and measure from the floor to your palms.
- What are the floors or pavement like that you are planning to oparte the walker rollator on (cobblestone, concrete, gravel)?
If you are unsure which rollator walker will be the best for your needs, we are here to help!
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