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Uppertone - Unassisted Muscle Strengthening System for Quadriplegics

The only product of its kind, the UPPERTONE was designed and introduced in 1990 by a C4-C5 quadriplegic. It allows people with C4-C5 and below quadriplegia (tetraplegia) due to spinal cord injury to do all the necessary upper body exercises necessary for rehabilitation and maintenance, without any assistance. Indeed they can make all the adjustments, including resistance, without hand grip strength, cuffs, or assistance.

The prototype model of the UPPERTONE was first displayed at the 1990 Los Angeles Abilities Expo. The UPPERTONE is the only machine on the market that allows people with quadriplegia due to spinal cord injury or other causes to exercise and rehabilitate themselves truly independently. It does not require wrist cuffs. Its unique design and features allow quads to move around and between its three stations, as well as vary resistance, without assistance.

Because of these features, the UPPERTONE is currently being used at rehabs and hospitals, that treat people with spinal cord injury. In addition many colleges, universities, fitness centers and access centers that cater to people with spinal cord injury have bought the UPPERTONE.

Product Specifications:

  • Weight after assembly is 205 lbs.
  • Maximum weight is 130 lbs.
  • Assembly required - (It takes 2 people about 2 hours to assemble.)
  • Once an order is placed it takes about 4 weeks to ship out
  • Uppertone Exercise Unit
  • Four (4), 10 pound weights
  • Eleven (11) exercises

Uppertone Exercise - Part 1

Uppertone Exercise - Part 2


Technical Specifications

Exercise Muscles Strengthened Functional Benefits Postural Benefits
Deltoid Press 2 Middle Deltoid1, Pectoralis major, Anterior Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Upper and lower trapezius. Self care activities, Loading and unloading wheelchair, Lifting objects. Broad shoulders.
Reverse Deltoid Press 2 Anterior Deltoid, Pectoralis major, Middle Deltoid, Supraspinatus, Upper and lower trapezius Same as above Broad shoulders.

Bicep Curls2

Biceps, Brachialis, Brachioradialis, Pronator teres. Self care activities, Loading and unloading wheelchair, lifting objects. Shapes and isolates biceps.
Reverse Curls 2 Brachioradialis, Biceps, Pronator teres Transfer activities such as repositioning legs. Shapes and isolates biceps.


Posterior deltoid, Rhomboids, Latissimus dorsi, Infraspinatus, Teres major and minor, Middle trapezius . Balance strong anterior deltoid muscles, Wheelchair sports, Open manual doors, Pulling activities, Transfers, Wheelchair propulsion. Broad shoulders, Reduced slouch, Square shoulders.
Lateral Shoulder Raise 2 Anterior deltoid, Pectoralis major (clavicular), Middle deltoid, Biceps, Supraspinatus, Upper and lower trapezius.   Defines and isolates neck.
Reverse Lateral Raises 2 Middle deltoid, Pectoralis major (clavicular), Supraspinatus, Upper and lower trapezius.    

Seated Chest Press
(wide grip)

Pectoralis major , Anterior deltoid, Coracoblisachialis, Serratus anterior, Pectoralis minor, Subscapularis, Triceps. Driving and braking, Wheelchair propulsion, Transfers, Pressure relief Broad chest.
Seated Chest Press
(narrow grip)3
Triceps, Anterior deltoid, Coracobrachialis, Serratus anterior, Pectoralis major and minor, Subscapularis. Same as above. Broad chest.
Lat Pull 3 Latissimus dorsi , Pectoralis major (sternal portion), Pectoralis minor, Posterior deltoid, Rhomboids, Teres major. Pressure relief, transfers. V shaped upper body, Reduced slouch.

Shoulder External Rotation3

Infraspinatus, Posterior deltoid , Rhomboids, Teres minor. Counteract tight internal rotators. Transfers, Pressure relief.  
Seated Crunch Rectus Abdominus , External Obliques, Internal Obliques. Posture, Balance Flat Abdomen


Latissimus dorsi , Lower trapezius, Pectoralis minor, Subclavius, Teres major, Triceps. Transfers, Pressure relief.  
Shoulder Extensions 3 Posterior deltoids , Latissimus dorsi,Teres major, Triceps. Wheelchair sports, Pulling activities, Transfers.  
Shoulder Depressors Lower trapezius , Latissimus dorsi, Teres major, Pectoralis minor. Transfers, Pressure relief, Wheelchair propulsion  

Tricep Extension4

Triceps, Anconeus Reaching overhead, Transfers, Pressure relief, Wheelchair propulsion. Add size and definition to triceps.

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