Racing "Billy Carts" down the steepest hill you could find was once the height of fun on a Saturday afternoon. For Dr. Marcio Ferez, the hand-made wooden trolley his father built in the backyard more than 50 years ago has become the basis for a new kind of land-based exercise machine - the CHAMPIOT Ultra. Described as "The Great Rowing Machine on Wheels", the basic elements of the 1947 design including the hand-propulsion system and chassis style are retained in the production of this four-wheeled, steel-framed "rowcycle" that accommodates persons from 4'6" to 6' 6" tall. Promoted as an alternative to a regime of push-ups or a visit to the gym rather than the fastest way to get from A to B, the push-pull motion of riding the CHAMPIOT Ultra strengthens the arms and upper torso while steering is controlled by applying force in either direction on the footbar. When not in use it can be transported using the same racks as for bicycles.The CHAMPIOT Ultra is now being manufactured in Florida for the consumer marketplace and costs US$549. Visit http://www.champiot.com/ to learn more.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon
Great for upper body fitness and seems to have more efficient (better directed) power transmission than a bicycle but does it have gears?, could it be modified for a leg amputee and could a lamp be fitted? It might even accomodate supplementary electric power for hills.Peter Pollard