[BCAB] a bit OT, but???

Tom Reid tom.reid21 at virginmedia.com
Sat May 18 07:55:24 BST 2013


Hi david, thanks for bullworker stuff.

Tomm
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Griffith
Sent: 17 May 2013 10:45
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???

Here are two set of exercise instructions.

They are created using the free DSpeech TTS Text to Mp3 converter.
I think  I used the Audrey UK AT&T natural Voice.
The text was collected from various web site searches an then edited in
Word.

After creating the Mp3s  I put then on a Creative Zen Stone Mp3 player but
any Mp3 player will do.
Just play and pause to follow the instructions for each exercise.

I did some weight training ones but cannot immediately find them.
It would be a easy step for others to reproduce some audio weight training
exercises using this technique.
Obviously these were created for my personal use only.
Use at your own risk and follow all proper general safety and guidance
instructions for your device.
This these are accessibility aids only and should not replace official
documentation and safety warnings .

Resistance Band exercises.

http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/uub3x3

Bullworker Exercises.
http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/yedws1


David Griffith
-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of David
Griffith
Sent: 17 May 2013 10:11
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???

I'll dig out the TTS description of exercises and put them   on sendspace.
I realised  as soon as I had sent the mail that I had typed a bit of
complete nonsense regarding using the Trekker Breeze.
Whilst the way I use the Trekker to measure distance and speed walked is
still valid my speculation that this might be adapted for Treadmill work is
completely absurd. Of course as far as the Trekker is concerned whilst you
are on the Treadmill you are stationary. I hit send and then hit my forehead
at my stupidity.
You could however use one of the rocker based Talking  Pedometers to achieve
a better result on a treadmill I guess.  I used to use one of these a few
years ago.

David Griffith
-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of M Lakhani
Sent: 17 May 2013 03:37
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???

Excellent piece of work here David !! :) Yes I'd be interested to take a
peak at what d speech tts produced!

I think you should also take a look at this:

http://www.beneficialdesigns.com

They're a research company who specialise in accessible fitness , including
VI fitness .
This link below is the current state of play in the uk & may be of help in
locating facilities & equipment :
http://www.efds.co.uk/inclusive_fitness

Unfortunately the British system doesn't exactly specify much in the way of
accessibility for blind & partially sighted people even though it talks a
great deal about wheelchair access & mobility impairments! 
Perhaps this is one for BCAB & RNIB to address swiftly due to its endless
benefits on nhs budgets as well as better safety compliance in public
places!
HTH
Muzz    

 

Sent from my iPhone

On 16 May 2013, at 23:14, "David Griffith" <d.griffith at btinternet.com>
wrote:

> I have never felt the need to have either a treadmill or cross trainer 
> because of the space they take up and the inherent poor accessibility 
> features.
> I use them in gyms with sighted feedback but to my mind there are much 
> better alternatives from a home setting.
> I manage lots of accessible exercise from home.
> Technology , of the readily available kind, provides feedback and 
> guidance on progress on many of these routines.
> I use a combination of
> 1. Free weights of various kinds.
> (I use a bathroom talking weighing scales to tell the size of the 
> weights if I cannot judged their weight by feel.) You can monitor 
> progress that way , I tend to increase repetitions rather than weight.
> 2. A sit up bench.
> (All you have to do is count the number of your sit ups and how long 
> it takes you. In practice I tend to time my whole exercise routines 
> rather than individual segments.
> 3. My stairs.
> Before any session I use brisk walking up and down the stairs as a 
> warm
up.
> In theory I could use a timer or my talking watch but I have not bothered.
> Again I just count the number of flights I climb). This gives a good 
> cardio vascular workout and approximates to the stepper machines 
> sometimes
sold.
> Typically I warm up with 4 set of 4 climbs up and down the stairs 
> intermingled with exercise band routines (See below).
> 4. Exercise bands
> I bought a medium and  heavy duty exercise bands from Amazon.
> Although the documentation was inaccessibly printed  and did not make 
> sense when scanned I simply trawled the web for the many descriptions 
> of different exercises you can do with banns.
> I then used DSpeech TTS to convert the copied text from  these web 
> pages into MP3s. You could also use Kurzweil or ?Text Aloud to do this 
> but DSpeech is easy and free.
> I then labelled these exercise descriptions appropriately and 
> assembled them into different exercise routines.
> I probably still have these somewhere if anybody needs them.
> Finally I copied them into onto an mp3 player so I could have a 
> virtual audio described exercise routine to follow. You listen to the 
> instructions, pause your mp3 player and then do the exercise and then 
> play the next set of instructions.
> I used similar   techniques to create exercise routines for my free weight
> exercises, power pump and bullworker routines.
> This prevents you getting bored with any one particular device.
> Additionally whilst I have never bothered to measure progress with the 
> bullworker this is easily achieved if you wanted to do this.  The 
> bullworker has a movable plastic gauge which register the amount of 
> push or pull you exert on the device. It would be a simple process for 
> one off sighted assistance to add tactile markings or bumps so that 
> you could feel where the gauge has moved to and therefore monitor your 
> progress . You could use an accessible Dictaphone to breathlessly pant 
> out and record your readings if you needed to .
> 
> 5. At the local pool  I go swimming and count lengths whilst swimming 
> alongside a rope. I check the time with my talking watch before and 
> after the session.
> 6. Finally I use my Trekker Breeze  to record the amount of distance I 
> walk when doing walking exercise  outside , if necessary I identify a 
> quiet circuit with no roads to cross and do laps around this, walking 
> and measuring my progress with the Trekker Breeze which will tell me 
> not only how far I have walked but for how long and how fast I am 
> walking. If I find a really quite safe circuit with no roads  I shore 
> hug with my cane and listen to music or an audio book whilst I am 
> doing
this.
> In theory I guess you could do the same thing with a trekker breeze on 
> a treadmill but given I have a street outside my house I have never 
> felt the need for a treadmill. If I was still a regular runner this 
> might be different.
> Of cores if you wanted you can record all this on a spreadsheet to 
> record progress.
> I used a spreadsheet allied to my talking blood pressure machine to 
> record readings.
> You can also use talking bathroom scales with a spreadsheet if you 
> want to record weight loss.
> As I have asthma  I also sometime record Peak Flow readings. These are 
> easily available if you get someone to apply tactile markings along 
> the gauge. I use a long bigger mark at 400 to prevent me having to 
> count up from 200 all the time. I find a marking every 50 is 
> sufficient. If I am well I can get nearly 600 but if I am down in the 
> 300s  I know I need to see a Doctor so this is a good monitoring device.
> Finally a bit of research on the web should give an indication of the 
> typical calorie burn for your weight for any particular exercise. You 
> can probably get some idea from the information on calorie burn for 
> each exercise simply by using a talking watch.
> David Griffith
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Denise 
> Knott
> Sent: 16 May 2013 20:20
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
> 
> Yes I would be very interested in an accessible exercise equipment.  I 
> have a tread mill and a recumbent cycle, with all sorts of digitablere 
> programmes, non of which I could use as I am totally blind so used to 
> do a gentle ten minutes every morning.  At the moment I am not allowed 
> to exercise as I broke my hip in October and I was told not to use the 
> machines but I am not sure how long the restrictions were for.  I have 
> thought and tried to resource at the time if there were any talking 
> machines for our use.  A blind friend had an exercise bicycle adapted 
> by his Sister who was a computer expert and got friends to adapt his 
> bike but then I heard it had broken down so back to the drawing board!!
> 
> Denise
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: M Lakhani
> Sent: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 10:41 PM
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
> 
> Ok I'll bring it back to the topic - sorry guys :) In my experience as 
> a qualified fitness trainer , I can easily say the following :
> A lot of automatic machines with some sort of control screens are not 
> accessible to people with no or limited vision!
> The problem with machines like treadmills based on the above is 
> compounded by safety issues& have resulted in horrible accidents when 
> I worked for a gym!
> A lot of new machines are increasingly incorporating touch screens 
> with no zoom or tts - they could however  play audio & video from TV 
> or
online.
> Even a lot of machines with old school physical buttons with bump ons 
> or tactimark aids have no tts or zoom, so no chance of measuring 
> performance for the purposes of either following a training program , 
> managing a medical condition, injury recovery, or even competition 
> based
training !
> In order to accomplish the above tasks, one would have to rely on 
> sighted help!
> I've not even mentioned servicing or fixing here!
> 
> Therefore , in line with the BCAB rules, my question is this:
> Has anyone encountered a machine (type & brand) that a blind person 
> can use without any sighted assistance without having to use their 
> manual counterparts?
> 
> Please contribute && keep it relevant :)
> 
> HTH
> Muzz
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On 15 May 2013, at 11:55, "Jackie Cairns" 
> <jackie.cairnsplace at btinternet.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hi Tom
>> 
>> I am unfortunately very limited to what I can use physically.  Even 
>> the treadmill is hard going, and it has become a chore rather than a 
>> labour of love nowadays.  But it is accessible, cheaper than going to 
>> the gym with all that health and safety involves, and rain free!!
>> 
>> Keep chugging! (smile).
>> 
>> 
>> Kind Regards,
>> 
>> Jackie Cairns
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of 
>> tom.reid21 at virginmedia.com
>> Sent: 15 May 2013 11:40
>> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
>> 
>> Hi Jackie,
>> 
>> Have you looked at a spin bike. Apart from stuff with your arms, it's 
>> pretty near the cross trainer.  I've got the proverbial male shed so 
>> stuff in there, but, the bike's pretty easyy to set up and not too 
>> bad for room.
>> 
>> In fact, have been inspired. Heading for the shed now.
>> 
>> Best, tom
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of 
>> Jackie Cairns
>> Sent: 15 May 2013 11:21
>> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
>> 
>> Hi Tom
>> 
>> Absolutely right.  You also need to consider the amount of room you 
>> have available.  Chances are that the more hassle you encounter to 
>> set it up ready for use, the less inclined you will be to use it, 
>> thereby not maximising your investment.  How I would love a
cross-trainer!
> (smile).
>> 
>> 
>> Kind Regards,
>> 
>> Jackie Cairns
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Tom 
>> Reid
>> Sent: 15 May 2013 10:34
>> To: 'david. chatten-smith'; 'BCAB Discussion List'
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
>> 
>> Hi David,
>> 
>> Cross trainer is easier on the knees, depending on how old you are. 
>> You can do more things with it like go backwards and exercise your 
>> arms as well.
>> 
>> Another bit of kit you might want to look is a spin bike. You can get 
>> plenty of cardio and a bit like the cros trainer you can go backwards 
>> and forwards, stand up sit down...
>> 
>> I would advise you to go to a gym and have a go or go to a shop that 
>> sells the stuff and do the same.
>> 
>> Prices vary a lot, but, if you're not trying to win the olympics 
>> don't pay loads. You need stuff that's comfortable and good enough 
>> for the fitness you want for yourself.
>> 
>> Tom
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of david.
>> chatten-smith
>> Sent: 15 May 2013 08:42
>> To: BCAB Discussion List
>> Subject: [BCAB] a bit OT, but???
>> 
>> Hi
>> sorry for this, i know that it is a bit of topic, but i was hoping 
>> that i could get some reviews, on weather to get a cross trainer, or 
>> a
> treadmill?
>> and if so any reccomdations?
>> many thanks
>> david
>> hampshire
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