CategoriesPodcasts

The Truth About Things That Suck Podcast Interview

What is The Truth About Things That Suck?

Mindy Henderson, motivational speaker, author and coach. Living life from a wheelchair, surviving 2 devastating car crashes, lost jobs, and a host of other challenges, I have learned to navigate the curve-balls life throws at us, and now, my mission is to bring positivity to the world, to teach others how to navigate adversity well, to stop making excuses, and to see all they are truly capable of. Because…the truth about things that suck, is that…they suck. They won’t be fun, but it’s possible to have two truths that coexist at the same time…the 2nd truth is that there is a lot we can learn, a lot we can do and a lot of gifts that the sucky things bring to our lives and that empower us to make the world better. This podcast is a tool I’ve created to help us uncover those sucky, but surprisingly beautiful circumstances.

To hear more episodes about from this podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-truth-about-things-that-suck/id1533438979

To learn more about Mindy or request her for a public speaking engagement: https://mindyhendersonspeaks.com/

CategoriesPodcasts

Spastic Chatter Podcast Interview

Sam and Ryan were guests on the podcast Spastic Chatter. Hosted by Whitney Bailey. In the interview they tell stories about their friendship and the off road wheelchair that allows them to visit so many places.

What is Spastic Chatter?

Spastic Chatter is a platform meant to feature stories from those in the Cerebral Palsy community. I will be getting together with individuals with CP (Like Myself) to have a kind of uncensored chat if you will about what it’s really like to have this type of disability. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/whitney-bailey/support

 

Spastic Chatter Podcast Interview

CategoriesOur Company

Rehabmart lists the Emma X3 as the #1 all terrain wheelchair

#1 All Terrain Wheelchair

 

Rehabmart.com recently published an article called The 5 Best Wheelchairs for the Outdoors. The article lists the best outdoor wheelchair in 5 different categories. All terrain wheelchairs, Beach wheelchairs, Pool wheelchairs, Sports wheelchairs, and Skiing wheelchairs.

 

With some tough competition out there we were pleased to learn that our very own Emma X3 was listed as the the #1 all terrain wheelchair on the market today.

The Extreme Motus Emma X3 All terrain wheelchair is at home from skate parks to National Parks, and has been tortured by Sam and Ryan in a steady stream of wild TikTok adventures.

Rehabmart is an authorized dealer for Extreme Motus. Check out the X3 listing in their online marketplace.

 

 

 

CategoriesFAQ

Unboxing the Emma X3 All Terrain Wheelchair

Unboxing

The Extreme Motus Emma X3 all terrain wheelchair ships fully assembled in a large box and it’s ready for adventure as soon as it arrives. When you are unboxing your X3 there are a few things you can do to make it ready for longer adventures, and more comfortable for the person pushing, and the person riding in the chair.

The easiest way to get your new X3 out of the box is to lay the box down on its side with the wheelchair on its back. This way you can grab the handlebars and roll it straight out of the box.

Once out of the box you can fold the front wheel down, insert the pins to hold in place and it will be ready for it’s first test ride.

Accessories

After the initial oohs and ahhs you will be ready to install the accessories that come with every all terrain wheelchair we sell. We decided to include the luggage, tow strap, and spare parts after looking at competitors chairs and finding the ordering process could become a little confusing. Extreme Motus opted to just make one solid off road wheelchair with all the bells and whistles included.

Handlebar Bag

The handlebar bag is great for smaller items that you may need quick access to. When I’m pushing Sam on an adventure I use it to store my mobile device, GoPro, maybe a few snacks, and a small stack of business cards because we’re often stopped along the trail and asked questions about the chair.

Attaching with 3 Velcro straps this bag is very easy to install, and should only take you a few minutes.

Seat Bag

The bag that hangs on the back of the seat is large enough to carry a picnic lunch, camera gear, a spare jacket, etc. It’s a water resistant roll top bag, but it isn’t waterproof. So I suggest removing it if you’re going into deep water.

Once the roll top is closed there is some Velcro that keeps it closed, as well as a buckle strap that can be cinched down to keep your gear in place. This buckle is easy to forget about because of the angle at which the bag sits the buckle swings down out of the way. But make sure to remember to buckle it before you start moving again. I’ve stepped on the hanging strap before and it’s almost tripped me a few times.

To mount the Seat bag slide the plastic hooks on the bag onto the metal rods that stick out from the spine of the seat until you hear them click into place. Then wrap the included bungie cord around the axle of the chair and hook it to the D ring on the back side of the bag. This will keep the bag from swinging around too much as you are hiking.

Tow Strap/Safety Leash

Also included with your X3 is the tow strap you may have seen us using in some of our other videos. We use this to help lighten the load for the person pushing on more difficult hikes. It’s also safer to have an extra set of hands on the wheelchair when off-roading or tacking steep terrain.

This strap can be attached to the chair using the loops tied on either end of the strap. So you don’t need to worry about tying a knot, and having to fight with it later when you need to remove the strap.

What goes up must come down, and this strap also makes for an extra safety measure when you are on your way back down the trail. Simply remove it from the front of the chair, and wrap it around the handlebar stem and put the loop around your wrist. Now the tow strap has become a safety leash and should the person pushing the chair trip and fall they will still be able to keep the chair from rolling away from them.

Spare Parts

The X3 all terrain wheelchair ships with a few spare parts that we tended to disappear for some of our customers.

You will receive an extra pin and spacer ring for the rear wheels. Depending on how you are transporting the X3 you may need to remove the rear wheels, which means removing the pin and spacer that hold them in place. These pins and spacers have been known to fall into the quantum realm once removed, so keep the spares in your luggage just in case.

There are 2 pins that keep the front wheel locked in place. These 2 pins have strings that keep them attached to the frame of the wheelchair, so they are hard to lose, but it has happened so we also send you a spare one of these.

Should you manage to loose the originals and the spares we send, open up google and type in, “Tractor Supply” they will have what you need.

Handlebar Adjustment

 

The height of the handlebar of the X3 can be adjusted with the included mulitool. Give the chair a quick test drive and decide if it needs to be adjusted up or down. Loosen up a few allen head bolts, move it to your happy place, and tighten everything back down.

Ergonomics

 

As the front wheel of the chair swings into place you will notice 2 different holes in the frame of the chair. This gives you the option to have the seat more reclined or slightly less reclined. Some people may be more comfortable in one position over the other, so be sure and play with this to find out which is best for you.

More reclined, and more of an angle on the foot rest.

More upright seat position, and footrest is flatter leaving the seat are.

Keep The Box

Extreme Motus has a 30 day money back guarantee. So hang on to the box you chair arrived in. Should you decide the X3 isn’t everything you hoped it would be you will have the original box to send it back to us.

Keep the box for at least 30 days just encase you need to return your wheelchair.

 

CategoriesOff-road Adventures

The Grotto Falls, Payson Utah

Sam, his caretaker Kate, and I went on a short hike called The Grotto Falls in Payson Canyon. This short hike is only 0.5 miles long and there is a waterfall at the end of the trail.

The most challenging part of our hike was crossing the small stream. Foot traffic crosses some logs that are built up in the water. We had to cross in the water. Luckily it wasn’t deep enough to get Sam wet because the water was very cold.

Kate and I had to get our feet wet, and the rocks were very slippery.

At the end of the trail just before arriving at the waterfall a log crosses the river, and the trail gets very narrow. We weren’t the only people on the trail, and with the pandemic still going on we are trying to keep our distance from strangers. So we decided to send the drone the rest of the way.

This was a fun little adventure. Sam’s laughing attack while crossing the river was awesome. We had a great time.

CategoriesGoofy

Tony Hawking Proskater

Sam and I had a great time at the skatepark in Springville, UT. Using the Extreme Motus off road wheelchair we can do every obstacle in the park with varying degrees of success. Including the crescent moon shaped rail which is the most difficult trick in the park.

Our favorite is the 2 rolling hills because the Emma X3 rolls over them so smooth. With enough speed we can also catch some pretty decent hang time.

Tony Hawking

I posted some short clips of our stunts to the Extreme Motus TikTok channel and they racked up over 600,000 views in just a few days. Some of the commenters dubbed Sam “Tony Hawking” a clever mashup of professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and wheelchair bound super genius Steven Hawking.

I think in the future we will visit other skateparks and try them out. Maybe even bring a helmet too. Who wants to see some Tony Hawking merch?

CategoriesOff-road Adventures

Sandy Beach Wheelchair Hike

Maybe the only benefit of living in a desert like Utah during a drought is that the water level of Utah Lake falls enough to reveal a place we call “Sandy Beach.” A long stretch of sand that seems to go on forever and is perfect for bonfires, reckless driving, and all sorts of good clean mischief.

Sandy Beach Gone For Now

For many years there has been no drought and Sandy Beach has been underwater, but there are still a few trails in the area that are fun to explore. So Sam and I headed out for a less extreme adventure than normal.

It occurred to us that after watching all the crazy stuff we do for Extreme Motus some people may begin to think they aren’t extreme enough to own an X3. So we wanted to show us having fun with the chair on an easy trail. As easy as it was the Sandy Beach trail still would have been nearly impossible to push a standard wheelchair through.

Utah Lake is far from the gleaming crystal clear lake we would like it to be, it suffered many years of pollution from nearby industry. Sandy Beach, because of its remote location, is pretty rough around the edges. It seems many of the people who visit have a habit of leaving their trash behind, and some go for the sole purpose of dumping trash. Which is odd because you have to drive right by the solid waste transfer station to get there.

So we joke about fish with 3 eyes that taste like cigarettes if you eat them, and how swimmers will end up with a rash that will never go away. But deep down we wish our local lake was clean and healthy.

CategoriesInteresting Equipment

Meet SureHands Lift & Care Systems

Extreme Motus is always interested in learning more about equipment that can help people with disabilities get the most out of life. Surehands Lift & Care Systems is a company based in Pine Island, New York and have local representatives spread across the country. SureHands develops equipment that can be installed in care centers or your home to allow people with disabilities to have independence and live on their own.

I thought the type of equipment they manufacture and installed looked very interesting and wanted to learn more about their products so recently I sat down for a long distance quarantine style interview with Kris French the National Sales Director for SureHands Lift & Care Systems.

Q: What is SureHands?

A: SureHands is a company built on the principles of caring for the customer first. We believe that each individual in need of assisted living should be able to do it from the comfort of their home if they choose to. Our mission is to develop, produce and distribute innovative and reliable lifting and care equipment with the principal focus on the interests of the user.

Q: How did SureHands Begin?

A: Entrepreneur Thomas Herceg started SureHands in 1976 with one goal – to help restore health to people on the heels of debilitating illness or injuries. After tragedy struck Herceg’s youngest sister and again with one of his young dedicated technicians in the field, Tom was “all in” for making a meaningful difference with his “start-up”. Through these experiences Tom made sure that the mission of SureHands became more of a calling than a business. The company would be committed to serving all its customers: from a child in Florida with Cerebral Palsy, to a Veteran wounded in Afghanistan, to the aging in place family member who deserves the comfort and quality a home can provide.

SureHands has grown in 44 years to serve Americans in 46 states by offering multiple Handi-Move product lines. With a national design, distribution, and service system in place; we have the capability to provide our unique services across the country. Our number one priority is to impact the quality of life for those living with mobility and hygiene challenges. We are the catalyst for better daily living within the home, and the pursuit of independent living when possible.

Q: What is the average cost of an in home SureHands System?

A: Systems can range from 6k to 12k in total due to the kind of system you want (mobile lift versus a ceiling lift) as well as the cost for installing the product in the persons home.

Q: What programs are available to help with the financing?

A: We currently fund through state Medicaid and the VA. If you are able to pay privately we work with each of our customers to see if there is a price/solution for them in order to make it feasible.

Q: Will I need to modify the framing or doorways in my home?

A: Yes, part of our quote and installation process included the modification of doorways and frames in order for the railing in the ceiling to be incorporated.

Q: What is the weight limit of a SureHands system?

A: 440 Pounds.

Q: What kind of maintenance needs to be performed on a SureHands system?

A: Annual services are strongly advised for our customers, we have different plans available per customer depending on where they live. We also have a service line for any issues that may occur with the system.

Q:  Is the SureHands system only for caretakers to assist people or is it also used by more independent wheelchair users?

A: Our systems are used SPECIFICALLY for people looking to live independently. If you can independently use your wheelchair, then you can DEFINITELY use our system!

Q: Are there any hotels that have installed a SureHands system for disabled travelers?

A: As of right now our equipment is in a number of luxurious hotels in Las Vegas: Aria, Encore, Wynn, Bellagio, Mirage, and Treasure Island.

Q:  Is there a speed setting that can be turned to 11 which transforms the SureHands system into an in home roller coaster?

A: Absolutely not, the remote speed for the system is intended to be one that provides security and stability. If you were to manually push a ceiling lift along the track it could move faster, but that caregiver would have complete control over the speed.

Thanks Kris for joining us today and answering my questions.

If you would like to learn more about the mobility solutions offered by SureHands and how they can help you to live more independently head over to https://www.surehands.com/

CategoriesFriends of Extreme Motus

Meet Team Surfgimp

I recently discovered Surfgimp when one of the team members saw Sam on Tiktok and left a comment about the Squaw Peak adventure. They Sam and I to Delaware to go surfing. Sam has been able to do many different activities with the help of local groups like the National Ability Center. But surfing is a tricky sport to experience when you live in Utah.

I would love to take them up on the offer some day. But know we would need to take some special precautions because Sam would be so amped up about surfing that the water around him would begin to boil.

The Surfgimp Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disabled people enjoy the ocean. They provide support, knowledge, and special equipment to allow wheelchair users to go surfing.

When Jay Liesener was 17 years old he broke his back and became a quadriplegic. Jay went on to accomplish many great things in his life including graduating from the University of Maryland and going on to teach at Norfolk State University.

These days you can find Jay with his specially modified surfboard shredding waves off the coast of Delaware, or sometimes traveling to Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and California. Jay and the Surfgimp team are always on the hunt for the next great wave to catch.

Learn More About Surfgimp

If you have questions about surfing with a disability or want to help the Surfgimp team with a donation head over to: https://teamsurfgimpfoundation.org/

And thanks again for the invite! We’ll add it to the bucket list.

 

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