Thursday, May 25, 2006

Boomerang Gym

Johan and Ruth Tonsbeek have a winner in their Boomerang Gym.

In fact, they have solved a challenge of mine without my having posed it to them.

I am a 61yo double above knee amputee of two and a half years (Update 12/2013 - 69 yo 10 yrs) who chooses to be active and live life to the full. My mobility is a combination of wheelchair and prosthetics. Exercise, attention to health and maintaining of motivation through mind conditioning exercises are priorities in my life. Attention to upper body exercises and a determination to replace the “lost” 25 years of my life (shambling invalidity, pain beyond belief - with increasing dependence on prescription drugs, and a resulting negative attitude) have allowed me to regain a very active lifestyle, including world travel, marriage and a return to business.

The Boomerang Gym CAN be used in a wheelchair. Range of movement may not always be as indicated in the instructions, but the results are amazing. I have found that I can certainly raise a sweat. I am delighting in finding variations that I can use personally, for example, the ability to exercise both stumps together for sideways resistance using the Boomerang Gym to provide the needed resistance.

When wearing my prostheses (and being back to my former 185cm) I find that the exercises greatly assist my side-to-side movement controlled by my hips. The Boomerang Gym is my “take any/everywhere” exercise reminder. The music is well chosen, with a beat that gets me bopping along.

In my view, I get most of the benefits of the “Lymph Pump” as described in the manual, even though my lack of legs might indicate otherwise.

I have a particular interest in the developing use of the Boomerang Gym for the disabled. Check with my blog “Life Without Legs” for further comments. I expect a healthy future from the continued use of the Boomerang Gym.

I recently re-read Johan’s book “Emotional Freedom”. I use EFT to enhance my life. I am pain free, drug free, my weight is under control and my energy level is high – I have a life to live. Johan’s approach to the subject is thoughtful, entertaining and downright practical. It is real – the author is real. It should be read by all from the most sedentary to those inclined to the extreme. I can see its application in all fields of human endeavour.

We can all expect to benefit from future contributions by Johan and Ruth Tonsbeek to the world of good health and wellbeing.

See for further details and additional testimonies of uses for the Boomerang Gym

PS I am developing charts for the Boomerang Gym to allow the exercises to be wheelchair specific. Johann has instructed me in the normal exercises, and is overseeing my project (as well as keeping me honest in my personal application of the exercises).

Watch this blog for further announcements. I can be contacted at


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