Skip to main content
Accessibility  |  About  |  Contact  |  Privacy  |  Terms

Wheelchair Exercising Book: Zero Assistance Resistance Training by Dan Highcock

  • Published: 2016-10-03 : Dan Highcock (
  • Synopsis: Paralympian launches bespoke wheelchair-based workout book to help chair users become fitter, healthier stronger and more independent.

Main Document

Quote: "What Dan has put together in the following pages of this book is nothing short of fantastic - a compendium of training, nutrition and motivational tips and techniques designed but amazingly not limited to the wheelchair athlete."

There is an abundance of fitness books out there for the general public on how to get lean, muscular and fitter. Specialist publications, focussed on helping the wheelchair user achieve the same result lies somewhere in between scarce & non-existent!

Written by Dan Highcock, a pro and Paralympic Basketball player and online personal trainer, Zero Assistance Resistance Training (ZART) is the solution the absolute mind field that is health and fitness to the wheelchair user. Dan says,

"From my experience with previous wheelchair using clients, it's not always possible to complete their training plans if their training partner or personal trainer (PT) in the gym isn't available. Hiring a PT full time is a luxury that most people just cannot afford. My reason and inspiration for creating ZART was to allow any wheelchair user to complete full training sessions without the need for assistance. This 12-week fitness program works the whole upper body and cardiovascular system using dumbbells, plates, adjustable cable racks and resistance bands - in a wheelchair throughout, 100% independently - to increase strength, conditioning, independence and a better quality of life."

Book highlights

The ZART program

Who is Dan Highcock?

At the age of 5, Dan had a motor bike accident, destroying his hip and pelvis, leaving him with a condition called avascular necrosis of the hip - a condition that worsens with age. Needing surgery last year to maintain his hip function, sooner or later, he will be confined to a wheelchair full time.

After the accident, doctors and surgeons alike told his mother that he would never walk again. I was in hospital for over 6 months. This was followed by several more months at home in a full-body plaster cast.

Paralympian Dan Highcock Playing Wheelchair Basketball
About This Image: Paralympian Dan Highcock Playing Wheelchair Basketball

Once freed from the cast, when his mum went out of the room, he would try to stand up and take steps around his chair, holding onto the side. He could barely put one foot in front of the other. He says "If my mum caught me she would have gone crazy!" As far as everyone was concerned, he was never walking again - end of story.

He paid no attention to the advice. At 13, he secretly started using an exercise bike after school, unbeknown to his mum. Very quickly, his legs got stronger and started to develop and Dan began playing wheelchair basketball. Thanks to his determination, he has played professional wheelchair basketball all over Europe, winning cups and titles both in the domestic leagues and domestic European Cups in the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany.

He has represented Great Britain in 3 world championships, 3 European championships winning 2 silver medals and 1 gold. He took part in the London 2012 Paralympics finishing in 4th place.

Dan has thoroughly tested this workout is safe. It can be done independently - readers can trust it. He created it by;

Reader highlights

Work out safely! Getting injured isn't fun, slows you down and worst case, can cause long-term or permanent damage. It's important to read the instructions on how to perform a rep for each of the exercises safely.




Zero Assistance Resistance Training: 100% wheelchair-based workout program Paperback by Dan Highcock (Author).
About This Image: Zero Assistance Resistance Training: 100% wheelchair-based workout program Paperback by Dan Highcock (Author).

"Well what can I say! It's so nice to have someone fighting in our corner guys. ZART and this guy are undoubtedly worth your time and investment. ZART is easy to follow. As a full-time wheelchair user and a qualified fitness instructor, I highly recommend buying this book. It will benefit your life beyond belief. The domino effect is real. Dan's book will leave you hoping for a sequel. It's so beneficial to anyone in a chair that has the need for more strength, mobility, fitness and independence." - Edward Joseph Molloy, full-time wheelchair user and a qualified fitness instructor.

"What Dan has put together in the following pages of this book is nothing short of fantastic - a compendium of training, nutrition and motivational tips and techniques designed but amazingly not limited to the wheelchair athlete. He truly is an awe-inspiring person." - Rich Sennewald B.Sc. (Hons).

The book is available from Amazon in print (A4 trim size) and Kindle format.

Publisher: Let's Tell Your Story Publishing.
Paperback: 158 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910600067
ISBN-13: 978-1910600061

Similar Topics

1 : New Peer-reviewed Journal 'Autism in Adulthood' Launching in 2019 : Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News.
2 : Free Accessibility Guide to UK National Parks : NRS Healthcare.
3 : Meet ClaraBelle Blue: Children's Book Highlights Similarities Rather Than Differences : RocketChair Productions/Adiba Nelson.
4 : If You Could Cure Your Special Needs Child, Would You? : Joseph and Jill Tantillo.
5 : Don't Eat This If You're Taking That - Medication and Food Interaction Guide : AARP.
From our Books Guides and Publications section - Full List (158 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : Circulation Journal's Go Red for Women Issue Focuses on Female Heart Health
2 : Wearable Stretchable Electronics Aid Stroke Recovery Treatment
3 : Electrical Epidural Stimulation Implant Reduces Invisible Symptoms of SCI
4 : How #Metoo, Awareness Months, Facebook and Social Media Help Healing Process


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.