Strength Training and Assistive Technology

1909149744My name is Brianna Lewin and I am a Rural Rehabilitation/Assistive Technology Center Support Professional with Easter Seals Iowa. I started my position in April, so I am very new to this! However, I am so excited to learn every single day and be able to offer support to our communities in Iowa with assistive technology.

My background is in social work and one of my many passions is aging and aging in place. I have also had the opportunity to work with diverse populations: older adults, refugees, individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals with chronic mental illness. No matter what field I have had the honor to work in, I have seen the need for assistive technology. I look forward to learning more every day at the Assistive Technology Center and cannot wait to share that information with others, so that no matter the barrier, an individual can feel confident in their tasks and goals every day.

If an individual struggles with hand or arm strength, they may experience barriers when trying to lift weights or exercise. Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program may have possible solutions with some of our newest recreational assistive technology. Here are some items that may assist with grip, to encourage strength, health and wellness:

KettleKettle Gryp (AT4All #170071) – The Kettle Gryp is a workout accessory that weighs less than one pound and can grip onto standard dumbbells up to 55 pounds. This provides a more accessible handle to hold onto while using weights in the gym and focusing on strength.


Exercise Hand BallsEgg Shaped Hand Exercise Balls (AT4All #170069) – These colorful fidget balls in three levels of progression help you focus, relieve stress and train hands and wrists. Egg shaped for a comfortable fit in your hands, these are made of thermoplastic rubber (TRP). They help to prevent tension, increase limberness and alleviate joint pain. Also great for incremental muscle training for beginner power lifters or an anti-stress toy for kids.

Hand Gripping AidsActive Hands Gripping Aids (AT4All ##170081) – These aids function by tightening a strap on the upper section which pulls the hand into a fist-shape with the item inside the fist. Whether lifting weights or assisting with pull ups, the gripping aid may be the perfect solution. Easter Seals Iowa has left hand and right hand options available.

Active HandsActive Hands Looped Exercise Aids (AT4All #170224) – Looped exercise aids feature strong loops which can be slipped over the handles of some exercise machines, e.g. ‘pull down bars’ and rowing machines. They can also be a great extra for some hand bikes. Looped aids feature adjustable padded wrist straps to prevent chafing.

We hope that you will visit our website at and view these devices. For more information or to see these devices, visit or contact the Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program by calling 1-866-866-8782 (Toll Free), or 515-289-4069 (TTY) or emailing


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