It’s not every day you see someone in a wheelchair rolling down a staircase or spinning on their back wheels as they make their way down a hall, but these skills…oh they exist, and a lot of them come from overseas.
No doubt a product of their environment, people who use manual wheelchairs and live in countries with less-than accessibility have to get creative. No one likes being stuck, and boy do these folks know what to do.
Whether they’re flying over stairs or using monkey-bars in the park, chances are you’ll be in awe. Check them out below!
Video #1: Riding and Sitting Backwards
Jack Binstead, a young 20 something from London who does WCMX, has plenty of wheelchair tricks up his sleeves and specializes in tricks that move your body while in your wheelchair, like turning so fast your legs fly to the side, making you sit side-saddle on your wheelchair.
He can also turn himself around in his wheelchair, sit completely backwards then go into a wheelie. He can even lay down completely while doing this too. But his coolest trick – doing pushups against his wheelchair with his legs up in the air.
Watch: Wheelchair Tricks – Jack Binstead
Video #2: Wheelchair Monkey Bars
In this video of wheelchair stuntman Aleksi Kirjonen from Germany, you get to see a compilation of some of his greatest tricks, and it may leave you feeling a tinge lazy. He is the king of jumping over stairs and he can pull himself up a staircase backwards like a ninja.
But one of his greatest tricks by far is using monkey bars and turning himself completely upside down. Not only does it look fun, holy cow does it look hard to do. We wonder how long he can stay this way??
Watch: Aleksi Kirjonen Wheelchair Tricks in Porvoo
Video # 3: The Cue Ball Jump
Marcin Kubalski, a wheelchair billiards dynamo from Poland, has one trick up his leave you have to see to believe – the high-flyin’ cue ball jump. What he does is spin his chair in circles to gain momentum, then he forcefully hits his pool stick on the table making the cue ball fly, hitting another ball and getting it in the pocket.
The best part about his video by far however is his smirk when he successfully does his trick. So. freaking. cute.
Watch: Crazy Wheelchair Tricks
Remember: Attempt any wheelchair tricks you see online with caution. They may look incredibly cool, but you can hurt. Practice with others around when starting to learn a trick too. The last thing you want is to get yourself in a life-or-death situation when you’re just trying to do something cool.
What is your best wheelchair trick?
Watch the videos!
– Jack from the UK sits backwards in his wheelchair
– Aleksi from Germany climbs and jumps stairs and uses monkey bars in his wheelchair
– Marcin, a wheelchair billiards player from Poland, shows the cue ball jump