Shuttle 2000-1 Leg Press System User Manual

Shuttle 2000-1 Leg Press System User Manual
Confident, Convenient Patient Rehabilitation
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Table of Contents
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The Shuttle 2000-1 is manufactured in the USA and specifically designed for the
professional therapist. Its versatility allows the therapist to provide the highest quality care
for patients from the geriatric patient to the athlete.
Scan the QR code to be directed to the warranty registration form on
our website.
Contemporary Design Company (“CDC”) makes every effort to assure that its products
meet high quality and durability standards and warrants to the original retail
consumer/purchaser of our products that each product be free from defects in
workmanship and materials under normal and reasonable use and correct assembly (if
assembled by consumer/purchaser), as follows. Warranty does not apply to defects due
directly or indirectly to misuse, abuse, negligence or accidents, repairs or alterations
outside our facilities or to a lack of maintenance.
1. For a period of FIVE YEARS: Bolted metal frames, stands, towers, pulley systems,
kickplate frame and board, carriage frame, carriage handles, and wheels.
2. For a period of TWO YEARS: Upholstery and upholstery headrest, kickplate face,
harnesses, and grips.
3. For a period of ONE YEAR: Elasticords, rebound elastics, lock knobs, torque
handles, and all other parts.
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Available Shuttle 2000-1 Models
Shuttle 2000-1 Adjustable Backrest
25” Horizontal Stand
Adjustable Backrest
12-200 lbs of resistance at full extension
Shuttle 2000-1 Clinical Package
25” Horizontal Stand
Adjustable Backrest
ROM Control
Shuttle Wobble Board
12-200 lbs of resistance at full extension
Shuttle 2000-1 Clinical Plus
25” Horizontal Stand
Adjustable Backrest
ROM Control
PNF Pulley System
Shuttle Wobble Board
12-200 lbs of resistance at full extension
Shuttle 2000-1 Deluxe Package
25” Tilting Stand
Adjustable Backrest
ROM Control
Foot Supports
PNF Pulley System
Shuttle Wobble Board
12-200 lbs of resistance at full extension
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Assembly of the Shuttle 2000-1 requires two people. If there is any shipping damage
please take a photo of the damage and email to [email protected]
● 1/4” Allen Wrench
● 3/16” Allen Wrench
● 5/32” Allen Wrench
● Sample of Silicone Gel for
lubricating elasticords every 2-3
You will need:
● A friend to help with assembly.
● 7/16” open end or box wrench.
● 1/2" open end or box wrench.
Proceed to Step 7 if you are assembling a
Shuttle 2000-1 Deluxe.
Step 1: Stand Assembly
1. Position the 93” connector bar so there is one stand end on each end.
2. Remove the black caps from bolts on the connector bar.
3. Rest the metal plate end of the bar on the black block in the middle of the stand
end; placing the bolts through the vertical opening.
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4. Add washers then lock nuts. Wait until Step 2.5 to tighten.
Step 2: Add Carriage and Rails to Stand
1. Remove carriage and rails from the box with a friend.
2. Position the carriage and rails so the (4) bolts fit into the holes on the stand ends.
a. Machines with towers: The stand end with two square tower support
blocks needs to be at the head end of the machine.
3. Add washer then lock nuts.
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4. Check for square alignment of stand and rails.
a. Nudge the bottom edge of the stand ends to align.
5. Tighten the (8) nuts under the rails and on each stand end.
6. Add handles to carriage.
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Step 3: Kickplate
1. Cut zip-ties, remove wing nuts, and loosen clamp plates with torque handle to free
up kickplate frame from rails.
2. The kickplate is attached to the rails backwards for shipping purposes.
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a. Once the kickplate is free of the frame, turn 180° and slide the black slide
bars into the end of both rails.
3. Remove forward bolts to make the slots available.
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4. Tilt kickplate frame upright. Align holes on frame with kickplate stand.
5. Add bolts to matching holes.
6. Tighten all (8) bolts to secure the kickplate frame to the black slide bars.
7. Replace clamp plates and secure with supplied torque handles.
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8. Lock down kickplate structure using the quick release handles.
9. Place kickplate with the arrow pointing up on the frame.
10. Attach using 2” washer and torque handle on lower stud.
11. Add white plastic spacer, then T-handle to the top stud.
Continue to steps 4 through 7 only if you have a
Shuttle 2000-1 Clinical Plus or Deluxe model.
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Step 4: Mounting Bar for towers
1. Remove the (2) bolts and (2) nuts from the mounting bar.
2. Align the two holes in the mounting bar with the two holes at the head end of the
rails; Velcro® facing out.
3. Place bolts down through the frame of the mounting bar then add a rubber backed
washer and lock nut to each bolt. Tighten with a wrench.
Step 5: Towers
1. Unwrap towers and remove lower eyebolts with black spacers and nuts.
2. Place over the black plastic blocks at the ends of the stand end. The upper
eyebolts should face the kickplate.
a. If they don’t go into position easily, loosen up the bolt with the supplied
allen wrench.
b. Use the Velcro® to line up the holes in horizontal mounting bar and towers.
3. Add lower eyebolts to mounting bar and towers, tighten securely then add nut
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Step 6: Attach the upper extremity ropes
1. Attach pulleys to towers. Start by adding one pulley to the top and bottom eyebolt
on each tower. The position of the top pulley will determine angle of flexion.
2. Feed the free end of the rope through the top pulley then the lower pulley.
3. Drop the free end of the rope through the hole near the handles, enough to touch
the floor.
4. Feed the rope up and then down to lock into position.
5. When attached properly the rope will lock when engaged and will release quickly
when the free end of the rope is pulled to the side.
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Step 7: Shuttle 2000-1 Deluxe Assembly
1. Open large box and cut the zip tie attaching the carriage to the box.
2. Place the two shipping blocks on the floor to prevent damage during the next step.
3. Remove carriage and rails from box with a friend.
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4. Remove kickplate frame by removing wing nuts and sliding kickplate frame out of
5. Flip carriage and rails over so backrest is facing the ground and place on
cardboard shipping blocks.
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6. Add 30” frame stand to head end of rails.
a. Position stand on felt pads then add (2) washers and (2) nyloc nuts to
b. Hand tighten nuts for later adjustments.
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7. Add 63” connector bar to head end stand.
a. Remove (4) bolts located near the middle of the rails, position mount plate,
then replace the bolts.
b. Remove (2) bolts on head end of stand, position rail to stand.
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8. Tighten all bolts (2) rail end, (4) rail mount plate, and (2) head end mount plate.
9. Attach the folding stand.
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a. Remove (4) nuts and bolts located on the frame.
b. Attach the (2) swivel brackets with the (4) nuts and bolts just removed.
c. Tighten.
d. Position adjustable stand.
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10. Double check all bolts have been securely tightened.
11. Turn over machine with a friend.
12. Add kickplate frame to rails. Secure with torque handles and quick release handle.
Refer to Step 3: Kickplate for installation instructions.
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The information contained within this section outlines the general adjustments of the
Shuttle 2000-1 and methods to ensure safe use of the machine. Familiarity with attaching
elasticords and adjusting the kickplate will allow you to adjust the Shuttle 2000-1 to a
wide range of body sizes and physical abilities. In addition, there are several
recommended physical techniques, which when employed on a correctly adjusted
Shuttle, create a safe exercising environment. A correctly adjusted Shuttle will provide a
challenging workout, which you can customize to help achieve your conditioning goals.
1. Padded Adjustable Kickplate
4. Three Position Adjustable Backrest
2. Variable Elastic Resistance
5. Universal Headrest
3. PNF Pulley System
6. Shuttle Wobble Board
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Located within the carriage, under the kickplate are eight knobs. Once attached they
engage the elasticord for resistance. Always detach the elasticords when machine is
not in use. This prevents premature stretching of the elasticords and greatly extends
their life.
Attaching the Elasticords - To increase resistance attach elasticords one by one to the
slotted plate at the foot end of the machine.
Detaching the Elasticords - To decrease resistance detach elasticords and gently let
them retract into the carriage.
Elasticord Resistance - Each elasticord provides 12 lbs of starting resistance.
Resistance increases as elasticords stretch. When all elasticords are attached they will
provide 240 lbs of resistance at full extension. As skill and strength improve, more
elasticords may be added. Use the Progress Monitor Label to calculate the amount of
resistance each elasticord provides.
Progress Monitor Label - This label is used to track progress by showing load per band.
The foot end of the carriage is utilized as the marker to read resistance. When you know
the distance traveled and the number of elasticords used, you can calculate force. When
you know the number of cycles and the time needed to achieve that number cycles you
can calculate the work.
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To calculate the amount of resistance multiply the number corresponding with the carriage
travel, times the number of bands engaged, times 12 lbs of resistance.
Example - 2 Elasticords @ 12 inches of travel = 30 lbs of resistance.
Standard Spring Scale Force Monitoring - A bathroom spring scale adjusted to zero
while placed vertically on the kickplate under the patient's foot is helpful in verifying
kickplate forces generated by the elasticords.
Located below the eight 12 lb elasticords are the two elasticords that are used for a more
gentle approach for beginning stages of rehab.
The location of the kickplate can be used to control the amount of flexion or extension in
the lower extremities by releasing the kickplate frame lock handles and moving the
kickplate to or from the patient. We suggest that when the machine is in use, if possible,
attach all four knobs on the kickplate frame, however it is not required to have all four
knobs secure when doing simple closed chain exercises. When doing plyometrics it is
necessary to lock both the torque handles and quick release handle.
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Kickplate Position Label - Gives a point of reference for lateral kickplate positioning
along the rail to quickly reproduce a specific setup. This adjustment of the kickplate can
change angle of flexion and increase or decrease elasticord resistance.
1. Loosen all four knobs at the base of the kickplate frame.
2. Slide kickplate to desired position. Use the label to notate the kickplate position
3. Secure all four knobs.
Kickplate Height Adjustment - Grasp the T-knob on the back side of kickplate and rotate
torque handle counterclockwise. Once kickplate is at desired height tighten torque
handle. Use numbers on back side of kickplate to reproduce a specific setup.
1. The top edge of the kickplate can be positioned 36” above the rails, with the lower
edge at 12” above the rails. With this configuration it allows unsupported heel cord
stretch or toe raises off the lower edge of the kickplate.
2. In the lowest position the bottom edge of the kickplate is 7” above the rails, and
the upper edge is 31” above the rails. This position provides straighter alignment of
the body between the hips and feet during exercise.
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Kickplate Cover - The rubber cover on the kickplate is attached with Velcro® and is easily
removed and replaced if it should become excessively worn. The rubber surface may be
cleaned with spray cleaner or rubbing alcohol. Velcro® around the edge of the kickplate
allows for easy attachment of the kickplate cover and accessories such as the Foot
Supports and Proprioceptive Disk.
Advanced Kickplate Position - Pre-load elasticords by moving the kickplate toward the
carriage. This will provide a greater starting load than if the kickplate is positioned near
the foot end of the rails. Use the ROM Strap to control the carriage position when setting
the kickplate in an advanced position. Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further
The adjustable backrest allows the therapist to assist the patient onto the seat while the
backrest is raised or lowered. The Backrest can be adjusted from 0° - 15° - 30° degrees of
tilt. A slightly tilted orientation of the backrest is used to provide a hack squat position for
the patient or help prevent dizziness in some patients. A relief in the backrest foam is
intended to prevent uncomfortable loading on spinal protrusions often experienced by
older patients. It is helpful to allow the patient to lie down and position the body before
attaching the headrest.
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Handles are located on each side of the carriage to help maintain stability when
performing squats and jump activities. Choose the appropriate handle location for a
comfortable body position. The handles may be adjusted by lifting and moving. Press
down on handles to lock into place.
The footrest is located at the end of the carriage. It provides a surface to rest an
uninvolved foot and prevents the body from sliding on the carriage during plyometrics.
Most importantly, the footrest promotes a pelvic tilt position for developing abdominals
and stabilizing the spine during unilateral activities.
The footrest can be relocated closer to the carriage seat to accommodate small children
or further away to accommodate tall patients. Twist knobs to loosen, relocate the footrest
to the desired position and secure with the same knobs.
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The Shuttle 2000-1 Deluxe features an adjustable angle stand. This feature is unique to
the Deluxe model. The tilting stand has two positions, three degrees and eight degrees
down toward the foot end of the machine. By utilizing the tilt, a natural gravitational
resistance is imposed on the patient proportional to his/her weight. The elevation of the
foot end of the Shuttle 2000-1 is controlled by pivoting the stand bracket under the
kickplate end of the frame.
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The back support belt assists in isolating the upper extremities and
torso while supporting the lower back. This accessory is particularly
effective with patients who are unable to maintain a proper postural
position when performing repetitive cycles of concentric, eccentric,
bilateral, unilateral, closed chain and/or plyometric exercises for the
upper extremities.
1. Place the belt over the shoulders and around the waist like a
2. Straddle the carriage facing the kickplate.
3. Position kickplate near the carriage.
4. Attach the Velcro® plate to the footrest.
1. Belt Adjustment - To adjust the length of the rope attaching the belt to the foot
rest, slide the three hole rope lock up or down along the rope assembly. Velcro®
straps over the shoulders allow for height adjustment of the belt.
Use the Foot Support accessory to support feet against the kickplate.
1. Place the foot supports against the kickplate to desired foot placement height.
2. Attach horizontal Velcro® straps to the outside edge of the kickplate.
3. Bring the two vertical straps over the top edge of the kickplate and secure on the
bottom edge of the kickplate.
1. Place one or both feet into foot supports with heels supported.
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2. Secure feet in place using the Velcro® strap.
The curl cups provide an exercise similar to that of a hamstring curl, only it is done in a
seated position.
1. The curl cups mount on the head end of the rails.
2. Secure by tightening the eye bolt.
1. Sit on the carriage facing away from the kickplate.
2. Position the back of heels into the padded cups with legs extended.
a. The ROM Control can be used to limit the degree of extension.
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The Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Pulley System is a form of cable
column, allowing the patient to do a variety of exercises in a number of positions including
supine, sitting, and standing. Activities for strengthening, stabilization, increasing range of
motion, and PNF patterns for the upper and lower extremities can be performed. The
clinician can determine the appropriate angle of resistance as dictated by the injury, the
angle desired can be adjusted by connecting the pulleys to different eye bolts on the
1. Refer to Section II: Assembly Instructions: Step 4 to 6 for installation information.
1. Handles - By connecting the handles to the ropes exercises for the upper
extremities and trunk can be performed.
2. Foot Stirrups - The foot stirrup slips under the arch of the foot and around the
ankle where it is cinched in place with Velcro®.
3. Rope Adjustments - The ropes can be adjusted at three points.
a. Eye Bolts - Moving the pulleys up or down allows for various angles of
b. Coarse - Feed rope through the hole near the handles on the head end
carriage to desired length.
c. Fine - Adjust the three-hole rope lock.
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The ROM strap controls the carriage range of motion affecting the flexion and extension
of the lower extremities, and is particularly effective when used for knee rehabilitation. It is
to be used only when performing controlled closed chain activities (feet do not lose
contact with the kickplate) and not during plyometric exercises which require unrestricted
maximal jumping. If both flexion and extension are to be controlled simultaneously, the
kickplate can be adjusted to control flexion, while the limiter strap is used for controlling
1. Insert the two black slider bars with red strap into the head end of rails.
2. To set the strap, either place it around the head end of the carriage (to limit
extension) or around the foot end of the seat (to limit flexion).
3. Release handle on the ROM Control bars and slide to desired location.
4. Lock handle into place..
1. Control Extension - One end of the strap is locked onto the peg on the sliding
block, then extended around the head end of the carriage and connected to the
peg of the other slide block on the opposite side of the carriage. The handle
should be disengaged. The patient reclines on the carriage, places either one or
both feet on the kickplate and extends their legs until the desired angle of
extension is attained. The patient’s progress from one treatment to the next can be
noted by advances in the length of stroke as indicated by the numbers on the rails.
2. Control Flexion - Working with the upper few degrees of extension can also be
controlled by looping the strap around the foot end of the carriage which ultimately
limits the degree of flexion.
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3. Preload Elasticords - The upper levels of resistance for closed chain leg press
type activities can be obtained by sliding the kickplate toward the carriage. The
limiter strap is then looped around the foot end of the carriage and the handle
The proprioception disk expands the capabilities of the Shuttle 2000-1 by providing an
unpredictable surface in a microgravity condition for proprioceptive, balancing,
stabilization, and strengthening exercises. Sanitize the rubber cover with spray cleaner or
rubbing alcohol.
1. Place the holder on its face and insert the proprioception disk.
2. Place the proprioception disk in desired location on the kickplate with cover facing
3. Wrap the strap over the top of the kickplate and attach to the Velcro®.
4. Pass the lower strap under the kickplate and attach to the Velcro®.
1. Change positions by moving Velcro® strap on the top edge of the kickplate.
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Made of aluminum, our wobble board's unique design provides two angles of slope
allowing different degrees of flexion. It is easy to adjust both laterally and vertically, and is
easy to remove.
1. Hang bracket on the top edge of the kickplate.
2. Attach and select height by using the bracket hole and stud located on the back
side of the Wobble Board.
3. Wobble Board can be rotated 90° to change desired angle of tilt.
1. Slide bracket laterally to change the horizontal position.
Treatment Progression - Focus on stabilization of the wobble board utilizing
ankle, knee, or pelvic floor.
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Flexibility is an important component of successful physical performance for activities of
daily living, enhanced athletic ability, as well as injury prevention. Greater flexibility
increases the range of motion of the joints by increasing the extendibility of the
musculotendinous units responsible for joint articulation. These units are responsible for
the movement and articulation of that joint. This helps prevent injury and increases the
overall power of the patient.
Strength is the ability of a muscle to generate force against resistance. Maintaining a
certain level of strength is important for activities of daily living as well as preventing
injury. Strength is also paramount to developing endurance and power in an athlete.
The resistance provided by the elasticords of the Shuttle 2000-1 continues to increase
through the range of motion. Therefore, initial settings of the elasticords and body
positioning may be adjusted as the injury or condition of the athlete dictates: as the
carriage moves up the rails, the resistance increases as the mechanical advantage
The Shuttle 2000-1 has become an integral part of closed chain therapy. Closed chain
motion occurs when both the proximal and distal bone segments are fixed and there is
movement on both sides of the joint being evaluated. For example, when performing a
squat on the Shuttle 2000-1, the feet remain in contact with the kickplate as the patient
extends and flexes their knees, moving the bone segments on either side of the knee
joint. This form of exercise is functional because most of our daily activities involving the
lower extremities are done with our feet in contact with the ground. Muscle contractions
that occur in closed chain motions are also different than those occurring in open chain.
The advantages to closed chain activities are the following:
1. Exercises for an unstable joint, such as a curate deficient knee, can be performed
safely with the feet in contact with the ground. The inherent stability of the joint is
greater when it is loaded and in a weight bearing position as opposed to being
unsupported and free to move.
2. Closed chain activities stimulate mechano-receptors responsible for the joint’s
sense of proprioception.
3. There is greater muscle activity through muscle co-contractions around the joint in
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closed chain than open chain.
It is sometimes useful to provide a stage of rehabilitation where the patient is required to
coordinate the lateral and vertical stabilization of the knee while performing concentric
and eccentric closed chain activities. This can be done using the upper extremity towers.
By moving the pulley connection up or down on the tower the angle of the loading may
be controlled.
Skill and power are the ultimate goals in many athletic endeavors. Plyometrics training is a
technique used to achieve these goals. The principle is simple. In response to rapid
loading or stretching of a muscle, a subsequent powerful muscular contraction occurs.
This reactive change within the neuromuscular system can be conditioned, through
plyometric exercise, to facilitate faster and more powerful changes in the direction of
Plyometric training is used to increase the overall power output of the muscle. This is
essentially achieved by decreasing the time between the eccentric contraction (extending
leg under tension) and the concentric contraction (bending leg while under tension) within
the stretch shortening cycle of the particular muscle. In conjunction with the strength of
the muscle, the power output of the concentric contraction is increased. (Power being
Distance x Force / Time)
The Shuttle 2000-1 is the ideal tool for sports specific plyometric training. The horizontal
positioning and body weight support allows for greater total quantity of exercise within the
plyometric sessions, more accurate speed and sports specific exercises, and a greatly
reduced potential for injury.
The horizontal position is important in that it makes it easier for the cardiovascular system
to work in support of the plyometric activity ie. improved blood return to the heart
achieving an easier pay back of the oxygen debt created by the anaerobic plyometric
activity. By supporting body weight, the Shuttle 2000-1 minimizes stress on joints and in
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conjunction with the resistance bands allows for more appropriate speed control and over
speed training. Sports specific movement skills are also easier to refine with the control
available utilizing the Shuttle 2000-1. In addition, the kickplate vantage point affords the
coach an ideal view for skill correction. But it is its ability to enhance the speed of
muscular contraction that makes the Shuttle 2000-1 unique.
The following are recommended guidelines for determining your ability to do plyometrics
safely: You may even require a preparatory program for some weeks before you can
begin aggressive plyometrics.
You should be at least able to push your body weight on a leg press. Jump rope for 30
seconds continuously or perform a horizontal jump equal to your height from a standing
The ability to perform five Military push ups is a reasonable guideline for readiness to
commence upper body plyometrics. (To perform a military push up put your hands in the same
position as a regular pushup and keep your elbows against your sides. This will put more pressure on
your triceps than a standard push up.)
In plyometrics, the progression factor is extremely important as is the positioning of the
plyometric section within the context of the overall workout. Warm up is essential and the
plyometric component should not be placed near the conclusion of the overall training
session as muscles may already be nearing fatigue.
Warm up well using a closed chain workout on the Shuttle 2000-1 or a bike followed by
low level plyometric drills and stretching. You are now ready to commence plyometric
activities on the Shuttle 2000-1. The number of sets and repetitions will depend largely on
your fitness base and sports specific needs.
For most beginners three to four sets of plyometric exercises of around 30 seconds each,
would be adequate for the first session. Rest between sets as needed. Progression over
the next few workouts would be a lengthening of time for each set followed by an
increase in the intensity over proceeding workouts. Once the technique of using the
Shuttle and the required level of athleticism has been achieved you are ready to
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commence a more sports specific routine. Remember after your plyometric session, finish
with stretching while muscles are warm. This is an opportune time to work on your
Controlled studies show jump height increases of up to 6 inches in a month can be
achieved using plyometric techniques on the Shuttle 2000-1. The technique used should
be specific to the sport concerned. Double leg jumps for volleyball, single leg for long
jump, high jump, sprinting etc. Jump technique variations include short ballistic jumps
using the ankles, to greater depth jumps with much larger flexion of the knees and hips.
Other variations include the sectioning out of one particular component of a sports skill
movement IE. isolate specific elements within the sporting movement to correct a problem
such as an inappropriate, foot strike, and therefore improve the overall performance of the
movement. It is best to conduct plyometric training every other day, three times per week
to allow muscle tissue to recover.
Whether the Shuttle 2000-1 is being used for the rehabilitation of an injured athlete or for
performance enhancement of a sound and fit athlete, the Shuttle 2000-1 provides a safe
gravity eliminated environment in which to execute these exercises. By increasing
resistance with the elasticords and adjusting the degree of ankle, knee, and hip flexion
with the kickplate, the athlete can perform plyometric exercises which most closely mimic
the dynamic patterns between ground contact and directional rebound, but without the
degree of harmful pounding to the joints and back experienced in conventional weight
bearing, ballistic exercises. You will find the Shuttle 2000-1 extremely adaptable to your
various needs.
Interval aerobic conditioning involves a large muscle mass which sustains low to
moderate work output over a minimum period of 3-5 minutes. Resting occurs in intervals
of between fifteen seconds and one and one half minutes depending on the patient
For older or untrained patients the Shuttle 2000-1 is ideal for use in a sustained aerobic
circuit or simply as an aerobic exercise machine in itself. The patient performs aerobic
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intervals utilizing low to moderate workloads, maintaining constant heart rate and
constant blood pressure throughout, with comfortable recovery periods between each
aerobic interval. When training for cardiovascular health the total time may be as little as
fifteen to twenty minutes a day. As fitness improves the total workout time may increase
to thirty minutes or longer depending on the patient.
Those patients whose goals include weight loss will need to sustain low to moderate
workloads for at least forty minutes to attain any significant level of fat burning. The time
necessary to begin significant fat burning will decrease as the fitness level and work
intensity increases.
In the beginning it may be necessary to sustain a closed chain format (keeping the feet
on the kickplate at all times) to allow the patient to reach the overall exercise time
required. As fitness improves the patient could progress through small double foot jumps
to performing a single leg running drill. To reduce any potential buildup of lactic acid or
stress on any particular joints or muscle group the aerobic intervals should be made up of
a variety of movements. Muscle leaning of the legs and gluteus is also possible using the
above format, however, daily workouts (six times a week) may be required.
If you are an athlete the time of aerobic interval should be tailored to the specific sporting
event for which you are training.
As an example, a boxer may choose a vigorous aerobic interval of three minutes with a
thirty second rest between intervals. To further mimic the energy expenditure required in
the ring the boxer may include short random anaerobic bursts throughout the three minute
A middle to long distance runner would sustain anaerobic threshold throughout the
interval with very short recoveries and may even choose constant exercise for thirty
A basketball player may choose a three to five minute interval made up of a series of
anaerobic plyometric bursts with very short low level active recoveries.
The concept of specificity dictates that you should stress the cardiovascular system in the
way that it is used in your sport. Constant same pace aerobic activity actually works
against your goals of improving anaerobic power whereas an interval period made up of
anaerobic bursts with short active recoveries is more like the way you require the
cardiovascular system to perform during the game.
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Aerobic exercise for a prolonged time is best done on the Shuttle 2000-1 utilizing closed
chain movements (by remaining on the kickplate without jumping). Changing the foot
placement on the kickplate to well
as the external and internal rotation of the feet will provide a variety of muscle recruitment
and help avoid local muscular fatigue.
CAUTION: It should be noted that for some patients, internal or external rotation of the
feet may be uncomfortable and may need to be avoided.
1. Position the patient on the carriage in supine position with feet placed against the
kickplate. This is the primary position on the Shuttle 2000-1.
a. Sitting on the carriage.
b. Kneeling on the carriage, and in advanced cases standing on the carriage.
2. Add or subtract resistance with patient on the carriage.
3. Apply proper pelvic stabilization and lordotic curve for all exercises.
4. Foot Position will determine angle of flexion in relation to the kickplate.
5. If the patient is not able to hold their feet against the kickplate use the Foot
Support accessory.
6. Addition of the PNF Pulley System.
7. Addition of the Wobble Board or Proprioceptive Disk.
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With a little creativity, it is possible to modify these exercises to suit individual treatment
and training goals, as many of the exercises have multiple applications. For example, try
adjusting the kickplate position, backrest angle, resistance, and/or angle of flexion of the
patients extremities. In addition, the Shuttle 2000-1 is an appropriate platform for applying
pilate’s principles of exercise for further versatility. Refer to Section III. Adjusting Your
Shuttle 2000-1 for additional adjustments and form.
CAUTION: As with any exercise program, patients should consult a physician or
physical therapist before starting a workout on the Shuttle 2000-1. Apply proper pelvic
stabilization and lordotic curve for all of the following exercises. Gradually increase
resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
The Shuttle 2000-1 can be utilized for all three stretching techniques as dictated by both
the injury and the nature of the activity for which an athlete is training: Ballistic (repetitive
bouncing motions), Static Stretching (stretching a muscle to the point of discomfort and
then holding it at that point for an extended period of time) and PNF (alternating
contractions and stretches).
1. Raise kickplate to the highest position.
2. Place both feet on the upper area of the kickplate and fully extend the legs.
3. Walk down the kickplate until the balls of the feet are parallel, shoulder width
apart, and the heels are hanging unsupported beneath the bottom edge of the
kickplate. Ankles are neutral and relaxed with the weight equally supported by
both feet.
4. Gently push the heels toward the foot end of the machine until a stretch is felt.
5. Hold for 5-10 seconds and return to the neutral starting position.
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6. Perform 5 sets and rest for 30 seconds between each set.
7. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
Variation - Keeping both feet on the kickplate alternate weight from one foot to the other.
You should feel a slow sustained stretch.
Variation - With minimal resistance gently jump off the kickplate. Keep the hips square
and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve. The knees will need to bend slightly at
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1. Position the kickplate close to the carriage. The more flexible the patient, the
closer the kickplate.
2. Place both feet up on the kickplate, shoulder width apart, and extend the legs.
3. Keeping one foot in place on the kickplate, cross the ankle of the other leg over
the extended leg so that the outside of the ankle rests just above the knee (on the
lower thigh). The bent knee should be pointed outward as much as possible and
the hip externally rotated. The tibia is perpendicular to the femur.
4. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
5. Gradually bend the extended leg until a stretch is felt.
6. Hold for 5-10 seconds, and return to the starting position. Repeat 5 times.
7. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
Adjustment - To limit range add ROM Control. Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further
HAMSTRING STRETCH - Refer to PNF Exercises on page 52
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
2. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
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3. Flexing at the hips, draw the knees into the chest.
4. Place one foot (the uninvolved leg) on the upper part of the kickplate. Press back,
extending the knee.
5. Place the other foot toward the bottom edge of the kickplate. This leg will be
6. The feet should be shoulder width apart and approximately one shoe length
between the heel of the upper foot and the toes of the bottom foot.
7. Bending both knees, slowly return toward the kickplate until a stretch is felt in the
soleus of the lower leg. The gastrocnemius should be in a relaxed condition.
8. Hold for 30-40 seconds and repeat 3 times.
9. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
2. Place your feet on the kickplate, parallel and shoulder width apart, flexing 90
degrees at the hip, knee, and ankle.
3. Press back on the kickplate, extending the knees. Do not snap the knees into
4. As strength and condition improve, gradually increase the degree of initial flexion
by lowering the position of the feet on the kickplate and/or by positioning the body
on the carriage closer to the kickplate. When one side is significantly weaker than
the other, the stronger leg may compensate until the weaker side improves.
Variation - Progress on to unilateral squats.
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Variation - Squats with feet turned out - This exercise is designed to working the
1. Place each foot on the outside edge of the kickplate. Externally rotating from the
hips, and tucking the buttox under, turn the feet outward. The entire foot should
remain in contact with the kickplate.
2. The degree to which the feet may be safely turned outward is related to the
patient’s ability to keep the knee in line with the foot and the height at which the
feet are placed on the kickplate.
1. Place the feet on the upper area of the kickplate and fully extend the legs.
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2. Walk the feet down the kickplate until the balls of the feet are parallel, shoulder
width apart, and the heels are hanging unsupported beneath the bottom edge of
the kickplate. Ankles are neutral and relaxed with the weight equally supported by
both feet.
3. Raise up on the toes of both feet.
4. Lower heels to starting position.
5. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps with a 30 second rest in between each set.
6. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
Variation - Increase the shifting of weight from one side to the other until using just one
Variation - Combine both toe raises and heel cord stretch to form a complete range of
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1. Lie on either side of the body on the carriage.
2. Place the upper foot against the kickplate with foot parallel to the floor. (Rotation of
the foot clockwise or counter clockwise will involve different muscle groups.)
3. Press with the upper foot keeping it securely on the kickplate.
4. This exercise may be accomplished without leaving the kickplate.
5. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
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1. Place one foot on the foot rest with the knee vertically oriented above the foot.
2. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
3. Place the other foot on the kickplate in the upper corner such that the foot is
internally rotated. (This requires the leg to be almost crossed at the knees and the
internally rotated foot to be above and outboard of the knee of the uninvolved
4. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
This is good for working the gluteus maximus and hamstrings while requiring body
stabilization and balance.
1. Kneel on the carriage facing the kickplate while keeping the back straight, arms
outstretched, and elbows locked.
2. Propel the carriage by opening the angle at the hips. Keep back aligned and
straight above the waist.
3. Exercise in a slow controlled manner.
4. Gradually increase resistance, repetitions, and sets as skill improves.
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1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. The fewer bands, the more difficult
this exercise is to do.
2. While standing on the carriage lean forward and position yourself on the top edge
of the kickplate.
3. Bend at the waist, maintain flat back, propel the carriage slowly towards the head
end of the machine.
4. Now using a slow deliberate stroke allow the carriage to move toward the kickplate
thus tightening the hamstrings.
5. Again slowly reverse the carriage movement toward the head end and begin the
extension of the body against the resistance of the elasticords.
This exercise aids in balance and pelvic stabilization. Builds kinesthetic awareness and
strengthens the pelvic structure while working the quads, gluteus, abdominals, and lower
1. Kneel on carriage with hands below shoulders and one knee resting on the
2. With hips parallel to backrest. Place the other leg on kickplate in line with the body
and fully extend.
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Variation - Add Proprioceptive Disk to aid in balance, core strengthening, and pelvic
stabilization. Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further information.
Position kickplate near the carriage.
Kneel on the carriage facing away from the kickplate.
Place a large exercise ball on the carriage.
Position pelvis and chest on ball using your arms and hips as stabilizers.
Raise up on toes, bend knees, place both feet on the kickplate one at a time.
Begin performing bilateral squats while maintaining balance on the ball.
1. While on your back place one foot on the footrest and the other on the kickplate.
2. Press down on handles with arms, lift pelvis, and extend leg.
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Variation - Add second leg. Maintain pelvic stability.
Variation - Add Wobble Board or Proprioceptive Disk
1. Attach Wobble Board to Kickplate. Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further
2. Place both feet on the Wobble Board.
3. Alternate pressure in a stepping motion keeping feet in contact with the Wobble
Board or disk.
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1. Position kickplate near the carriage.
2. Sit on carriage facing the kickplate with feet off the floor.
3. Press off of the kickplate with both hands.
Variation - Shoulder Stabilization
An excellent closed chain proprioception exercise is done by placing a 5 to 6” ball
between the hand and the kickplate.
1. Sit on carriage facing the kickplate with feet off the floor.
2. Place both hands on a proprioceptive disk or ball and maintain shoulder and wrist
stability through the press.
Variation - Unilateral
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Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
Position kickplate near the carriage.
Sit on carriage facing the kickplate with feet off the floor.
Place hands in line with shoulders.
Press with both hands.
Alternate between protracting and retracting shoulder blades against resistance.
Adjustment - Add Back Support Belt - Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further
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Variation - Unilateral Press
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The PNF Pulley System allows the patient to incorporate PNF stretching into an exercise
or rehabilitation protocol. By using the handles attached the direction of force may be
controlled. The resistance is controlled by the number of elasticords attached. Apply
proper pelvic stabilization and lordotic curve for all of the following applications.
You can aid in establishing communication between the left and right side of the brain
using the cross crawl drill.
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
2. Place one foot on kickplate.
3. Grasp PNF handle with opposite arm. (Adjust PNF rope length to appropriate
4. Press off kickplate with foot and pull with opposite arm towards body.
1. Jump off the kickplate with the right foot and pull down with the left arm.
2. Alternate by jumping with the left foot and pull with the right arm.
3. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
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Adjustments - Use Foot Supports to support feet against the kickplate and Adjustable
Backrest to desired height for patient comfort. Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. Approximately 2-5 Elasticords.
2. Position the kickplate close to the carriage. The more flexible the patient, the
closer the kickplate will be placed.
3. Place and fully extend one leg on the kickplate.
4. Place the opposite involved foot in the stirrup with knee bent.
5. Raise the right foot toward the ceiling so that the knee is extended and the leg is
6. Using the fine adjustment on the PNF rope, adjust patients leg to just before the
patient begins to feel the stretch.
7. To control the stretch bend the uninvolved leg moving carriage toward the
kickplate beginning the stretch.
8. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
9. Hold for 10-15 seconds and release. Repeat 5 times on each leg.
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Variation - Control the stretch by gently pulling down on the handle that is attached to the
Contract-Relax Technique: Push, by contraction, the antagonist (muscle that will be
stretched) isotonically against the resistance of the therapist. The patient then relaxes the
antagonist muscle while the therapist moves the limb passively through as much range as
possible to the point where limitation is again felt. Alternatively, set the resistance, or
engage the ROM Control, so the carriage won’t move. When the patient lowers or raises
their leg, they contract or relax the hamstring.
Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
Keeping one foot on the footrest, attach foot stirrup to other foot.
Extend leg towards ceiling with knee locked but not hyperextended.
Rotate leg out, around, and back to starting position.
Variation - Place both feet into the stirrups. Set resistance. Rotate both legs externally
then up back together then down.
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1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
2. Sit on carriage facing the kickplate with feet off the floor.
3. Outstretched to the sides, bring the arms straight forward, then bring arms slowly to
the chest.
4. Reverse the pattern.
Variation - Face the head end of the machine.
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This exercise is good for scapular retraction and upper body stabilization.
Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. Approximately 1 to 3 elasticords.
Straddle the carriage facing the head end of the machine keeping feet off the floor.
Adjust the pulleys on the towers to provide the proper angle.
Grasp handles with palms facing down.
Pull towards chest maintain proper form.
Variation - Attach the two cords together using the carabiner as a connector thereby
bringing the load to a single point. This exercise will require a scapular retraction.
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Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. Approximately 1 to 3 elasticords.
Straddle the carriage facing the head end of the machine keeping feet off the floor.
Adjust the pulleys on the towers to provide the proper angle.
Grasp handles with palms facing down.
Pull hands down to sides.
Adjustments - Have patient sit on proprioception disk. This provides a pulsating force on
the spine.
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A series of standing exercises may be accomplished using the upper extremity towers
and the foot stirrups or handles. Set the resistance as injury dictates and place the stirrup
around the knee. By orienting the body in various positions a full range of muscles may
be exercised.
Primary muscles: gluteus maximus and hamstrings. Flexing the knee isolates the gluteus
Primary muscles: psoas major, iliacus, and the secondary muscles are the rectus femoris,
sartorius, pectineus, tensor fascia lata, adductor longus and brevis.
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Primary muscles: gluteus medius, and the secondary muscles are the tensor fascia lata,
gluteus medius and maximus.
A series of shoulder exercises may be accomplished using the upper extremity towers
and the handles. Set the resistance as injury dictates and grasp the handle. By orienting
the body in various positions a full range of shoulder and arm muscles may be exercised.
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When performing plyometrics on the Shuttle 2000-1 the patient should lock the handle on
the kickplate frame and hold onto the carriage handles. The following plyometric
exercises are to be executed with maximum effort while avoiding jarring and unnecessary
impact with the rebound system located at both the upper and lower ends of the tracks. It
is imperative that the necessary resistance of the elasticords is initially set to minimize the
stress of impact to the shoulders at the head end of the stroke. Conversely, the stress of
impact at the foot of the stroke should be absorbed by the active leg(s) and not by the
rebound system. This is accomplished through controlled contact with the kickplate as the
patient returns to the bottom of the stroke. Normal muscle recruitment time is about 120
milliseconds . This can be decreased to about 85 milliseconds as a result of plyometric
CAUTION: If you do too much it can lead to muscle injury or tendonitis. If you have
any discomfort two hours after training you have done too much. Decrease the
intensity of your next session.
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. Maximum of 12” of travel when
2. Position both feet on the kickplate, parallel and shoulder width apart. The height of
the feet on the kickplate will depend on the desired degree of ankle and knee
flexion, and the relationship between the hips and feet.
3. Grasp handles for stability.
4. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
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5. Jump upward, extending fully at the hips and straightening the legs. Keep the
back flat and head in a relaxed position on the headrest.
6. Upon return to the kickplate, bend the knees slightly so that they are not straight
when the feet make contact with the kickplate.
7. Immediately jump off the kickplate without further bending the knees.
8. Perform 6 to 8 jumps of maximal effort, rest 45 seconds, and repeat for 5 sets.
Variation - Unilateral - Perform jumps with one leg while resting the other on the footrest
or pulled into the chest.
In conventional vertical plyometrics, the athlete may land with two to three times his/her
body weight, thus requiring additional time for the body to decelerate in order to prepare
to jump again. Strength also becomes an issue. However, since plyometrics is utilized to
train the neuromuscular system to respond more quickly to ground impact, use of the
Shuttle 2000-1 can be focused on muscle recruitment and firing instead of strength. By
reducing the weight of the body at impact, reaction to ground contact can be increased
since the body does not have to take so much time to slow itself down.
The combination of alternating feet and decreasing foot contact time on the kickplate
while equally involving the hips, knees, and ankles in a kinetic chain can be important
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factors in improving speed.
1. Set resistance as injury and condition dictate. Approximately 2 to 5 elasticords.
2. Perform high speed running drills on the kickplate. (gradually decreasing contact
time on the kickplate)
3. Bring the knees right up to the chest.
4. Keep the hips square and the back flat to maintain a lordotic curve.
5. The carriage should virtually remain in place while the workout is performed.
This exercise isolates the gastrocnemius (calf) and reduces the involvement of the
Set resistance as injury and condition dictate.
Place feet parallel on the kickplate, shoulder width apart.
Extend the legs, keeping the knees soft, but not stiff or locked.
Push off the kickplate with the toes, using the foot and ankle.
When the feet return to the kickplate, the feet should be flat.
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1. Attach 1 to 3 elasticords.
2. Use arms to propel and stop the carriage while keeping the feet off the floor.
3. Keep elbows slightly bent to absorb load when landing.
Variation - Hand Positioning - As with the feet, a variety of hand positions are possible
when propelling off and landing on the kickplate.
Adjustments - Add Back Support - Refer to Section IV. Accessories for further information.
Excellent for injury prevention by virtue of unilateral jump training with random eccentric
loading helps train the patient to handle emergency conditions.
1. Mark with tape or chalk, five or six locations on the kickplate.
a. Take a look at the Color Kickplate. Part #2450
2. Jump away from the kickplate and select a landing target as you descend toward
the kickplate. Land on one leg each time reversing the resting leg up toward the
3. Select a different target on each jump. This will help train your proprioceptive skills,
strengthen, and speed up the response of the lateral support muscles of the leg.
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This exercise will simulate a vigorous downhill mogul training program building dynamic
strength and endurance.
1. Start this exercise at low resistance and gradually work up to near body weight
over a period of sessions.
2. Place feet parallel on the kickplate, shoulder width apart. Turn both feet to the left.
3. Put more weight on the left foot than the right, jump and rotate the feet to the right.
Keep the knees in alignment with the feet.
4. Upon impact with the kickplate, jump off putting more weight on the right foot more
than the left.
Variation: While laying supine with legs in a flexed position on the kickplate, have an
assistant push the carriage or handles toward the kickplate with varying loads in a
random pattern.
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Your Shuttle 2000-1 is a high quality rehabilitation and exercise machine and it will
function reliably and efficiently for many years. However, some basic maintenance is
necessary to keep it in peak operating condition. The Shuttle will exhibit performance
irregularities which indicate a need for specific maintenance procedures. Below is a list of
these irregularities and the methods of returning it to normal operation through step by
step instructions.
Inspect Elasticords
1. Dry Elasticords - Lubrication is suggested every 6 months. A well maintained
elasticord should last 3 to 5 years.
2. Sagging or Weak Elasticords resulting from standard use and elasticords being
hooked up for long periods of time when not in use - If the elasticords feel like they
are not providing enough resistance replace them.
Part #2011 - SILICONE GEL - 5.3 oz tube
Part #2407 - SET OF 8 ELASTICORDS - 12.5# LOAD
Part #2419 - ELASTICORD - 12.5# LOAD
Lubricate Elasticords
1. Have an assistant lay on the Carriage and press with one band attached at a time.
2. Apply Shuttle Systems Silicone Gel with a glove.
Part #2011 - SILICONE GEL - 5.3 oz tube
Remove Carriage
1. Disengage rebound plate under the carriage.
a. Twist silver plate about 45° until it pops up into the carriage.
b. This should allow the carriage to clear the two rubber stops on rail frame.
2. Remove carriage from rails with an assistant, turn over for maintenance.
Replace Elasticords
1. With carriage turned over, replace one elasticord at a time for proper alignment.
2. Pop the head end of elasticord from the anchor slot and pull out of carriage.
3. Feed new elasticord through carriage and attach by stretching and rolling the end
into the anchor slot.
Part #2407 - SET OF 8 ELASTICORDS - 12.5# LOAD
Part #2419 - ELASTICORD - 12.5# LOAD
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Check Rebound Elastic
1. Replace if cracked or broken.
2. Lubricate with Silicone Gel.
Part #2417 - REBOUND ELASTIC - with hardware
Part #2011 - SILICONE GEL - 5.3 oz tube
Check Rebound standoff bumpers
1. Replace rubber covers if worn.
Clean inside surfaces of rails
1. Use rag and spray cleaner to remove any dust and debris. WD-40 will cut most
dust & dirt lumps that build up in the rails.
Check all wheels for wobble and lubricate bearings
1. If loose tighten with ½” wrench and allen wrench to snug, then back off ¼ turn.
2. Lubricate each wheel bearing with one drop of Tri-Flow®.
Install Carriage
1. With an assistant, slide carriage into rails.
2. Reach under the carriage, pull down, then rotate the rebound plate back to its
original transverse position. This is very important because it engages the rebound
3. Lubricate rebound contact surfaces with silicone gel.
4. Push the carriage back and forth a few times to check that it stops at both ends of
the rails and is smooth.
Check Kickplate cover for wear
1. To replace, remove damaged cover and apply new cover.
Check Kickplate frame for wobble
1. If the frame wobbles remove kickplate frame from rails and tighten all bolts.
a. 4 tightening points - Two handles lock the kickplate to the rail and two
torque handles lock the plates against the rail.
2. When you lock all of them down, test to make sure the kickplate is secure.
3. The plate that secures the kickplate must be on the outside of the rail, sometimes
it will be slid inside the rail, if that happens it will prevent you from locking it down.
Part #2406 T-HANDLE - 5/16"
Check t-knob and torque handle on kickplate
1. Use t-knob to set kickplate height.
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2. Use torque handle to secure the kickplate to the frame.
Part #2405 - KICKPLATE TORQUE HANDLE - 5/16"
Part #2406 - T-HANDLE - 5/16"
Lubricate Black Slide Bars on Kickplate Frame
1. Loosen all knobs and pull kickplate frame to expose black slide bars.
2. Lubricate top and bottom of black slide bars with Tri-Flow®.
Check Backrest Velcro®
1. Replace Backrest if Velcro® won't hold headrest securely.
2. Tools Required: Large phillips screwdriver.
Check Carriage Seat for wobble
1. If seat is loose tighten screws from under carriage.
Check Carriage Handle foam for cracks
1. Replace if worn.
Part #2434 - LATERAL HANDLE with FOAM COVER (Each)
Check Headrest for cracks
1. Replace if damaged.
Check Towers for wobble (Clinical Plus and Deluxe models only)
a. Tighten all mounting bolts at end of frame on the cross brace and bolts at
base of towers. Refer to Assembly Step 4 to 5
b. Each tower should have two pulleys, one rope, handle and foot basket.
c. Secure ropes to carriage. Refer to Assembly Step 6
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