Exercise and Disability: Resources for Accessible Gym Equipment
Exercise is an important part of everyonone's health and well-being. Here are some resources for accessible gyms and home equipment.
It can be difficult to find accessible gym equipment that caters to persons with disabilities. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of facilities and businesses where you can enjoy accessible gym equipment—or buy them for personal use.
Finding an Adaptive Fitness Facility
There are a variety of recreational and fitness facilities that cater to persons with disabilities. Accessible gyms go above ADA requirements for sports facilities and include special exercise equipment, ramps, and elevators.
Ability360 is a state-of-the-art fitness center that offers programs that empower people with disabilities so that they may lead independent lifestyles and have control over their choices. It includes an area where wheelchair-using athletes can exchange their wheelchair for a sports wheelchair. They also feature locker rooms with wide doorways for easier navigation.
US Adaptive Athletics has a center in Arizona that enables disabled citizens to achieve their fitness and training goals. The fitness center houses equipment customized to the needs of people with disabilities. Those who need assistance will be pleased to know that staff are readily available. They also offer exercise programs that may be used for short term and ongoing treatments.
Those who prefer personal adaptive training can opt for DPI Adaptive Fitness. Their physical therapists can improve therapy sessions. They also help those with disabilities focus on specific strengthening exercises in their pre-designed programs. Their focus is to help members progress from their current fitness or functional level through collaboration with their rehab team, doctors, and family.
Try Accessible Fitness Classes
Once you’ve found a fitness facility that meets your needs, try out their fitness classes. Ability360 has fitness classes which include introduction to weight training and scuba diving lessons.
The Goodwill Fitness Center teaches yoga, balance, Zumba, and has a stay-fit program. Before disabled members take a class, they can schedule a one-on-one session to evaluate whether the facility can cater to their needs.
Wheely Good Fitness holds group fitness classes with its founder and motivational speaker, Kris Saunders-Stowe. Saunders-Stowe leads some classes himself. While he might not be able to try all the possible exercises, he understands how disability can affect body temperature, energy levels, temperature regulation, and range of motion.
Personal Fitness Equipment
If you want to purchase your own personal fitness equipment, that works too! Sportaid has a range of fitness equipment designed for people with disabilities. These include equipment customized for the upper and lower body, and wheelchair gloves that enable users to hold different types of fitness equipment.
1-800-Wheelchair.com offers a full range of wheelchair exercise equipment in their online store. Their extensive range includes exercise bands and balls, leg and arm exercisers that let users experience the ultimate workout.
Please note that AmeriDisability Services does not sponsor any of the items mentioned in this article. If you know an accessible fitness facility near your area, then go for it! At the end of the day, what matters is that you stay fit and healthy at all times.