Exercise & Fitness
Tips for Evaluating a Potential Exercise Facility for People with Disabilities
- Does the facility have automatic entrance doors and accessible parking (wide spaces to accommodate vans and lifts)?
- Are aisles between machines wide enough for wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices?
- Is there an accessible elevator?
- Is the staff trained in sensitivity to disabilities and assistive technology?
- Are staffers willing and competent to help with adjusting equipment or assisting with transfers?
- Is there adaptive exercise equipment such as roll-in strength training machines, hand cycles, underwater exercise equipment, etc.?
- Are classes offered that are tailored to disabled patrons, such as wheelchair aerobics, aqua yoga, martial arts for persons who are physically challenged, and so on?
- Are the machines with cables and pulleys adjustable for people of different heights?
- Do locker rooms have accessible restrooms, showers with benches, lockers and sinks at appropriate heights, accessible hooks, lowered blow dryers for hair and hands?
- Are floor materials non-skid?
- Is there a ramp entry into the whirlpool and pool? Is there a submersible wheelchair for water entry?
- If there are other services such as massage, tanning, and spa treatments do they have accessible beds, etc.?