As we finalize plans to attend the Medical Fitness Association Conference (MFA) in Orlando Florida and present Strength Conditioning for Individuals with intellectual, cognitive and developmental disabilities”, I remember the first discussions our trainers and friends had about designing a piece of fitness equipment to make specific strength and cardio exercises easier to perform for clients with disabilities.
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Summer is that time of the year that offers us the time to explore, travel, and reconnect with relatives and friends. As for Right Fit trainers and staff, it provided the time to discuss designing a piece of fitness equipment that will make strength and endurance exercises easier for our clients with physical and mental disabilities.
Because there is often a lack of inclusive equipment in community fitness centers, people with disabilities may have to get creative. More often than not, they must find ways to make use of the equipment that was not designed with their needs in mind. While having to find ways to use the existing equipment is not optimal, it may be necessary until more fitness centers provide equipment that is inclusive and accessible for everyone.
I was browsing through some headlines today and noticed a theme I usually don’t see… There were several articles that discussed the inaccessibility of fitness equipment for people with disabilities and ways that things are starting to change (check out two articles here and here). This has become a fairly hot topic in the field of disability and physical activity over the past several years, but it is rare to see articles in the general media about it.