A Checklist for Creating Accessible Fitness Centres

Whether a community gym, school workout room, or office fitness centre, many designers overlook accessibility in their plans. This article by Hank Falstad of Access Advocates provides a quick overview of key features you won’t want to leave out.

Accessibility starts before gym-goers enter the door. Check that your parking lot and entrances meet accessibility standards. Pay particular attention to doors, stairs and handrails.

All areas of the fitness centre should be accessible. Don’t forget to include pools, saunas, washrooms, lockers and exercise machines in your review. Falstad gets specific about the dos and don’ts for each area. Don’t forget to check your plans against accessibility standards in your area.

To access Falstad’s full list of accessible fitness musts, click here.