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Discover Accessible Fitness: A Wheelchair User's Guide for Using Fitness Equipment

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), in partnership with Beneficial Designs, released a new resource titled, “Discover Accessible Fitness: A Wheelchair User’s Guide for Using Fitness Equipment”. 

For the Consumer:

This booklet is designed to serve as a wheelchair user’s guide for using fitness equipment. This guide will help you safely and effectively use equipment most often found in fitness centers. Stability issues in regards to exercising in your wheelchair as well as safety regarding transfers will be addressed. Adaptive equipment that can help you perform your exercise program with greater ease is discussed, in addition to exercise precautions relating to some secondary conditions. A full overview of the components of fitness including cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility are included along with photo and text descriptions of useful exercises for wheelchair users.

For the Professional:

This booklet can serve as a tool for fitness professionals to become familiar with key considerations for wheelchair users using fitness equipment and to broaden their knowledge to help more people.  This guide discusses safety, stability, adaptive equipment, accessibility, exercise precautions, and a full overview of the components of fitness including cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility.  Additionally, fitness professionals can increase their competitive edge and stand out among peers with the ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) Certification.

This guide can be viewed online at and is available for download.  To request a print copy, please contact NCHPAD at 800-900-8086 or  


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