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Accessible Gym Specialising in Exercise for Disabled People Opens in Scotland

Whilst watching STV News I was excited to learn that a new fitness facility called DR Inclusive Fitness has opened in Loanhead, Edinburgh by owner Dale Robertson with the aim of supporting those who find it difficult to access regular gyms.

Having worked with disabled people for over fifteen years, personal trainer Dale wanted to provide a place for people with health conditions to receive a mix of rehabilitation, personal training and peer support.

Since its launch, Dale has seen great demand for inclusive fitness facilities which isn’t surprising considering around 1 in 5 people have a disability. It’s great to see the personal training service provided by DR Inclusive Fitness has been well received. Particularly for disabled people who can’t physically access regular gym buildings or their standard equipment.

But for anyone who can’t travel to the inclusive gym in Edinburgh, they won’t have to miss out as Dale also offers home visits. This is a great way to still get involved for anyone looking to maintain an active lifestyle.

DR Inclusive fitness gym also offers bespoke equipment that isn’t available in other standard gyms. Having this specialist accessible gym equipment enables disabled people to achieve their fitness goals and wheelchair users can remain in their own wheelchairs to access the equipment.

Dale studied sports coaching for his degree and gained experience while coaching at a mainstream school. There he met a young wheelchair user and helped support her to take part in playing tennis after noticing she wasn’t involved in sports like her classmates.

His interest in helping disabled people take part in fitness continued, further adding to his vast knowledge and passion of adapting exercises, muscle maintenance/strengthening, cardio workouts and flexibility/stretching for each person.

He wants to help “break down barriers within the fitness industry and make fitness and wellbeing inclusive for everyone.”

All gyms should be accessible with a range of equipment and fitness machines accessible to disabled people. But DR Inclusive Fitness is showing what is possible. So here’s to more gyms upping their accessibility game.

To find out more about DR Inclusive Fitness visit @drinclusivefitness on Instagram and Facebook.

Here is a short video of me getting in some exercise at an outdoor accessible gym in Portugal.

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