[nabs-l] access to Work Out Equipment

Brice Smith brsmith24 at hotmail.com
Sat Jun 13 04:51:58 UTC 2009


These suggestions are often true to some extent or another. Half the equipment in my university's gym is accessible, at least in part.


It's nice to work out with people, which is often what I do. In that case, when using a bike or treadmill I can just ask my partner for relevant information. Same with amount of weight being used.

 

There are also pocket-sized devices you can buy that talk and tell you information like heart rate, calories burned, speed, ETC. These are independent of the machine used, but I suppose would work consistently well.

 

I really wish stuff like the p90x workout was accessible. Of course most of these exercises can be found elsewhere If you look hard enough, but I know people using it with very pleasing results and intense workout sessions. You work alternating muscles, where you actually must "work" for ripped results. High price tag or not, it's ranked and reviewed well. Since the program is video-based, I'm guessing there's a visual component to the program that would be hard to overcome. It would be nice, though.

 

Brice
> From: loneblindjedi at samobile.net
> To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
> Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 23:57:49 -0400
> Subject: Re: [nabs-l] access to Work Out Equipment
> 
> I don't know about that, but i do know that Curves has some accessible 
> equipment. You just sit in it (or stand) and start moving. It's all 
> hydrolicly controlled. I also know that other gyms have equipment where 
> you control the weight by putting apin in the right hole. The problem 
> with that is, which one is the right hole? I suppose one could just count.
> 
> Respectfully,
> Jedi
> 
> 
> Original message:
> > Hey, I apologize, I know this is an old thread. I've been really busy and
> > am just now getting to my E mail. I have a question. Does anyone know if
> > NFB or ACB has ever tried to push for accessible exercise equipment? It
> > seems to me they would make a killing! I don't know about you, but I would
> > pay a little extra for a talking treadmill, or elliptical.
> 
> > Thoughts?
> > Jessica Kostiw
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> > From: "Ashley Bramlett" <bookwormahb at earthlink.net>
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> > Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 5:34 PM
> > Subject: [nabs-l] access to appliances
> 
> 
> >> Hi all,
> 
> >> Now a days it seems like more flat pannels out there! Many students live
> >> at home when not studying at college in the dorms. For those of you in
> >> your own places, a question.
> 
> >> How have you made your appliances accessible? All appliances are flat:
> >> microwaves, stoves, and ovens. Dishwashers too. These flat touch screens
> >> can be labeled so we can use them. Stoves are another problem though.
> >> I know there are talking microwaves. Are there other talking appliances?
> >> It would be neat to have a talking dishwasher so it could call out to you
> >> when your dishes were done!
> 
> >> Do you have stoves you can feel the burners? Most stoves now have flat
> >> tops! I was at Sears and another store and saw this. I don't think a
> >> flat stove would be real safe. I have one at home here and use my vision
> >> for it. Its harder to center the pots. When I could touch the burners I
> >> touched them before turning on the stove. I centered the pot and then
> >> turned the stove on. My point being flat stoves are not as accessible!
> >> When they started making flat stoves with flat burners they didn't think
> >> of low vision.
> >> I have tunnel vision. The burners are not even a different color making
> >> it hard to see! You can only see it after the stove is turned on and the
> >> burner turns a redish color from the heat.
> 
> >> Are there companies that have more accessible appliances than others? If
> >> so, which ones? Any out there making the old type of stove where the
> >> burners were raised?
> >> Just wondering what's out there. If this is a problem, NFB should
> >> advocate for accessibility.
> 
> >> Ashley
> 
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