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RESNA Standard for Inclusive Fitness Environments

Inclusive fitness is creating fitness centers that are welcoming and accessible to people of all abilities. This doesn’t just mean accessible facilities and fitness equipment, but also includes classes that are open to people of all abilities, welcoming staff, and marketing information that is accessible—in short, an inclusive culture.

The newly updated American National Standard for Inclusive Fitness provides inclusive fitness information, standards, regulations, best practices, and policies that facilitate accessible fitness environments for people of all abilities. The standards provides guidelines related to facility policy, built environment, equipment, staff, trainers, users, and outreach and marketing.


The updated standard can:

  • create an inclusive environment within your facility where everyone feels welcome
  • improve your user and member experience
  • help you understand and overcome inclusive barriers in facility policies, layout, staffing, training, and marketing
  • demonstrate compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirement for state and local governments, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities
  • help your staff and trainers meet the needs of all clients

RESNA’s Assistive Technology Standards are approved for publication as American National Standards by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ensuring that the standards development process meets the Institute’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process.

To learn more about inclusive fitness and the importance of having a standard, review the below interview from RESNA’s Inclusive Fitness Standards Committee Chair, Stephanie Schnorbus Stephens, Ph.D.


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