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IFI MARK EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
Clubs must provide the following inclusive equipment to achieve IFI Mark Accreditation at the different levels:
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CV equipment Treadmill, upright or 30 per cent of total Analysis of the size of
recumbent cycle, upper treadmills and 30 per cent the gym will determine
body ergometer of total bikes the percentage of IFI-
accredited equipment
required
Resistance Leg curl, leg press or leg Same as the Provisional Provisional Level package
equipment extension, upper body Level package plus additional wheelchair-
multi-station (high-low accessible upper body
adjustable pulley) or resistance equipment
equivalent upper body (including chest press,
resistance single stations shoulder press, seated
row, lat pulldown)
Additional Range of small equipment, IFI-accredited small IFI-accredited small
dumbbells, Dyna-bands etc equipment package equipment package
Additional Additional products that Additional products that Additional products that
desirable
add value and variety add value and variety add value and variety
to the fi tness offering to the fi tness offering to the fi tness offering
including cross-trainers, including cross-trainers, including cross-trainers,
vibration and balance vibration and balance vibration and balance
training equipment training equipment training equipment
workout, irrespective of impairment, and that’s readily accessible by wheelchair Accessible environment
rightly demand that operators make this users is an important consideration. Considerations include clear colour
opportunity available to them. The current industry situation contrast between the equipment
However, too often the notion of is considered by Dawn Hughes, IFI and the fl oor (above and right)
minimum provision is applied when it equipment manager: “The IFI is delighted
comes to including disabled people. In with the increasing level of choice commercial and voluntary sectors.
the context of fi tness equipment, this available to purchasers when selecting Additionally, a number of capital
approach seems to make little sense inclusive equipment. In gaining IFI funders – for instance, Sport Scotland
given the range of quality inclusive Accreditation Stage 2 for their products, and the Sports Council for Northern
fi tness equipment that’s now available. equipment suppliers have made signifi cant Ireland – place specifi c conditions on the
For instance, why install one inclusive progress in delivering an inclusive package installation of inclusive fi tness equipment
treadmill in a run of twenty when that will work for a wider range of as part of their funding criteria.
fundamentally they are functionally the consumers, regardless of impairment. In terms of accessibility of fi tness
same piece? Perhaps this is justifi able The need now is for facility operators equipment, there are a number of
when replacing one or two equipment to educate themselves and work with questions operators should consider
items, but must be questioned when equipment suppliers to make informed when selecting a provider:
undergoing a full refi t. Inclusive and appropriate procurement decisions.”

Are items of equipment IFI Accredited
equipment can be used by both disabled How equipment is laid out is also (to Stage 2 standards)?
and non-disabled gym members, and it fundamental to creating an accessible

Can the equipment supplier
makes sound fi nancial sense to purchase environment. Considerations include provide the full Provisional Level
one product that will serve the needs of good circulation space, clear colour package required to offer the
the widest range of customers. contrast between the equipment and majority of disabled people a full body
This is refl ected in the IFI’s approach to the fl oor, and making sure that auxiliary cardiovascular and resistance-based
accrediting facilities, with those facilities services such as towels and water workout? If not, are you prepared to
attaining Excellent Level on the IFI dispensers are accessible. Sport England use multiple suppliers to achieve this?
Mark Accreditation framework not only currently publishes two documents that (see table, p45, for details)
evidencing a minimum provision, but also are relevant in this respect: Access for

Can the provider offer your users
paying due credence to the importance of Disabled People and Fitness and Exercise choice above and beyond the Provisional
choice as part of their fi tness offering. Spaces Design Guidance. Level package?
As important as the quantity of

What is an appropriate complement
inclusive fi tness equipment in a gym PROCUREMENT CONSIDERATIONS of inclusive fi tness equipment for the
is the profi le and range of equipment What’s encouraging is the fact that the size of your gym?
available. Certain impairment groups may provision of inclusive fi tness equipment Clearly the wording of equipment
only be able to exercise in certain ways forms a critical component of refi ts tenders is as signifi cant as the response
so, for instance, having CV equipment for numerous operators in the public, to them in terms of facilities being able
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