[access-uk] Accessible treadmill

  • From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairnsplace@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bcab-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:16:23 -0000

I am cross-posting as this may be of interest to anyone looking for an
accessible fitness device.

I have always wanted a treadmill from the days of going to a gym and having
to get a sighted person to take me from one piece of equipment to the other,
and then wait for them to guide me around once the equipment had stopped.
If you have ever been to a gym with very little or no sight, you will know
what I mean!

Anyway, as we have the room, we looked around for a treadmill that would be
accessible for me to use because of the unfortunate deterioration in my

We came across a really good company locally who understood that I would
need something with accessible, but not completely touch-screen buttons.
They recommended the BH Fitness M30 treadmill and actually brought it out to
our home so I could try it.  As well as the necessary buttons on the panel
being accessible, for example start and stop, speed and incline, it also has
the latter buttons on the handles.  On the right handle, the speed increase
and decrease are situated, and in the same place on the left handle lie the
incline and normal flat modes.

There are the usual heart and calory monitors, but they are of course
useless if you don't have enough sight to see the display.  You cannot get
lost in a programme either because, once you press the start button on the
treadmill, you are in manual mode, and can therefore not enter one of these
and get lost.

For me, this has to be one of the most important tools and pleasures I have
been given in a long time.  I can only walk on the treadmill at quite a
sedate pace.  I will never be able to run or even jog on it.  But what is
great for a blind person with such an accessible piece of equipment such as
this is that you can wear your headphones, as I do, and listen to music as
you walk.  You don't have to worry about getting your cane snagged in
something, tripping over or crashing into obstacles.  And because we are now
in winter, the daylight is limited, and it's freezing or raining!

So, if you are looking for something that will allow you some freedom and
perhaps a workout, the BH Fitness M30 is an excellent device I would
wholeheartedly recommend.

And as a PS, the running deck can be folded up and let down with a hydrollic
pedal to save a bit of space.

I am posting this as I have heard of discussions on accessible fitness
equipment before, so hope it is of use.

Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns

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