Scotland's first dedicated gym for disabled people opens in Straiton

A dedicated gym offering personal training, rehabilitation and peer support for disabled people and those with long-term conditions has opened in Straiton.

By Kevin Quinn
Monday, 10th January 2022, 4:13 pm
Updated Monday, 10th January 2022, 4:34 pm
Disabled client John Bateman, pictured at DR Inclusive Fitness gym at Straiton.
Disabled client John Bateman, pictured at DR Inclusive Fitness gym at Straiton.

Launching three years ago and understood to be the first dedicated business in Scotland offering personalised programmes for disabled people, DR Inclusive Fitness has now opened its first gym.

Gym owner and personal trainer Dale Robertson (pic) said: “DR Inclusive Fitness is more than a gym – it’s a place for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions to develop new skills, develop in confidence, and gain peer support from other disabled people.

"Having worked with disabled people for over 15 years, I’ve seen the isolation and loneliness that disabled people can experience by not having the chance to meet their peers with similar lived experiences.

Gym owner and personal trainer Dale Robertson.

"I’m proud that we can now offer a place for people to meet, connect, and live healthy and active lives.

“DR Inclusive Fitness’ first gym has bespoke equipment that isn’t found in commercial gyms, enabling disabled people to achieve their goals in a way they simply haven’t been able to do before.”

Disabled client John Bateman said: “When I first visited a commercial gym with Dale, it quickly became clear that a lot of the equipment wasn’t accessible for me.

"Working together, we managed to overcome some of these obstacles but having access to a dedicated gym for people just like me has given me the chance to achieve goals that I never thought were possible.”

To find out more about DR Inclusive Fitness and book a free, no-obligation consultation by emailing [email protected] or visiting @drinclusivefitness on Instagram.