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February 26, 2004 12:47 AM

Broken: Gym entrance

Matt Wilkie sends in this picture forwarded to him by a friend. (We're not sure who took the picture or if it's legitimate - if you have details, please write in: broken at goodexperience dot com.)

Update 2/26: Alice Matsumoto points us to this page (scroll all the way down), suggesting that the picture is legit.

Update 3/9: Micah Dickerson writes, "I can corroborate the legitimacy of the photo. I've actually worked out at that location while visiting a friend."


sorry -- whats broken?

Posted by: yoni at February 26, 2004 03:30 PM

Yoni -- if you're heading for a fitness center, you should probably consider taking the stairs, as opposed to an escalator.

Posted by: czeltic girl at February 26, 2004 04:55 PM

Escalators are waterproof?

Posted by: never mind that at February 28, 2004 10:11 PM

Gyms, like all other buildings, must be handicap accessible. My gym has four floors, a staircase, an elevator, and several members in wheelchairs that surely appreciate being able to reach the upper floors where the weights are.

This picture is not broken, this site is just narrow-minded. Why would you punish a member with a broken leg (say, from a skiing injury) who wants to still keep his or her upper body fit or do some cardio?

Posted by: don't matter at March 8, 2004 07:15 PM

the presence of an elevator for handicapped accessibility is certainly a neccessity.

However, I've never seen a person in a wheel chair take an escalator. A ramp would be a better solution, eh? Also curious to see what the rest of that cut off sign reads.

how would one effectively do cardio with a broken leg?

Posted by: jackson at March 9, 2004 12:27 PM

The escalator seems to be a regular amenity at 24-hour Fitness; they have one in front of their Waikiki Beach location in Hawaii as well (sorry, I don't have a photo).

Posted by: micahd at March 10, 2004 01:51 PM

Foresight. If the fitness business vacates, that space will be easier to rent to a tenent whose customers are not necessarily interested in fitness (e.g. a bookstore).

Posted by: commercial property owner at March 13, 2004 09:49 PM

this IS for real!

it is located in San Diego a couple of blocks from the Sports Arena.

Posted by: kathleen allegri-sullivan at March 23, 2004 05:17 PM

I saw this picture and immediately recognized it - I haven't lived in San Diego for a few years but something just struck me that I knew it. Now it totally makes sense - if I'd known about This Is Broken I would have sent it in then - I don't care what it's for. I don't care that we think people with a broken leg need it. 1 flight of stairs in front of the gym is ok.

Posted by: AB at March 30, 2004 03:54 PM

That 24 hour fitness is in a shopping center at Point Loma in San Diego. There are plenty of other business on either side of the gym that cater to the less than healthy.

Posted by: Someone at March 30, 2004 06:49 PM

You idiots. Can't you see the obviously non-disabled people using the escalator, dressed in gym attire? One of them is even carrying a workout towel, in the UNLIKELY event that he breaks out into a sweat.

Posted by: Lincoln at April 21, 2004 02:18 PM

I've had more than my share of leg injuries, and even during my first one, I climbed stairs just fine.

Posted by: Boop at June 12, 2004 08:56 PM

The point of this picture is not necessarily that there are escalators in front a fitness center, but the fact that the patrons are using the escalator, and nobody is on the stairs.

A similar matter happens at the gym I go to. Two parking lots exists. One behind the building, and one in front. The one behind requires much more walking distance to get to the entrance. Oddly enough visitors to the gym will drive around the front parking lot and wait for spaces to free up so that they can save the walk from the back parking lot to the front. It is especially ironic when I see these same people on the treadmill once inside!!!

Posted by: Steven W at July 1, 2004 10:40 PM

Been there, worked out at that gym, took the stairs in, escalator out (my legs were sore since it was leg day). Hey, it's San Diego! Everything's cool in San Diego.

Posted by: Devin at July 2, 2004 02:32 PM

Wanna see something weird? Look at tip #2 on this link (the funny part: it's from 24 Hour Fitness! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!):

Posted by: sethn172 at December 12, 2004 01:55 AM

After a long search, I finally found your site. My granny used to say, that you must never give up to reach a certain aim.

So keep on going like I did it recently.

Posted by: Amiga Joy at January 5, 2005 05:55 AM

Its not that they shouldn't have escalators for the disabled, but the ones taking the stairs in the photo aren't disabled

Posted by: AL at February 8, 2005 01:43 PM

Its not that they shouldn't have escalators for the disabled, but the ones taking the stairs in the photo aren't disabled

Posted by: AL at February 8, 2005 01:43 PM

actually, I have a knee injury and a friend of mine has a severely disabled foot. But most of the time, we look like we walk just fine. I go to the gym to do non-impact stuff, to get the rest of me healthy, even if the knee is b0rked.

Posted by: Isara at February 12, 2005 01:30 AM

My guess is 24 Hour rents the space and it already had an elevator. Funny though.

Posted by: Jeff at March 9, 2005 04:58 AM

A friend of mine told me about this place. I love it. I will recommend you to all my friends.

See you again next time I surf around.

Posted by: John Bo at March 25, 2005 08:34 AM

very nice and informal comments...

Posted by: Sweety at April 18, 2005 07:17 AM

that's funny. just imagine a wheel chair on an escalator

Posted by: Ben at May 27, 2005 09:02 AM

If I owned this fitness centre, I would make the both of the escalator stairs move from the top to the bottom, so that people would have to "climb against the current" to get in

Posted by: Munchkinguy at June 11, 2005 02:51 PM

Escalators are waterproof?

Yes, there are some models that are water-proof.

Posted by: BRIAN at July 24, 2005 02:03 PM

You can take a wheelchair on an escalator. It's not recommended, it's somewhat dangerous (you have to hold on tight to the handrails), but it can be done.

Posted by: Timm at December 14, 2005 03:57 AM

There used to be a really long outdoor escalator at the Pittsburgh zoo, climbing a hill. it didn't have steps, it had a tread like moving walkways. Boy was that thing stupid, if someone stumbled, 5 or 6 people would get knocked over. There were some lawsuits because of it.

Posted by: Timm at December 14, 2005 04:34 AM

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