Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation

NuStep® recumbent cross trainers have earned the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation. Products with the Ease-of-Use Commendation are proven to make life easier for people who have arthritis and other physical limitations.

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After rigorous testing, researchers concluded that each NuStep recumbent cross trainer model is “well-suited for its intended purpose” and that “most users in the targeted demographic with arthritis will be able to use the equipment.”  They also expressed a preference for the NuStep over similar pieces of exercise equipment they had used previously.

Learn More: Benefits of NuStep for Arthritis Exercise

How are products tested?

To earn the commendation, products are tested at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta for ease-of-use by human factors (ergonomic) specialists and individuals with moderate-to-severe arthritis.

The process begins with the manufacturer, who submits a product to the Arthritis Foundation seeking expert evaluation of its product. At the GTRI lab, scientists experienced in the design and evaluation of products conduct tests to find out if the product is easy to use for someone with arthritis. The answer results from a three-step testing process.

  • Each product is evaluated by a team of scientists, who test the product against a number of “pass” or “fail” requirements specific to the type of product under evaluation. For example, how easy it is to open a medicine bottle?
  • Then the scientists assess and establish user tasks based on every manner in which someone with arthritis might use the product, from the point at which the product is removed from the packaging – yes, the package itself is evaluated – through multiple uses.
  • Finally, a team of eight testers who have moderate-to-severe arthritis are evaluated for grip, torque and muscle strength, endurance, pinch force and range of motion. The testers then get to open and use the product, and then each tester is interviewed by the team of scientists.

Learn more: Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use Testing


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