Runner with Amputated Leg

FITNESS TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Goals & Objectives

Personal Training Guidelines 

  • Goal: Progress clients by constantly challenging and giving them structured attention. 

  • Training Objective: Provide each client at a challenging level while keeping good form and most importantly keeping the session fun!

Our Process for Success

To exercise successfully with limited mobility, illness, or weight problems, we will begin by,

  1. Conducting a clinical assessment, 

  2. Speak with your doctor, physical therapist, or other health care provider about activities suitable for your medical condition or mobility needs.

  3. Create a physical training plan tailored to your physical and or psychological needs

  4. Conduct periodic evaluations to ensure the fitness goal is being met

Our fitness programs for persons with disabilities are designed for you. If you have a disability, severe weight problem, chronic breathing condition, diabetes, arthritis, or any other ongoing illness, we have a fitness program fit for your physical health and emotional needs. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that energize your mood, relieve stress, boost your self-esteem, and trigger an overall sense of well-being.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adults with disabilities should aim for:

  • At least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity cardiovascular activity (or a combination of both), with each workout lasting for at least 10 minutes.

  • Two or more sessions a week of moderate- or high-intensity strength-training activities involving all the major muscle groups.

 

If your disability or injury makes it impossible for you to meet these guidelines, we aim to engage you in regular physical activity according to your ability and avoid inactivity whenever possible.

 

Our customized cross training program is curated to provide exercises for your unique needs. Depending on the location and nature of your injury or disability, you may still be able to walk, jog, use an elliptical machine, or even swim using flotation aids. If not, try using a stationary upright or recumbent bike for cardiovascular exercise.

Our Focus

Paraplegic Sporting Event

Overcoming Challenges to Exercise

We know that the physical challenges you experience may create emotional barriers to exercising. It’s common for people to experience a heightened self-consciousness about their weight, disability, illness, or injury, and desires to avoid working out in public places. We have a team of trained trainers who are committed to training you and keeping you healthy and engaged. We have created an inclusion culture of awareness and acceptance that is engineered to meet your needs.

Our Method 

 

It’s important to remember that any type of exercise will offer health benefits. Mobility limitations inevitably make some types of exercise easier than others, but no matter your physical situation, we aim to incorporate three different types of exercise into your physical training routines:

  • Cardiovascular exercises – These exercises include walking, running, cycling, dancing, tennis, swimming, water aerobics, or “aqua-jogging”. We have found that people with mobility limitations find exercising in water especially beneficial as it supports the body and reduces the risk of muscle or joint discomfort. For persons who utilizes a wheelchair for mobility purposes may still perform cardiovascular exercises.

  • Strength training exercises – These exercises involve using weights or other resistance to strengthen muscle and bone mass, improve balance, and prevent falls. If you have limited mobility in your legs, our focus will be on upper body strength training. Similarly, if you have a shoulder injury, our focus will be more on strength training for your legs and abdominals.

  • Flexibility exercises – These exercises aids in range of motion, prevent injury, and reduce pain and stiffness. Some examples of the exercises may include stretching and yoga. If you have limited mobility in your legs, you may still benefit from stretches and flexibility exercises to prevent or delay further muscle atrophy.

Overcoming mental and emotional barriers to exercise

As well as the physical challenges you face, you may also experience mental or emotional barriers to exercising. It’s common for people to feel self-conscious about their weight, disability, illness, or injury, and want to avoid working out in public places. Some older people find that they’re fearful about falling or otherwise injuring themselves.

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