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We often get the questions, “Is inclusive fitness really any different than regular fitness?” or “Can’t all health clubs or personal trainers work with me now that I have had a stroke, heart attack, spinal cord injury, or brain injury.” (and many more diagnoses as you will learn).
So here’s the scoop
Inclusive fitness is an approach to wellness services that is specialized and adaptive minded. If you have a medical condition or disability such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, intellectual disability or a neurologic or physically disabling condition, an inclusive fitness center:
- Is the best and safest place to workout or continue your rehabilitation journey, especially if your medical rehabilitation offerings such as physical therapy or occupational therapy have come to an end.
- Has exercise specialists, exercise physiologists or inclusive fitness trainers, that have advanced training beyond a basic personal trainer certificate to work confidently with any impairment and are skilled to provide individualized programs for people with medical or disability conditions.
- Has specialized equipment that is fully accessible, providing adaptations to help make exercise safe with impairments like low vision or poor balance or easy to use from a wheelchair.
- Offers specialized classes that are diagnosis specific and evidence based (meaning there is a lot of good research to support the fact that it works).
In contrast, a standard fitness facility and their staff usually offer activities that are designed to be accessed by individuals without need for modifications. Standard machines and classes that are geared to a more active population are common. Staff are typically personal trainers with basic certificates, qualified to work with the standard population without any pre-existing medical or physical problems.
What makes ExercisAbilities an inclusive fitness facility?
Our staff consists of Exercise Physiologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Dietitian/Nutritionists, Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and Personal Trainers. We believe individuals with any medical, physical, cognitive, or behavioral impairments of all ages from birth to end of life need ongoing efforts in terms of mobility, movement, good nutrition, and exercise to stay healthy and continue on their roadmap to recovery.
This need does not just stop when insurances or Doctors say therapy is over. The need is life long. In addition, this road is not easy and often individuals with these impairments have great difficulty exercising they way they should. Our programs offer the right amount of assistance and the right type of care all in the right setting to help everyone with goals to succeed.
ExercisAbilities has many programs to fit your need as well as your budget. As a 501c3 nonprofit and MN Home and Community Based Waiver Services provider, there will be a program for you, no matter what your financial resources may be.
These programs include: