One in five Americans has a disability.
That is almost 60 million people, and this number is getting larger.
What is a Disability?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual with a disability is a person who:
- has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or
- has a record of such an impairment, or
- is regarded as having such an impairment.
Many people born with a limiting condition may have never had a positive experience with exercise. We work with everyone who has a condition that requires extra thought or consideration when developing a program. Adaptability Fitness also offers adaptive exercise equipment to accommodate our clients and be sure they are receiving the highest level of fitness programming modified to meet individual goals. For people with disabilities, regular exercise can help improve the ability to do activities of daily living and be self-sufficient.
Jordan has achondroplasia, otherwise known as dwarfism. It is a congenital disability that in childhood essentially prevents cartilage from forming into bone (ossification). Cartilage is tough but flexible tissue that comprises a large percentage of the skeleton during early development, and achondroplasia tends to effect the long bones of the arms and thighs most. Jordan has a short stature and his joint range of motion (ROM) is limited in both active and passive measures. His right side is more affected than his left, and currently he cannot stand without assistance. He is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico and his goal is to lose body fat and walk with minimal assistance.
Jordan’s training is consistent with American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for strength training and cardiorespiratory efficiency. Typical adaptations that are made for Jordan consist of modifying the grips on standard gym equipment, using narrower barbells and dumbbells, and the use of light to heavy ropes for cardio training and also in adaptations of kettlebell technique.
Anyone, but particularly people with chronic conditions and diseases, can benefit from a customized fitness training program. Our trainers develop your programming based on your goals and expectations as well as established clinical guidelines.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Traumatic Brain Injury
Mary is 66 years old and came to AF a little over two years ago, severely deconditioned and experiencing chronic pain in her knees. Her goal is to achieve a Body Mass Index (BMI) that will allow her to have surgery on her right knee. With as many conditions as Mary has to manage, we began a program of cardiorespiratory aerobic exercise to increase endurance and resistance training with free weights to add lean muscle mass. Ratings of Perceived Exertion (RPE, 1-10) on these initial programs was between two and four, and exercise tolerance was monitored continuously. Progression has been consistent and Mary currently trains twice a week.
Since beginning training Mary has lost 20 pounds of fat (257.4 to 237.6), added 16 pounds of lean muscle mass (116 to 133), deadlifts a third of her body weight, and brought her Hemoglobin A1C
from an initial 7.6 to 7.2 to a current 6.5! Her Triglycerides have fallen, as well as the Low Density Lipoproteins (LDLs) in her blood. At present, her lipid panel is all normal and she has dramatically increased her Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Sometimes these conditions can be acute or temporary, such as recovering from injury or trauma. If you’re a competitor, chances are you have experienced an injury during your career that kept you from your sport. After medical treatment and therapies, we excel in bringing athletes back to strength.
Chronic and acute knee and ankle pain
Ashley is a pharmacy technician, a mother of two, and an apprentice Ballerina. She dances six days a week and also teaches ballet on 4 of those days. Her regimen is intense and strenuous. The routines are highly repetitive in plyometric movements and they require exceptional flexibility and power. Ashley has tremendous cardiorespiratory capacity and efficiency. Corrective exercise programming consists of isometric holds and techniques that require eccentric muscular contraction. Depth jumps, loaded and unloaded, single-leg and on-pointe stabilization combined with the good old Barbell Back Squat have significantly reduced her pain and allowed her to continue dancing at a very high level.