Over the years, I have heard many reasons, excuses & “perceived obstacles” why people felt they could not exercise. Chronic diseases of every sort, disabilities, every joint issue imaginable. The truth is, ANYONE CAN EXERCISE with proper guidance, information, programming & monitoring. I love offering creative solutions to my clients & helping them overcome challenging obstacles. Most people just need fresh ideas & encouragement to learn how to move their bodies safely & achieve their fitness goals, despite limitations.

When creating & developing an exercise program for our clients with different abilities & health concerns, we consider the following protocol recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine:

1. Collect subjective data

  • How does the nature of the physical challenge relate to exercise & possible limitations?
  • What are the current & former musculoskeletal injuries?
  • What other physical, mental or emotional obstacles affect the individual’s ability or desire to exercise?

2. Test & Assess

  • Select exercises tests that can provide further insight into the issue.
  • Use modes & protocols that can be individualized.
  • Use tests that provide specific measure to either further define the problem or guide the exercise program.
  • Be aware of any medications taken by the participants & know when they were taken.
  • Be aware of all other special conditions & circumstances that might influence testing outcomes.
  • When assessing multiple issues, focus on each one individually, but watch for interactions.

3. Develop an Individualized Exercise Program

  • Choose the modes of exercise that best treat the issue.
  • Aim for goals that are specific, measurable, realistic & attainable.
  • Adjust exercise doses on the basis of test measurements, perceived exertion intensity & the fatigue threshold.
  • Recommend frequency of training based on the specified exercise dose & the person’s adaptability.
  • Accommodate needs for  prosthetic, orthotic, or assistive devices.
  • Consider potential interactions between exercise & medications.
  • Consider disease-dependent & activity-dependent risks.

4. Monitor progress with Caution

  • Watch for sudden onset of exhaustion, insufficient recovery & overtraining.
  • Monitor stability of underlying medical conditions & changes in medications.
  • If an activity causes pain or may compromise safety, DO NOT DO IT!
  • Progress movements in small increments.
  • Always warm up before increasing exercise exertion, strength training or stretching.

#AnyoneCanExercise with proper programming & progression. For an individualized fitness program, please contact Toria Lee at 888-999-6939 or email CoachToria@gmail.com