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Adaptive Programming Q&A wiCEth A Pro Emily Kramer



Adaptive Programming Q&A wiCEth A Pro Emily Kramer

Adaptive Programming Q&A wiCEth A Pro Emily Kramer

Adaptive exercise programming is often overlooked in becoming a comprehensive and well-rounded fitness expert. People with physical, developmental, and trauma disabilities deserve every opportunity to participate in safe and supportive mobility training, and at ACE, we hope to inspire a professional community to coach and train people.All abilities are ready , so when we caught up with her ACE pro Emily Kramer and the small group adaptive training program she created at her Kaizen Athletics gym, we thought we’d ask a few questions about how she developed it.adaptive exercise program and the same Why is the talk so important?

ACE: What inspired you to start an adaptive training program?

Emily: Everything was explained when I went to a local gym. where they exercise several times a day to honor fallen soldiers. Virginia Beach is an important military town. So our community is always working together to give back to veterans. Wounded warriors and their families had a number of my upper and lower limbs amputated during the training I attended and they trained with me! I’ll never forget him jumping box next to me, running with his blade. Wrap the catheter around your chest and perform a barbell deadlift. I was fascinated by his ability to avoid his weaknesses. I was impressed with his mental strength. Getting out of loss is an excuse. I knew then that I had to give back to this population and create a place where adaptive athletes could come for exercise, friendship, education, ideas and a sense of community. My first adaptive athlete was a veteran with a spinal cord injury. We helped him regain his independence. Fast forward to today. We have a wide range of adaptable athletes that we meet three times a week. Our program is called Kaizen Adaptive Training.

AC: What is your optimization program designed for?

Emily: Kaizen Athletics provides an all-inclusive training facility for individuals with disabilities or long-term trauma. Through (visible/invisible) movement and community, we make fitness training accessible and inclusive for everyone. It is an honor to serve wounded warriors, veterans, rescuers, officers and our resilient communities regardless of ability.

ACE: What are some special considerations when creating an adaptive program?

Emily: You want to make sure that the athletes that adapt are suitable for small group training. You should try to understand them as individuals. We have an application process to ensure there is an adequate scope of practice.

First, we categorized bodily functions and structures (reactions, possible/impossible movements, etc.) and looked at which bodily functions had invisible injuries (TBI, PTSD, behavior, etc.) Thus … what can you do . invisible in external form. But something is handled inside.

If they have organ damage or loss of body function (paralysis), they tell us.


We discuss their goals and what they can do with or without help. We asked them if they participated in other types of physical activities. Many of our adaptive athletes still do some form of physical or occupational therapy. Including brain therapy we work closely with these PTs and OTs and it is an honor to have their support!

We then screen and evaluate these applicants.

We ask them to fill out a waiver and PAR-Q with all the details about their injury history, medication list, contraindications, risks, etc. If necessary, we will ask the doctor for a record that they can exercise and [whether. . .or not] they have restrictions on participation. We then evaluate these athletes in groups. This exercise is quick. So we want to make sure it makes sense. We assess their performance and mobility We also assess their level of independence. Then discuss their goals. If they fit we will sign up for our programming program. where they can book weekly classes

ACE: Why do you think activity/exercise is important for people with long-term disability or trauma?

Emily: I’m a strength and conditioning coach. and educating adaptive athletes about physical performance. Functional fitness movements mimic ADLs (activities of daily living) outside the gym. These are the “natural movements” that make your daily activities possible. The main aim is to help all athletes regain their strength, agility and independence.

Examples of functional activities I practice

– Deadlift (mimicking lifting something off the floor)


– Air Squat (simulates getting up/down from a chair, turning the toilet on/off)

– Clean up (pick something and put it on the table)

– Press (mimic placing items in a cupboard or shelf)

– Pushup and Repee (can be lifted from the ground)

      ACE: What do fitness professionals need to know before training lean people?

Emily: Right now, I live with a spinal cord injury survivor. gunshot victim stroke survivor Brain cancer survivors, leg amputees and people with invisible traumas like TBI or PTSD work. I pride myself on being able to adjust/adjust for every athlete that walks through my door. Getting comfortable working with an adaptable population takes hours of coaching. I recommend that I continue my studies. The more you observe and take action, the better coach you become.


AC: What do you see most fitness professionals get wrong when it comes to adaptive training?

Emily: Not done. If you know, come to your gym for some highly adapted athlete classes. Be prepared find out what you will do for them that day. Plan the lesson, prepare for and prepare any scales/corrections. When you start the course

ACE: Your tuition is 100% donated. Why go this route?

Emily: We created this program 100% from donations because we know that the financial burden of physical disability or pain is very costly. We want to take finances out of the equation.

Our community is also very supportive. They consistently turn over our donations to the program to ensure these athletes receive free classes as well as any additional equipment or tools they may need.

AS:What other advice do you have for fitness professionals when it comes to creating a more inclusive and accessible training environment?

Emily: When you create a group workout. Make sure everyone is doing the same exercise. Size or modified for the desired athlete. But we always want to walk together

I have seen the benefits of exercise and its impact on not only my physical health but also my physical health. but also mental health. especially for adaptive communities. They were surrounded by others. In similar situations and can vent, talk, seek advice or counsel. Talk about medications or issues they are going through. This friendship is what keeps them coming back to your gym!

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