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Pregnancy and Infant Loss: What to Say (and What Not to Say) https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/8218/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-what-to-say-and-what-not-to-say/?DCMP=RSSace-insights-blog
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<div><img src=”https://ik.imagekit.io/02fmeo4exvw/GettyImages-1321111818.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p class=”MsoNormal”>As a health and exercise professional, it’s important to remember that you work with people who have real lives outside of your sessions together. The ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/1521/creating-rapport-the-doorway-into-an-effective-enduring-training-relationship/”>emphasizes the importance of rapport building</a> because we know that understanding the psychological and emotional needs and characteristics of your clients is the key to building this relationship… <em>especially</em> when they’re going through extreme hardship.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Pregnancy loss is the loss of a fetus at any time during the pregnancy. Typically, medical professionals consider it a miscarriage if it’s prior to 20 weeks gestation and stillbirth after 20 weeks. In our Western culture, pregnancy loss is often not viewed as a legitimate reason to grieve, according to 2017 research in&nbsp;<a href=”https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2017-55835-005.html”><em>APA PsychNet</em></a>. This concept—<a>of </a><span class=”MsoCommentReference”><span><!– [if !supportAnnotations]–><a id=”_anchor_1″ class=”msocomanchor” href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/8218/pregnancy-and-infant-loss-what-to-say-and-what-not-to-say/?DCMP=RSSace-insights-blog#_msocom_1″ name=”_msoanchor_1″>[DG1]</a><!–[endif]–><span>&nbsp;</span></span></span>delegitimizing a person’s grief—has been referred to as “disenfranchised grief.”</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>It’s time to change that.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong>Acknowledging Their Pain</strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>As someone who has experienced two miscarriages, I found it particularly hard when people didn’t even know I had been pregnant, let alone had just lost the child I had hoped and dreamed for. If you haven’t personally experienced a loss of this type, your initial reaction might be to say something that is dismissive—even if that’s not your intention—especially if the loss was early on in the pregnancy.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><a href=”https://www.monarchob.com/providers/”>James Miller, MD</a>, an OB/GYN in Wooster, Ohio, warns against this. “Treat all pregnancy loss equally, regardless of trimester or pregnancy history,” says Miller. “This ensures that [clients] feel comfortable to grieve and all losses are recognized appropriately. [Clients] that have had other live births still have a loss and still have grief. Be sensitive to these situations.”</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>And avoid any unsolicited advice or “I told you so’s.” Pointing out, even subtly, that you told your client to eat better or that she needed to better manage her stress, does nothing to help her healing journey, and instead highlights the&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/certified/april-2019/7254/are-you-inadvertently-playing-the-shame-game-with-your-clients/”>shame</a> she might already be feeling.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong><em>The&nbsp;</em></strong><a href=”https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/helping-parents-whose-baby-has-died.aspx”><strong><em>March of Dimes</em></strong></a><strong><em> Recommends:</em></strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>Being honest:</em></strong><em> If you can’t find the right words, simply say that. “I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now and I’m not sure what to say.”</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>Keeping it simple: </em></strong><em>“I am so sorry for your loss.”</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>&nbsp;</em><strong><em>Being compassionate and comforting: </em></strong><em>“I really care about you and am concerned for your well-being. What can I do to help?”</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong><strong><em>What Not to Say:</em></strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>It’ll get better over time.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>At least you already have a child/children.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>It’s for the best.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>Everything happens for a reason.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>You can always try again.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><em>Maybe you should have tried _____.</em></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong>How Can You Help?</strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>“Helping the [client] with grieving resources, such as grieving/trauma books on pregnancy loss is so helpful,” says Miller. Miller also suggests recommending walks/5Ks and support groups that offer a community and safe space to talk about pregnancy loss. His practice uses&nbsp;<a href=”https://forgetmenotbaskets.com/”>Forget Me Not Baskets</a>, which provide products specifically for those dealing with pregnancy and infant loss.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>The <a href=”https://www.marchofdimes.org/complications/helping-parents-whose-baby-has-died.aspx”>March of Dimes</a> also encourages patience, as there is no one way or “right” way to grieve. Depending on the age of the child lost, there might be a memorial service. Attending it, or at least acknowledging it, will show that you are being supportive of your client and their family.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>What About the Other Parent?</strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>“The father seems to get lost in all of this because the mother goes to their OB/GYN but the father has no follow-up,” says Miller. “Dads grieve and are a big part of the mother’s recovery process.”</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>If your client is the one who carried the child, Miller recommends asking about how the father is coping. “This can spark conversations about how a recovering mother’s home life is,” explains Miller. “On the other hand, fathers may not be supportive of the mother’s grieving, and these are all important topics to [consider].”</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Our society often tries to coach men into feeling like they don’t have a right to grieve a pregnancy loss because they weren’t the ones housing the baby. But research, such as a 2020 review in&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7322941/”><em><span>Qualitative Health Research</span></em></a><span>, reveals that many men “<span>recounted feelings, uncertainties, and desire for support beyond anything they would have anticipated. Many suggested that social expectations and relationships with others including health care practitioners obstructed them from articulating and addressing unfamiliar emotions, uncertainties, and any support requirements.”</span></span></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong>Getting Back to Movement</strong></p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”><strong>&nbsp;</strong>It’s vital that you’re patient with your clients following pregnancy or infant loss. While you may want to educate them on the benefits of <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/course/4a5wy8w6x/oh-baby-fitness-pregnancy-and-postpartum-exercise-instructor-training/”>exercise during pregnancy</a> and explain how getting healthier can provide more insurance for a healthy pregnancy, they may not be ready to hear this. Allow them the space to decide, with their care team, when they’re ready to come back and at what capacity. Consider that they’re healing both emotionally&nbsp;<em>and</em> physically and they may want and need to start off with different types of workouts.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>A 2021 study published in&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1472648321001942″><em>Reproductive BioMedicine Online</em></a> suggests that meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress and depression in women experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss. Is there a way you could&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/certified/april-2021/7822/meditation-101-easy-ways-to-get-started/”>incorporate meditation</a> and mindfulness into your sessions? If you’re not trained to lead meditation, there are plenty of online resources and apps that offer guided meditations, some specifically for pregnancy loss, like the <a href=”https://apps.apple.com/us/app/miscarriage-warrior/id1533455989″>Miscarriage Warrior</a> app.</p>
<p class=”MsoNormal”>Whether you have personal experience with pregnancy loss or not, it’s important that you show&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/prosource/september-2016/6047/train-your-brain-to-be-more-empathetic/”>compassion and empathy</a> for your clients going through these types of experiences. Allow them to talk about it if they want to and let them be the guide of that conversation, telling you what they need. Ask them what they really need in this moment. They may need permission from you to know that it’s okay to slow down their workouts and sit with their feelings.</p>

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Tips for Training Clients with PTSD https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/8192/tips-for-training-clients-with-ptsd/?DCMP=RSSace-insights-blog
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<div><img src=”https://ik.imagekit.io/02fmeo4exvw/blogs/GettyImages-1082955832.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p>A few years ago, while training a client at the gym, there was a loud crash in the weight room, followed by one of the gym members angrily yelling and swearing at the member who dropped the barbell full of weight plates. Turns out, she was a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the loud crash was a trauma trigger for her.</p>

<p><strong>What Is PTSD?</strong></p>
<p>According to the <a href=”https://www.apa.org/topics/ptsd”>American Psychological Association (APA)</a>, PTSD can develop after someone experiences a traumatic event, including combat, an accident, a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or a crime (including sexual crimes). People with PTSD may experience flashbacks or nightmares, which may be recurrent, and might also avoid activities or places that remind them of the event; they also tend to experience emotional “numbing.” PTSD may put one’s nervous system on high alert (hyperarousal), always ready to fight or flee, making them more easily startled and creating difficulty with sleep and concentration. Someone with PTSD may also experience guilt for surviving the trauma when others did not.</p>
<p>While PTSD has been around for ages, it’s only been recognized as an official diagnosis since 1980. According to a 2018 review in <a href=”https://mmrjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40779-018-0179-0″><em>Military Medical Research</em></a>, in the latest edition of the <em>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Edition 5 (DSM-5),</em> PTSD is classified into 20 symptoms with four clusters: intrusion, active avoidance, negative alterations in cognitions and mood, and marked alterations in arousal and reactivity.</p>
<p>People with PTSD tend to avoid traditional therapy, not wanting to have to relive the experience with a therapist, according to Robert Motta in the book <a href=”https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/63530″><em>Psychology of Health</em></a><em>. </em>Motta also describes how PTSD tends to change the person on every level, involving an alteration of one’s sense of self, as well as one’s view of their environment.</p>
<p><strong>Exercise and PTSD</strong></p>
<p>Because those with PTSD tend to avoid traditional treatment, it’s important to find evidence-based alternative treatments that are safe and effective that can help move them toward healing. There have been hundreds of studies done that show the benefits of exercise on anxiety and depression. Because anxiety and depression are both a part of PTSD, it would seem logical that exercise may also help ease the symptoms of PTSD.</p>
<p>Turns out, there <em>does</em> seem to be a connection.</p>
<p>Motta cites several studies in support of exercise for PTSD, particularly aerobic exercise, in a chapter in <em>Psychology of Health</em> entitled, “<a href=”https://www.intechopen.com/chapters/63530″>The Role of Exercise in Reducing PTSD and Negative Emotional States</a>.” One such study was a 2017 longitudinal study published in <a href=”https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0163834317301081″><em>General Hospital Psychiatry</em></a> that suggests strenuous exercise has a beneficial effect on PTSD symptoms, including avoidance/numbing and hyperarousal, and that total exercise had positive benefits on avoidance/numbing.</p>
<p>In a 2019 review in <a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6437073/”><em>Frontiers in Psychiatry</em></a>, researchers reviewed 19 studies examining aerobic exercise and PTSD symptomatology and found that the evidence so far supports aerobic exercise as a stand-alone intervention or an adjunct to standard treatment for PTSD.</p>
<p>But what about other forms of exercise?</p>
<p>One 2022 review in <a href=”https://academic.oup.com/milmed/article/187/9-10/e1103/6444244″><em>Military Medicine</em></a> found that out of the studies they reviewed, there was no significant differences seen among various types of exercise in terms of their effects on PTSD symptoms. In other words, whether it was yoga, high-intensity or low-intensity activity, or group or individual activity, they <em>all</em> seemed to have a beneficial influence on PTSD symptoms.</p>
<p><strong>Post-traumatic Growth</strong></p>
<p>As a health and exercise professional, you may be able to play a special role in the healing process of clients with PTSD. Post-traumatic growth (PTG) refers to the positive psychological change that can occur following a traumatic event(s), per a 2016 review in the <a href=”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4988872/”><em>Journal of Traumatic Stress</em></a>.</p>
<p>An example of PTG would be parents who lose a child and instead of allowing the grief to swallow them up for the rest of their lives, they start an organization to help other families going through similar situations. It’s taking your pain and using it for good—including your own personal growth.</p>
<p>PTG also includes mindful resilience, which, according to Jason Linder, PsyD, in a <a href=”https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mindfulness-insights/202103/4-ways-mindfulness-traits-and-practices-build-resilience”><em>Psychology Today</em></a> article, includes present-focus, flexibility, tolerating uncertainty and self-knowledge/self-control.</p>
<p><strong>Guidelines for Helping Clients with PTSD</strong></p>
<p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>As a health and fitness professional, there are some guidelines that will help you help them get the most from your sessions together if a client is experiencing PTSD; however, it’s important to always stay inside your scope of practice.</p>
<p>Christian Koshaba—a US Air Force veteran, ACE Certified Personal Trainer and owner of veteran-focused gym <a href=”https://www.three60fit.com/”>Three60fit</a>—says its best to avoid classifying a person with PTSD as a victim. “Do not bring the attitude of ‘feeling sorry’ for the individual,” says Koshaba. “They want to be treated with respect, not as a charity case.”</p>
<p>In addition, Koshaba recommends the following:</p>
<ul>
<li><strong>Create an environment conducive to the veteran’s emotional and mental state</strong>. <em>“Some veterans crave the camaraderie and group atmosphere, whereas some veterans who may be potentially triggered by loud noises and groups need a more intimate quiet experience,” says Koshaba.</em></li>
<li><strong>Research more about PTSD and learn about potential triggers</strong>. <em>“Build a rapport with the individual and try not to be too invasive with their military experience. Some veterans desire to open up and speak about their trauma, whereas others may not be inclined to speak about it,” says Koshaba.</em></li>
<li><strong>Find common ground</strong>. <em>“What stories and experiences can you share to make them feel welcome and allow them to trust you and see that you can empathize with them?” asks Koshaba. The </em><a href=”https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/mental-wellness/veteran-ptsd-treatment-support-resources”><em>Wounded Warrior Project</em></a><em> adds a word of caution regarding how you empathize with your client: Avoid saying things like “I know how that feels…” or “That’s just like when I…” Everyone’s feelings and experiences are unique, so avoid comparing your own experiences to theirs.</em></li>
<li><strong>Initially avoid vigorous activity</strong>. <em>“Learn the veteran’s physical limits. Inducing too much of an increased heart rate can mimic the fight or flight response and send the individual into a trauma-related experience or memory,” advises Koshaba. </em></li>
</ul>
<p>Another tip that some have found helpful when teaching classes to those with PTSD is to lock the door to the studio before class starts. Depending on the cause of the PTSD, this can create an environment that feels safe. It’s important to let clients know that this is a practice of yours in an effort to encourage them to be there on time.</p>
<p>Working with veterans and others with PTSD can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Research more about the condition and learn as much as you can before announcing that you work with those with PTSD. Volunteering at local veteran-related organizations can be a great way to gain more knowledge, meet veterans in your community and build rapport before offering your services to them.</p>

<p><strong>Additional Resources</strong></p>
<p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href=”https://veteransyogaproject.org/practice/”>Veterans Yoga Project</a></p>
<p><a href=”https://unitedbrainassociation.org/brain-resources/ptsd/”>United Brain Association</a></p>
<p><a href=”https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/mental-wellness/veteran-ptsd-treatment-support-resources”>Wounded Warrior Project</a></p>
<p><a href=”https://www.ptsd.va.gov/”>US Department of Veterans Affairs</a></p>


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The Missing Link Between You and a Six-Figure Online Fitness Coaching Busines https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/8169/the-missing-link-between-you-and-a-six-figure-online-fitness-coaching-busines/?DCMP=RSSace-insights-blog
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<div><img src=”https://ik.imagekit.io/02fmeo4exvw/blogs/GettyImages-1225240730.jpg” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><h2>The One Thing You Need to Commit to Mastering</h2>
<p>You need to keep in mind countless things when you’re trying to scale your online fitness coaching biz.&nbsp;There’s also a long list of things you need to be strong at so that the business can flourish. I know it must feel overwhelming but listen to me very carefully.</p>
<p>If ever there was ONE thing you needed to commit to mastering, it’s this…</p>
<p><em>The ability to connect with your ideal client.</em></p>
<p>Why?</p>
<p>Because if your ideal client doesn’t honestly believe that you understand where they’re coming from, then they won’t feel like you’re the right person to can help them.</p>
<p>It’s that simple.</p>
<p>Everything boils down to your ability to connect with your potential clients.</p>
<p>Now, what are some simple ways you can guarantee that you’ll be able to connect with your ideal clients consistently on a high level?</p>
<h2>Ask Thoughtful Open-Ended Questions</h2>
<p>Reflect back on some of the best conversations you’ve ever had throughout your life. I’m willing to bet that the other person asked you thoughtful, open-ended questions.</p>
<p>These questions gave you repeated opportunities to open up and share things about your life.</p>
<p>Some of them might have encouraged you to be vulnerable.</p>
<p>Several others made it easier for you to trust the person you talked to.</p>
<p>Long story short, the person on the receiving end was able to better understand your experiences (good and bad).</p>
<p>An emotional bridge was built.&nbsp;</p>
<p>And you both crossed it together to get to the other side.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Do the same for your ideal clients.</p>
<p>Boom.</p>
<h2>Actively Listen to Their Responses</h2>
<p>Now, this next step is crucial.&nbsp;Shut your mouth and ACTIVELY listen while the person is talking to you or messaging with you.</p>
<p>Show them you’re 100% focused on them by repeating back key things they mention to you that are obviously important to them.</p>
<p>This will prove that you’re paying attention and not trying to multi-task.</p>
<p>There’s no better way to destroy the potential for building a connection with someone than not listening to them.</p>
<p>Listen, learn, and wait for your opportunity to show them how you can add value to their life.</p>
<h2>Follow the 90/10 Rule</h2>
<p>This is where we get to the juicy stuff.&nbsp;Have you guys ever heard of the 90/10 rule?&nbsp;No?</p>
<p>Let me break it down for you:</p>
<p>Allow the potential client to speak for around 90% of the conversation.&nbsp;You talk for the other 10%.</p>
<p>Now, I know what many of you are thinking…</p>
<p>”If they’re doing all the talking, how am I supposed to show them the value of my program?”</p>
<p>You’re empowering your ideal client to tell you exactly what they’re hoping to find by working with you.</p>
<p>You’ve been asking thoughtful, open-ended questions. Actively listening to their responses.&nbsp;You know precisely what they need because they told you.</p>
<p>There’s no need to yammer on and on about your kids. Or your dog.&nbsp;The client doesn’t want to hear you talk about the weather.</p>
<p>Give them a personal example or two when they tell you their current challenges.</p>
<p>Show empathy and that you understand where they’re coming from.&nbsp;But then show them how your program fits their specific needs and lifestyle.&nbsp;Why your program is guaranteed to empower them to achieve their desired results.</p>
<p>Because you’ll be crafting it according to everything they told you they needed while talking to you.</p>
<p>Connect with your ideal clients, my friends.&nbsp;It’s the missing link between you and a six-figure online fitness coaching biz.</p>
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<p><em>This blog originally appeared on our partner’s website at www.theceownedcoach.com and has been republished with permission. To read more about what ACE is doing with CEOwned, <a href=”https://compass.acefitness.org/partner-resources/specialized-ace-pro-calendar-to-book-your-business”>click here!</a></em></p>

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Adaptive Programming Q&A with ACE Pro Emily Kramer https://www.acefitness.org/resources/pros/expert-articles/8159/adaptive-programming-q-amp-a-with-ace-pro-emily-kramer/?DCMP=RSSace-insights-blog
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<p>Adaptive exercise programming is an often overlooked aspect of becoming an inclusive and well-versed fitness professional. People with physical, developmental and traumatic impairments deserve every opportunity to participate in safe and supportive movement practices and, here at ACE, we hope to inspire a community of professionals that are prepared to train and coach people of <em>all</em> abilities. So, when we came across ACE Pro Emily Kramer and the small-group adaptive training program she created at her gym, <a href=”https://www.kaizenathleticsvb.com/”>Kaizen Athletics</a>, we thought we’d ask her some questions about how she develops her adaptive exercise program and why it’s so important to her.</p>
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<p><sup><em>(Photos Courtesy of Kaizen Athletics)</em></sup></p>
<p><strong>ACE: What inspired you to start an adaptive training program?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: It all stated when I went to a local fitness event where they were holding multiple workouts throughout the day to honor fallen soldiers. Virginia Beach is a big military town so our community is always working together to give back to our veterans, wounded warriors and their families. The workout that I participated in had a handful of upper and lower extremity amputees and they were doing the workout with me! I’ll never forget them doing box jumps next to me, running with their blades, deadlifting a barbell with modalities wrapped around their chests. I was blown away by their ability to work around their impairments. I was also moved by their mental fortitude. Making the choice to not use their impairments as an excuse either. I knew at that moment I needed to give back to this population and create a space where adaptive athletes can come in for fitness, friendships, education, mindset, and a sense of community. My first adaptive athlete was a veteran with a spinal cord injury. We helped him regain his independence again. Fast forward to today, we have a wide variety of adaptive athletes that we meet with 3x a week. Our program is called Kaizen Adaptive Training.</p>
<p><img src=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/adap%202.jpg” alt=”Photo Courtesy of Kaizen Athletics” width=”320″ height=”213″></p>
<p><sup><em>(Photo Courtesy of Kaizen Athletics)</em></sup></p>
<p><strong>ACE: Who is your adaptive program made for?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: Kaizen Athletics provides an all-inclusive training facility for individuals with long-term physical or traumatic impairments (visible/invisible) through movement and community. We make fitness training accessible and inclusive for everyone, regardless of ability. It is an honor to serve our Wounded Warriors, Veterans, First Responders, Law Enforcement Officers and our Adaptive Community.</p>
<p><strong>ACE: What special considerations are there when creating an adaptive program?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: You always want to make sure the adaptive athletes coming in are a good fit for small-group training. You should also try to understand them as a person. We have an application process in place to ensure proper scope of practice.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
<p>We first discuss their body functions and structures (responsiveness, movements they can/cannot do, etc.) and if there are any physiological functions which are classified as invisible wounds (TBI, PTSD, behavioral. Etc.)… something you can’t see on the outside, but something they are dealing with on the inside.&nbsp;</p>
<p>&nbsp;They let us know if they have any limb loss or any loss of body function (paralysis.)</p>
<p>We have them discuss their goals and what they are currently able to do with or without assistance. We ask them if they participate in any other form of physical activity. Most of our adaptive athletes still attend some sort of physical therapy or occupational therapy, as well as brain therapy. We work hand in hand with these PTs and OTs and it’s truly an honor to have their support!&nbsp;</p>
<p>We then screen and assess these applicants.&nbsp;</p>
<p>We have them fill out a waiver and a <a href=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/assets/certification/ace-answers/forms/hc/PAR-Q.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>PAR-Q</a> which includes full details on their injury history, medication list, contraindications, risks, etc. If need be, we will ask for a doctor’s note saying they are able to exercise and [whether or not] they have any restrictions for participation. We then assess these athletes in a group setting. These workouts are fast paced so we want to make sure they are a good fit; we assess their function and mobility. We also assess their independence level and we then discuss their goals. If they are a good fit, we sign them up on our scheduling app where they can book classes each week.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p>
<p><img src=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/ada%204.jpg” alt width=”240″ height=”240″></p>
<p><sup><em>(Photo Courtesy of Kaizen Athletics)</em></sup></p>
<p><strong>ACE: Why do you think movement/exercise is important for those with long-term physical or traumatic impairments?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: I am a strength and conditioning coach and I educate our adaptive athletes on functional fitness. Functional fitness movements are going to mimic ADLs(activities of daily living) outside of the gym. They are “natural movements” that make your activities of daily living possible. The main goal of this is to help each each athlete regain their strength, mobility and independence.</p>
<p><em>Some</em> examples of functional movements that I coach:</p>
<p>- <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/6/deadlift/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The Deadlift</a> (mimics picking something up off the floor)</p>
<p>- <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/135/bodyweight-squat/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>The Air Squat</a> (mimics getting on/off a chair, on/off the toilet)</p>
<p>- <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/125/power-clean/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Cleans</a> (picking something up and putting on a table)</p>
<p>- Presses (mimics putting something away in a cabinet or shelf)</p>
<p>- <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/41/push-up/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Pushups</a> and <a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/resources/everyone/exercise-library/306/burpee/”>burpees</a> (being able to pick up your own body off the floor)</p>
<p><strong>&nbsp;ACE: What do fitness professionals need to know before training someone with impairments?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: Right now, I’m working a-lot with spinal cord injury survivors, gunshot victim survivors, stroke survivors, brain cancer survivors, amputees, and individuals with invisible wounds such as TBIs or PTSD.&nbsp; I pride myself on being able to modify/scale for any athlete that walks through my doors. This takes time and hours of coaching to feel comfortable working with the adaptive population. My suggestion would be to immerse yourself in continuing education. The more you can take in, observe, get hands on experience, the better coach you will be.</p>
<p><strong>ACE: What do you see a lot of fitness professionals get wrong when it comes to adaptive training?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: Not being prepared. If you know an adaptive athlete is coming into your gym for a class, be prepared. Know what you’re going to do for them that day. Have a lesson planned, prepared, and have any scale/modifications ready for when you start their class.</p>
<p><strong>ACE: Your tuition is 100% donation based. Why did you go that route?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: We made this program 100% donation based because we know the financial burden of having a physical or traumatic impairment is very costly. We wanted to take the finances out of the equation.</p>
<p>Our community is extremely supportive as well. They provide constant donations that we put towards the program to ensure these athletes get free classes as well as extra equipment or modalities they may need.</p>
<p><strong>ACE: What other tips do you have for fitness professionals when it comes to creating a more inclusive and accessible training environment?</strong></p>
<p>Emily: When creating the workout for the group class, make sure everyone is doing the same workout. Scale or modify for the athletes that need it but, always have them moving together.</p>
<p>I have also seen the benefits of fitness and how it affects not only their physical health but also their mental health, especially for the adaptive community. They are surrounded by other individuals in similar circumstances and they are able to vent, discuss, ask for advice or give advice, talk about medications, or struggles that they are having. These friendships are what keeps them coming back to your gym!</p>
<p><img src=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/ada%205.jpg” alt width=”213″ height=”320″></p>
<p><sup><em>(Photo Courtesy of Kaizen Athletics)</em></sup></p>
<p><strong>Want to learn more about adaptive training? Check out these ACE continued education courses:</strong></p>
<p><strong><a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/course/4a5xxy76y/adaptive-fitness-exercise-programming/”><img src=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/adaptive%201.JPG” alt width=”361″ height=”118″></a><a href=”https://www.acefitness.org/continuing-education/course/4a5xvwv82/adaptive-fitness-for-clients-with-special-needs/”><img src=”https://acewebcontent.azureedge.net/ada.JPG” alt width=”424″ height=”117″></a></strong></p>
<p>And to see more of what Emily is doing with her adaptive program at Kaizen Athletics you can visit <a href=”http://www.kaizenathleticsvb.com”>www.kaizenathleticsvb.com</a>.</p>

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