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Using a personal fitness trainer to train with a physical disability

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If you have a disability, it can be hard to make the decision to start exercising in a public place, as it can feel that you are particularly noticeable. However, the benefits of exercise, both physical and mental, are still extremely important and you should make exercise a priority. Here are some ways that working with a personal trainer can help to create a realistic and challenging exercise routine for you.

Personalised routine

Each person with a disability has different abilities and physical restrictions. A personal fitness trainer can work with you to assess your current physical capabilities and incorporate any restrictions from your medical professionals to create a personalised fitness program. They can also work with you to devise some realistic personal goals to help you feel better.

Equally, personal fitness trainers are a great source of knowledge on nutrition and can help you to work out a diet plan that should lead to a stable and healthy weight as well as steady energy levels.

Reactive routines

Having a personal trainer work with you can help to make your routines reactive to your abilities each day. Many physical disabilities have ebbs and flows of ability, and your trainer can help adjust your routine as required (including changing reps, durations and break intervals) so that your routine is useful and challenging but still reacts to any changes.

Additionally, personal trainers can react to your mental health, so if you are feeling awkward working out in a gym, they can help to find other locations and exercises to keep your routine interesting and challenging. They also have a range of motivational tools to keep things fun and help you keep on track.

Assistive devices

For many people with a disability, having some extra assistance can help to open up the range of exercises you can do. This can include using grip gloves to help stay on stationary bikes or lift weights, using back braces to maintain posture and stability during weights and cardio exercises and bracing to help with support loose joints.

Having the support of a personal fitness trainer with experience training clients with a physical disability can be a great way to start and maintain a personal fitness routine. Their experience in devising personalised fitness programs and motivating you to stay on track with your work outs can help you stay on track and maximise your chances of reaching your fitness goals. For more information, start contacting personal fitness trainers in your area.