UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology - Adapted Physical Activity

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Main Office

School of Education
Unit II Gym
2000 Observatory Dr.
MadisonWI  53706-1121

Tel: 608/262-0259
Fax: 608/262-1656

Email: kines@education.wisc.edu
or by contact form

Adapted Fitness and Personal Training - General Information


The Adapted Fitness and Personal Training classes offered through the Department of Kinesiology serves a very diverse student population. The classes are designed to accommodate students with permanent as well as temporary disabilities. Classes are also designed to accommodate students who are interested in personal training opportunities, stress management, weight management and those individuals who might feel they need more individualized attention in getting started with learning about and establishing a healthier lifestyle. In addition to health and fitness some students work on improving activities of daily living and as a result become more independent from both physical and personal assistance. For those that need it one-on-one assistance can be provided for transfers to and from exercise equipment as well as in and out of the pool. Typically three classes are offered in the Natatorium Gym #6 and one class is offered in SERF Pool. During the early part of the summer there is also a children's program called "No limits kids fitness."  The purpose of this eight week summer class is to excite and empower children with disabilities to be active.

Individuals interested in taking the class must meet with Tim Gattenby, the Adapted Physical Education Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology.  He can be reached at 608-262-9562 or gattenby@education.wisc.edu.  After that you can review the steps for application and enrollment.

  • Tuesday and Thursday in Gym #6 of the Natatorium from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday in Gym #6 of the Natatorium from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday in Gym #6 of the Natatorium from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fridays in the SERF Pool from 9:20 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Summer Adult Fitness Tuesday and Thursday in Gym #6 of the Natatorium from 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 
  • Summer “No Limits Kids Fitness” Tuesday and Thursday in Gym #6 of the Natatorium from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   


No Limits Kids FitnessVolunteers are very important to the success of the Adapted Physical Activity classes. It is only through the many volunteers, field experience students and interns that we are able to serve the growing number of clients that participate each semester. The high number of volunteers also enables each class to better serve a very diverse population of clients. Volunteering in the Adapted Fitness and Personal Training classes is also strongly encouraged for individuals who are looking to fulfill service learning requirements and gain graduate school and employment experience. In addition students who are collecting experience to describe in their applications to physical and occupational therapy programs or rehabilitative or special education programs are encouraged to volunteer. Typically three classes are offered in the Natatorium Gym #6 and one class is offered in SERF Pool. During the summer the summer Adult and children’s program called “No limits kids fitness” are very popular and volunteer spots fill very quickly. The purpose of this eight week summer class is to excite and empower children with disabilities to be active.

  No Limits Kids Fintess and Volunteers   2013 liz and hand bike







Members of the community are welcome to enroll in the Adapted Fitness and Personal Training courses. Participation requires status as a special, guest or degree earning student. Guest students are allowed to participate at a greatly reduced fee and those students who receive disability benefits might be eligible to have tuition fees waived entirely. If interested, you may contact Adult Career and Special Student Services at: advising@dcs.wisc.edu.

In addition to becoming a special or guest student, community members who wish to become involved must meet with Tim Gattenby the Adapted Physical Education Coordinator. During this meeting you will be able to discuss and describe what your goals would be during your participation for the session. Be prepared to discuss a health history, medications, current or past treatments and services. Tim can be reached at gattenby@education.wisc.edu.

A great number of area hospitals and clinics refer clients for participation. The following support agencies for the disabled also refer clients:

  • Access to Independence
  • Goodwill
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • Wisconsin Special Olympics
  • National and Local Chapters of MS Support Groups
  • The UW Spinal Cord Injuries Support Group
  • The Traumatic Brain Injuries Support Group
  • Progressive Community Services, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Partnership
  • Avenues to Community
  • Community Leisure Integration

Support the Adapted Fitness Program

If you are interested in sponsoring a registration fee for a client or contributing to the purchase of new equipment and supplies for the Adapted Fitness Program, please donate to the Adapted Fitness Program Fund. Our sincere thanks to our alumni and friends who generously support this program.

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