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. 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 speak with Kecia Doyle, the Adapted Physical Education Coordinator for the Department of Kinesiology. Please submit the form on this page with your initial inquiry. After that you can review the steps for application and enrollment.
Fall schedule for Adapted Fitness:
Interested in Adapted Fitness?
Please fill out this inquiry and an email will be sent to the AF Coordinator.
Volunteers 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. During 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.
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 Kecia Doyle.
In addition to becoming a special or guest student, community members who wish to become involved must speak with Kecia Doyle the Adapted Physical Education Coordinator. During this meeting, you will be able to discuss and describe what your goals would be during your participation in the session. Be prepared to discuss health history, medications, current or past treatments and services.
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
- 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 Adaptive Fitness Program Fund. Our sincere thanks to our alumni and friends who generously support this program.