Watch: Module 3: Ambulatory Warm-Up

In this video, I am completing a dynamic warm-up with 2 clients. I set 2 cones about 25 feet apart and asked the clients to complete the tasks I requested between the 2 cones. We did movements focused on balance, coordination, speed, acceleration and deceleration, and some that I knew would make them laugh. The warm-up sets the tone for how the workout will go. Making the warm-up fun is a great way to keep the client engaged and excited to keep working out.

Watch: Module 3: Strength Training with Band Exercises

In this video, I demonstrate various cueing and exercises I do with a man with Down syndrome as part of our strength training session. We use a band for this entire series. Notice how I change my voice tones, make the counting sounds appear silly. I sing and attempt to keep the client laughing and engaged. This helps the client feel the trainer is having fun as well. Many clients with special needs are used to being told what to do by everyone around them, so when the trainer changes the approach to coaching the client it eases stress and frustration and changes the perspective of the client/trainer relationship from authoritative to relational. I use compliments about his strength and effort as motivation to keep him going, even asking him to show me his muscles. Again, people with special needs only want to work out if it’s fun and doesn’t feel hard or seem boring. Simple changes in voice tone, cueing funny examples, and making yourself look silly all create this environment. Another idea is to ask the client to take video of the workout to share it with his parents or guardians or share on social media to inspire other people like him. Many clients like the idea of people seeing their accomplishments. (Make sure to have a form signed by a guardian to use the client in testimonials, videos on social media, etc., before doing this)

Watch Module 3: Autism/Sensory Warm-Up

In this video, I will demonstrate common warm-up drills, techniques, and calming mechanisms I use to help organize the client’s brain to focus, improve proprioception, and organize the central nervous system before the exercise session.

Watch Module 3: Equipment Considerations & Cueing for Clients with Anxiety

This video will discuss the importance of equipment considerations in clients with behavior disorders or high anxiety, then demonstrates how I incorporate the use of these equipment and cueing considerations in active workouts.

Watch Module 3: Non-Ambulatory Warm-Up

This video will discuss the common cueing, movements, and calming mechanisms used to help a non-ambulatory client warm-up

Module 3: Please read pages 15-18 in the Adaptive Fitness Exercise Programming eBook before completing this lesson. This module will demonstrate how to set up a program start to finish in terms of warm-up, strength, skill, functional work, cardio, and cool down. This module includes a visual demonstration of how the trainer can break down three weeks of workout programming into weekly sessions. Also included is the progression of movements and skills from week to week. In weeks 4-6, the trainer can begin to determine what progressions need to be made based on the client’s improvements, results, and behavior changes. The programming structure and exercises will most often remain the same for weeks, and even months, for most clients with special needs.

This module contains 3 videos to go along with this lesson, at the end of this lesson you will complete Quiz #2.

Lesson Content

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