Pre and Post-Rehab Fitness Programs
Maria is able to offer a wealth of knowledge and training experience to those with health challenges.
People who have received medical treatment for illness or injury often find themselves in a predicament: They are out of rehabilitation but not yet ready to undertake an exercise regimen by themselves. Maria holds an advanced degree called the Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Certification (now called Medical Exercise Specialist) that allows her to safely and effectively design, implement and manage exercise and appropriate lifestyle programs for individuals with special needs.
Only those personal trainers with a four-year degree in exercise science and those that have over 300 hours of personal training experience are eligible to take the exam for this certification. Once certified, those with the AHFS or MES certification ensure that health-challenged individuals receive appropriate preventative and post-rehabilitative fitness programs that can improve their ability to lead fuller, more active lives.
Training of individuals with the following health challenges requires someone with in-depth knowledge of the appropriate type of activity that will most benefit them, taking their limitations into consideration. Keep in mind that most trainers are not trained to deal with these issues:
- Cardiovascular disease: Hypertension, CAD, PVD
- Pulmonary disease: Asthma, Emphysema, COPD
- Metabolic Diseases: Diabetes, Obesity, Blood Lipid Disorders
- Immunological/Hematological Disorders: Cancer, Arthritis
- Neurological Disorders: Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Gait and Balance disorders
- Low Back Pain
- Musculoskeletal Challenges
- Visual Impairments
- Intellectual Disabilities
If you have any of these health concerns, please contact Maria and she can discuss how she can work with you and your health care providers if necessary to provide you with the most beneficial program.
Whether it's training, nutrition counseling, weight loss issues or any other questions, I'd be more than happy to help. Just contact me! You can also visit my FAQs page to get answers to some of the most common questions I receive.
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