Online Fitness Options
BORP has identified the following adaptive fitness resources available online that you can access to help you stay active and healthy.
Audio described and non-video workouts are also included in this fitness resource list.
Audio Described Workouts
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers weekly fitness classes and weekend workshops. Make new friends and have fun while getting fit! Visit their website for information on the Lighthouse Health and Wellness Program: https://lighthouse-sf.org/programs-at-lighthouse-for-the-blind-and-visually-impaired/health-and-wellness/ You can also view the Health and Wellness schedule here: https://lighthouse-sf.org/calendar/
Krishna Christine Washburn’s Darkroom Ballet classes for visually impaired and blind individuals are now being offered remotely via Zoom each Monday evening, 8-9:30pm EST- at no charge. If you would like to join the class, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. While “ballet” is in the name and the classes are concert dance-based, Darkroom Ballet participants will develop a broad toolbox of critical skills that prepare them to sign up for an intro dance class in any style elsewhere in the future. https://www.dance.nyc/for-audiences/community-calendar/view/Krishna-Christine-Washburns-Darkroom-Ballet-Tuition-Free-Dance-Classes-for-Adults-who-are-Visually-Impaired-or-Blind/2020-04-27/
Live Classes from Local Fitness Studios
Axis provides dance, yoga and other classes.
Piedmont Yoga Community: PYC is Oakland based and offers Online Yoga Classes for People with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions, Thursdays, 2:00 to 3:30; Saturdays, 3:00 to 4:30. Classes are offered on a sliding scale and are available regardless of participants ability pay.
Dance for All Bodies: Dance for All Bodies (DfAB) is a non-profit which organizes low cost dance classes for people of all abilities. https://www.danceforallbodies.org/
Other Live and On-Demand Classes
Move United (formerly Disabled Sports USA) – AdaptatHome: Free live and recorded adaptive exercise and fitness classes https://www.moveunitedsport.org/ondemand/
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, NCHPAD is a resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. NCHPAD’s features a variety of resources and services which can benefit all ages and populations https://www.nchpad.org.
- Champions Rx are high intensity exercises designed for people who are currently very active. https://www.nchpad.org/CRx
- Direct link to their youtube exercise and yoga videos. They have yoga videos for kids as well. NCHPAD YOUTUBE
Every Body Fitness https://www.scitotalfitness.com/– a multi-level paid subscription service of online videos created for people with physical disabilities by two DPT’s who specialize in neurological physical therapy and rehabilitation. Three different modules to choose from ( Strength Training, Yoga, Mobility and Balance). $5 for the first month for one module.
Seated Workout that is 45 minutes long. Pick your favorite workout mix and follow along https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Nr-VaFcqM
Developed by a team which included Adaptive Sports and Recreation Specialist (Gina Biter-Mundt) and Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center Vallejo (KFRC) physical therapists in consultation with rehabilitation doctors.
Adapt to Perform — Based in England, Ben Clark, a quadriplegic, put together a great collection of fitness and workout videos, many of which can be done from a wheelchair with little or no extra equipment, bit.ly/2SMIN0i
He also offers a subscription-based site at: https://adapttoperform.co.uk/
One Kakana: A monthly subscription based platform featuring live classes. Free one week trial. https://onekakana.com/
Matthew Sanford Yoga: Renowned adaptive yoga instructor based in Minnesota.
Yoga Anytime: Subscription service that offers traditional and adaptive yoga options from wheelchair instructor Quinn Brett. Targeted to those with more mobility (manual chair user/paraplegics). The first 30 days are free.
Yoga Videos: Improve your physical and emotional wellness through mindfulness-cultivating practices like yoga, a proven stress-reliever. Check out this calming wheelchair yoga tutorial from an Adaptive Yoga for Veterans series on Youtube – it even shows you how to utilize basic objects as yoga props during your practice. Features Tony Award winner, Ali Stroker.
Active Homes SCI (exercises, videos, info): https://sciactioncanada.ok.ubc.ca/resources/active-homes/
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation – Reeve Health Minute (videos on exercises and other healthy living tips):
Shepherd Center YouTube playlist for upper extremity exercises for people with SCI (both assisted and resistive): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOW85HV_qUD4qtm6WQbGTN2tv58sFLCHP
Shepherd Center group exercise workout video – Shepherd Center Workout Routine for People with Spinal Cord Injury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ew-N5Ux0Ns
Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence (SCIRE) Exercising after SCI:
“7 Budget-Friendly Products for a High-Performance Home Gym” — A quick and easy guide to assembling an affordable home workout setup, newmobility.com/2017/11/7-budget-friendly-products-home-gym
The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) is a regional center of spinal cord injury care, research and education in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. They put together this wonderful packet of exercises that most can perform from a sitting position at home or a gym. http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/SCI%20Home%20Exercise%20Packet.pdf
The Yes, You Can book from the pva has a chapter of home program stretches (last chapter – starting on page 240): https://pva-cdnendpoint.azureedge.net/prod/libraries/media/pva/library/publications/yes-you-can_digital.pdf
UAB Spinal Cord Injury exercises and fitness resource list: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/sci/daily-living/leisure/exercise-a-fitness
BORP strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. BORP is not a licensed medical care provider and represents that it has no expertise in diagnosing, examining, or treating medical conditions of any kind, or in determining the effect of any specific exercise on a medical condition.