Adaptive Fitness Program
This program is made possible in part thanks to the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation.
MedStar NRH Adaptive Fitness Program offers multiple avenues for individuals with varying physical abilities to participate in physical fitness opportunities. Individuals with physical disabilities have as much need (if not more) for physical activity to promote healthy living as able-bodied individuals. Being physically active can decrease the likelihood of developing secondary health conditions including: coronary heart disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, overuse injuries, muscular imbalance and pressure sores. By providing opportunities for increased physical activity we aim to build and improve: strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, functional abilities and overall mood and confidence. The fitness classes can be specifically adapted to fit the needs of the individual by our certified trainers.
Fitness classes are held on a weekly basis at MedStar NRH Irving Street location (102 Irving Street, Washington, DC 20010), as well as at other community sites in the DC, NoVA and Maryland areas.
This program is made possible in part thanks to The Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Foundation.
*Due to COVID-19 we have had to limit in-person programming for the Adaptive Fitness Program.
We are working through these times to continue to provide resources, education and Adaptive Fitness programming for all current and new participants. Our current classes are being offered virtually, with some limited in-person classes available through a pre-registration process.
*Registration is required for virtual classes and essential for the in-person classes, as space and number of people allowed is limited.
Here is a list of classes and how you can access them:
Monday (Virtual Only) 5:30 p.m.
- Adaptive Circuit Training (Virtual) 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.
- Circuit Training and Open Gym (In-person) 6:40 -8:00 p.m.
- Adaptive Boxing Class (Virtual) 5:00-5:45 p.m.
- Adaptive Boxing Class (In-person) 5:30-6:30 p.m. (ON HOLD)
Friday (Virtual Only) 11 a.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Circuit Training and Open Gym (In-Person only)
About our Trainers:
We have specialized, dedicated and reliable trainers, who are proficient in working with individuals with various disabilities and disorders. The “No Limits” Program has staff who are physical therapists, and skilled personal trainers who facilitate group and individual programming for fitness.
The “No Limits” Fitness program also partners with the Spirit Club, to operate virtual and in-person programming. Spirit Club helps provides services that is safe yet effective to help individuals in the program reach their optimal fitness and wellness goals. Our programs aims to help those with neurological disabilities understand and reach their full potential and expect more from themselves.
Check out photos and videos from our fitness program.
No Limits Adaptive Fitness program is headed by Harsh Thakkar, SCI Peer Wellness Specialist.
For more information, questions and to inquire if this program is appropriate for you, please contact:
Harsh Thakkar at [email protected] or