Take Your Exercise Program Home from Pressing On to Improve Your Neuro Fitness

Editor’s Note: Jason Geroianni of San Antonio,Texas, is the director of Pressing On gym, which is designed and staffed specifically for individuals in wheelchairs and who have other physical limitations. Pressing On helps those with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Cerebral Palsy (CP) Stroke, Spina Bifida, Rett Syndrome, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), Lou Gehrig’s Disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS), Brown-Séquard syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Amputees and more. Part 3 of a 4-part series.

For some reason, the number of people who come in and work out with us at Pressing On seems to be very cyclical. Some days we don’t have very many people come into the gym, and on other days, we’re just swamped with folks. Since we work our members out for 2 hours a day, four clients a day is a full 8 hours of work for us.

Pressing On members can receive 1:1 training or work out on their own.

Pressing On members can receive 1:1 training or work out on their own.

By opening-up the gym to full access for our members, we really seem to have evened-out the number of people who come in each day. However, the one-on-one and two-on-one training is what really funds our organization.

Our multiple sclerosis members often can get around fairly well, and that type of training only requires one person. But for each quadriplegic member or a member with major spinal-cord injury, we usually have to have two people working with him or her. Right now we’re trying to raise money to create scholarships for the people who want to exercise but who don’t have the money to pay for it.

We are organizing a 5K run, walk or roll race in December, 2011, to raise money to offset the cost of our programs, the equipment and our personnel costs. We are also funded by the State of Texas that pays for up to 30 sessions for individuals who apply and qualify for that funding.

Also, we have an outreach program for people who don’t live in our area. If you live somewhere else in the country, and there’s not a gym available that has qualified instructors and equipment for this type of training, then you can come out to our facility with a family member or caregiver.

Pressing On gives individual instruction and workout assistance based on your physical needs and condition.

Pressing On gives individual instruction and workout assistance based on your physical needs and condition.

You can spend a week with us, while we design a specific workout routine for you. You can learn that routine and all the safety aspects of this type of training while here and then return home, find a gym and go through these same exercises.

I want to stress how important working out safely is. We do stress that point in all our evaluations and programs at Pressing On. We show you how to set-up equipment safely and then design a program so that you can return home and work-out on your own. To really get efficient at your routine will require about a year’s worth of training.

However, that week’s worth of training that we develop for individuals who visit our Pressing On facility in San Antonio, is very intense. We strongly recommend that you bring someone with you to learn your routine and be able to assist you as you go through the exercises. Although you’re the one doing the exercising, we are training your caregiver on how to get the equipment set-up and help you as you exercise safely.

See the following video where a Pressing On member who is a quadriplegic goes through their workout regimen: 


We have relationships with several hotels in our areas, so we can get discounted rates for the people who come in and spend a week training with us. We also to try to find hotels that have shuttles that can bring you back and forth to the gym, which is very important for people who are in from out of state.

To learn more about Pressing On, visit www.pressingontx.org

Next: Pressing On Says a Trainer Must Understand Limitations

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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3 Responses to Take Your Exercise Program Home from Pressing On to Improve Your Neuro Fitness

  1. Pingback: Pressing On Shares The Benefits of Staying in Shape for People with Spinal Cord Injuries « UroMed Catheter Health Blog

  2. Isabel says:

    This is so needed, so so needed. Please get in contact with The Sheperd Center in Atlanta and some how have them give information to patients to continue with a program like this after leaving The Sheperd Center. Thank you.

  3. Pingback: Pressing On Shares The Benefits of Staying in Shape for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

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