Jason Geroianni of Pressing On Explains the Importance of Staying Fit with an SCI

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.  In this interview, Jason discusses the importance of staying fit and the limitations of a trainer. Part 4 of a 4-part series.

Question: Jason, if a person comes into your gym or calls you and wants to come in for a week of exercise, however, he or she lives in a rural area without access to a gym, can you design a routine for that individual that he or she can do back home and give him a list of equipment he needs to purchase or a list of equipment he may have around the house to help with an exercise program?

Geroianni: Yes, we can. We have a lot of equipment on which we can train individuals. But one of the first things we do is find-out what kind of equipment, if any, he may have at his home or have access to or is willing to purchase. Then we try to match an exercise program to what the person has on hand or can buy. Also I try to keep in touch with our long-distance people to see how they’re doing with their exercise programs.

The trainers at Pressing On take time to understand each member's physical limitations before designing their workouts.

The trainers at Pressing On take time to understand each member's physical limitations before designing their workouts.

Question: Jason, why aren’t more gyms set-up to help train individuals with some type of physical problem?

Geroianni: To do this type of training requires more than just gym equipment. A trainer has to know about the types of injuries he or she will encounter, and what the limitations may be. If a trainer doesn’t know about spinal-cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or brain injuries, then that trainer can’t know about the secondary conditions of the people with whom he’s working.

For instance if someone’s blood pressure really goes-up during exercise, he or she sweats a lot and/or he passes out, then the trainer needs to know what to do. The person who trained me taught what to look for and to notice any problematic symptoms I might encounter, while training an individual. 

Pressing On trainers provide individual assistance through your workout routine.

Pressing On trainers provide individual assistance through your workout routine.

I always study each individual injury to learn all I can about how to train the people with these injuries and how to take care of them, if they have problems. The trainer also has to understand for instance when a person who’s paralyzed, say from the waist-down, how far the trainer can stretch the paralyzed person’s legs, because these folks can’t feel their legs.

You have to develop a feel for the individual’s limitations. If a person can’t feel their legs, then theoretically you can bend their legs behind their heads, and neither you nor they will realize you’ve stretched them too far.

There’s no shortcut to learn about these limitations and how to work with them. You just have to work with a trainer who has the experience and knowledge to know how to help people exercise safely and correctly and to get the maximum benefit of the exercise without going too far.

We believe that the safety aspect of training is one of the most-critical ingredients to have an effective exercise program. That’s why an injured person’s bringing his or her caregiver or family member with him when coming to our facility is so important. When they come to us to develop a routine for them, we spend as much training and teaching the caregiver how to help the person as we do teaching the individual the exercises and how to do them.  

Safety comes first when working out at Pressing On.

Safety comes first when working out at Pressing On.

Question: Jason, if someone has a gym in another state and wants to send one of their personal trainers to Pressing On for you to train him or her on how to work with and set-up routines for the physically challenged, will you train them to do the same thing you do?

Geroianni: Yes, we will. We can explain and show them what type of equipment they need and how to train physically-challenged people safely and properly. One of the best things I can suggest for anyone interested in the type of work we do is go to our website, www.pressingontx.org where they can see videos of the kinds of training we do, as we’re doing it.

See the trainers at Pressing On assist Lauren M. through her workout:

That web page has all our contact information as well as our Facebook, Twitter and You Tube information. One element of life that many injured people completely overlook is that staying fit, working out and training is as important for them, if not more important, than it is for an able-bodied person. Even the muscles that they can’t use need to be exercised and strengthened as well as the muscles that they can use.

Please feel free to contact us. We’ll begin to tell you more about fitness and training, how it affects you, and why you should consider participating in some type of exercise program.

You can reach Pressing On gym in San Antonio, TX in the following ways:

Address:
12001 Network BLVD. #314
San Antonio,TX 78249
E-mail: info@pressingontx.org 
Telephone: 210-877-2228
Fax: 210-877-2235

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