Adult Fitness and Recreation (AFR)

Adult Fitness and Recreation Programs

Our Adult Fitness and Recreation programs provide different entry points to adapted physical activity and recreation in a supportive community.

We provide open gym access with available staff support, for individuals who like to exercise on their own as well as structured, individual, and group exercise programs for adults experiencing disability under the supervision of staff trained in Adapted Physical Activity in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

In offering these programs, our primary goals are:

  • To foster collaboration and meet participants where they’re at--their abilities, needs, preferences, goals.
  • To assist participants to become knowledgeable and confident with respect to understanding and communicating their fitness and lifestyle needs
  • To provide quality participation experiences that foster autonomy, belongingness, challenge, engagement, mastery, and meaning

Our Adult Fitness and Recreation programs provide physical activity opportunities for adults experiencing disability. Our facility offers specialized equipment and trained staff to adapt programs to suit all abilities and levels of fitness.

We offer 3 levels of service to choose from to best support our participants' fitness goals:

  1. Gym Access
  2. Group Exercise Programs
  3. One-on-One Training

Gym Access

Participants can purchase a membership for the term and gain access to our specialized fitness facility. Floor monitors offer limited support for those looking to work out independently.

Our fitness facility is open 8 AM to 4 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and 10 AM to 4 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. We offer subsidized rates for those who qualify for financial assistance for our Access and FES programs. Please see our programming page for prices.


Group Exercise Programs

We offer a wide variety of adapted group exercise classes.

Sit to be fit

A 60-minute seated, gentle aerobics style class. The class utilizes bodyweight exercises, light free weights, and resistance bands and is perfect for beginners or for those getting back into exercise. The APA instructor will lead the group through strength training, cardio, and range of motion exercises.

Circuit training

Take your workout to the next level. Rotate through a series of exercises to get a great full-body workout. Participants are required to transition between stations and complete exercises independently.

APT Class (Active Passive Trainer)

This 60-minute class is an efficient workout that combines the benefits of our active-passive trainers (motor-supported cycles) with led upper body cardio, resistance training, and range of motion exercises.


One-on-One Training

We offer personal training led by an Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Consultant or a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Here you will receive individualized support and instruction to help you meet your fitness goals.

1:1 Training Sessions

Ten 55-minute, individualized personal training sessions with one of our certified trainers. You will be guided through a personalized fitness program each week based on your current level of fitness, abilities, and physical activity goals. All new 1:1 participants require a fitness assessment.

PALS (Physical Activity Led by Students)

Work 1:1 with a trained student volunteer in a weekly 55-minute session, over the course of a semester. Students work with staff to develop a personalized fitness program and lead participants through their workouts each week. Students are supervised by APA consultants. All new PALS participants require a fitness assessment. PALS is a great way to receive 1:1 programming at a reduced rate.

For more information about Adult Fitness and Recreation

Lemmuel de la Cruz
E: tscafr@ualberta.ca
Ph: 780-492-8339