Health & Wellness

Adaptive Sports

Adaptive Fitness and Sports at the Y is designed to help individuals with disabilities reach their fullest potential through support and fellowship, as well as health, wellness and sport activities. Members have the opportunity to meet with a fitness coach who will help the member set goals, design a personal exercise program based on individual needs and train participants to use adaptive or standard equipment independently or with assistance.

Our Health and Wellness Team
We have a team of caring staff and volunteers certified through the American College of Sports Medicine, USA Triathlon, National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, and more. Everyone on our team has experience working with people with disabilities, as well as post-rehabilitation patients.

History of the Adaptive Fitness and Sports Program at the Y
In October of 2011, the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA partnered with Gaylord Hospital to feature Paralympics Month and coordinate a group ride along the Rail Trail in Farmington. This partnership continued with the inception of the triathlon program for people with disabilities. Since then, Wheeler staff and volunteers have been training athletes with disabilities to participate in triathlons and other activities. After obtaining a grant from The Hartford, the Wheeler YMCA has been able to expand its equipment and offerings, as well as being able to offer the same program at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford.

Health and Wellness Equipment (varies by location)
  • Upper Body Ergometer
  • Krankcycles by Johnny G.
  • Hand Cycle
  • NuStep with attachments
  • Stability straps and grip assistance
  • Freedom Cable Trainer
  • Transfer Boards
  • Miscellaneous equipment to adaptive current equipment
  • Chair lift in each swimming pool
The YMCA routinely seeks opportunities to expand and enhance equipment specific to the Adaptive Fitness and Sports Program. Equipment listed above is available at the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA. Equipment may vary at other YMCA of Greater Hartford branches.

How to Join Our Program 
If you or someone you know is interested in the program, please contact the Farmington Valley YMCA at or 860-653-5524, the Wheeler Regional Family YMCA at or 860-793-9631 or the Wilson-Gray YMCA at or 860-241-9622 to meet with our Health and Wellness staff and to learn more about the program.

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