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NCHPAD - Building Healthy Inclusive Communities

Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer


The ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer is a fitness professional involved in developing and implementing an individualized exercise program for a person who may have a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, and who is healthy or has medical clearance to perform independent physical activity. CIFT certified professionals hold a current ACSM certification or a current NCCA-accredited health/fitness certification and current CPR/AED with hands-on practical skills component.  CIFT certified professionals can also hold a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy, or Adapted Physical Education and current CPR/AED with hands-on practical skills component. In addition to knowledge of exercise physiology, exercise testing and programming, a CIFT has knowledge in inclusive facility design, awareness of social inclusion for people with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Additionally the ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT demonstrates and leads safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise; writes adapted exercise recommendations; understands adapted methods of exercise; understands precautions and contraindications to exercise for people with disabilities; is able to demonstrate safe and effective adapted methods of exercise; is aware of the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy specific to recreation facilities (US Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design; and can utilize motivational techniques and provide appropriate instruction to individuals with disabilities to begin and continue healthy lifestyles.



Disclaimer: Proper precautions must be taken before you begin an exercise program. An understanding of your current health status and potential problems is necessary for you to exercise safely. Please contact your physician if you have any concerns. This program is intended to incorporate high-intensity physical activity into your daily life, but should not be used in place of physical therapy, professional medical advice, or treatment.


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