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New Adaptive Fitness Classes in Northern Virginia

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An instructor leads an adaptive fitness class at MedStar Health in Virginia.

MedStar NRH free adaptive exercise classes have crossed the Potomac and are now available at a new Fairfax location on Chain Bridge Rd. The MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program features accessible circuit training, sports conditioning and boxing-based fitness for people with physical limitations.

The program, funded in part by a grant from Gordon S. and Marilyn C. Macklin Foundation, is a critical lifeline for people who want to continue their recovery, stay physically active and maintain fitness.

“We have been thrilled by the response to the program,” says Joan Joyce, director of therapeutic recreation and community outreach. “We are delighted to be able to expand the program to Northern Virginia.”

The program has been established with help from Devon Palermo, LPTA, CPT, founder of DPI Adaptive Fitness, and former MedStar NRH Team Member. “We’re offering the free class on Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m.,” Palermo says. “We’re located in a ground floor accessible suite in a building with lots of accessible parking. The gym is staffed with two trainers and offers a range of equipment, including cardio and balance machines, boxing fitness and a ‘cage’ that adapts to 15 different exercises,” he explains. “We are excited to welcome individuals with accessible training needs to this wonderful new facility.”

To learn more and to register for classes, visit

MedStar NRH Adaptive Fitness Classes - Fairfax
3545 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite 101, Fairfax, VA 22030

Written by Emily Turk.