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Adaptive and Inclusive Fitness Program

Adaptive functional fitness is a fitness program that is designed to make fitness safe, effective, and inclusive for all. Functional fitness is truly for everyone. This program can help you either get started or continue on your fitness journey in order to meet your goals and improve and or/ maintain independence in meaningful daily activities. This program is currently designed for adults with physical impairments who are seeking to improve their health and fitness in a welcoming and inclusive community. 

  • Who runs this program?
    Dr. Shelby Cavazos, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Michigan with a focus in neurorehabilitation. She is a certified USA Weightlifting coach and Adaptive and Inclusive Trainer. You may reach out to her personally with any questions or concerns about the program at
  • What does it cost?
    There will be a free monthly community class where participants can bring a friend or family member to do an adaptive community workout- for free! Weekly classes will be held on *Wednesdays at 6:15?* for adaptive athletes who choose to obtain a membership or purchase a punch card at AZO. Please check the schedule for current adaptive functional fitness class times and updates.
  • What do workouts look like?
    The adaptive workouts will be constantly varied and will target functional movements that help improve your ability to participate in daily activities. Movements include variations of pulling, pushing/pressing, hinging/squating, and locomotion. Workouts will include multiple options for adapting and as well as scaling options within the adaptations. The facility also will have adaptive workout equipment to help you meet your goals and appropriately adapt the workout to meet your needs.
  • Do I need to have experience?
    No experience is necessary but we always encourage consulting with a physician/primary care provider before starting exercise programs.
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Who is Shelby Cavazos

I was born and raised in the great state of MI. I have my clinical doctorate in occupational therapy and work as a neuro inpatient rehabilitation therapist. I am also an officer in the Army National Guard and have been serving for over 6 years. I have a passion for the outdoors and fitness, especially in making functional fitness safe, effective, and inclusive for everyone that wants to participate. I have current certifications as a USAW Level 1 coach and Adaptive and Inclusive Trainer and prior to this was coaching at a gym in Columbus, Ohio 

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