While membership may have its privileges, the medically based programs at Princeton’s CAN DO Fitness Club are open to the public, too.

CAN DO’s programs include Pre- and Post-Natal, Cardiac Fitness, Better Bones and Cancer Fitness. This premier fitness club also is in the process of developing a Bariatric Program for those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery or other extreme weight loss procedures.

“We take a very holistic approach to these programs,” explained Director of Education Will Smith. “While our medically based programs are geared toward the specific condition, each integrates some sort of mind meditation, such as tai chi or yoga.”

The programs are very targeted. Among other things, Pre- and Post-Natal addresses hormonal issues, as well as laxity issues in the joints that may lead to the back pain or sciatica. Cardiac Fitness covers risk factor modification including, high blood pressure, diet and weight circumference. Better Bones targets brittle bone diseases such as osteoporosis sufferers. Cancer fitness takes into account the side effects from cancer treatments.

“What also makes CAN DO different is the functional movement screen which complements the Polar BodyAge System screening,” Smith said. “This general movement screening, combined with Polar, gives participants both their biological age and chronological age, helping us to tightly target each program.”

CAN DO’s programs are based on assessment and reassessment. Strength is reassessed every 4 to 6 weeks; body composition every 8 to 12 weeks. This allows CAN DO’s professional staff to adjust each client’s program to meet his or her needs.

All CAN DO professional staff are carefully selected, and carry certifications in the appropriate specialties. Smith personally interviews each one, and observes qualified candidates as they perform general health and special population (i.e. osteoporosis) workouts. Once hired, staff take part in CAN DO’s in-house Professional Development Institute, where they learn the practical skills needed to work with special populations.

“Another CAN DO difference: our programs are evidence-based, not just what’s hot for the moment,” Smith added. “For example, research shows kettle bell training is a good corrective exercise. That’s why it was added to the CAN DO arsenal.”

CAN DO is on the front line of prevention, and a well respected provider of health and medical based services. They frequently gets referrals from local medical professionals, a testament to the quality of its programs.

Medically based programs are fee based and available to the public; members pay a reduced fee for these specialized program. Everyone taking part in a medically based program has access to all the amenities CAN DO has to offer, including access to group fitness classes.

CAN DO Fitness Clubs are located in Princeton, Short Hills and Edgewater. The Princeton Forrestal Village club is open Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, or a list of medically based programs, call 609-514-0500.

CAN DO Fitness Club. Princeton Forrestal Village, 121 Main Street, Princeton. 609-514-0500. www.candofitness.com.

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