It is the mission of iAM ABLE Fitness to provide survivors of spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis with various wellness programs and knowledge that will maximize their health and understanding increasing independence and potential of recovery. With our compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional staff we will inspire, enlighten, and problem solve for our clients.
iAM ABLE Fitness focuses on helping clients reclaim their lives by providing intense, exercise based health and fitness programs designed to increase function and maximize independence. By raising public awareness of spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis, iAM ABLE Fitness builds a community to support through specialized training, networking, experience sharing and family support.
Michelle and Alfredo were finally beginning to live a life they worked hard to achieve. As high school sweethearts, they committed to getting an education before starting a family. After working hard, Michelle graduated with a bachelor's degree in health services administration, and Alfredo in computer engineering. Having both started very fulfilling careers, the only thing left was to get married as they had planned.
They had their dream wedding and knew their lives were changing forever. Just not in ways they, nor anyone, could ever expect.
Three days after the wedding, while on their honeymoon, Michelle and Alfredo were at the beach. As they entered the water side by side, Alfredo decided to dive forward when the water was thigh deep. This dive changed life instantly.
Unknowingly to Michelle, Alfredo immediately became paralyzed from the neck down. He hit his head on the sandy ocean floor which seemed to get deeper but, instead, became shallow. Instantly he knew something was wrong when he tried to flip his body but couldn’t, as he floated face down at the surface of the water.
Alfredo broke his neck suffering a spinal cord injury.
He tried to push his arms, kick his legs, twist, and turn. Nothing. It seemed like an eternity while he fought to hold his breath, hoping Michelle would soon realize something was wrong. It only took a couple of minutes until she reached him. Unfortunately before Michelle did, his lungs inhaled with an uncontrollable spasm. What should have been filling with oxygen, filled with ocean water.
This was the first series of events which would take two people on an journey, which included an international life flight, intensive care, and seizures. But most importantly, a search for a way to maximize his health and increase his potential to recover.
During this search they quickly discovered a gap. A gap between traditional therapy, and achieving his full potential in terms of health and recovery.
But through these trials and tribulations only good has come out of this unfortunate accident. Both have dedicated themselves to helping those in similar situations.
With this goal as their focus, they founded iAM ABLE Fitness.
Sachi graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Science from California State University, Fullerton. Sachi is the head trainer at iAM ABLE Fitness. He has accumulated over 8,000 hours of experience training injuries of all levels and types from all over the globe. Sachi loves coming into work every day and helping his clients achieve their goals no matter how big or small they may be.
Carlos graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports and Fitness with an emphasis is Exercise Science at Florida International University. Carlos’ previous experience working in a hospital setting prior to coming to iAM ABLE Fitness, gave him the opportunity to work with all types of patients with a wide variety of injuries and illnesses such as stroke and other neurological disorders.
Osvaldo is currently perusing a degree in exercise science at Miami-Dade College. As an aide, Osvaldo assists our trainers to ensure our clients train to their fullest capacity without any loss of time and maximum efficiency. When not working, Osvaldo enjoys working out and spending time with his family.