Programs & Services
ADAPT Program at Pulse

Who are we:

The Adults with Disabilities Assisted Physical Training (ADAPT) Program (formerly known as SNAP) is a one-on-one fitness program for individuals with disabilities at the Pulse. ADAPT pairs clients with student volunteers who will provide assistance with their workouts suited to their unique needs.


The mission of our program is to promote the physical and mental well-being of persons with disabilities by providing them with personalized support and guidance from trained student volunteers.

We understand that there can be a barrier for people with disabilities to starting and staying physically active. We would like to eliminate this by helping our clients find creative ways to overcome and adapt to these barriers in the gym, while being there as support as they go through their work out routine so they can reach their goals. 


  1. Inclusivity: We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to lead healthy and active lives, regardless of their abilities or challenges.
  2. Empowerment: We strive to empower persons with disabilities to take control of their own health and fitness goals.
  3. Compassion: We are committed to treating all of our clients with kindness, understanding, and respect.
  4. Responsibility: We take our role in supporting the health and well-being of our clients seriously, and we hold ourselves and our volunteers to the highest standards of accountability and professionalism.
  5. Growth: We are committed to continuously learning and improving, both as individuals and as an organization, in order to provide the best possible support to our clients.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

Any McMaster student or Pulse member who has a disability may apply to this program. Whether you need help setting up to use a machine or need someone to keep you focused on completing your exercises, this program is fitted to your own unique needs. Your assigned volunteer is just there to help you through your workouts in whatever capacity you would like or require. For inquiries or to get started in the program, please contact

When does this program run?

The program coordinator will pair you with a volunteer who will work around your schedule. Generally, this program runs year-round, with a minimum commitment of one semester (four months).

What is the cost to participate?

There are no costs associated with participating in this program. However, you must have a valid Pulse Membership.

How do I get involved?

We are always looking for student volunteers! To apply, please complete this form  All successful candidates must obtain a First Aid/CPR-C Certification before the start of the program.


Puisand Lai, Jessica Vag & Elizabeth Lang
ADAPT Coordinators
The Pulse Fitness Centre