Active Living

SCI Fitness & Wellness Centre Calgary

Incorporating active living into daily life leads to better mental and physical health, and early involvement in adapted physical activity optimizes recovery, leading to better overall health.

At the Spinal Cord Injury Fitness Centre based in Calgary, we strive to help individuals with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities achieve and improve their goals and develop their overall quality of life through:

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscular strength
  • Maintenance or improvement of bone density
  • Weight management
  • Enhanced energy levels

Who We Are

Certified Exercise Physiologists and Athletic Therapists who provide individualized, evidence-based exercise programming for people with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.

Our Goal

To inspire and assist individuals with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities to achieve optimal health and improved quality of life through active living.

SCI Fitness & Wellness Centre Calgary’s equipment Includes:

  • Standing Frame Elliptical Trainers
  • NuStep
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Bike
  • Adapted Resistance Training Equipment
  • Ceiling Lifts
  • Raised Mats

About Functional Electrical Stimulation

The Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Cycle combines electrical stimulation and assistance from a motor to help people with spinal cord injury or other neurological conditions pedal a stationary bike from their wheelchair. Electrodes are placed on the skin to allow electrical stimulation to reach the muscles to achieve smooth and natural pedaling.

FES can be used by those with impaired or limited movement of the arms, legs, or trunk to achieve health benefits, which include:

  • Improved circulation and cardiovascular fitness
  • Increased muscle mass
  • Maintenance or improvement of bone density
  • Fewer pressure sores and less pain are potential benefits

The focus on active living at SCI Alberta has grown tremendously in recent years with the the launch of the SCI Alberta Fitness and Wellness Centre in Calgary.  Research is showing that early involvement in adapted physical activity optimizes recovery and leads to better overall health. In collaboration with the Paralympic Sports Association, the Adapted Adventures Program is now being managed by their program staff.

The Full WINTER SPORTS Safety Guide

This guide offers plenty of valuable information such as:

  • Eye-opening statistics about winter sports accidents (fact: 75% of people get injured when they lose control after making a jump) as well as the average costs of getting injured on the slopes.
  • Practical safety knowledge for winter sports such as understanding colour/shape slope ratings, only skiing on the slope that matches your skill level and ability, and other safety tips.
  • Advice and information for parents when skiing or snowboarding with children. This includes helmet and equipment safety knowledge, how to keep kids safe during activities, and what to do in case a child gets injured whilst skiing.
  • Other useful resources and information to help keep yourself and those around you safe whilst out on the slopes.

SCI Fitness & Wellness Centre

5656 3 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2H 1H7
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
(403) 228-3001

Fitness Centre Rates

FES Assessment (I)

  • Includes 15-20 minute initial consultation to review paperwork and up to 2 hour FES assessment.
  • Electrodes are additional.



FES Assessment (R)

  • With a formal FES referral and initial assessment completed.
  • Electrodes are additional.


FES Sessions

  • 1 hour, one-on-one session – $45.00
  • Additional 1/2 hour session extension. – $22.00
  • Independent FES session – $11.00

Complete Set

  • Lower Extremity (Large) – $42.00
  • Lower Extremity (Small) – $30.00
  • Upper Extremity – $30.00

Individual Packages

  • Two 3″ x 4″ electrodes – $10.00
  • Four 2″ x 3.5″ electrodes – $12.00
  • Four 2″ x 2″ electrodes – $30.00

A 1-hour Personalized one-on-one exercise session.


Work at your own pace.


Please Note: we require all those who are interested in accessing the Spinal Cord Injury Fitness and Wellness Centre to complete our Consent to Participate. Please print and complete this form with your physician prior to your first session.