Kapa'a, Fitness, Personal Trainer

Q: November Spotlight of the Month! What is your name, what you do, and where do you live?

Maria La Madrid. 56 year old. Registered Nurse. Wailua Homesteads.

Q: Take us through your journey that led you to joining us at APK?

In 2012 I had a major surgery, and then a couple months after that I started to have nerve pain and fatigue in my right lower abdomen, hip and leg. And that progressed to other issues where even to take something off the shelf going shopping I’d have to use my right arm because of the pain in my left arm. I couldn’t even maneuver my way in the kitchen to get my own breakfast.  I needed help with the laundry.  Even going up my stairs was a huge challenge (I really needed a cane but I wouldn’t use one).  I was also taking care of my folks full time and had my last child in high school still, and I was basically stuck on the couch. And I was in a place where I wasn’t getting any better and couldn’t see myself ever riding a bike again, ever hiking again, or doing any of those things I loved. It was a really difficult time for me.

Q: Why did you end up deciding to join the APK program?

My son kept telling me to join – that Jeff could help me.  Also I figured what could I lose?  I wasn’t getting any better on my own, and I really needed to get stronger to help my parents.

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Q: What was your initial experience like in the APK program?

I was nervous because I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do anything.  Standing up from the floor was hard in the beginning.  After my session I would be exhausted and I’d have to sit in the car for a while.  But it was exciting to me, and I just wanted more and more and more.  I think the big thing was when Jeff asked me what my goal was.  And my goal was to once again hike Sleeping Giant.  He was the first person that said “sure, why not? Let’s do that”.  For the first time in a long time, I felt that there was a light at the end of my tunnel.

Q: How would you describe the culture at ADAPT?

Very welcoming, non-threatening, and non-intimidating. The enthusiasm and support make it really feel  like a family. They bring people in and treat them like their own. You just don’t expect that in a gym. We’re here together but our workout is personalized to us. They will “adapt it” to your needs, so there is always something you CAN do – that’s very empowering. It’s just not a typical gym.

Q: What is your life like now that you have been part of the APK Program?

I’ve gotten so much farther with your help than I ever, ever, ever imagined I could. I would never be where I am now without having come here.  I’m getting stronger and it’s very empowering. I’m doing pull-ups and push-ups and pushing a sled; I’ve even deadlifted the “big” kettlebell where I could barely walk right when I first started.  I’m also stronger now in my upper body than I have ever been. Sometimes I even run up my stairs! I went kayaking, and then hiking to Secret Falls which was just huge. That was just the best time in the world!  .  APK is giving me my life back!

Q: What would you say to anyone looking at the APK program?

Do it!  What do you have to lose? If you want your life back; if you want a better life; come here.




If you live or work in Kapa’a, Lihue, Kilauea or other Eastside Kaua’i towns, then our Kapa’a small group and personal training is just minutes away from you.

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