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AT FITNESS 4 FOCUS, WE AFFECT CHANGE
in the lives of individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities. Our fitness program challenges athletes both physically and mentally. By mastering tasks and overcoming obstacles, our athletes develop the confidence they need to succeed in the gym and in life.
Through consistent exercise, brave determination, and expert support, our athletes learn how to improve their overall well-being. We believe the work they do here will lead to better management of daily life skills and a stronger sense of autonomy. At Fitness 4 Focus, our goal is to help our athletes achieve their ultimate potential.
FITNESS 4 FOCUS
ON GOOD DAY PA - AUG 9, 2019
For nearly a decade, Fitness 4 Focus has trained athletes with special needs.
Founder Chris Russell alongside participant Thomas McHale was with us Friday to talk more about the program and share details on the O-2 Challenge.
WHO WE SERVE
We serve individuals living with
Our focus on strength includes much more than developing weak or atrophied muscle groups. Trainers test the mental fortitude of their athletes by facilitating strenuous situations and studying the response. Building more than muscle, trainers help develop the athletes’ emotional strength and resolve.
Even when an athlete arrives at the gym tired, upset, or relentlessly perseverating, our trainers celebrate the intrinsic strength revealed by the athlete’s willingness to keep showing up. From there, we simply train them to build on that strength.
Like anyone, individuals with special needs deserve to grasp and appreciate when they’ve achieved something. Our curriculum model intentionally reinforces this feeling in our athletes every time they complete a set of exercises.
Fitness 4 Focus athletes embrace this emphasis as a crucial component of their sessions. In addition to becoming physically stronger and more coordinated, their confidence grows. This confidence follows and serves them far outside of the gym.
We serve a wide variety of people, many of whom suffer from mobility issues and/or need additional guidance to perform exercises correctly. Coordination naturally begins to improve as athletes become physically stronger, but it often remains a challenging part of their sessions.
Working out is never easy, even when an athlete becomes good at it. Exercise is meant to be challenging. However, our trainers’ intimate knowledge of physical health provides the insight required to make exercise less stressful -- and more rewarding -- for athletes who initially perceive certain tasks as insurmountable.
When our athletes blend their increased strength, coordination, and confidence, we see their independence flourish. Some of our athletes progress through our curriculum and grow to the point of being able to complete our sessions on their own. Here, we encourage them to transition to working out at a public gym.
We love our athletes, but our goal is not to keep them forever. We have faith in their potential to become independent athletes. Autonomy develops in small steps, by accomplishing even the least physically demanding tasks. Like strength, independence is a trait that already exists to some degree in everyone. Fitness 4 Focus works to grow our athletes’ strength and confidence enough to realize how much they can do on their own.
PURSUING INDEPENDENCE THROUGH FITNESS