Adaptive Fitness Training

Using adaptive fitness to help people with mental, physical and cognitive challenges including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, rare genetic conditions, and many more conditions.

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Adaptive Fitness Special Needs Certification For Trainers & Professionals

100% online inclusive adaptive fitness training for special needs and other disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and more.

I have MS and don’t walk…I never thought Special Strong could help me! Boy was I wrong… Daniel has thought of ways to get me stronger... and with a couple months under my belt I feel 100% better! I’m sitting taller, moving better with less pain and LOVE working out!! Thank you Daniel and Special Strong!!! Don’t wait…get your life back too!!!read more
Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.
Tim gained significant strength and flexibility from weekly sessions with coach Dylan.
Lee Ann A.
Lee Ann A.
Special Strong is a compassionate and professional service that I would personally recommend to anyone who needs an adaptive fitness... program. My brother's trainer, Dylan is always on time, keeps us in the loop with texts and gives my brother a workout that he loves. He always looks forward to his workouts and his mood seems to lighten after each session. Thanks to Dylan and Special Strong for the positive outlook and professionalism. You have made a great difference in my brother's life and for that we are extremely grateful!read more
Dori W.
Dori W.
I highly recommend Special Strong!!!
Linda L.
Linda L.
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chrisredfield C.
chrisredfield C.
My son, who has a brittle bone condition, worked with Daniel for six months to develop custom workout programs that are safe and... increase his strength and endurance. We absolutely love Daniel. He is very supportive and understanding about the challenges that result from my son’s condition and was flexible to accommodate recovery workouts when fatigue or injuries (not due to the workouts) occurred. He covers everything from proper workout form, safety, nutrition and even additional supports as needed. The workouts are fun too. Most of all, he is a real mentor that has helped my son cultivate the habit to be responsible to care for his body so that it can last him a lifetime. We highly recommend Daniel or anyone from Special Strong.read more
Chris T.
Chris T.
Great place. The people are amazing
mitch M.
mitch M.
Special Strong has been amazing for our son with autism. His coordination has improved so much and he is gaining some muscle! His... coach is super encouraging and really helps build his self-esteem. Special Strong has been a HUGE blessing! We are so thankful we found Special Strong!read more
Kristi P.
Kristi P.
Special Strong has such amazing team and coaches. Our autism son was so much more relaxed, confident and happy in the tough teen years... with these workouts. The workouts build strength, agility and more in a fun routine that meets the individual's needs. Highly recommend doing a trial class. You'll be begging for more.read more
Sharisa L.
Sharisa L.
With staff having undergone training for special needs youth and adults, they know the "sweet spots" for balancing the physical... training while working with the disabilities.read more
Larry J.
Larry J.
Great for social interaction and fun athletic class!
Karen H.
Karen H.
I love it
Rainbow E.
Rainbow E.
We had our initial evaluation this weekend and we’re very impressed with report we were emailed. Hoping this helps Sammy get more... active and helps him improve in all areas.read more
REBECCA C.
REBECCA C.
Special Strong has been awesome for our son. His trainer communicates well and plans workouts that are challenging. His trainer also... takes time to teach proper form which has really reduced injuries and setbacks.read more
Amy Kahle W.
Amy Kahle W.
My son has become more confident in himself and his ability to become physically fit and lose weight. This would not have been the... case if he did not meet his trainer, Adam, who inspires him to do his best. We are thankful for his patience and encouragement. Special Strong is the best!read more
Karen L.
Karen L.
Daniel was able to evaluate and prioritize fitness targets for my mentally and physically handicapped adult sister. He has a positive... energy that makes for an enjoyable training experience.read more
Marie B.
Marie B.
As a colleague of Manju in the ABA field, I have seen first hand her special ability to work with individuals with special needs. She... is kind, compassionate and full of positive energy. Her love of fitness make her an awesome member of the Special Strong team. I promise you will love her!read more
Jill L.
Jill L.
My daughter Joy loves the workouts at Special Strong. Coach Adam keeps things moving and makes the workout fun! This is a great... program to improve physical fitness for the special needs community!read more
Jamie G.
Jamie G.
I was looking for something for my son with Down Syndrome to pull him out of the depression of losing his job to Covid and this... experience has been wonderful for him! Not only the physical activity but the kindness and encouragement that has been shown to both of us has been inspiring. Highly recommend this program because these people REALLY are genuine and care about their clients.read more
Barbara L.
Barbara L.
I love what you do Daniel! Your profession and specialty is very admirable. And to so many people you remind us all to be better... people and do more for others. Keep up the good work!read more
Eric V.
Eric V.
This organization deserves to be featured across the Country as an innovative leader in the service industry for differently abled... individuals. Their Adaptive & Inclusive Fitness Training is motivational, inspiring and most importantly provides health and wellness benefits to a population which is often unable to access conventional programs. As the parent of a 24 year old multiply disabled young man, I would love to see a program like this developed in our area! Please spread the word about Special Strong!read more
khartigan777
khartigan777
Wishing Special Strong were in my area. Truly appreciate the posts on LinkedIn where Daniel has been building confidence, pride, and... smiles for his clients. His passion and commitment is a reminder to me that we all need angels in our lives who continually encourage and support us.read more
Alanna B.
Alanna B.
Daniel and his clients have reminded me that anything is possible which has inspired me to rekindle my exercise routine. I have now... accomplished physical feats I never thought possible. Thanks you all!!read more
Kerry O.
Kerry O.
I've been working in the ABA field for over 5 years and love fitness. Fitness has been such a positive outlet in my life whether is... for physical health but also for my mental health. It wasn't until the pandemic hit that it dawned upon to merge my passion of ABA and sharing my love of fitness. I googled personal training and that is where I found Special Strong. From day 1 I was hooked-I read the curriculum and the requirements to obtain my certification and what sealed the deal for me was when I got a text message from the owner/founder himself Daniel-making himself available to answer any questions I had (mind you on a saturday). I loved how Special Strong was started and love seeing the clients on IG and their successes and how much fitness has helped them. The modules are easy to follow and broken down for you to understand and to apply with potential clients. I can't to take my test for my certifications and to become of the Special Strong Family.read more
Cecilia G.
Cecilia G.
I have not personally worked with this group, but the amount of love and passion that these clients and staff show everyday is... amazing. Keep up the great work.read more
Mike H.
Mike H.
What an amazing organization!!! Daniel and his Team are beautiful angels! Thank you for all you do!
A Loving N.
A Loving N.
Daniel's mission is super important. He inspires all of us. Please support his cause. If you are able to sponsor beautiful people... with disabilities - please do!read more
Gil
Gil
I am very happy with my courses with Special Strong! I have worked with individuals with special needs for years in schools. I decided... I wanted to train after working with many clients and saw a need for fitness in the community. I am so glad I came across this certification. The course is very well written and I found easy to navigate. Thank you so much Special Strong . I am excited to start this new journey!read more
Marisa Nicole M
Marisa Nicole M
Love the class. Learned alot. Cant wait to start with my new clients.
Pamela A.
Pamela A.
As the mom of an adult son with an Intellectual Disability and a Special Educator I found this program to be informative and well... done!  I learned about putting together a great fitness program for individuals with special needs.  I loved all of the video modeling done throughout the program. I am super excited to see where this certification takes me and how I can combine my two passions of fitness and teaching individuals with special needs.read more
Katie M.
Katie M.
This course was amazing . It was extremely easy to work with and provided a lot of videos and tips for working with those with... special needs and disabilities . Highly recommend this certification for trainers that are looking to work these individuals .read more
Jen R.
Jen R.
Enjoyed completing the Level One certification course offered through Special Strong! As a parent of a teenager with autism, I see the... need out there! Thank you for offering this!read more
Stephanie G.
Stephanie G.
Excellent course! A well rounded course I learned...
Jesus G.
Jesus G.
Our time with Special Strong was an immense blessing! Daniel did a fantastic job with my mom. Autumn was incredibly helpful in getting... us on track towards healthy eating. We are so thankful for Special Strong and what they've done for our entire family.read more
Sarah C.
Sarah C.
It is wonderful to see my son enjoy exercise.My son does many sports with Special Olympics and he has been increasing strength and... stamina in his play. He is a healthier and more confident in his sports as well, thanks to his weekly workouts with Special Strong. Consistency is helpful too.read more
Cristy D.
Cristy D.
Sonia is an awesome personal trainer and will work with you to help you accomplish your goals. She helps you every step of he way and... will take time to accommodate your workout training. You will love working out with her because she will keep you motivated.read more
Suzie O.
Suzie O.
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Special Strong Champions Foundation

Special Strong Champions Foundation is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for special needs families in need of financial assistance to participate in specialized health and wellness programs to live a more independent and abundant life.

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CBSE Adaptive Fitness Training Model

Our Special Strong adaptive special needs personal trainers have used our scientific CBSE adaptive fitness training model to train over 1,500 children, adolescents, and adults with mental, physical and cognitive challenges.

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Who We Are

By the age of 21, Daniel Stein had been diagnosed with a learning disability, mood disorder and autoimmune disease. After successfully using exercise to overcome his unique challenges, he felt called upon to help others with disabilities obtain healthier, happier, and higher functioning lives. Daniel obtained certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT), and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

In 2016, Daniel and his wife, Trinity, launched Special Strong, one of the only fitness centers in the country for individuals with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges. Today, Special Strong continues to specialize in adaptive and inclusive fitness training and is making a difference in the lives of children, adolescents and adults all over the world.

What We Do

Special Strong provides adaptive fitness personal training, group fitness socialization classes, and aquatic therapy for special needs with mental, physical and cognitive challenges.

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Our Special Strong personal trainers have proudly served over 1,500 clients with various mental, physical and cognitive challenges including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, stroke survivors, spina bifida, paraplegia, and many other conditions.

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Adaptive fitness refers to physical activities and exercises that are modified or adapted to suit individuals with disabilities. It focuses on promoting physical wellness and improving functional abilities for individuals with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges.