Special Strong was founded in 2016 to provide health and fitness training of the underserved special needs population.
We started our first model by training clients in their homes and in rented spaces in local gyms.

Within our first year, we had waiting lists in several cities and states. In 2019, we had our first video go viral. It received over 150 million worldwide views. Our waiting list immediately increased to over 15 states and several countries. To accommodate the growing demand for special needs fitness, we decided to offer fitness practitioners the ability to become an affiliate with Special Strong.

Instead of having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to start a gym, we have been fortunate to create a model that allows affiliates to start their own Special Strong without the overhead. Affiliates can even combine our model with an existing concept.

Special Strong affiliation is an Internet-based, grassroots movement started by Special Strong affiliates who had a passion for the special needs population and wanted a proven special needs fitness model without the typical overhead costs of owning a gym.


In just four steps, you can become part of the

growing community of Special Strong affiliates:



Fill out an application to become a Special Strong affiliate


Pick on your territory location


Get accepted and license a business name.


Start changing lives and send us photos!


Our Why:

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." John 10:10


What do I get when I become a Special Strong Affiliate?

  • Legal use of the Special Strong name, logo, and promotional materials
  • Promotion from Specialstrong.com
  • Online operations manual on how to start and run your business
  • Custom 7-day pass landing page (see example at specialstrong.com/specialoffer)
  • Ongoing personal and business development support from Special Strong 

How do I become a Special Strong Affiliate?

Visit our Become an Affiliate page and follow the application process: submit an essay about why you want to be an affiliate, license a business name, set up a business site, and take pictures of the workspace. Note that you must be a Special Strong Certificate holder (Level 1 minimum) before applying for affiliation. Click here to learn more about our Special Strong Certifications.

If I plan to operate as a nonprofit, do I still have to become an affiliate?

Yes. Once you become an affiliate, you are licensing the Special Strong name and making it legal to use that name. Regardless of the type of organization, you still must become an affiliate to legally use our name.

Are affiliates assigned a specific territory?

Yes, each affiliate will have its own protected 15-mile radius territory.