CBSE Training Model™
Our CBSE Training Model was created by Special Strong’s founder and a brain integration specialist to make our clients “Special Strong” in mind, body, and spirit so they can live a more independent and abundant life. Our model is based on current scientific research for the special needs population that provides our clients with a purposeful way to exercise.
We help our clients become “Special Strong” by targeting four areas:
TARGET 1: CORE, BALANCE & FLEXIBILTY
Functional Movements & Corrective Exercise
Core, balance and flexibility are the foundational pieces that allow the body to perform movement. Neuromotor difficulties and low muscle tone seen in the special needs population contributes to poor core activation, balance, and flexibility. This can lead to postural problems, falls, injuries, and other muscular imbalances. In this part of the CBS Strong Model, we focus on performing functional movements that improve core strength and increase balance along with passive and static stretching to improve flexibility.
TARGET 2: BRAIN & SENSORY SYSTEM
Auditory, Tactile, Vestibular & Visual Pathways
In recent years, scientists and medical doctors have confirmed brain neuroplasticity. In simple terms, it means that God created our brains to change at any age of our lives. Low functioning or high functioning, brains can change! In this part of the CBS Strong Model, we focus on exercises that provide an environment for new neurological pathways to be made. Through repetitive movement which creates muscle memory across the body’s transverse line and midline, left/right brain connections as well as bottom/top brain connections can be made. These connections aid in multi-tasking, decreasing melt-downs, improving social skills, reducing anxiety, and reducing heightened sensory sensitivities and in turn increasing independence. Many clients who have used our program have been able to obtain jobs due to their improved independence.
TARGET 3: STRENGTH & MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT
Anaerobic Resistance Training
Anaerobic exercise, such as resistance training, involves a short burst of intense movement. We have been able to adapt traditional resistance training exercises to promote muscle development, which helps lower body fat percentage and increase muscle tone in the special needs population.
TARGET 4: ENDURANCE & STAMINA ADAPTATION
Aerobic Cardiovascular Training
Aerobic exercise, such as steady-state cardio, involves using oxygen for extended periods of time. When the body starts to undergo this kind of activity, the heart becomes more efficient and the body learns to adapt to increases in cortisol. As a result of this type of aerobic activity, more calories are expended and tools such as self-regulation become more effective from the body learning to adapt to stress. All of our cardio exercises have been modified and adapted to work with the special needs population safely and effectively.