How much does it cost to start a gym franchise? Investment is key here: from the start-up costs to the equipment and the employees and clients who will visit your gym franchise every day. Starting a gym franchise is a big step in running your own business – but if you are passionate about…

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Owning a gym franchise is an exciting business, from promoting the health and fitness of your gym members to providing special ways to support the community’s overall well-being. Getting started with, or even doing some restructuring around your gym franchise’s business model to achieve the best possible profit can be difficult. Here’s how much to…

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  Cardio is more than running, but somehow the two have become interchangeable in our minds. If your special needs child hates running, then you might have a tough time keeping them in shape or getting them to lose any weight they’ve gained. Cardio is important to heart health and a key component in weight…

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  Unfortunately, children with autism can become isolated pretty easily. Although the disability is becoming more widely recognized, those who are on the spectrum are still in the minority. It’s rare for there to be two children with autism in one class for example. Children with autism are also more likely to fall into a…

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As you age, your body changes. You can move the way you once could, with so much ease, you didn’t even have to think about it. These days, you have to plan an exit route for getting off the floor, should you find yourself on it. Likewise, your body absorbs nutrients differently, so not only…

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Resistance exercises build strength, endurance, and muscle mass, and it also helps you lose weight. Having a physical disability can make exercises more challenging, but certainly not impossible. Here are some different resistance exercises for persons with physical disabilities, brought to you by Special Strong: Resistance Band Exercises for Persons with Physical Disabilities One type…

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“Fitness” and “exercise” have basically become synonymous with “not fun.” Even the term “workout” reminds people in its name that it’s hard work. It’s hard enough to get kids to sit and pay attention to singing puppets teaching them the letters of the alphabet. How are you supposed to keep children with special needs entertained…

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Interacting with people who don’t understand your disability can be frustrating, to say the least. In the realm of physical fitness, however, it can feel almost hopeless. You want to grow in your journey through greater health, and you want someone to help guide you. But oftentimes, personal trainers aren’t able to see your strengths…

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If you typed “How to exercise with limited mobility” into your preferred search engine, then you’re probably reading this blog for one of two reasons: You have dealt with limited mobility your entire life, and you have been told (whether explicitly or subliminally) that fitness isn’t for you. You have recently developed limited mobility due…

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Autism Exercise Adaptive Specialist Certificate – Expand Your Knowledge Autism affects 1 in 68 people. In most cases, their families with autistic children pull out all the stops to get them the help they need. While there are many non-evidence-based therapies, exercise is known to work. Not just to work, but to do so in…

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Becoming an ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer Are you interested in working with the disabled in your fitness center or as a private physical fitness trainer? What you may or may not be aware of, is that there is a major need for those willing to become an ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. American College…

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Who is Daniel Stein – Special Strong Fitness Trainer? Daniel Stein is a highly respected member of his community and church. He provides autism fitness training for many of those in and around the Dallas, TX area. But this is only the beginning. There is much more to Daniel Stein than these simple statements. But…

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Whether you work with autistic people as a service provider, an employer, or a parent, Special Strong can help. We help you learn how best to cope with issues such as meltdowns, disruptions, inactivity, and challenging behaviors while becoming Certified Strong. Today we look at Autism Fitness, another autism certification for the special needs people…

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It’s not an exaggeration to state that childhood obesity is an epidemic in our country. However, those with special needs, including ADHD and autism, are at particular risk of becoming obese. When sedentary activities, such as watching hours of TV or playing video games, become habits, poor health is inevitable. To help temper this problem,…

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Exercise is a wonderful outlet for those with Autism and ADHD. Not only does general exercise help with hyperactivity, but sensory-specific exercises can also reduce sensory sensitivity. Here are some sensory workouts for people with Autism and ADHD: Sensory Workout #1: Swinging Swinging isn’t just fun for kids! It’s actually a pretty decent ab workout…

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You know that regular exercise has profound effects on your physical health, but it also has lasting positive repercussions in brain health. Exercise can be especially beneficial to those with special needs. Here are 5 ways exercise helps people with ADHD and Autism, specifically: 1. Exercise Increases Dopamine You’ve probably heard that exercise releases endorphins,…

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Your child with Autism experiences this world in a much more grounded, tactile way. Take the tag of your shirt tickling the back of your neck, for example. Those without sensory issues don’t even register that this is happening after a while. However, it’s a daily struggle for those with Autism. With sensory-friendly general clothes…

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Being in a wheelchair doesn’t keep you from getting around, and it definitely won’t stop you from being your fittest self! There are a number of exercises you can do while you’re in your wheelchair that can build strength, endurance, and flexibility. Lose weight, get toned or just get healthier with these three exercises for…

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What I am about to tell you is quite embarrassing. I don’t want you to look down on other professionals for knowing it.  The truth is that the health and fitness industry has very poor regulations and very low standards.  By doing a quick Google search, you can find many companies who offer online certification…

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There are plenty of benefits to having a gym membership for your special needs child. Among these are having access to professional fitness equipment and personal trainers. You may also find that taking your child to the gym can help with any social behavioral issues. But there may be times when going to the gym…

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Working out seems like a chore to the average person, but it can become tolerable and even fun with the right workout buddy – your service dog, for example! Usually, when able-bodied and -minded people think of a service dog, they imagine that the owner is blind, but there are many other reasons why someone…

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