While a gym membership is still beneficial, you may also consider purchasing some simple items to use at home to improve your (or your child’s) fitness. Here’s the best home workout equipment for special needs children and adults:
At Special Strong, our personal trainers love instructing our clients to use the medicine ball. This piece of equipment has shown surprising improvements in core strength. Those in wheelchairs can grasp the ball with their hands, throwing the ball down on the ground or firmly twisting at the waist, using the weight in the ball as gentle momentum. Those without the use of their arms can grasp the medicine balls between their knees and perform the same workouts. Improving core strength not only slims you down, but it also improves balance and emotional stability.
Who doesn’t love to jump on the trampoline? This is a simple, inexpensive piece of equipment that most gyms don’t have. It’ll make coming home after a long day a simple treat. The best part is that you don’t have to have mobility in your lower half in order to reap the benefits. You can just sit on the trampoline and bounce up and down. This is a great cardio workout!
This is one of the more expensive pieces of equipment, but trust us, if you can scrape enough pennies together to afford it, it’s well worth it. This swing has a variety of foam platforms to sit or lay on that promote balance while also getting a decent cardio workout or ab workout in (depending on which position you’re in while swinging). Not only is this a beneficial piece of equipment, but it’s also just FUN.
Some Other Home Workout Equipment for Special Needs
Most of these pieces are small and cheap but still really helpful in your fitness journey.
4-Wheel Scooters: These scooters are meant to be sat on and can be propelled with either the use of arms, legs or a paddle. This equipment is best used outside the home, but is still great active fun!
Foam Balance Beam: If you want to improve your balance without spending a ton of money on the vestibular swing, this might be just the thing for you. Practice balancing on the foam beam without the risk of falling from a great height.
Floor Mats: A really important part of getting your fitness on at home is safety! If you’re prone to falling over, you might consider getting some floor mats to cushion your fall.
Folding Parallel Bars: Just like the equipment in a traditional rehabilitation center, these parallel bars help you regain your balance as well as your arm and leg strength. The best part of this tool is that you can fold it up and put it away!
A Personal Trainer
Special Strong is an organization that empowers children and adults with special needs to reach peak fitness. We don’t have a “home base.” Our personal trainers will meet you at different locations. We have several gyms that we partner with, and with our expertise, we can show you which pieces of equipment would be beneficial for your fitness journey. See the difference for yourself by signing up for our 7-day free trial today! Get results before you ever pay a dime.
Special Strong provides fitness and nutrition for special needs children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other disabilities. Through our online training platform, we also provide special needs fitness certification courses for personal trainers and service providers who want to work autism and other disabilities.