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 programs for fitness and nutrition in less than 24 hours. I even found one website with high popularity that has a personal training certification for only $69.99! At Special Strong, our team members are much different.
Our trainers hold nationally accredited trainer certifications and have experience with the special needs’ population. Through our certification program, we teach personal trainers ABA and brain integration techniques. All of our nutritionists are also registered dietitians and take a holistic approach to health. They don’t use diet plans or do anything extreme, and they understand the unique struggles that special needs have. Although there are a countless number of ways we help special needs, today I wanted to focus on the top three ways Special Strong helps special needs.
1.) Brain Improvement = Neurogenesis
If you haven’t had the chance, take a look at our scientific model. You’ll notice that we do a lot of different things. That’s why we have had clients leave other services to come work with us. In a sense, it’s almost like you are getting a physical therapist, occupational therapist, behavior therapist, and a personal trainer all in one package because of how we integrate so many components into our training program.
When it comes to the brain, we take a unique approach that is almost unheard of in the fitness industry. You’ve probably heard of the different brain centers across the United States who solely focus on correcting imbalances in the brain through brain training. The reason that these centers are so successful is that the techniques they use work. With our training program, you are getting the benefits of physical exercise such as increased blood flow and oxygen, which in turn make the brain exercises we do more effective than someone else doing it with a resting heart rate.
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There was a recent study in February of 2016 that was published in The Journal of Physiology titled “Physical Exercise Increases Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis in Male Rats Provided It Is Aerobic and Sustained,” According to this new study, it appears that only sustained aerobic exercise improved hippocampal neurogenesis in adult animals. Compared to sedentary animals, the rats who ran voluntarily on a running wheel had 2-3 times more new hippocampal neurons at the end of the experiment. The researchers conclude that promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise may improve learning and memory. Although this study was conducted on animals, the researchers believe that sustained aerobic activity can also increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus in humans.
Another study on exercise showed improved behavior with thinking skills and school performance after 20 minutes of exercise in children with or without ADHD. In the second study, the children with ADHD also showed improved self-control and decreased impulsive behavior.
2.) Strength Gains = Lean Muscle
One of the most common symptoms that the special needs population experience is low muscle tone. Low muscle tone often results in poor posture and slow metabolism, which can lead to weight gain. Resistance training is a proven method of combating the low muscle tone that so many people with special needs experience. At Special Strong, we’ve partnered with Anytime Fitness. They have some of the best resistance training equipment in the United States!
According to a study published in October 2017 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, just 30 minutes twice a week of high-intensity resistance and impact training was shown to improve functional performance, as well as bone density, structure, and strength in postmenopausal women with low bone mass — and it had no negative effects.
Another study says Inactive adults experience a 3% to 8% loss of muscle mass per decade, accompanied by resting metabolic rate reduction and fat accumulation. Ten weeks of resistance training may increase lean weight by 1.4 kg. It can increase the resting metabolic rate by 7%. It can also reduce fat weight by 1.8 kg. Benefits of resistance training include improved physical performance, movement control, walking speed, functional independence, cognitive abilities, and self-esteem.
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3.) Healing the Gut = Weight Loss
Most people know that to lose weight, a good place to start is by exercising. While that statement is true, you will get the most weight loss by healing the gut and addressing the quality of nutrition that is being put into your body.
Over the last decade, experts have advanced their understanding of nutrition and how it impacts the body. With their new level of understanding, they now call the gut “the second brain” or “brain-gut connection.” There is evidence that a healthy gut can curb inflammation and cortisol levels, lower your reaction to stress, improve memory, and even reduce neuroticism and social anxiety.
Have you ever heard of the neurotransmitter called serotonin? Serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine or 5-HT) was once most extensively studied as a neurotransmitter of the central nervous system. Now, it’s seen to be predominantly secreted in the gut. About 95% of 5-HT is estimated to be found in gut mainly within the enterochromaffin cells whereas about 5% is found in the brain. Serotonin is responsible for helping control carbohydrate cravings, moods, and more.
Hopefully, you’ve made it this far…
And have been able to learn the top three ways we help special needs.
We understand that all of this information can be overwhelming, and you may not even be sure where to start. We want to help you by offering you to try any of our services 100% free. Simply go to https://www.specialstrong.com/specialoffer, or you can schedule a call with one of our staff to answer your questions at https://calendly.com/specialstrong/15min/. If you prefer to text, we can answer your questions Monday-Saturday at 972-836-8463
PS: If you have a minute, check out some real testimonies from some of our clients who experienced everything in this article and more!
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.