Making fitness accessible and inclusive for all
Running. Swimming. Tennis. These are just some of the options able-bodied people can pursue for their personal health and fitness. However, the same activities may not be adapted to the unique and diverse needs of people with disabilities.
When it comes to options for personal health and fitness, the needs of people with disabilities are underserved or ignored.
“It’s a common mindset in general society that people with disabilities cannot do physical exercises, so it just doesn’t occur to some people with disabilities themselves that they can join a class or try out at a gym,” says Theresa, Be Inclusive app user.
A search for ‘people with disabilities gym’ in Google also yields little to no results. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t options available for people who simply want to reap the benefits of regular exercise.
Moses, a trainer who specialises in Adaptive CrossFit at an inclusive gym Innervate Fitness, has himself borne witness to the positive effects of physical exercise for people with disabilities. “Not only does physical exercise strengthen muscles, improve blood circulation, and help with pain management, it also boosts your self-esteem. Individuals will also enjoy being part of a community that provides them with the much needed support to continue their fitness journey.”
Whether you are seeking a new recreational activity, are interested in self-improvement or are an active sportsman looking to keep fit, Be Inclusive makes looking for inclusive gyms and sports facilities a possibility. Since the launch of the Be Inclusive app, Innervate Fitness has particularly stood out amongst our app users for their Adaptive CrossFit program,
Fitness can be for everyone
People of diverse abilities gather at Innervate Fitness three times a week for their Adaptive CrossFit class. The Bendemeer Road gym’s Adaptive CrossFit program is specially designed for people with disabilities under the guidance of experienced coaches such as Moses.
“When we started Innervate Fitness, we felt that we could do more for persons with disability by introducing CrossFit to them and encouraging inclusion in our community,” says Moses.
An opportunity to try something new
The act of trying something new is also known to provide myriad benefits to people from all walks of life, such as providing a boost in self-confidence and overcoming personal fears. For persons with disabilities, this could mean a sense of empowerment and maybe even a whole new take on life!
After running the Adaptive CrossFit classes for a while, Moses observes that strong bonds are fostered in this inclusive setting. "The classes provide a safe, supportive and fun environment for individuals to learn and interact with each other," he says.
Coupled with the mood-boosting effects of exercise, Innervate Fitness’ Adaptive CrossFit classes are a great way to start the year.
In collaboration with Be Inclusive, Innervate Fitness is now offering you a chance to experience this inclusive fitness class for yourself! Come join us and other like-minded individuals in a trial Adaptive CrossFit session for free!
Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Address: 994 Bendemeer Road, #01-04, B Central, 339943
Time: 7.30 pm