SPIRIT Club’s Universal Fitness Model is Designed to Make All Bodies Strong

Authors

  • Jared Ciner

Keywords:

Health, Fitness, CEO, Founder, Maryland, Disabled, Exercise, Gym, Community, Partnership, Training

Abstract

SPIRIT Club, physically located in Kensington, Maryland, was forced to close due to the pandemic. The burning desire to ensure those SPIRITed members didn’t lose a beat, and to help ensure their lives felt as uninterrupted as possible motivated Ciner and his team to quickly pivot SPIRIT Club to a virtual platform with online classes, which are now being accessed by over 4,000 people with and without disabilities in 33 states, and in partnership with over 100 organizations. The Club is still offering a variety of classes including fitness, Zumba, yoga, boxing, meditation, healthy cooking, Spanish fitness, and SPIRITED Sam's Workout Jam that are available live and on demand. Each class allows modifications including beginner, seated, and advanced so that people of all abilities can participate together. The Club’s classes are taught by people with and without disabilities, who are certified in Fitness and Behavioral Strategies & Supports to ensure that everyone feels represented in every session. Classes can be shared with individual community members as well as organizations looking to provide meaningful activities to their consumers. SPIRIT Club now partners with 17 chapters of the Arc, one of the largest service providers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Organizations can acquire individual access to SPIRIT Club's classes or host their own 'watch parties' together through screen-sharing technology.Subscribe to PALAESTRA

Published

2021-09-01

Issue

Section

Feature Articles