Our vision for Special Strengths Fitness actually began when Sharon started her own journey to improved health. By eating healthy and exercising, she lost 100 pounds and went from obese and fatigued with high blood pressure to healthy and fit.
During that time, our son, who is on the autism spectrum, began having more behavior challenges at school. The school consulted an autism behavior specialist and her first recommendation was for our son to have at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
It was then that Sharon found ways to incorporate him into her workout routines. We saw great improvement in his mood and behavior as well as his ability to regulate himself. As a bonus, he also slimmed down a bit. We started looking into the research behind what we saw and found that there is a growing body of evidence on the benefits of regular fitness activity for people with autism and related disorders. We found a few special needs fitness programs but none were near us.
Because of what we saw in our son and what we learned about the research, we decided to open a fitness center for people like our son in order to improve their lives and the lives of their families. We want to be an advocate and resource to bring fitness to the autism community so that they have the same opportunity as everyone else to live a healthier, happier life.