To push the dial in the right direction our training operation, YMCAfit, offers an Exercise and Disability course which trains fitness professionals to deliver safe, effective and fun exercise programmes for a range of people with disabilities. That means more PTs that are confident to train clients with differing disabilities, and hopefully more people with disabilities feeling confident to work out.
We’ve also partnered with Aspire, a leading national charity supporting people with spinal cord injuries, to create the award-winning InstructAbility. This project aims to increase the numbers of disabled people becoming fitness instructors. Of course, not everyone has to take the specialist route; Anthony got his Advanced Level 3 Personal Training qualification through a standard YMCAfit course, which is great and something I hope we see more of in the industry.
As a society there is clearly much more to be done to improve the integration of disabled people. So let’s hope the Paralympics provides another boost in the right direction. With more than 4300 athletes from 159 nations, plus two refugees in an independent team, it’s the biggest yet. We’ll certainly be taking inspiration.
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