Embracing Disability Inclusion Within The Fitness Industry
The fitness industry is currently booming with many new and innovative ideas. It’s truly fascinating to see how many different ways we can work to achieve a single fitness and health goal. There are a lot of unique and exciting fitness programs out there. Some of the industries finest trainers design results-driven fitness programs that come equipped with regressions and explosive progressions, but I’ve noticed that these programs don’t often cater to special populations.
Reasons vary, but some people are either confined to chairs or can’t stand for long periods of time and I often wonder whether most trainers ever truly consider these populations when designing programs. Of course, the industry is becoming more inclusive, however we don’t see many mainstream images of fitness for disabilities and varying body types, let alone commercialized fitness programming.
Everyone needs physical activity in order to achieve optimal health, however there’s a large population of disabled folks who don’t get enough aerobic activity, even those who are able to be physically active. This means we need more than just accessible entryways and bathrooms. We must also consider senior citizens and those who can’t stand long because of their weight. Bringing fitness programs for all bodies to the forefront of fitness can make a world of difference for many people who feel forgotten or ignored.
There are some fitness professionals who do stand out for their efforts to emphasize the importance of inclusivity. Their efforts have helped people who have been “othered” for most of their lives find the joy in working out.
There are fitness professionals who have gained popularity via their YouTube Channels for their chair workouts. Fitness professionals like Paul Eugene, have been working in the industry for years and have made it a point to provide