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Sunday Group Fitness Fun

The second time Larry came out of the restroom, he again asked me to feel his hands and make sure they were dry. Once I had, he was satisfied and went back to overhead dumbbell presses and Sandbell slams with the rest of the group.

My Sunday Autism Fitness class on Long Island is spectacular like that.  A Potpourri of physical and behavioral wonders. And yet it works so well. This past week we started off with our Dynamax ball medley; We start in a circle and perform push throws, overhead throws, rotational throws, and scoop throws, along with the elusive and advanced squat-to-push-throw (don’t worry, I’ll get video of this at some point).  From there, we performed weighted squats with dumbbells, overhead walks with Body Bars, rope swings, and a variety of hops and jumps.

Getting a new athlete in the program is never-fail interesting. I don’t know the slightest thing about them (unless I get a paragraph-long email in advance), and have to assess pretty quickly what they can/cannot do physically, how motivated they are to perform each activity, and whether I have to visually or physically prompt them through the activity. All of it in an improvised choreography that I’ve been doing for years and is no less exciting each time.

Live Inspired,


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