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INTRODUCTION & OUR APPROACH
In this introductory video, we break down not only what we do at Inclusive Fitness but more importantly how we do it, which is what makes our approach special and most impactful to the people we love and support. Greg Austin, Founder & President of Inclusive Fitness, explains that, while it’s fair to categorize IF as an “adaptive gym,” Inclusive Fitness is really about a special formula we’ve created: a combination of the right people, programming and place (physical and virtual) to achieve maximum results for the neurodiverse community we serve. While we work to perfect this balance, we continue to learn, grow and identify new ways to improve.
We take a holistic approach to fitness that considers the critical elements of creating and maintaining a long-term healthy lifestyle:
- What are the fundamentals?
- How do we instill ownership?
- How do we develop long-term, productive habits?
- How do we support the entire ecosystem?
In the following series of short videos with our team, we will discuss each of these pillars of Inclusive Fitness in more depth, putting into practice our mission of “lowering the barriers and raising the bar.”
Meet Eric Chessen, our Director of Neuroadaptive Programming & Innovation, is going to take you through the Inclusive Fitness approach to the basics, our core fundamentals. He will discuss the PAC profile, which he developed to help neurodivergent people learn and perform exercises in the most effective ways.
The PAC profile addresses the three critical aspects of teaching and learning proper physical movement:
When working with any athlete – neurodivergent or otherwise – we start by assessing their physical strengths and needs, understanding how best to motivate and keep them engaged, and working to gain insight into how they learn best so that we can teach them in the most effective way.
In this video, Founder & President, Greg Austin explains how instilling ownership is a key factor to our athletes’ success. At Inclusive Fitness, we help our athletes first understand the range of activities we can do together, which sparks motivation for them to choose the movements and exercises that appeal most to them as individuals. Each session starts in front of our whiteboard, where our coaches have thoughtfully laid out a range of suggestions for the day’s activities while encouraging input from our athletes. We have developed a three-part process to instilling ownership in our athletes over their own fitness programs:
- Give them options
- Create opportunities for choice
- Let them know they have a lot of control over each session.
There is no blueprint; it is a highly customized, personalized process designed to bring out the best in our athletes, in harmony with their interests and abilities, and infused with a deep understanding of the individual. We are dedicated to working with our athletes and giving them a lot of control over each session – from sequencing how we perform the day’s lineup to how many reps and sets we perform for each exercise, and more. Instilling ownership is all about creating appropriate options, giving our athletes choices, honoring their decisions and getting out of their way!
Here Founder & President, Greg Austin takes us through the importance of developing productive habits. Taking a page from the inspirational book Atomic Habits by James Clear, Greg breaks down the basic fundamentals for our athletes in evolving these habits:
- Make it obvious.
- Make it attractive.
- Make it accessible.
- Make it satisfying.
To make exercise “obvious,” thoughtfully design an environment that keeps fitness top-of-mind, has equipment handy and is unavoidable, and build exercise into daily routines and support with consistent schedules and prompts. To make it “attractive,” bundle exercise with a preferred activity and/or with the people the athlete wants to be with. To make exercise “accessible,” start small and go slow to reduce the friction to make exercise fun and not a chore. To make it “satisfying,” provide both immediate and long-term rewards for being consistent in the exercises and routines. Remember to take it all in stride; it’s a lifelong ultra-marathon!
ENGAGING THE ECOSYSTEM
In our final video of this series, meet Kristin Abendroth, our Director of Client Experience & Head Neurotypical Coach. Kristin will discuss how working with the entire ecosystem affects long-term change. When we work with our athletes, the training is just one aspect; each engagement involves coordinating with many people who support them. We work with our athletes’ family members and caregivers, teachers, therapists, physicians, life coaches, etc., to support their goals and healthy habits at-home. By also providing consistent and high-quality training opportunities for parents, siblings and other caregivers, we work to reinforce the importance of practicing self-care and helping the people in our athletes’ broader circle be positive role models for leading a healthy life.
There are three key takeaways to engaging the ecosystem:
- Own your position as a role model.
- Build your resilience, physically & emotionally.
- Start & build slowly.
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