Spirit Club

Month: May 2016


CLUB SOLUTIONS – Fulfilling a Need

Sometimes trusting your instincts goes exceptionally right — just ask Jared Ciner. A few years ago, the Maryland resident was working two jobs. One was as a support counselor at the Jubilee Association of Maryland, a center that provides daily living and residential support for adults with developmental disabilities. The other job was as a personal trainer in a popular Washington, D.C., health club franchise. During that time he discovered an opportunity to tap into a niche audience and merge…

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University of Maryland – Trainer Gets People With Disabilities Moving In SPIRIT

Trainer Gets People With Disabilities Moving In SPIRIT Personal trainer Jared Ciner ’12 got odd looks from members of the Sport & Health fitness club in D.C. as he led his newest students to an exercise studio. Ciner ignored the stares that April day. He was achieving his goal of giving people with developmental disabilities an opportunity to improve their physical and social well-being. Ciner was combining his two passions. When he was not at the club, he was working…

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Upstart business journal – Fitness trends to watch for 2015

Spirit Club gets inclusive In March 2014, fitness expert, trainer, and disabilities support counselor, Jared Ciner (center) launched Spirit Fit and Health in Bethesda, Md., and the Spirit Club an eight-week program aimed at helping those with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders become more physically active. Those with special needs are 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population and also have a higher likelihood of anxiety, depression and social isolation. Ciner…

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Washington post express – A Place to Fit In Fitness

A Place to Fit In Fitness As the students filed into the exercise studio with their water bottles, they didn’t look all that different from anyone else at the Northwest Sport & Health Club. And that was the point. Jared Ciner, a support counselor with Jubilee Association of Maryland — a group that provides residential services to adults with developmental disabilities — recognized that his clients needed more physical activity. But they weren’t comfortable in a gym. “This population typically…

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The Spirit Club: a gym for people with disabilities – w/video

Kensington, Md. — Like most people, individuals with disabilities also need to get fit in order for them to remain healthy. But this is something that communities caring for them overlook most of the time. Jared Ciner knew that keeping fit is just as important for individuals with disabilities as it is for the rest of the population. And with this in mind, he decided to create the Spirit Club— a fitness club tailored to help everyone become physically fit,…

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Arc Blog – An Innovative Approach to Making Fitness Fun

Top 5 exercises for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities As you may already know, an extremely high percentage of people in America are suffering from obesity. What you may not know is that people with developmental and other disabilities are 58% more likely to be obese than the general population, and they make up roughly 20% of our country’s citizens. As a society, it is our duty to provide the necessary resources and support that enable people with disabilities…

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THE S.P.I.R.I.T CLUB FOCUSES ON FITNESS FOR ALL (VIDEO) According to a recent study by the CDC, “Obesity rates for children with disabilities are 58% higher than for children without disabilities.” Our two guests have taken action towards a solution. Host Pat Shoemaker speaks with Jared Ciner, the Executive Director and founder of Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork Club (S.P.I. R. I. T.), fitness for all, and Sam Smith, an Assistant Trainer with Spirit Club. Sam is the first  person hired by…

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Big Ten Network – Maryland alum helps people with disabilities get fit

Maryland alum helps people with disabilities get fit Jared Ciner has been hitting the gym a lot these days — but don’t look for him doing reps on a weight bench. He’s busy providing people with developmental disabilities the tools they need to live healthier lifestyles. Ciner, who graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012, started working with developmentally disabled people as a teenager. But the idea of providing a combination of fitness and social activities specifically designed for…

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