Spirit Club

Month: November 2016

WASHINGTON POST – Spirit Moves Them: Fitness Program is Tailored to People with Developmental Disabilities

Spirit moves them: Fitness program is tailored to people with developmental disabilities Don’t ever challenge Sam Smith to an enthusiasm contest. The 29-year-old fitness instructor has the booming voice of a radio announcer, the optimistic outlook of a cheerleader and the boundless endurance of a marathon runner. (He’s finished four.) So when he starts a warmup by shouting, “Welcome to Spirit Club! Let’s clap it out,” it’s impossible not to put your hands together. There’s no question the program Smith…

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Voice of America – Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit

Inclusive Gym Gets People With Disabilities in Fitness Spirit Teamwork is an integral part of the health and fitness program at Spirit Club, a gym in suburban Washington where most of the participants have autism, Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities. “Our main focus is the same thing as any other gym, which is to help people be active and healthy," said Jared Ciner, who created the club in Kensington, Maryland, two years ago. "The difference is that we do…

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BALTIMORE SUN – Spirit Club Helping People with Disabilities be More Physically Active

Spirit Club helping people with disabilities be more physically active As a support counselor at Jubilee Association of Maryland, Jared Ciner worked with the agency to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. But when he began researching exercise programs for his clients, the University of Maryland graduate came up empty. "I realized that all of the people I was working with at the agency had being more physically active listed as one of their goals," Ciner said. "Meanwhile, I…

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National Academy of Sports Medicine

“As a society, we are responsible for one another.” Jared Ciner was 23 when he created SPIRIT (Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork) Club, which offers group and individual programs in several locations around Washington, D.C., to help clients with disabilities of all kinds build muscle, boost flexibility, improve their diets, and just generally have a blast. Ciner, now 25 and an NASM-CPT, came up with the idea for SPIRIT Club while working as a trainer at a D.C. gym…

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