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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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My MC Media – THE S.P.I.R.I.T CLUB FOCUSES ON FITNESS FOR ALL

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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Baltimore Jewish Times – You Should Know … Jared Ciner

You Should Know … Jared Ciner MARCH 3, 2016 BY JUSTIN KATZ Jared Ciner, 26, has always been passionate about helping others. After attending the University of Maryland, where he studied psychology, he split his time between working at Jubilee, an organization that provides support for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and working as a personal trainer. But he was yearning to connect his passions and skills, and after discovering that people with developmental disabilities are significantly more…

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5280 Magazine – Who’s Got Spirit?

Who's Got Spirit? Personal trainer Jared Ciner’s clients aren’t comfortable at most gyms—but they are, perhaps, the folks who most need to be there. Ciner, a Denver native, often works with people who have developmental disabilities (such as Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders), a group that’s 58 percent more likely to be obese than the general population. This month, the 25-year-old brings his first-of-its-kind SPIRIT (Social, Physical, Interactive, Respectful, Inclusive, Teamwork) Club, an eight-week health and fitness program, to…

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NASM – A Transforming Experience Working With Clients Who Have Down Syndrome

If you haven’t worked with clients who have disabilities, here’s a message from fitness professionals who do: Try it. At least once. The experience is likely to have a profound impact on their life andyours. In addition to raising your awareness, it can renew your enthusiasm and inspire a shift in perspective that will translate to more meaningful relationships with all of your clients—and, in fact, the community as a whole. One population that you might consider serving includes youth…

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My Social Good News – Fitness Expert, Jared Ciner Creates SPIRIT Fit and Health for Developmental Disabilities

Jared Ciner Fitness Expert, Jared Ciner Creates SPIRIT Fit and Health for Developmental Disabilities Published March 10, 2014 | By Devin Thorpe Bethesda, MD – March 10th, 2014: Fitness expert, trainer, and disabilities support counselor, Jared Ciner, has developed SPIRIT Fit and Health – a program that is breaking down barriers that keep individuals with disabilities isolated and physically inactive. The mission of SPIRIT Fit and Health is to create opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to learn to maintain…

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Hella Wella – Trainer bridges the gap between fitness world and developmentally disabled

Trainer bridges the gap between fitness world and developmentally disabled There’s a big disconnect between the developmentally disabled population and the fitness world that personal trainer and disabilities support counselor Jared Ciner is trying to fix, one client at a time. In April 2013, he developed a health-and-fitness program called the SPIRIT Club (short for Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork) to help people with special abilities and needs become more physically and socially active. After all, gyms are not…

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Parade Magazine – Let His Spirit Move You: A Program That Helps the Developmentally Disabled Get Fit

HEALTH Let His Spirit Move You: A Program That Helps the Developmentally Disabled Get Fit  Personal trainer and disabilities support counselor Jared Ciner has done something rather remarkable. This 25-year-old Denver native developed a first of its kind: The SPIRIT Club—the acronym stands for Social Physical Interactive Respectful Inclusive Teamwork—is a pioneering program designed to break down barriers that keep individuals with disabilities isolated and physically inactive. Jared Ciner, founder of the SPIRIT Club.Individuals with special needs are 58 percent more…

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