Special Strong - West Valley

Special Strong - West Valley

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This class will be led by one of the trainers in Texas! Fun fact: Special Strong originated in TX and we are are the first out of state franchise!

This will be a fun + FREE way to get a feel for how zoom/group classes go!
Listen up to Collin to hear if you win our raffle ~ we will be contacting you shortly as well.

Winners filled out their tickets on March 19th.

Winner of quality @specialstrong gym bag:
- Michelle and Blake Hamilton

Winner of (as Collin says) “no leak” @specialstrong water bottle + $100 special strong voucher:
-Keith and Nicholas

Thank you for participating in our raffle and we enjoyed meeting each and every person who came out!
Come find us and others with a heart to serve our community well…today at city of Peoria resource fair!
We want to thank @austindjackson from the @miamidolphins for stopping by our booth this past weekend in support of World Down Syndrome Day. Thanks to @gigisplayhousephx and @dsnetworkaz for putting on an amazing event! Raffle winners will be drawn by group class participants this Wednesday! 💪🏽

And thank you to our wonderful volunteer @little_ms_photographer for all of your help as well!
Ben loves taking on a challenge… here he shows us 4 different battle rope variations and does some pulling and pushing. Give it up for Ben!
During George’s initial assessment, when asked to perform a jumping jack, he immediately made his way out of the room! Give it up for George’s willingness to take on the challenge of performing jumping jacks. Here, with some assistance, he completes a set of 20!
Here is Alex jumping with the assistance of a bar to hold on to for balance. Due to low muscle tone (hypotonia), it is challenging for Alex to lift both of his legs to jump up as well as keep his posture up. When this exercise was first introduced, Alex would fully lean on the bar with his chest. We are incredibly proud of him for activating his core to keep his posture up while jumping. Plus the wonderful smile! Give it up for Alex 💪🏽
Eli post-workout stretches. Can you tell he loves his time exercising with Coach Fran? 💪🏽

📸: @utmphotographyllc
Dimitri - squat challenge champion!! 💪🏽
Special Strong has a mission to make a positive impact on our community.

Through December and January we donated a percentage of each membership into a fund for Employed and Overjoyed. We were able to raise enough to fund an entire 6-week internship for an intern at @spencersplaceaz

We are so thankful to team up with this amazing company!

✨ Do you have a small business?

✨Do you serve those who have physical, mental, or cognitive challenges?

✨How can we come alongside you and support you?
MARK YOUR CALENDARS

and swing by our Special Strong booth to say hi 👋🏽

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

10 am – 12:30 pm

RIO VISTA COMMUNITY PARK IN PEORIA

JOIN THE FAMILY FUN!

A family carnival-style picnic. Food Trucks selling their signature food items. Train rides, petting zoo, face painting, mascots and cheerleaders, music, dancing and so much more! Visit with friends and celebrate the individuals we love with Down syndrome. Join amazing organizations that serve the Down syndrome community and are partnering on hosting a fun celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.
Eli, you never cease to amaze us!! 💪🏽

Special Strong West Valley, AZ provides science-based adaptive and inclusive fitness programs for children, adolescents, and adults with mental, physical and cognitive challenges.

Operating as usual

06/15/2022

Please welcome our newest athlete, Ariana! She just turned ten years old this past weekend and is starting out her double digit years on the right path. Ariana loves the color pink (@bakersmma_fitness 3lb pink dumbbells will be getting plenty of use!) and is a lot of fun to be around. She is eager to perform, but also cautious and observant when approaching new challenges. Coach Fran has had a very fun time going through her CBSE assessment with her and can’t wait to see her progress this year. Leave some encouraging comments for Ariana as she begins her health and wellness journey with us to unlock the STRONG within!

05/30/2022

Never forget.

05/27/2022

Ben is truly a joy to train. Coach Fran really appreciates how he is inquisitive and interested in learning new things weekly. One morning session at @fitness1440surprise , while warming up with some boxing, Ben asked if he could trade gloves with Coach Fran and come up with his own combos. Give it up for Ben as he takes on new challenges and utilizes his creativity while training! Who else here enjoys mitting?? 🥊😎

“It is not what the coach knows but what the players have learned.” Special Strong team putting in the work Saturday morning. #fitness1440surpise #fitness1440 #specialstrong 05/13/2022

“It is not what the coach knows but what the players have learned.” Special Strong team putting in the work Saturday morning. #fitness1440surpise #fitness1440 #specialstrong

https://www.instagram.com/p/CdTt8CBvW8Z/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

We love training Fitness 1440 Surprise

Cami, one of the very talented trainers there, noticed Ben was not only learning new things with his Special Strong trainer (he asked to learn how to mitt!), but was also having a great time with the creative aspect of creating boxing combos! Give it up for Ben’s eagerness to learn and practice creativity, as well as for Fitness 1440 Surprise being an excellent environment for him to do so.

“It is not what the coach knows but what the players have learned.” Special Strong team putting in the work Saturday morning. #fitness1440surpise #fitness1440 #specialstrong

05/13/2022

Dimitri never turns down a new challenge. Here he is working on his pull up technique on one of our favorite machines at @bakersmma_fitness Just like Dimitri has experienced growth in his squat form and strength (he had JUST completed 3 sets of barbell squats), he is looking forward to progressing with pull-ups. We all know it takes persistence, hard work, and determination to achieve progress, so comment some motivation for @badboyd602

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 05/02/2022

Looking for an athlete to support? 💪🏽

One of the many ways you can do this is through these two family’s GoFundMe accounts. They have been vetted and are humbly asking for help in supporting something that not only brings their sons physical health increasing muscle and endurance that helps them throughout activities of daily living, but mental health as well… joy and confidence.

Please consider helping if you are able. ❤️

You can find the links under “Go fund Dimitri” and “Go fund Dakoda”.

https://linktr.ee/specialstrongwestvalley?utm_source=linktree_profile_share<sid=38c3411a-d281-4c22-9914-c963cf7c1472

We have a video coming soon from Dakoda and his dad about this process as well!

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 04/30/2022

We are so pumped to be starting affiliations with the YMCA 💪🏽

We will be by the entrance of @southwestvalleyymca 9am-noon.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THEN!

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 04/28/2022

Looking for the perfect fun, fitness, & social opportunity?

GROUP CLASSES may be the perfect fit for you or your loved one!

✨Classes at @bakersmma_fitness

✨Wednesdays 4:45-5:30pm

✨Saturday’s 10:00-10:45am

📸: @utmphotographyllc

Special Strong (1) 04/23/2022

Special Strong (1)

https://youtu.be/8jHw85GQ_3w

Special Strong (1)

04/23/2022

This is our “why” in a nutshell. ❤️

Please watch snippets from our Saturday group class and listen to Dimitri and his mom’s testimony.

This is important work. ❤️💪🏽

04/21/2022

We are so excited to introduce you to Ethan. He just started training with us this month and is doing GREAT! He was a bit anxious about coming to the gym and elevating his heart rate. It is an honor to introduce Ethan to the fun activities we enjoy and equipment we use for fitness in a safe and healthy manner. Ethan used a treadmill for the first time in his life earlier this month! Here he is learning Battle Rope Slams. Give it up for Ethan as he begins his fitness journey with us to unlock the STRONG within!

04/16/2022

“Special strong is not a luxury, it’s a necessity” -from one of our athlete’s mother’s today.

Stay tuned for the full interview, coming soon ❤️💪🏽

04/07/2022

Collin, Melanie, Sammy, and Bella reveal the latest raffle winners. This raffle includes participants from the Peoria Adaptive Resource Fair and Autism Awareness events. Thanks everyone for coming out and congrats to the winners!

04/05/2022

Alex loves the row machine, but has difficulties with coordinating his legs and arms to work in synchronization to use it effectively.

Today, I introduced him to a machine at Baker’s MMA & Fitness in which he performs a seated row without the leg involvement.

Alex really liked it… it was hard to end our session as he wanted to keep going!

Let’s hear some encouragement for Alex as he works to improve his posture by strengthening his lats.💪🏽

04/02/2022

10 ways to celebrate World Autism Day:

1. Learn About the History of Autism

2. If you think someone is not interacting with you in the way you’d expect, be patient, kind, and understand their mind may be processing a million things at once or they may not read typical social cues.

3. Get involved in Special Olympics, Day program, autism academies, GSE programs, companies that hire individuals with autism, and learn how wonderful each person is and the immense value they bring regardless of ability

4. Check Out the Work of Famous People with Autism

5. Find Sensory Toys and Tools that Help

6. Support Autism-Friendly Businesses and Employers

7. Read Books About Autism

8. Offer respite and HAB for parents

9. Create a community event friendly to sensory and processing challenges

10. Stand up for those who behave a little or even a l differently than you.. whether what they say is off-topic, or they’re not able to form words at all… be a trustworthy friend!

04/01/2022

Opportunity to win $100 STRONG BUCKS
✨ come see us tonight! 💪🏽

03/29/2022

This class will be led by one of the trainers in Texas! Fun fact: Special Strong originated in TX and we are are the first out of state franchise!

This will be a fun + FREE way to get a feel for how zoom/group classes go!

03/24/2022

Listen up to Collin to hear if you win our raffle ~ we will be contacting you shortly as well.

Winners filled out their tickets on March 19th.

Winner of quality @specialstrong gym bag:
- Michelle and Blake Hamilton

Winner of (as Collin says) “no leak” @specialstrong water bottle + $100 special strong voucher:
-Keith and Nicholas

Thank you for participating in our raffle and we enjoyed meeting each and every person who came out!

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 03/23/2022

Come find us and others with a heart to serve our community well…today at city of Peoria resource fair!

03/21/2022

We want to thank @austindjackson from the @miamidolphins for stopping by our booth this past weekend in support of World Down Syndrome Day. Thanks to @gigisplayhousephx and @dsnetworkaz for putting on an amazing event! Raffle winners will be drawn by group class participants this Wednesday! 💪🏽

And thank you to our wonderful volunteer @little_ms_photographer for all of your help as well!

03/21/2022

Ben loves taking on a challenge… here he shows us 4 different battle rope variations and does some pulling and pushing. Give it up for Ben!

03/07/2022

Here is Alex jumping with the assistance of a bar to hold on to for balance. Due to low muscle tone (hypotonia), it is challenging for Alex to lift both of his legs to jump up as well as keep his posture up. When this exercise was first introduced, Alex would fully lean on the bar with his chest. We are incredibly proud of him for activating his core to keep his posture up while jumping. Plus the wonderful smile! Give it up for Alex 💪🏽

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 03/03/2022

Eli post-workout stretches. Can you tell he loves his time exercising with Coach Fran? 💪🏽

📸: @utmphotographyllc

02/28/2022

Dimitri - squat challenge champion!! 💪🏽

02/23/2022

Special Strong has a mission to make a positive impact on our community.

Through December and January we donated a percentage of each membership into a fund for Employed and Overjoyed. We were able to raise enough to fund an entire 6-week internship for an intern at @spencersplaceaz

We are so thankful to team up with this amazing company!

✨ Do you have a small business?

✨Do you serve those who have physical, mental, or cognitive challenges?

✨How can we come alongside you and support you?

02/22/2022

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

and swing by our Special Strong booth to say hi 👋🏽

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

10 am – 12:30 pm

RIO VISTA COMMUNITY PARK IN PEORIA

JOIN THE FAMILY FUN!

A family carnival-style picnic. Food Trucks selling their signature food items. Train rides, petting zoo, face painting, mascots and cheerleaders, music, dancing and so much more! Visit with friends and celebrate the individuals we love with Down syndrome. Join amazing organizations that serve the Down syndrome community and are partnering on hosting a fun celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.

02/21/2022

Eli, you never cease to amaze us!! 💪🏽

Photos from Special Strong - West Valley's post 02/18/2022

How do we formulate workouts for our athletes?

First, we overview their registration form which lists strengths, struggles, health concerns, etc. Depending on the results of their initial questioner we may ask for a doctor’s approval. We also work alongside existing therapies, such as OT and PT and consider what their goals are. Typically, there are emails or phone calls between parents/guardians to ensure everyone is on the same page. We meet for an initial trial session where we focus on getting to know our client and letting them get to know us, in an effort to build trust.

Once we are onto the actual workout sessions we follow the CBSE model. This stands for…

C - CORE, BALANCE & FLEXIBILTY

B - BRAIN & SENSORY SYSTEM

S - STRENGTH & MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT

E - ENDURANCE & STAMINA ADAPTATION

~ comment any more questions! we’re happy to answer 💪🏽 ~

(Thank you @utmphotographyllc )

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Watch this reel by specialstrongwestvalleyaz on Instagram Fran and Jayde Poloni shared a video on Instagram: “Mission statement and mindset our coach goes to work with every day: “To unlock the strength and…” • See 116 photos and videos on their profile.

02/15/2022

We love the Walters family and getting to know them. It is an honor to be able to train Dimitri three days a week and witness him reach personal goals! We appreciate their kindness to take the time to leave Coach Fran an authentic review.

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02/07/2022

We love using visual markers to help our friends. We have noticed them especially helpful when first teaching jumping-jacks. We typically start with the legs first and then add in arms once they’re comfortable.

So proud of Alex getting out of his comfort zone to try something new! 💪🏽

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13810 N 42nd Ave
Surprise, AZ
85053

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 7pm
Tuesday 7am - 7pm
Wednesday 7am - 7pm
Thursday 7am - 7pm
Friday 7am - 7pm
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