Special Programs for Special People

by Patricia Ryan, MS on Jan 01, 2007

How facilities cater to special needs populations.

The people who seek the services of fitness businesses approach with a variety of goals and physical capabilities. A person can fulfill multiple “types” by being, for example, an amateur athlete, apparently healthy, with a chronic injury. A person with physical disabilities can also be an amateur athlete.

Personal trainers most often create programs for specific sports and for medical conditions. YMCAs/YWCAs/JCCs serve seniors, kids and perinatal women, most frequently, which is well within their family-centered mission.

These numbers were provided by the 286 IDEA business and program director members who responded to the February 2006 online IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey. They represented personal training gyms (20%), multipurpose health clubs (18%), fitness-only health clubs (9%), YMCAs/YWCAs/JCCs (8%) and yoga or Pilates studios (8%), among other types of facilities. Complete survey results are in the July–August 2006 issue of IDEA Fitness Manager.



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IDEA Fitness Manager, Volume 19, Issue 1

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About the Author

Patricia Ryan, MS IDEA Author/Presenter

Patricia Ryan is the Vice President of Education for the International Council on Active Aging, which is headquartered in Vancouver, BC.