Different diagnoses, triggers, and anxieties, along with varied abilities, warrant an individualized approach to health and fitness for these clients. If you have an open heart, a passion for helping people, and also know how to have fun, you will quickly find working with special populations to be some of the most challenging and most rewarding training of your career. The clients will want to continue to work with you and their parents and caregivers will thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the quality of life for the special people in their lives. And it will change your life as much – or more – as it changes your clients’ lives.
Anna Woods, owner of sheSTRENGTH training, will guide you through the process to create individualized and group plans for specialized diagnoses. Anna has been working with special populations since 2008. She coaches clients through her personal business in her barn gym office in rural Kansas, her app, and through Disability Supports of the Great Plains, LLC. To meet the needs of this broad client base, she developed her own fitness tools and created programming for adults with special needs. Her work has been featured in articles in CrossFit Journal and Breaking Muscle, and she has hosted webinars on training for special populations. Anna is also a mom of three children – two with special needs.