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The New UFIT Gym for People With Disabilities
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The New UFIT Gym for People With Disabilities

Having been a physical health educator for 25 years, Peggy Mills saw that a large number of her students with disabilities weren’t given the same work out opportunities as their able-bodied classmates  

"There are just a couple of available gym centers out there, but what actions are they taking to assist individuals with a disability in their aim to work out?" she said.

The shortage of gym centers with sufficient accessibility made Peggy start a three-week work out training, called Unique Fitness and Individualized Training (UFIT) for students with disabilities at a nearby exercise center called Training Grounds.

The training was made to assist individuals with neurological, formative or physical difficulties stay fit. The work outs first started with 7 individuals and later increased to more than 20 individuals. Eventually, the increase forced Mills to search for a bigger space.

In March 2018, with the assistance of her better half, Tim, Mills opened her own gym center called Unique Fitness and Individualized Training (UFIT) gym center in Dublin, Columbus.

Despite the fact that a few gym centers in Columbus have programs for individuals with disabilities, Mills UFIT is the only gym in the area that provides the particular wellness needs of individuals with disabilities. In light of that fact, UFIT gym center took after a three-prong approach — customization, muscle, and visual training.

John Wysocki, VP of games and projects for Special Olympics Ohio said "Stoutness rates for grown-ups with disabilities are 58% higher than for grown-ups without disabilities, and 38% higher for kids with disabilities than for kids without disabilities, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stagnancy because of restricted access to accessible gym centers oadds to the high increase in weight."

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