MINNESOTA'S FIRST INCLUSIVE TRAINING FACILITY
ALL are welcome here at Lions United, but Coach Andy has a special kind of vision. Coach Andy centers his focus around individuals with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and other physical and intellectual disabilities. For many Lions that join the fitness center, this is their outlet. Lions United is the one place where our athletes can come and actually be themselves. This is a place where they can grow, a place they can socialize, a place where they can learn, and a place where they can ROAR! Outside of Lions United, these brave athletes may be wearing many different labels because of the way they walk, talk, and act, but a Lions United, each and every PERSON that comes through the door is treated like a professional athlete. Disabilities are left at the door. They simply do not exist here. We are a place where individuals come to get better. Period! We are preparing our Lions for battle. Coach Andy has a philosophy, that the life inside of a gym can dramatically improve the life outside of the gym. From the many different training programs that Coach Andy offers, it doesn't stop there. Motivation, encouragement, leadership, courage, following directions, sportsmanship, gratitude, and confidence are just a few traits that Coach Andy passes off to his Lions.
So Join Our Pride. We'll ROAR with you!
OUR ROAR IS GETTING EVEN LOUDER!
The adaptive community that roars with Lions United is pretty heroic! But we want to recognize the other heroes in the community. Our adaptive lions workout for $20 a month and we would like to offer that same price for all active service members, veterans, and first responders. We would also like to offer our incentive program! Lions United Fitness Center is proud to be partnering with the National Independent Health Club Association (NIHCA) to offer employees of the following organizations and people who are insured by them, reimbursements of $20 for your monthly membership. Many of our Lions are already working out for free! And now... SO CAN YOU! ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT
Amy has quickly become a powerlifting sensation over the past few years and it has definitely gotten her some attention. We recently attended a camp which happened to be the beginning phases of training for the 2024 Paralympic games which will be hosted in Paris. She was training right beside other members of the Team USA Para Powerlifting team and gaining incredible amounts of knowledge from the coaching staff. Amy was on cloud nine the entire time, and so was I. We are all meant to do great things, and for Amy...powerlifting is her calling. But we need your help. Amy isn't training for the Special Olympics, she is training for the Paralympics, and that comes with a new list of demands. She needs a bench specifically designed for Para Powerlifters, plus a few other pieces of equipment that will be a huge benefit to her. And these won't only benefit her, but all individuals with wheelchairs. The equipment we are looking at has no seats. So an athlete can roll right up in their chair and execute the exercise more efficiently and comfortably. One of the pieces of equipment we are looking at is a chest press/row machine. An athlete could roll up into position, perform the chest press movement and then simply turn around and execute the rowing movement. Let's help Amy prepare for Paris and make Lions United Fitness Center even more inclusive! We put a campaign together in support of Amy and all other Lions who are in wheelchairs. Please see the campaign below and don't forget to donate.
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