GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLORADO (December 19, 2017) – Obesity rates for adults with special needs are 58% higher than neuro-typical adults. This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This same group states that sufficient evidence now exists to recommend that adults with disabilities should get regular physical activity – at least 150 minutes of exercise each week. The problem? So few programs exist that offer safe and effective fitness programming in a way that educates and adapts to the specific needs of these individuals. Parents and caretakers are left to face this challenge alone without a community equipped to serve the health and fitness needs of their children.
The All-Stars Club, a local non-profit that serves individuals with special needs, is launching Barre Stars in early 2018 at Pure Barre Greenwood Village to help combat adult obesity. This program, starting January 11th, will offer 6 workouts for adults with special needs using an adaptive approach to the very safe and effective barre technique. And to gain even greater results, each member of Barre Stars will receive the assistance of a volunteer workout buddy.
Pure Barre Greenwood Village, the fitness sponsor of Barre Stars, is donating the use of its studio and the services of certified instructors. This fitness studio, located in the Landmark, has hosted a program previously with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation where they developed a safe adaptation to this industry-leading barre technique. It offers a full body workout using small isometric movements. Teachers and volunteers will lead participants through a series of fun and safe muscle building and flexibility enhancing exercises, all to the beat of a fantastic and energizing music mix.
The fee to enter this program is only $50 and includes 6 full workouts each Thursday night from 6:45-7:45pm, as well as a Barre Stars t-shirt and completion certificate (financial assistance is offered to any families who cannot afford the program fee). Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to get on the mic and either teach a portion of class or tell everyone about their favorite exercise. This will be a very fun, social, and interactive program that will educate participants and their families about fitness and healthy living to achieve long-term results.
For additional information on the Barre Stars fitness program hosted by the All-Stars Club, please visit www.barrestars.org.
The All-Stars Club offers a place of belonging to individuals with special needs, along with opportunities of rest and support for their families. This Colorado non-profit hosts a monthly respite night full of fun activities, an annual prom in partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, and food packing events that give our friends with special needs the opportunity to serve hungry children around the world. For more information about the All-Stars Club please visit www.allstarsclub.org.