3 Tools for Training the Client With Autism (That Can Be Used With ANY Client)

Fitness for the autism and special needs population doesn't exactly seem like a topic brimming with excitement or practical application to higher level athletes, clients, or your own training. It didn't even seem exciting to those representing the autism population; parents, educators, and professionals, for roughly the first six years of my career.


I started my career as a trainer working with general population clients and gradually despising every minute of it in the sucky little gym run by a cheap, overly self-involved, numbskull with a penchant for machine-based circuits and cardio. Through a series of events, I began developing and implementing fitness programs for young teenagers on the autism spectrum, eventually becoming the leading authority on the subject due mostly for three facts: I found excellent mentors on both the fitness and behavior therapy side, became very, very good at what I was doing and, third, no one else was doing it.

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Eric Chessen, M.S., is the founder of Autism Fitness and co-founder of Fitness Anchor , and an amateur Olympic lifter for Team Titan New York. He is the creator of the PAC Profile Assessment Toolbox, several eBooks, and presents and consults worldwide. For more info on Eric visit Autism Fitness and PAC Profile .Read more