Promising Practices

Inclusive Gyms


The gym should be a place for people of all abilities to get fit and stay healthy. For people with intellectual disabilities this experience can often be challenging. How can gym owners and trainers create a space where everyone feels comfortable and welcome?

We explored this question with the trainers at an Anytime Fitness gym in Maryland. See what their trainers learned, and let us know your ideas. Email your ideas to

Athletes Get Fit

Not sure where to begin? Invite people with intellectual disabilities into your gym to figure out a solution together. Drop us a note at if you’re interested in learning more, and we’ll put you in touch with a Special Olympics Program in your community.