Sam James, below, who suffers from mild cerebral palsy, is looking for people with disabilities who want to try a gym, but don’t feel confident that able bodied instructors will understand their particular requirements.
Sam has just started a 12 week placement at Link Centre as part of her Instructability course, a London Paralympic initiative set up to train people with disabilities to train others.
Now aged 33, Sam stopped breathing at 9 weeks which starved her brain of oxygen. She now suffers from a slight speech impediment, a poor grip in her left hand and tight leg muscles which effects walking.
She said: “I used to swim a lot when younger but gave up on fitness when I went to uni. After I broke a foot a few years ago I decided I wanted to be stronger and started doing body balance, then Zumba, adapting moves for my capabilities.
“I’ve always been taught to try everything but when I got back into fitness I found I was the only disabled person in the classes. I then discovered Instructability which gives disabled people the skills to understand the needs of others with disabilities, so that they work together to feel good about going to a gym.”
Instructability has opened Sam’s eyes to future possibilities.
In December she’s going to take a Zumba instructor course, followed by kids Zumba. Next year she wants to become a personal trainer so that she can work with both disabled adults and children, as well as the able bodied.
Sign up to train with Sam via the Link Centre Gym on 01793 445566 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org