-Individual and structured exercise sessions for children & adults
with additional needs-
by Kevin Will
"London's Exceptional Warriors"
"Believe in yourself & you will be unstoppable"
"London´s Exceptional Warriors" was established by Kevin Will, Personal Trainer of Special Populations. It is an innovative scheme that offers individuals with additional needs the opportunity to benefit from a supervised and individualized exercise programme in a safe and quiet environment on a one-to-one basis.
The programme, emphasising the benefits of exercise, is supposed to guide individuals with additional needs towards taking part in sports in which they can succeed and have fun.
Exercise boosts self-esteem, improves concentration/focus (release of dopamine) and leads to better psychological health. The results are better social skills, resilience and emotional health, which in turn decreases the need for medication as well as the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2 or obesity. Due to the lack of facilities for people with additional needs, Kevin developed a scheme where no individual is left behind and can exercise on a one-to-one basis without being exposed to the risk of becoming excluded or suffering from sensory overloads in loud and crowded settings.
Favourite music in the background, use of visuals and regular breaks are more than welcome in order to create the perfect environment for the individual to exercise and have fun with no need to worry or to feel anxious.
London´s Exceptional Warriors
Sensory Processing Disorders
Kevin has developed a range of exercise programmes to fit the specific needs of each individual.
Take a look at what is offered and sign up for a session today.
The aim is to strengthen the neurological connection between body & brain (visa versa) through repetitive functional movements which improve posture, concentration, coordination and blance.
Repetitive functional movements allow senses and euqilibirium to develop so that reasoning and emotional control can occur.
Boxing drills help individuals to work on hand-eye coordination but more importantly, it is a great outlet for stress and muscle tension. Boxing is extremely beneficial for children and adults with ADHD as it boosts mood and releases the neurotransmitter dopamine which sharpens focus and triggers postive feedback.
Muscle Development & Strength
Strength training is important to protect bone density and structure as well as to promote joint and muscle health. It also keeps the metabolism active after exercising, much longer than after an aerobic workout. In addition, strength training lifts energy levels and improves mood due to the release of endorphines. It also helps to retain a healthy posture as we get older.
The goal behind sensory integration movements is to train individuals to have control of themselves physicially so that they can ultimately have control mentally to respond to stimuli appropiately. Exercise generates cell growth which means that individuals have more neurons working for them. This improves the ability to learn more efficiently and to hold on to memories longer.
Stamina & Endurance
During this session we focus on the ability to move in one direction as fast as possible in a controlled manner with help of the agility ladder. The agility ladder improves an individual´s coordination and the ability to accelerate, decelerate, and change directions. Drills start very simple and slowly increase in difficulty to work on one´s ability to react and switch positions quickly. By keeping the intensity high, we work on endurance and stamina.
"Unique people deserve unique support!"
Luckily, London provides a wide range of activities for neurotypical children and adults in leisure centres, fitness gyms or after-school clubs, which is great as it encourages children to get started with new exercises leading to improvements in self-confidence and self-worth.
Unfortunately, many people in the UK miss out on this kind of excitement due to high levels of anxiety, low self-esteem, self-stimulatory behaviours, hyperactivity or limited verbal communication. I am talking about individuals with additional needs such as autism, ADHD, mental health issues, learning difficulties, physical disabilities....
Unlike their peers, there are hardly any opportunities and facilities for individuals with additional needs in London to enjoy the benefits of structured physical activities. Weekend clubs are either fully booked with long waiting lists or activities consist of playing computer games, watching DVD´s and visits to local fast food restaurants! Eventually, parents will struggle with stereotypic behaviours, tantrums and meltdowns at home, with homework being left undone and with leisure time being spent in front of the iPad. Those children become even more withdrawn with no self-confidence, resulting in a chronic sedentary lifestyle.
Regarding health and well-being, one of the most common problems nowadays is that people, and specifically children, are less active! We tend to live sedentary lives that are driven by technology which involves hardly any physical effort. As a result, people are exposed to an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes type 2, heart disease and obesity. According to the NHS, children and teenagers are supposed to do three types of physical activity each week in order to stay healthy, combined with a nutritious diet.
Typical benefits of physical exercise are:
Improved concentration and focus
Better emotional health
Boost in self-esteem/self-confidence
Improved social skills
Reduced risk of developing cardio-metabolic diseases
Making a positive impact
My name is Kevin Will and I am a state approved “Educational Therapist and Health Care Support Worker” for individuals with additional needs. I am also a “Certified Personal Trainer of Special Populations and Group Instructor”.
Over the last few years, I have been offering special needs children and adults the best opportunities to improve their skills, expand their knowledge and in particular to become more independent within the home environment as well as physically fit. It is fascinating how much potential each individual with additional needs has within themselves. I am truly passionate about exploring a person's resources to then support them in the most efficient way and witness them progressing. It is one of the few true rewarding jobs where your work has an immediate impact on the person´s emotional and physical well-being. It might be a warm smile or a firm hug that shows you the significance of your daily work.
I am originally from Germany and exercise has always played a vital role in my life. It puts my mind in a more positive state and makes me feel good about myself. I love to share moments of success with other people and I hope that I can make a positive impact on you or your child's well-being.
If you are interested in booking an exercise session or wish to receive more information about time slots and rates.
Abingdon House School,
Broadley Terrace, Marylebone, London NW1 6LG
(+ Home visits)
-Saturday's & Sunday's-