Community Outreach Program

Just as we see the body as a web, we see the community as a web, the strength of which depends on the strength of the smaller connections within it. Our outreach program aims to serve the community by strengthening bonds between local businesses, schools, and individuals.

The Gym's Customized PE Program

The Gym is proud to offer off-site PE services for schools and organizations around Charlottesville. Our trainers currently work with Elk Hill, Post High and the Arc, providing highly customized, hands-on PE training with a low participant-to-trainer ratio. Our program begins with an FMS movement screening in order to assess the level of the participant’s physical ability, which in turn helps us tailor a workout for each individual. Our trainers have experience working with minors and are certified in FMS, CSCS, NASM, and First AID/CPR.

Special Athlete Program

The Gym’s Special Athlete Program works with individuals between the ages of 14 and 20+, and within a wide range of disabilities (ASD, muscular skeletal conditions, intellectual disabilities, etc) to increase their opportunities to learn, work and play. Our approach to total body wellness is holistic and centered around three central goals:
1) Behavior: learning healthy peer interactions, learning to support others through positive verbal and nonverbal interaction, learning to work together with a group to accomplish shared goals, and learning to embrace constructive feedback in a safe, positive environment. 

2) Therapy: learning new techniques for emotional regulation, developing a sense of ownership and success through hard work and dedication, and becoming part of a supportive local community.
3) Fitness: improving overall health through total body strength and conditioning tailored to individual needs, as well as enhancing posture, proprioception, and movement skills. Therapeutic recreational activities include: foundational movement patterns (such as crawling and other developmental skills), coordination training (such as hand-eye), proprioceptive training, strength and aerobic development, and a great variety of movement skills which are valuable for daily living and improving quality of life.
The environment at The Gym is conducive to meeting the needs of each of its participants through providing a 1:1 ratio of support. With this type of support, each Special Athlete has individual attention from a trainer along with positive reinforcement from his or her peers. At the end of each quarter, the FAPT case manager receives a detailed reported on the overall progress of the participant.

60 minutes per session
Fee per session: $75 per person
 (The Gym is FAPT Funded and can be found in the CSA directory)

Today’s Classes

  • 6:00 am - Coed Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 9:00 am - Ladies' Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 10:00 am - Men's Dynamic Effort: Upper Body
  • 5:00 pm - Ladies' Dynamic Effort: Lower Body
  • 6:00 pm - Men's Dynamic Effort: Lower Body

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Cardio for the Community

We're kicking off 2016 with our Cardio for the Community Program! Everyone, members and non-members, are invited to come for an hour of high intensity cardio, every Saturday, starting at 8 a.m.


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