As we celebrate Amanda's 28th birthday, its a pleasure to cheer Amanda's personal victory! You have come a long way since the first day almost one year ago! Amanda's first 30 minute training session included many tears for her back, knees and feet were in pain. In those 30 minutes, trainers were available to assist her and family members to create a program that improved major imbalances and weaknesses. Today Amanda only works with trainer Jennifer Sallade and doesn't require assistance for exercises like backward walking and side-stepping. Breaks are shorter and exercise times for sled drags and weights are longer. Amanda starts every workout with a great attitude and ready to take on new exercise challenges.
Youth and adults with Downs Syndrome must keep fitness programs a priority to decrease all the health risks of obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Amanda is an inspiration on how she doesn't give up and finishes exercises even when they become difficult. When you have a positive attitude and goals to reach, you cannot fail.
Happy Birthday, Amanda!