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World Autism Awareness Day 2017

Right-Fit: Raise the Bar DVD

The ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2017. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day. We work with kids with autism from Willowbrook, LaGrange and all the surrounding suburbs; working with them to get them in shape for their fitness needs.

If you are interested in our workout plan below is a link to purchase our fitness DVD online.

Raise the Bar DVD

Right-Fit Specialists are here to HELP!

Any exercise can become “dangerous” if taught or practiced incorrectly. If you train on your own or with a group be sure to have a fitness professional observe you in action. Our Fitness Specialist make corrections, modifications and additions based on your fitness goals.

You’ll stay on track if your exercise routine includes a focus on

1. Full Range of motion
2. Relaxed breathing
3. Proper movement technique

Below are two popular exercises in the Right-Fit program. If these exercises are not preformed properly with good body mechanics then problems or injuries can occur.

Full Squats – stress on patella, tendon, ACL, MCL, low back& shoulders

Straight Leg Lifts – stress on lower back

Right Fit Training Specialists “CAN” make posture and movement adjustments so these exercises don’t add strain to the hip, lower back, etc.


How many T.V. commercials and magazine ads promise weight loss as the main benefit of exercise? What if exercise not only helped you lose weight, but also raised your self-esteem?

It seems like only yesterday when I had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Wynn F. Updyke at Indiana University 3 year study of Physical Fitness, Self Esteem and Academic Achievement of Elementary Inner City School Children. I was convinced based on my own experiences that higher levels of self-esteem could be a result of increased exercise and personal fitness.

Self-esteem means "appreciating one's own self-worth and importance, having the character to be accountable for self, and acting responsibly toward others."

Years later my team and I are wrapping up a model fitness program for SOS Village in Chicago. I am surprised and deeply disappointed to discover that most of our participants still face the same fitness and health risks that I encountered with Dr. Updyke’s research.
Measurements revealed high body fat, weak grip strength, hydration levels below normal, poor endurance and decreased strength.

Gray and Stafford Ride for Child Obesity


We are gearing up to take on one of the biggest challenges of our lives: a three-day, 375 mile bike ride through the mountains of Puerto Rico. We will be joined by 600 riders from all over the world for La Vuelta, known to be a very challenging endurance ride.

But the daily struggles we will encounter on our trip are nothing compared to the struggles that obese children in the U.S. deal with every day. During our trip, we will be calling attention to the need for exercise and healthy living for the more than 100 million obese children living in the U.S.

Will you help us by giving a small donation to our cause: ProActive Kids Foundation, a not-for-profit program offered through area hospitals that changes the lives of obese children through a strict program run by experts in fitness, nutrition and psychological counseling?

ProActive Kids and Right Fit Make A Great Team

ProActive Kids (PAK) and Right Fit Trainers, Kyle Anderson and Steve Gray, were on the Channel 7 news this week! PAK is a comprehensive, inclusive program designed to treat the whole child physically, nutritionally and emotionally. It is built around the stability and commitment of family. Right Fit Sports Fitness Wellness has been working with PAK for over 4 years and designed and implemented the fitness program. In Karen Johnson’s “In Your Neighborhood”, segment, it highlights plenty of children working hard to reach their individual fitness, lifestyle, and nutrition goals. Two children in particular, brothers Hassan and Said Krahwish, have transitioned from PAK to the Right Fit Kids Fit and Fun classes. They can be seen in the news segment working harder than even they knew was possible prior to PAK. They carry the same devotion and motivation from PAK to their exercises at Right Fit. Kyle, their PAK and Right Fit Coach, says that he “can see great improvements in the boys overall health and wellness”. It is always wonderful to see young individuals being “proactive” and in control of their well-being.


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