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Moving Steel at Right Fit

Sunday, December 9th 2012, the APF/AAPF Raw Power Competition was held at Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Spectators enjoyed this local sports event, watching male and female powerlifters of all ages, shapes and sizes. It was no surprise Right Fit Coach Eric Stone entered two teen age clients with special needs to set personal records in the Bench Press! We were equally amazed at the power, grace, and strength of beautiful Dawn Maroscher, from Monster Garage Gym. What a role model for every BODY especially women!
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Although we don’t hold weekly powerlifting meets, it’s definitely the “right” sport that complements everything we hope to achieve at our inclusive facility! In fact, we’re now offering a new class called Push the Slider for youth with autism and special physical challenges. Push the Slider was designed to develop strength and endurance while pushing this mighty piece of equipment along the turf.

Medical Fitness Association Conference Wrap-up

On November 30th Right Fit’s owner, Suzanne M. Gray and special needs fitness director, Sheena Leedham, took a trip to New Orleans to present at the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) 21st Annual International Conference. Suzanne and Sheena gave a presentation titled “The Proper Environment and Power of Play for Autistic Populations” in hope to spread the word on the importance of exercise and play for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “Our audience enjoyed the content and really wanted information to improve their fitness efforts when dealing with these populations in the schools, community centers and hospital wellness programs.”
Check out some pictures of their trip. In addition to having a successful presentation, you’ll notice they enjoyed delicious food and perfect weather in the beautiful and charming city of New Orleans.

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Family Time Magazine Hosts 3rd Annual Autism & Special Needs Seminar

Family Time Magazine will host the 3rd Annual Autism & Special Needs Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, in Palos Hills. Tickets are available by calling (815) 806-8844.

Many expert speakers are lined up for this year’s special event. This year's seminar will be expanded to include autism as well as products and services available for all special needs children.

Suzanne M. Gray will speak from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Room 2.

Topic: “Making Fitness Fun for Youth with Autism” or “Exercise Strategies for People with Autism”

Attached you’ll locate a link where you’ll be able to locate more information on how to attain tickets and learn more about each speaker.

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Raise the Bar in Action *Video Enclosed*

Suzanne M. Gray, a Chicago fitness expert for children with special needs, recently developed “Raise the Bar ©” an award-winning fitness program for children and adults on the autism spectrum. “Raise the Bar” uses therapeutic play and fitness activities to help children with autism learn functional movement and improve body awareness, strength, motor planning and socialization in a fun, loving environment. The program is administered at Suzanne’s company, Right Fit Sports Fitness Wellness Center in Burr Ridge. It is available in a book or DVD @

Fierke Elementary Honors Amy LaRocque with Honorable Ceremony

On October 12th, 2012, Right Fits Trainer, Bradley LaRocque and his family went to Fierke Elementary school in his home town of Oak Forest; a recognition ceremony was scheduled in honor of his sister Amy who passed a year ago on June 4th. The ceremony included a bench that was donated to Fierke Elementary School from the Village of Tinley Park. Amy went to Fierke Elementary School from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Bradley stated “The bench is great, it is bright and full of life, which resembles Amy very well. It’s great to see how many lives she touched, as the days go by there are always people coming up to my family and sharing stories about Amy’s presence in their lives.” Amy’s teachers had been raising money to purchase a bench for the school library however when they discovered Tinley Park would donate it, they were very excited. The $200 they raised was donated to the local food pantry where Amy went every weekend to help out. The bench will be covered with kids and Amy’s books donated from Amy and her family.


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