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Some understand how nonprofit organizations function. Others do not. They ask how we can be a nonprofit if we charge? The answer is simple, common sense. Nonprofit organizations must register with state and federal agencies, which means we have to pay various fees to operate. Additionally, we must pay taxes, rent, equipment, insurance, etc. Services fees cover these costs and business expenses. Without these fees, the organization could not exist to bring affordable services to the public.

We do not have employees, only volunteers. That means the people who believe in our mission are donating their time and services to us, so we can keep services fees low for you. Without community support, we could not provide reduced rate services.

Our fees are based on HUD guidelines. Services are charged on a sliding fee scale, based on income and number of dependents. Fitness and health should be affordable for everyone, so we may all have an equal chance of wellness. The difference between our organization and other personal trainer services is we are not driven by money. We do not operate with the sole purpose of capitalism or getting rich. We operate for the benefit of the people.

We understand those with cognitive and neurological conditions spend on various modalities that may be quite costly such as prescriptions, therapies, etc. Let us help you by being a low cost solution that facilitates your wellness. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

Affordable cellular mobile phone service

Switch to Google Fi, formerly Project Fi, to save money on your cellular bill while expanding the capabilities of your mobile service. This is a great plan that charges by data but caps, so you never exceed charges. While it may sound confusing, the cap is based on the number of individuals on the plan. For example, one individual is capped at six gigabytes. Two are capped at ten. When one exceeds the cap, there are no additional charges for data. Try it and get a Google Fi credit with this link.Switch to Google Fi, formerly Project Fi, to save money on your cellular bill while expanding the capabilities of your mobile service. This is a great plan that charges by data but caps, so you never exceed charges. While it may sound confusing, the cap is based on the number of individuals on the plan. For example, one individual is capped at six gigabytes. Two are capped at ten. When one exceeds the cap, there are no additional charges for data. Try it and get a Google Fi credit with this link.

Studio services

In 2019, we will be able to offer studio sessions by appointment only.  The studio is located in Winter Park.  We are working on additional studio space and appointments.  Please subscribe to this blog for updates.

Free Training Session

Now through December 31, 2018, purchase two full priced fitness training sessions and receive one session for free to use yourself or give as a gift.  This deal is not applicable to discounted rates.

Contact us for details, limitations, exclusions, restrictions, and conditions.

Exercises for autism

People often ask which exercises are best for autists. That is a tricky question. There are no "special" exercises that are "one size fits all." Just as non autists have varying medical conditions, so do autists. While core work may be best for one, it may not be best for all. A client with no medical restrictions may benefit from plyometrics, when one with a hiatal hernia will not. It is strongly recommended to meet with a trainer to discuss limitations and restrictions.

Apt Fitness, Inc., requires medical clearance from a licensed physician prior to commencement of training. Withholding information regarding medical conditions could place the participant at risk for injury. It is not required at the time of the initial consultation, but it is required prior to the first session. Typically primary care physicians can provide a simple note, listing limitations and restrictions.

Failure to disclose limitations, restrictions, and conditions may result in termination of the client-trainer relationship and forfeiture of session payment(s).

Casein free gluten free diet and effect on autism spectrum disorders

Diet affects many of our cognitive and neurological functions. Things we eat target specific neurotransmitters and hormones thereby contributing to manufacturing of our physiological responses. Some thing casein free gluten free diets reverse autism spectrum disorders. Let us view this logically.

Casein, being dairy, has several known side effects, such as bloating, pain, gas, gastroesophageal reflux, and allergy and cold symptoms. That alone can make one miserable. Gluten can cause bloating, headaches, depression, fatigue, anxiety, abdominal pain, autoimmune disorders, brain fog, and more. Some of these symptoms overlap conditions that fall on the spectrum. Removing casein and gluten alleviates their contributions to other disorders that affect autists. It is not a cure for autism. It is a way of reducing symptoms by eliminating triggers that exacerbate other disorders experienced by those on the spectrum.

People argue that their children stopped being autistic when their diets changed. That is similar to saying someone’s skin color changed from dark brown to paper white by altering his/her diet. Or your eye color changed when you drank milk.

Diet is important, but it does not alter genetics.

Atheta, barre, and fitness consultations

Join me at Athleta, Mall at Millenia, 4200 Conroy Road, Suite 218, Orlando, Florida 32839, on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from noon to 4:00 pm / 16:00, for free barre demonstrations and fitness consultations. Enter to win a free session of makeup artistry, photography, or personal training. 

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Workplace bullying

Many people or do not understand nor accept autism. Those people are extroverts. Hallmarks of extroversion include low self esteem and insecurity. These people can only function with external validation and will never truly be happy. They are content with misery of others and bully autists. These people are sometimes bosses.

We process emotions differently, which is not acceptable to extroverts. For example, I had a boss who kept threatening to hug me and another that wrote me up for not allowing coworkers to hug me. Not everyone wants to be touched.

For all of the Kimberlys, Glorias, Denises, and Loris of the world, it is not appropriate to displace your personal problems on anyone other than yourselves. At some point, you must become an adult and take responsibility for your own actions. Workforce bullying cannot be tolerated and sadly does exist.

Pineapple Clothing Love Lucy leggings

This review is my honest opinion from my experience with the company and item purchased by me for review. I was offered an opportunity to become a brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, based in Aventura, Florida. The website is easy to navigate, and the site offers a variety of products with fun, vivid prints. I purchased the Love Lucy Pink Floral Print Performance Leggings, because I do not have anything similar to it in terms of print, and the color combination is eye catching.

The items are allegedly hand sewn. Customer service said they ship 7-10 days from the date of the order, due to having to custom print each item for the print to be in the same exact place on each item.  Typically companies may wait that long for bank charges to clear. My order arrived approximately three weeks after it was placed. The print was vivacious. The fabric feels cheap and reminds me of when my grandmother would sew clothes for us out of curtains, pillow cases, and any material she was able to locate around the house. It is flimsy and feels cheap.

The leggings are 85% polyester / 15% spandex. I tested them for two days, one with no exercise activity, and one during exercise. On the day I did nothing but walk and sit, the material slid off me throughout the entirety of the time worn. It has barely any elasticity and had the feel of pajama pants. The material is very thin, but not dense as performance wear should be. During exercise, I had to constantly pull up the pants. It was embarrassing. The waist band was too loose for a medium.

The fabric is not smooth and does not have the second skin feel to it. It is slightly itchy and irritating. It was not worth the three week wait or $69.00,especially when Dissident Gym Wear, Hylete, and other lines such as Alo Yoga have better quality material with better performance for the same price. If you are not going to wear these leggings during exercise, they are super cute.

T-Shirts for a cause

We are offering personal training services on a sliding scale to low income persons affected by autism, ADHD, depression, and other cognitive disabilities.  Training sessions are currently offered at client locations.  However, we would like to open a studio in the near future.  To facilitate our fund raising efforts, we have created graphic t-shirts with sayings that are geared towards autists, introverts, and people who prefer to be left alone.  Want a snarky way to tell someone to mind his/her own business?  Wear it on a shirt.  Some of the verbiage is not PG rated, so please select appropriately.

A large portion of proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to start the foundation and studio.  Contact us for more information to learn how you can help and how exercise can help you.