An interesting statement some years ago from the CEO of the Special Olympics pretty much sums up the reason why we started Inclusively Fit – the Special Needs community is underserved and overlooked when it comes to exercise and fitness. “As a society, we have to do a much better job of building community for people who […]
Stephen Corbin, D.D.S., M.P.H. Senior Vice President, Constituent Services and Support Special Olympics, wrote years ago, “We feel that the healthy weight issue for people with disabilities is every bit as serious as it is in the general population. There’s an epidemic, an endemic of unhealthy weight in this population.” Dr. Corbin’s comment is supported […]
Inclusively Fit is a 5,000 square-foot gym that really focuses on the physical AND psychological benefits of fitness. The Macomb County gym welcomes families of all abilities with all kinds of needs . It’s run by Mark Ralko, who used to work at a school. He said that parents of special needs kids would often ask him […]
The motto is located all over when walking into the gym: “IF you are here, you succeed”. Regardless of what condition or concerns you have, the personal training staff as well as the owner, Mark will find ways to make sure that they can help you to achieve any goal you want to. The plans […]
Exercise is not a bad thing, contrary to what you may hear. Not only does your body feels great and you become healthier, but there are mental benefits that are gained from a regular exercise routine. Often, special needs people are discouraged from performing exercise for fear of injury or a mental barrier, but it […]
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WJBK) – Inclusively Fit is a fitness facility in Sterling Heights where everyone is welcome. Families with special needs and all ability levels are always welcome no matter what the age. “We see success in their self confidence, self esteem, socially, physcially; so we see a transformation,” says Mark Ralco his clients. Before he opened […]
From ballet to basketball, there are many options to keep kids physically active. But it can get a bit more complex with special needs in the mix. That’s why Mark Ralko opened Inclusively Fit. Since mid-July, this Sterling Heights center has helped people of all ages and abilities get strong and healthy. “I would say about […]
A gym created to keep people with special needs fit has opened in Sterling Heights. It is helping clients physically and mentally. Riley O’Leary, 18, has down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from staying active. At Inclusively Fit in Sterling Heights, O’Leary is taking the right steps to stay healthy, thanks to his trainer, […]
I love the community support I experience at OTF. I also feel the comradely of others yet I feel like I have a personal trainer. The coaches are the best, they really seem to care about all of the members.
Love this place!! They do a great job of working with my son on his strength and muscle tone, as well as with his adhd and chatty personality.
Introducing Inclusively Fit, a place and approach to fitness and exercise as unique as the individuals it was created to serve. An organization where everyone understands a person’s physical well-being is strongly connected to their emotional well-being. And that physical accomplishment doesn’t just build stronger muscles, but a stronger sense of self.
If you’re a family member, teacher or friend or someone with special needs, and struggled to find fitness programs or facilities that meet the specific needs of your child, you’re not alone. Inclusively Fit was founded upon a very simple realization … many children, as well as adults with special needs, can greatly benefit from a personal exercise and fitness program.
We’ve asked ourselves, “What if?” Our answer is Inclusively Fit. A place that believes fitness is a journey best traveled with friends.