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Case Study: Inclusive Fitness & Gyms with Tactix Training

In our interview with Sean, Owner and Director of Tactix Training, he discusses how Tactix was founded to offer an inclusive and supportive environment for individuals with disabilities, emphasising the importance of community and personalised training to make fitness accessible to all.

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Kate Maslen
22/6/24
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2 min
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We're excited to share this case study on Tactix Training, a gym dedicated to inclusivity and accessibility for individuals with physical and invisible disabilities. Founded by Sean, a former support worker with a passion for martial arts, Tactix Training began when Sean couldn't find a suitable martial arts program for one of his clients. He decided to create a space where everyone, regardless of their abilities, feels welcome.

In our interview, Sean, the Owner and Director of Tactix Training, discusses the importance of inclusivity in fitness, how Tactix ensures accessibility, and the positive impact on their community.

Join us as we explore the story behind Tactix Training, their approach to breaking down barriers, and the welcoming environment they create for all.

1. Can you share with us the story behind Tactix Training and what inspired the focus on training people with physical or invisible disabilities?

Tactix Owner and Director Sean used to be a support worker and had a client who was overweight and struggled to find healthy activities to become involved in, one day this participant stated that he wanted to become involved in karate. Sean encouraged this and told them that they would do their best to find someone who specialised in training people with disabilities but was not able to find anyone suitable. As Sean had trained martial arts for a long time and was also experienced in working with people with disabilities he decided to take this on and Tactix Training was born.

2. Why do you believe it's crucial for gyms and fitness centers to prioritize inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities?

We believe it’s important for gyms and fitness centers to prioritize inclusivity and accessibility for people with disabilities because it ensures equal access to leading a healthier lifestyle while fostering a sense of belonging. By removing barriers and accommodating diverse needs, gyms can make exercise a much more enjoyable experience while trying to eliminate that intimidating feeling a lot of people with disabilities encounter when stepping into a social setting.

3. Can you highlight some of the ways in which Tactix Training ensures it is accessible and inclusive for all clients, regardless of their situation or disability?

At Tactix we cultivate a zero judgment environment, we welcome anyone and everyone into our space regardless of their ability, age or diagnosis. We train a diverse range of humans with a full spectrum of disabilities both physically and intellectually. Our Coaches make it a priority to always make each client feel seen, supported and a part of the crew.  

4. What are some common barriers that people with disabilities face when trying to access gyms, and how does Tactix Training work to break down these barriers?

A common barrier we see in alot of our clients is just having a space they feel comfortable to be in. Gyms are very intimidating for most so we have experienced that is amplified for our clients. We make it our mission at Tactix to provide a space where everyone is welcomed and supported. Our experienced Coaches meet the clients at the level they are comfortable to make sure they are enjoying themselves. We understand that people move in their own special ways and we acknowledge that and adapt every session to suit to get the best possible outcome. We also believe that it should be a fun experience so we always prioritize a fun environment for our clients to experience.

5. In your experience, what are some of the key benefits of being inclusive and accessible as a gym or fitness center?

As someone who regularly attends a fitness center/gym I fundamentally gain a greater sense of positive support and overwhelming sense of community. At Tactix Training this sense of community is at the forefront of our endeavors. The sense of community allows individuals to become empowered, confident and furthermore allows new friendships and connections to be made thus improving the wellbeing

of our clients.

6. Can you tell us more about the services offered by Tactix Training and how they contribute to a positive experience for clients?

Tactix Training is primarily a disability focussed gym but also offers health and fitness based 1 on 1 community access based support services and house. As stated above we believe everybody should have the opportunity to work on their health and fitness so we try to bring this ethos to every service that we offer.

7. Finally, what advice would you give to other businesses in the health and wellness industry who are looking to become more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities?

I would advise people not to underestimate their clients abilities when it comes to what they’re capable of in the gym and in their day today life, sometimes our clients just need to be given the opportunity, encouragement and support to achieve great things.

You can find Tactix Training on The Ariel App now or via their website.

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