Fitness

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About our Fitness Resources

Physical fitness is a key part of the Special Olympics mission. Additional fitness activities beyond sport are improving our athletes sport performance, health and lives. 

Fit5 Guide, Training Cards

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Fit 5 Guide
Fit 5 is based on the three simple goals of exercising 5 days per week, eating 5 total fruits and vegetables per day, and drinking 5 water bottles of water per day.
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Fitness Cards
These Fitness Cards offer exercises to challenge all abilities. The Fitness Cards exercises can be done at practice, at the gym, or even at home. View or download the cards here

Fitness Videos

Level 1

Endurance
Video: Endurance
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 1 Endurance Fitness Cards.
Flexibility
Video: Flexibility
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 1 Flexibility Fitness Cards.
Strength
Video: Strength
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 1 Strength Fitness Cards.

Level 2

Endurance
Video: Endurance
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 2 Endurance Fitness Cards.
Flexibility
Video: Flexibility
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 2 Flexibility Fitness Cards.
Strength
Video: Strength
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 2 Strength Fitness Cards.

Level 3

Endurance
Video: Endurance
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 3 Endurance Fitness Cards.
Flexibility
Video: Flexibility
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 3 Flexibility Fitness Cards.
Strength
Video: Strength
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 3 Strength Fitness Cards.

Level 4

Endurance
Video: Endurance
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 4 Endurance Fitness Cards.
Flexibility
Video: Flexibility
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 4 Flexibility Fitness Cards.
Strength
Video: Strength
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 4 Strength Fitness Cards.

Level 5

Endurance
Video: Endurance
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 5 Endurance Fitness Cards.
Flexibility
Video: Flexibility
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 5 Flexibility Fitness Cards.
Strength
Video: Strength
This video demonstrates the exercises in the Level 5 Strength Fitness Cards.

Fitness Models

The following fitness resources and programs were created by Special Olympics Programs and have been replicated by other Special Olympics Programs around the world through funding provided by the Golisano Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Finish Line and Herbalife. Contact Monica Forquer, Manager of Fitness, at mforquer@specialolympics.org or +1 (202) 824-0295 if you are interested in implementing a model in your Program.

Unified Sports Fitness Club

Fit Families

Fitness Tracking Tools

SOFit Information

SOfit Videos

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Fitness in Special Olympics
Learn about SOI's fitness strategic plan, including the vision, goals, strategies and metrics. Program staff share best practices and demonstrations from Canada, British Columbia, and Ontario.
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Fitness Models and Best Practices
Learn about 3 SOI endorsed and supported fitness models, hear about other US Program's innovations in fitness, and create activation plans for your Program.
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Fitness Partnerships
Learn about new partnerships formed with SOI to support Program fitness. Hear from fellow Programs sharing their success in developing and nurturing fitness partnerships.
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Gaining Access to New Fitness Resources
Learn about SOI's new fitness resources and have fun learning, moving, experiencing, and tracking your movement.