Learning From The Spectrum: How ASD Shaped My Training Philosophy.

Jun 17, 2023


Being a dad of twin boys on the spectrum comes with unique challenges, and there was a time when sticking to any sort of training routine seemed beyond my reach. However, over time I have learned so much from my time as a parent of ASD kids and in some ways, the lessons learned in life now inform my training practices. Funny how that happens... 

Adaptability and customisation: Every parent in my situation knows you got to adapt all the time. Training is no different. Don't follow the crowd. Do what works for YOU. The key is to modify exercises, intensity, and duration to suit personal abilities and time constraints. Remember, the goal is progress, not perfection.

Resources and Support: Tapping into Available Tools and Communities

In this digital age, numerous resources are available to assist you in developing your kids. Help, and community can be found to offer support to parents. If you look hard enough, you can also find suitable fitness knowledge. Explore online platforms, fitness apps, and social media communities that offer guidance for parents with diverse circumstances.

Connecting with others who are facing similar challenges can provide invaluable support and inspiration along your journey.

Time Management Strategies: Maximizing Limited Time for Fitness

Routine rules in our house. Balancing the demands of caring for a child with special needs and maintaining a fitness routine can be daunting. However, effective time management strategies can make a world of difference. Incorporating exercise into your daily activities, such as taking short movement breaks or utilising high-intensity interval training can help you make the most of your limited time. Remember, even small efforts add up, and consistency is key. Much like with the boys - I try celebrate every step, no matter how small. 

Seeking Professional Guidance: Consulting Experts for Training

We have seen countless specialists and provate therapists to give the boys the care and education they need. We could not do this on our own as it's YEARS of expertise and knowledge required to get the right outcome. Training, is no different.

Don't hesitate to seek professional guidance from fitness experts, trainers, or physical therapists. These professionals can assess your capabilities, provide guidance on exercise selection and technique, and create a customised fitness plan that takes into account the specific challenges you face as a dad with a child with special needs. That is exactly what we do on the StrongDad program. 

Working with an me can give you the confidence and knowledge to make informed training decisions that benefit both your physical and mental well-being.

Emotional and Mental Well-being: Using Exercise as Self-Care

Regular exercise has proven benefits for emotional and mental well-being. As a dad with a child with special needs, it's crucial to prioritise self-care for my own wellbeing. Physical activity serves as an outlet for stress relief, allowing you to recharge and maintain a positive mindset. Make exercise a non-negotiable part of your routine, knowing that it contributes to your overall well-being as you navigate the unique challenges you face. You soon learn, as many experts will tell you, you have to put your oxygen mask on first. :

Dads like me, maybe like you -  have the power to shape their training decisions and mindset to create effective sustainable fitness routines.

Reflect on the lessons learned in your time parenting. I bet you're resilient, can adapt to any situation, manage your time effectively and leverage resources. Use these skills in developing your training and self care and I gurantee you'll look and feel better for it. Don't underestimate the education you have received on this journey of parenthood. Leverage it to your advantage in other areas of your life and you (and your family) will thrive.