One thing I love when it comes to training people is that my service is more than scoring touchdowns or winning trophies, it directly relates to improving the lives of many people, including people with disabilities. - Ned Norton, Founder of Warriors with Wheels.
The Warriors with Wheels inclusive gym owned by Ned Norton is the biggest go-to training ground for people with disabilities and special needs. It is a gym where people tap into their abilities, where they improve their fitness, have fun and learn.
"Do you know that when people with disabilities come into my gym, the first thing for them to see before they even speak to me is other people with disabilities already training," Ned Norton said.
Norton has over the years helped many people with disabilities and special needs tap into their abilities. “I know what we need to do is to increase range of motion, get stronger, get independent,” he said. “It’s that simple."
Warriors with Wheels moved to its current and permanent site in 1999 when the city of Albany, New York, made available space in an abandoned public-housing project to Ned Norton.
When asked to explain how got a lot of people with disabilities into his inclusive gym and how he became so popular, Norton said: “People with disabilities are referred to me through hospitals, disability service organizations, they come to our gym, to increase their strength which directly leads them to be more independent.”
"I decided to join the Warriors with Wheels gym after I got paralyzed in a car accident last year. I have never been to a gym all my life but I noticed that I started feeling a week after the first 3 months indoor, I know I need to keep fit and be happy to regain my sanity. After joining the gym I regained my strength and I am happier than I ever was," Caine Musk, a 35-year-old wheelchair user said.