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“The trainers are all very knowledgeable and make themselves available to us. It makes getting there and working hard easy. My ALS diagnosis changed how I have to maintain my physical health and nowhere but Oak Hill could help me do that. I enjoy being a part of the Oak Hill family and go as much as I can. First, as soon as I come in I hear “I hope you’re ready to work, I have some crazy stuff for you to do today”. Comments like that are the most motivation I have ever got. Oak Hill can be the facility that produces the best and brightest trainers in the area.
“Exactly 3 years ago I moved in to a senior and disabled apartment building. I knew with my 20-year-old diagnosis of multiple sclerosis,this would be my “last stop” as far as living independently goes. The fact that I was already in a wheelchair for the last several years and was slowly but steadily declining, was not a good sign. At some point a friend of mine told me about a new gym in Bristol, specifically designed for people with disabilities. I kept that in the back of my mind because truthfully I didn’t feel that exercising was going to change my status. For the next few months I contacted various nursing homes and got applications. My rationale was simple… At least when the time came I would go to a place of my choosing.This is not the type of thing a 50-year-old person should have to be thinking about but it was my reality.
Before I began the daunting task of filling out nursing home applications, I decided to have a look at this gym called Oak Hill Adaptive Sports & Fitness. I was extremely impressed with all of the state of the art equipment let alone the most amazing and knowledgeable staff members. I joined without hesitation. I committed myself to going three times a week and a year and a half later I am still honoring that commitment. I still use a wheelchair but from head to toe my physical strength, let alone my mental strength, has completely skyrocketed. I am very strong thanks to the wonderful equipment and dedicated trainers. We are like family at Oak Hill and I would never ever give it up. Needless to say, I never filled out any nursing home applications. As a matter fact, it was very cathartic to run them through the shredder!”
– Lori Spector
“It’s so nice to finally find a gym where everyone sees and treats you as a person and are not intimidated by our disabilities! I have tried various gyms, both traditional and rehab since being diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis 6 years ago. Despite the 45 minute commute, I am so glad I switched to Oak Hill in November. Whether using the equipment in the gym, taking one of the classes or a personal training session, the staff is always willing to help me switch up my routine and show me more challenging exercises to help me continue to get stronger and regain a sense of “normalcy” again!”
“Oak Hill is a wonderful place to exercise! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful; the group exercise classes are diverse, personalized, and fun; and members feel a sense of belonging to this welcoming community. It is easy to enjoy exercise at Oak Hill because it is a place that makes you feel good as soon as you walk in the door.”
“We have been members of Oak Hill for a year now. Our ten year old son Dale was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Tourette’s, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, frontal lobe dysfunction and ADHD. He has a complicated medical history and was born with a significant congenital heart defect requiring open heart surgery at 6 days old. He spent 4 1/2 months in the NICU and still has residual cardiac issues, which impact his ability to be physically active. Discovering Oak Hill was a blessing in so many ways for our family. Dale was able to find a place where he felt comfortable and could exercise at his own pace without feeling self-conscious about his limitations. The trainer was fantastic and he provided much encouragement to Dale to help him feel better about physical activity. We have noticed significant improvement in Dale’s stamina and ability to participate in physical activities in the community and at school. It has also made an impact on his cardiovascular function and health. Not only has Oak Hill provided a place where Dale can be physically fit and become more healthy, it has provided so many opportunities for socialization. We have attended several of its Family Movie Nights and drop in sporting activities. Dale has enjoyed meeting other children who participate in these activities and always has so much fun. Oak Hill is an incredible facility and we feel incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful place in our community. The staff are amazing and so welcoming. We hope that Oak Hill is able to continue its mission of providing services to so many children and adults of all abilities who would otherwise have no place else to go.”
– Pat and Kelly Neyra
“Thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderful place called Oak Hill. It’s really changed my whole way of thinking about what a weight room is really like. I like the fact that everything is set up just right for a person who has or does not have a disability. It was a great place to discover and the staff really made me feel welcome. You really gave me the confidence to try activities that I never knew I could do. I honestly never thought that I could move around in a sports wheelchair. I can honestly say Oak Hill could be like a second home to me in the near future.”
– Juan M.