The Benevilla Benefitness Adaptive Gym ensures that physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle is no longer out of reach for anyone. Lorrie Karn, the Director of Benefitness, and her team of specially trained and nationally certified coaches provide customized and individual fitness programs and classes to help strengthen those with early onset diagnoses and physical ailments (such as Parkinson’s, dementia, MS and more).
The Benefitness programs are designed to improve participants’ physical efficiencies, mental acuity, strength, balance, and overall well-being. Unlike a typical gym, Benefitness provides adaptive equipment for individuals in wheelchairs, people with limited motion and those who are differently abled.
“Our programs will help improve the quality of life of our members, improve their strength and balance and improve their ability to perform routine tasks of daily life,” explains Karn.
What You Can Expect at Benefitness
Benefitness Adaptive Gym is located on the Surprise campus of the non-profit Benevilla (Benevilla.org) at 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 85378. Launched in July 2022, the gym is already exceeding membership projections and has expanded hours and added new classes.
Benefitness offers a range of individualized and small group classes. For example:
Functional Movement, which works on balance and stability as well as flexibility and joint range of motion
Seated Stretch, which focuses on muscle elongation and joint range of motion.
Cardio on the Move is a perfect trifecta incorporating cardiovascular training, muscular resistance training and core development.
Rock Steady Boxing Helps Those with Parkinson's Disease
Benefitness is one of only 900 worldwide locations offering “Rock Steady Boxing,” a unique exercise program developed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease. Rock Steady Boxing uses the mechanics of boxing to focus on PD symptoms including balance, stiffness, tremors, coordination and soft voice syndrome.
The neurosensory stimulus from the exercises slows the progression of PD and quiets the day-to-day symptoms. This is accomplished through non-contact boxing, punching a heavy bag, doing footwork, stretching, resistance exercises and aerobic training.
Benefitness also provides “Beneboxing” for those who do not have Parkinson’s Disease but wish to benefit from boxing-inspired workouts.
Show Some Love to Caregivers
A unique and special “Caregiver Retreat” provides comfortable seating, massage chairs, a soothing water feature and a conversation area. This caregiver relaxation space allows caregivers the opportunity to enjoy quiet respite or the benefit of connecting with others sharing the same challenges.
Anyone who wants more information about the Benefitness membership program or would like to take a free tour can call 623-584-0065.
We are excited to be such an important resource in the Northwest Valley offering an adaptive gym to those in our community with different abilities, special considerations and ongoing clinical needs.