Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.

~Cheers Theme Song

For those who know me, you know I’m a walking juke box.  I have a song for everything.  For me, the theme song from cheers doesn’t describe a bar, it describes a gym, specifically FIT in Los Altos.  It’s a gym where at 6am you may have a handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, VC partners and associates, working Moms and Crossfitters.  At 9am, you’ll see a wide variety of carpool moms, grandmas and grandpas.  At 12, look for a handful of trainers working out and a few of our favorite senior citizens in for their afternoon appointment.  At 3:30 the kids start flowing in along with FITBuddies and followed by the afterwork crowd and Barbell Club.

When you walk through the doors, you will be greeted with a smile (okay sometimes at 6am, the smile is forced:) but the trainers are always glad you came.

We may or may not know your job/status.  You can leave that and all your stresses and problems at the door if you choose.  It’s a place where you can come when you’d like to get away.

Tennis shoes.  Gym Shorts.  T-shirts.  Lulu’s.  You don’t have to dress to impress but we do ask that you do at least come dressed!  Gym attire has a way of making us all feel similar and that all our troubles are the same.

It’s a high-end facility, a large family, a community, a place where everybody knows your name and if they don’t, they’ll learn it soon.

It’s a place where confidence is fostered in everybody, especially FITBuddies members who are constantly looked at for their differences.  It’s a place where individuals with intellectual disabilities can leave all their disabilities at the door and simply focus on their abilities.  It’s a place where they feel accepted, equal and a part of something that’s not an isolated “special needs” program but a program that’s “just like everyone else.”

WE do pull ups just like everyone else…

WE workout with our parents…

WE do BURPEES too!!  And we are probably the only members of FIT who absolutely LOVE them:)

WE are part of a team…

WE are part of a Family…

WE are confident members of FIT and FITBuddies.

We all deserve to belong to a place where we can get away, where all our troubles are the same, where everyone knows our name.

FIT is exactly that for many people.  It’s a community that has done nothing but accept the FITBuddies’ program and participants.  It’s a large, inclusive family that I can confidently say I am proud to be a part of.

Take ACTION and CONFIDENTLY accept those of all abilities around you.

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