Australian personal trainer Jeremy Samson reveals his inspiration behind autism and exercise

Australian personal trainer Jeremy Samson has remained a force to be reckoned with in the fitness industry. Having been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at an early age, Jeremy expressed his incredible struggles with the condition. He soon realized his gift of being able to perceive a difference in himself compared to other children.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Samson | Digital artisit: H DeSign

He described his condition of Asperger’s as his brain consisting of a series of televisions with one affected by a “bent antennae.”

Through his inner motivation, he threw himself into learning more about physical activities to help “straighten the antenna out.”

Jeremy has been quite candid about the ways the shocking treatment of bullies makes it so much more difficult for children with Autism and Asperger’s trying to manage individual challenges.

Based on his personal experiences and continued hard work to cope with Asperger’s, Jeremy managed to use his negative encounters of bullying to help build the skills and abilities to thrive in life.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Samson | Digital artisit: H DeSign

He made it his mission to work harder to manage having a better quality of life.

Jeremy achieved his improvements through restricted diet, plenty of exercise and sport to learn how to move his body and stabilize his motor skills, confidence and resilience.

The Inspiration behind fitness

Upon completion of school, Jeremy moved into studying health and fitness. At 18 years of age he became a fully certified fitness and health instructor working at local clubs. Through his endeavours he developed a love for personal training by helping the community in their fitness.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Samson | Digital artisit: H DeSign

Having lost his father at an early age to a heart attack, he wanted to develop a future health career to help others live their best life.

How Time 2 Train Started

During his training course Jeremy Samson was tasked with providing an imaginary personal business a title. The name Time 2 Train came naturally. At that very moment, he was motivated to learn the skills to become a business professional.

Working with Kids with Autism and Asperger’s

Jeremy worked with first autistic child in 2009, a 12 year old boy who was mildly overweight. The boy’s parents expressed their child’s difficulty with Asperger’s and wished for Jeremy to train their son to develop important skills. This inspired his idea to assist other children the same way he had worked so hard to develop himself.

His organization, encourages children with Autism and Asperger’s to develop balance, integration, and skills through fun activities.

Jeremy’s passion was in the design of the Time 2 Train program, building a strong connection with his students and watching their positive transformation.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Samson | Digital artisit: H DeSign

In working with Autistic children, he quickly realized the enormity of a lack of typical developmental skills. He had to modify activities including ways to improve movement of the eyes in children with Asperger’s and Autism owing to cognitive and confidence difficulties. Jeremy has assisted all learners including low functioning individuals who could not walk straight or catch a ball owing to limited motor function.

Statistics Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s

  • According to the Autism Society, at least 1% of the global population is diagnosed with Autism or Asperger’s.
  • A condition previously considered rare in Australia, has revealed that 1 in 100 people in the country are diagnosed with Autism which has equated to an average 230 000 Australians.
  • According to an Educational Survey, an average 35 percent of young adults (aged 19-23) with ASD have not had a job or received their postgraduate education after leaving high school.

The Benefits of Physical Exercise on ASD and Asperger’s

According to a study involving a Physical Exercise Program (PEP-Aut) on Autistic Children’s Stereotyped Behavior, Metabolic and Physical Activity Profiles, Physical Fitness, and Health-Related Quality of Life; positive effects were noted on symptomatology.

The study assessed the condition of ASD students after participating in a 40 week exercise program. The results included improvements in aggressive tendencies, general BMI, and motor coordination in children with ASD syndromes.

ASD Children Displayed:

·      Increased equilibrium

·      Muscle tone and strength

·      Improved academic performance

·      Improved psychosocial health

Tweet: For those diagnosed with ASD or Asperger’s, the ability to participate in structured exercise programs and physical support structures can assist in enhancing cognitive and physiological abilities.

More than 200,000 Australians are impacted by the limitations of these developmental and learning disorders.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Samson | Digital artisit: H DeSign

By encouraging participation in exercise and motor skill development, it not only helps with coordination and anxiety but provides children the tools they need to develop into healthy productive adults and ultimately live a better quality of life.

Jeremy Samson has been the inspiration behind working hard to achieve your goals and the ways a healthier fit lifestyle can make lasting positive changes for all.

Written by: Daisy Paul, Professional content writer

Interviewer: Jared Talavera

 

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For parents with a child with ASD or Asperger’s, Time 2 Train offer 8 and 12 week programs.

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Afterthoughts

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