Intense Workout Program Makes Sure Kids With Autism Leave Smiling


Brian Costello had his brother in mind when he recommended starting a CrossFit program for people with intellectual disabilities.

Costello, whose brother was diagnosed with autism at age 2, owns CrossFit Long Island, where he coaches the intense but popular core strength and conditioning program.

In the video below, you can see how he adapts the workout style to fit the needs of children and teens with intellectual disabilities. Safety and comfort are Costello’s main priorities, but he doesn’t go easy on these kids.

“They didn’t reject the hard work,” he says in the clip. “They seemed to embrace it a little.”

“I want them to walk out with a smile,” he adds.

That certainly seems to be the case:


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