Special Strong provides fitness and nutrition for the individual with special needs. I immediately praised the Lord for providing this connection, because it was exactly what I wanted to share for our consumers. So with a quick email confirmation, I had the honor of meeting up with Daniel Stein, who owns Special Strong!
The story behind Special Strong is one that is not like any I have ever heard. In 2011, Daniel felt called to train + serve the special needs community. Daniel obtained his certification of National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) and also became a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer. Once having these under his belt, in 2016 him and his wife, Trinity, created Special Strong!
What makes Special Strong unique is what the foundation of their company is based off of: their faith. On their website, you can quickly see that! It is provided that “Christian values from the Bible, which drives everything that we do with our clients.” Not only can you see this over the internet, but it is also very evident when speaking with the owner:
Once Daniel was aware of our similar faith, he shared with me his testimony and how Special Strong came about! When Daniel was younger, he was diagnosed with ADHD. Because of this, he struggled in school. Daniel became involved with sports and discovered it was helping him more than the therapy and the medication. Finding this connection in sports led him to find out his passion for weight lifting! Quickly Daniel found something he really enjoyed and was good at. After high school, Daniel idolized this talent and did not have a strong relationship with the Lord. The Lord though is very purposeful with the environment and people he places you with. Just exactly how the Lord works, a fellow gym goer invited Daniel to join him at church! This is something that Daniel needed at the time and after the invitation, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. At the church, a man shared with him a vision he had for Daniel. The vision was of Daniel working with special needs individuals and doing personal training. Daniel had no prior experience with individuals with special needs, but was obedient to this and quit his stable job to create Special Strong!
This company is rare and impactful and I believe it has to do with the foundation being made of Christ. Daniel shared with me that their clients are prayed over daily. He believes that prayer is so powerful and it is why they are where they are today. Daniel is determined to keep the company kingdom minded and operated by biblical principles.
Special Strong’s ambition is to globally reach individuals by influencing the special needs community with health, fitness and education. The mission behind the company is “Special Strong seeks to empower the mind, body, and spirit of the special needs population with the strength and confidence to live a more independent and abundant life. Through our services, values, and culture, it is our desire to unlock potential and unleash the “Special Strong” within every person!”
The population that they serve has already targeted autism, aspergers, down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, stroke victims, and obesity!
What Special Strong can Provide:
- Private training
- Individual and family nutrition
- Local boot camps
- Massage therapy
- Corporate boot camps
- Workshops and seminars
The locations Special Strong is Currently Working Around:
- Allen, Tx
- Carrollton, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Fort Worth, TX
- Frisco, TX
- Grapevine, TX
- Highland Park, TX
- Hurst, TX
- Joshua, TX
- Keller, TX
- Little Elm, TX
- McKinney, TX
- Plano, TX
- Richardson, TX
- Roanoke, TX
- Sachse, TX
- Wylie, TX
Special Strong's goal is to enlarge their company and the passion to positively influence change in as many individuals as they can! I love that I had the opportunity to meet and hear such a genuine story like the one behind this company. I pray that with time there will be more organizations that have a foundation and drive like Special Strong. This company credits their success on the Lord and they use their company to bring out the strengths in their clients.
I hope that this story inspires you and encourages you to share with someone you know would benefit from Special Strong!!
Below I provided a Link that includes Special Strong’s story and who makes up their team!