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Meet the High-Level Trainer Who Quit Everything to Start a Gym for People With Disabilities

November 23, 2016
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Meet the High-Level Trainer Who Quit Everything to Start a Gym for People With Disabilities
Ned Norton has been training people with disabilities for little or no cost for three decades.

Over the past 28 years, Ned Norton has helped hundreds of people living with disabilities become stronger and more independent by providing them with strength and conditioning training. A former personal trainer, Norton worked with star athletes, including Olympians and bodybuilders, for years before opening his gym, Warrior On Wheels, in a public housing building in Albany, N.Y.

“The best thing about me training people with disabilities is that it’s more than just touchdowns or winning trophies. It directly relates to improving their lives  that’s always been the best part,” Norton says.

Warriors on Wheels is a nonprofit and because most of his clients are on fixed income, Norton set a suggested membership cost of $1 per week and took a second job to make sure he could make ends meet. Each week, about 120 people come train at his gym. 

Discover his journey and inspiring work by watching the video above.

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