Healthy Bodies. Healthy Minds.
Fitness for all ages.
Physical activity has benefits for everyone. People with Down syndrome have been reported to participate in less physical activity than other children and adults. Research specifically shows that regular exercise is especially important for people with Down syndrome, especially for overall functional ability. Persons with Down syndrome are consistently found to have low cardio respiratory fitness and muscle strength. Engaging in regular activity helps with functional ability and independence. More and more studies are also finding a link between exercise and mental health and fitness. DSNetwork encourages you and your loved ones to incorporate regular fitness and exercise into your daily lives. We offer a variety of programs designed especially for people with Down syndrome for all age groups.
NEW! BOXING FITNESS COMING SOON. More than just for fun, boxing becomes a portal to a range of exercises, contributing to an overall holistic well-being (physical, mental, and emotional). The DSN Boxing Club will be led by Cassie Laughrey, DPT at Banner Neuro Wellness located in downtown Gilbert, accommodating individuals with Down syndrome and ensuring safety through thoughtful measures like padded equipment and adaptive training approaches. Are you interested in joining the boxing club? If so, please complete our new program questionnaire.
Tennis (Winter Session Jan - Mar 2024)
DSNetwork has partnered with Buddy Up for Life to offer a 90-minute fitness program designed for children and adults with Down syndrome – consisting of 60 minutes of professional instruction and 30 minutes of fitness conditioning, for athletes ages 5 and over. This adaptive program enables athletes to flourish, succeed and reach their fullest potential by providing a unique environment that combines fitness and social activities.
Each of the athletes is partnered with a volunteer Buddy to maximize their experience. Buddies are required to be at least 14 years old, enthusiastic, energetic and ready to have fun! No experience is required. All Athletes receive a team shirt and racquet.
Fee: $115 total*
Location: 4289 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
90 minute clinics consisting of 30 minutes of fitness conditioning and 60 minutes of professional tennis instruction.
Ages: 5 and Up
Join the Fun
One of DSNetwork’s key initiatives in 2023 was to offer experiential learning opportunities for health and wellness. DSNetwork is dedicated to promoting lifelong health and improving the overall quality of life for people with Down syndrome and their families. Daily movement and quality nutrition are vital for people with Down syndrome to improve physical, mental, and emotional health and overall functional ability.
2024 brings back Zumba for Teens/Tweens and Adults! Click the calendar link above to learn more.
Daily movement and good food choices start at home and benefit the entire family!