Coach Christiana Siegelin Offers CrossFit for Teens and Young Adults with Down Syndrome

October 10, 2022 by
Courtesy of Christiana Siegelin

Growing up with a sister with Down Syndrome, Christiana Siegelin noticed a lack of fitness services for those with intellectual disabilities.

“There are a lot of programs that serve physical limitations…but I didn’t see very many programs for intellectual, or developmental disabilities,” said Siegelin, who has an exercise science degree and now manages CrossFit Valley Park in Valley Park, MO.

Siegelin knew for a while that wanted to work with this population, but wasn’t sure how. But when she discovered CrossFit, a lightbulb moment ensued. 

“I had been looking for a vehicle to train this population and CrossFit really fit the bill with their adaptive athletes resources and just their awareness of how adaptable and scalable fitness can be,” Siegelin explained. 

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