Benevilla is excited to announce they are offering a new Membership Assistance Program (M.A.P.) for those needing financial help to join their adaptive gym. Thanks to a grant from Gila River Indian Community, qualifying members can receive financial assistance to participate in any range of services from classes to individual training. If you would like to join the programs at Benefitness, but you feel you may not be able to afford it, please contact the Director, Lorrie Karn at (623) 584-0065 to review your request and eligibility.
One of our new members states “Being at Benefitness and receiving the M.A.P. has been able to help me do everyday activities and has improved my life. Anyone who comes in will get great support and if they put in the effort will definitely see amazing results.”
The Benefitness Adaptive Gym ensures physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle, are no longer out of reach for anyone. Lorrie and her team of specially trained and nationally certified coaches provide specialized group and individual fitness programs and classes helping strengthen those with early onset diagnoses and physical ailments (e.g., Parkinson’s, dementia, MS, and more). Their programs are designed for those with different abilities, special considerations and on-going clinical needs. The adaptive programs focus on improving participant’s physical efficiencies, mental acuity, strength, balance, and overall wellbeing. Unlike a typical gym, Benefitness provides adaptive equipment for individuals in wheelchairs, people with limited motion, and those who are differently abled.
“We are so excited to make such an important resource in the Northwest Valley even more accessible to those in our community who truly need a place where everyone, regardless of ability can get fit and healthy,” said Lorrie. “Our programs will help improve the quality of life of our members, improve their strength, balance and improve their ability to perform routine tasks of daily life.”
Benefitness Adaptive Gym is located on the Surprise campus of the non-profit Benevilla at 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise, 85378. Launched in July 2022, the gym is getting ready to celebrate their one-year anniversary with plans of extending hours and the overall square footage of the gym as well.
Benefitness offers a range of individualized and small group classes like “Functional Movement” which works on balance and stability as well as flexibility and joint range of motion and “Seated Stretch” which focuses on muscle elongation and joint range of motion. They also offer “Cardio on the Move” a perfect trifecta incorporating cardiovascular training, muscular resistance training and core development. And Benefitness is one of only 900 worldwide locations offering “Rock Steady Boxing,” a unique exercise program developed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing uses the mechanics of boxing to focus on PD symptoms including balance, stiffness, tremors, coordination, and soft voice syndrome. The neurosensory stimulus from the exercises slows the progression of PD and quiets the day-to-day symptoms. This is accomplished through non-contact boxing, punching a heavy bag, doing footwork, stretching, resistance exercises and aerobic training. Benefitness also provides “Beneboxing” for those who do not have Parkinson’s Disease but wish to benefit from boxing-inspired workouts.
A unique and special Caregiver Retreat provides comfortable seating, massage chairs, a soothing water feature, and conversation area. This caregiver relaxation space allows caregivers the opportunity to enjoy quiet respite or the benefit of connecting with others sharing the same challenges. If you would like more information on our membership assistance program, classes, or would like to take a free tour of Benefitness, please call 623-584-0065.
Established in 1981, Benevilla is a not-for-profit family services agency dedicated to enriching the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, adults with disabilities, children, and families. For more information on services, volunteer opportunities, to take a tour or donate to Benevilla, call 623-584-4999 or visit www.benevilla.org.