Many people have trouble finding the motivation to go to a gym—and, it’s often even more difficult for people with autism.

That’s why Mark Fleming opened Puzzle Piece Fitness: a gym in Florida that caters specifically to people with special needs.

Fleming, who has autism himself, graduated college with a master’s degree in exercise science. He pursued his passion by spending some time volunteering for the Special Olympics, but he was bothered by how many of the sporting participants had nowhere else to stay fit outside of Special Olympic training events.

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He then spent the next three years offering his expertise as an in-home trainer for clients with autism.

Then, last month on February 23rd he officially opened his new gym in Tampa for people with special needs.

“It’s just to try to provide individuals a way to stay active, no matter where they are in their life,” Fleming told CNN. “Just seeing individuals get healthy, it’s awesome – the healthier these individuals are, the more likely they are to live their best lives.”

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