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A local gym is changing lives

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It can be a bit of a challenge for a person with a disability to workout in your typical gym. Willie Caldwell discovered that during his many years as a trainer. He wanted to help out and he found a way.

The former Baylor University track star had a plan and a design. He had an idea for his own equipment and had it built. 

"This piece of equipment allows them to do everything an able bodied person could do if they were going to their local gym," said Caldwell. His equipment is now in his own gym on the west-side of Tucson at Mobility Fitness Institute.

The 10,000 square foot facility has two pools, a track and at least a dozen pieces of equipment the Caldwell has designed. He has been owner and manger of the company for more than five years.

Caldwell over 40 clients, one of them is Anthony Outlaw. The 21 year-old was shot nine times in North Philadelphia back in 2010. Doctors told him he would never walk again. Outlaw had been working out on his own. But then he met Caldwell more than a year ago and saw his fitness machines. He feels that Caldwell and his staff can help him get back on his feet and walk.

"He talks to me and he helps me, he helps me with a lot," said Outlaw.

The idea went from paper to a reality and there are number of people that have been helped by Caldwell and his staff. "When for the first time they get up and stand when they hadn't been standing for four or five years, you see parents come up to hug their kids or a husband and wife hugging from the standing position for the first time, that's pretty rewarding," Caldwell.

To learn more about Caldwell's fitness facility you can click on the link below.


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