Recovering from a spinal cord injury can be a lifelong pursuit. Many victims were very physically active before their accident, and adjusting to life with a serious disability can be difficult. Almost anybody with a spinal injury will want to regain as much of their lost motion and sensation as possible.

Physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation can help, but what about those who want to build up their muscles as much as possible? Few, if any, fitness centers in Los Angeles cater specifically to those with paraplegia or quadriplegia.

One gym in Ohio does exactly that. Founded in 2011 by a man who was paralyzed in a swimming accident, the fitness center’s membership is entirely people who were partially or completely paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury.

After the man left the hospital, he could not find a private gym, outside of a hospital, with equipment and staff specifically adapted to his needs. So he started his own.

Clients enjoy the equipment, but what especially motivates many of them is the inspiration the owner provides. Once told he would need to use a ventilator the rest of his life, the owner now breathes on his own and regained some motion in his arms.

Others at the gym have enjoyed similar improvements from working out there. One man needed to blow into a tube to move his wheelchair when he joined. Today, motion in his arms and legs has improved dramatically.

Rehabbing after a spinal cord injury can be exhausting and difficult. It can also be expensive, especially if you are no longer able to work. Compensation from the party responsible for your injury can help pay these necessary costs.