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Manchester gym providing free personal training sessions for people with disabilities

  • Manchester gym providing free personal training sessions to people with physical and mental disabilities
  • Javeno Mclean, owner of J7 Health, talks to Northern Quota about his work and inspiration

A gym in Crumpsall is providing private personal training sessions for people with physical and mental disabilities free of charge.

Javeno Mclean, 37, started by providing OAP exercise classes across Manchester for the local council and went on to open his own gym, J7 Health in north Manchester. 

Following the gym’s success Mclean began offering personal training sessions to older members of the community. 

The trainer grew the personal training sessions from his OAP classes stating: “Those people from the community followed me here, and it’s a gift that I get the opportunity to help them individually now.”

He provides one-to-one sessions to help people “in cancer treatment, suffering from a stroke, people with Parkinsons and Alzhiemers”. 

Javeno told Northern Quota: “I always keep myself on a level by remembering the foundations. I don’t chase money anymore, I chase the people.” 

Jacob Fine, 66, has worked with J7 Health for the last year. “Being able to be supported not only in a physical sense, after my stroke has meant that I have someone who is a part of my community that is there for me no matter what.

"It's good to have someone there to support you, but even better when they are pushing you to be your best and face those challenges in your life. Both my physical and mental well being are improving.” 

Doing these personal training sessions free of charge, during this difficult period of financial instability here in the UK has meant a whole community of people have been able to look after themselves and improve their wellbeing when in poor health or struggling financially.

They have a different strength which makes me think, why can’t I lift this little bar?

Javeno stated that “he is never going to take a penny from anyone disabled or with cancer.”

The process of helping people in the community that need it the most takes priority. He stressed that the money “dilutes what I am doing”. 

Helping his special clients has motivated him personally to become the Great Britain DeadLift Champion.

“They have a different strength which makes me think, why can’t I lift this little bar?,” he said.

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