Hello, my name is Mark Fleming.
- I AM AN ADULT WITH AUTISM! Follow my blog at: www.throughtheseautisticeyes.com
- Graduated from the University of Alabama with my Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2012, and then got my Masters in Human Performance in 2017 from University of Alabama
- Certified as a personal trainer since 2012, certified by the American Council on Exercise.
- Hold a group fitness instructor certification as well as a youth fitness specialty certification, a functional training specialty certification, and a weight management specialty certification.
- Designed fitness programs for individuals that were in transition programs while in college.
- Took part in a Town Hall Program by WEDU PBS called, Autism: A Breakthrough to Hope. www.wedu.org/autism
- Co-authored article in Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Supplement from February titled Influence of Foam Rolling on Vertical Jump Performance. journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/Fulltext/2016/02001/National_Strength_and_Conditioning_Association.1.aspx
- Worked with a collegiate national champion wheelchair basketball program while in college.
- Spent a year (Sept. 2015- Oct. 2016) working as a Behavior Assistant in the Applied Behavior Analysis field working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
- Volunteered/Coach for Special Olympics. for three years, all athletes that made it to state got gold under my tutelage
- Hold both Healthcare Provider (CPR/AED) and First Aid Provider certifications from the American Heart Association
Growing up my "special interest" was sports. I constantly hear how I was able to read the box scores in the paper before I could even read. However I also had numerous fine and motor skill deficits that should of prevented me from playing the sports I loved so much, but thankfully had parents that not only allowed me to play but pushed me to play. I was never able to realize my dream of playing sports professionally, but was able to find a new love of fitness in college. After receiving the majority of my education towards a Masters degree in Exercise Science (now have completed), I was given an opportunity to work as a behavior assistant with an applied behavior analysis company working with individuals with Autism. Through my encounters while working in this field plus the encounters I had through volunteering and coaching in Special Olympics I noticed two startling trends. The first is that outside of school physical education, many individuals with Autism have very few opportunities to stay active and healthy. The second is that physical and occupational therapies provide great opportunities for this population in terms of being physically active, however the therapies usually only cover obvious deficits and services are stopped once those deficits are corrected or the individual ages out of the school system. So what I continued to see was individuals with little opportunity to stay active and even fewer opportunities for them to receive proper instruction of correct movement and form. So after realizing that I could help provide these opportunities, I reached out and learned from the few others in the country that have been exercise training these individuals for years. After learning as much as I could, I decided to start a business providing personal exercise sessions for this population.