In Melbourne, Vibes Fitness owner Margie Cerato has been in fitness since she was a teenager. Ten years ago she founded her non-profit organization called Celebrating Abilities. The organization offers programs to clients whose needs are often described as “too complex.”
“Through Vibes Fitness, I’ve had a lot of people come to me that nobody works with. They’ve been put in a basket that’s too rigid,” says Cerato.
Cerato has created a comprehensive space for learning everything from basic fitness to aerial yoga, and tailors its programs accordingly. Her clients range from deaf people attending training with Auslan interpreters to clients recovering from Down syndrome, ADHD or stroke.
“This is not my job. This is my passion,” says Serat, adding that in her opinion the best fitness instructors have good technical knowledge, regularly upskill and have strong emotional intelligence. ing.
As part of her work, Cerato aims to shift the social perspective from a focus on disability to a celebration of competence.
“My plan is to move the studio in 2023 and set up the Ability Studio, which includes Playground. [in a] A wheelchair-accessible building and a sensory room for children,” she says.
Serato not only writes manuals for fitness instructors (he will now focus on teaching clients with disabilities), but he is constantly improving his skills.
“The biggest advantage of working in this industry is that you can make people’s dreams come true,” she says.