It’s our mission to make fitness accessible to everyone.
What we do
We provide fun, motivating workouts tailored for wheelchair users and anyone who needs a seated workout. Whether you have a spinal cord injury, bad balance, or simply want to work out your upper body while you are on a stationary bike, our workouts are made for you.
We believe in empowering the 5% that are excluded from mainstream fitness programs through adaptive fitness instruction, resulting in better mental health and wellness for those that need it most.
Zūk Fitness founder Dillon Connolly was once an NCAA All-American swimmer. Throughout high school, his 26-hour per week training regime began at 4:45 each morning. Eventually, hard work paid off; he earned a swimming scholarship to the University of Southern California where he studied engineering. Following graduation, Dillon worked for several years as a design engineer at an aerospace company while staying in shape during his free time.
At 25 years old, Dillon was feeling stronger than ever and realized he hadn’t yet reached his athletic potential. He decided to quit his job and follow his dream and train for the 2016 Olympics. That same weekend, Dillon dove into a wave at Newport Beach, hit a sandbar, and severed his spinal cord, instantly becoming a quadriplegic.
Ever since that day in 2014, Dillon battled depression and chronic pain for years, but the two things that still gave him joy were designing adaptive devices and helping people. He also recognized how much a simple little adaptation was able to improve his life by creating a little bit of independence, and felt so fortunate that he still had his mind. He needed to take advantage of it.
Realizing how hard this life is and that so many other people were dealing with the same thing, he, at last, found his calling, his life’s purpose. He now had a MISSION: to help improve the lives of other spinal cord injuries and anyone else he could along the way.
Thanks to the Swim with Mike Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, he enrolled in the master’s program at USC for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, met his future co-founders, and started Zūk Fitness. And here is where the next chapter in our story begins.
We’re on a mission to help all wheelchair users and people with mobility impairments live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. We serve those who have previously been left out from fitness offerings tailored to the mainstream.
We are active supporters of POSITIVITY, INDEPENDENCE, HEALTHY LIVING, and COMMUNITY. We believe that with the right resources and mindset, we can all still live beautiful, enriched lives with Zero limitations and Unity through Kinesthetics (Zūk).
We provide individuals with mobility impairment access to live and pre-recorded workout classes led by skilled instructors with similar disabilities, as well as a community to share workout routines, hold each other accountable, and grow together with a common goal of living a healthier, more fulfilling life. We also have a community forum with a wide range of topics designed to allow people to share helpful information and resources they have learned along the way. We especially want to help NEW members of the spinal cord injury community with their transition because only we (SCI survivors) know how difficult it can be. We embrace all of the love and positivity around the mentality that we are ALL in this together.
Meet Our Instructors
Whether you are a paraplegic, quadriplegic, or just have trouble with balance, we have the right trainers for you. Our trainers are well-educated and practice what they preach. We recruit from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels. If you find that we are not covering your needs, just let us know and we will work on finding that perfect instructor.