Adaptive kickboxing in Rochester creates a workout for anybody

(ABC 6 News) – A local kickboxing gym is changing things up to create a workout for anybody.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Farrell’s kickboxing gym in Rochester holds an adaptive kickboxing class through the non-profit Down to Box.

Its a chance for kids and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to get in a workout that is made for them. The program aims to improve coordination, strength and overall physical fitness.

Veronica Peterson said the program has opened up a lot of doors for her 13-year-old son.

"Its hard being the parent of a special needs child. They can’t do a lot of regular sports, so you really have to look outside the box, and when this presented itself to us, we thought this is going to be the perfect opportunity for him," Peterson said.

No previous kickboxing experience is necessary.

For more information on Down to Box or to get involved, head to