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Thom Downing was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in 1993 and in 1994 earned a Masters degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Athletic Training, from San Jose State University .

Downing has had a wide range of work experiences including thirteen years as a commercial salmon fisherman in his hometown of Kodiak, Alaska. In addition, he has acted as Director of Rehabilitation at South Bay Pain and Rehabilitation in Los Gatos, California, and a consultant to the San Jose Sharks community Development program. He is the Co-Founder and Owner of Focused Individual Training (FIT) in Los Altos, California, and most recently (2004) Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board for, an online health and fitness engine. Downing currently serves as a consultant to the Hill-Glazier architectural firm on Fitness Area Design for its Hotels around the world.

He has worked with professional, collegiate and recreational athletes at all levels. He has competed in triathlons of all distances around the country, culiminating with Ironman Canada in 2003. Through this unique work and life history, Downing has gained extensive experience with a wide range of clients, services and markets. He enjoys backpacking, fishing, ice hockey, and spending time with his wife Tracey, son Jake and daughter Emma.

Jennifer Pleimann graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S in Psychology in 2005. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a USA Weightlifting Club Coach, and a Crossfit certified coach. In October 2006, she started FITBuddies, a training group for individuals with autism and Down syndrome. Pleimann loves training this special population, but also enjoys working with people of all ages and fitness goals.  She also enjoys teaching crossfit classes and applies many of crossfit's philosophies in her training sessions.

In addition to training at FIT, Pleimann enjoys surfing, running, biking, swimming...anything outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Training the Athlete in EveryBuddy: Specialized Training for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (MP3)

Author: Thom Downing, Jennifer Pleimannn
This session was recorded during IHRSA's 30th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in March 2011.
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Product Code: 11CONV28