A personal trainer who claims to inspire disabled people to get out of their wheelchairs provides gym sessions for free and says it is an honour to change people’s lives.
Javeno Mclean, 37, from Manchester, describes himself as an ‘exercise specialist’ and has been helping people who are elderly and disabled to fall in love with exercise for 21 years.
The father-of-two trains more than 20 people with disabilities each week, refusing to take any cash from them becuse he ‘makes money elsewhere.’
He shares videos of his inspirational coaching sessions to his 82,000 followers on TikTok, which shows him encouraging clients with cerebral palsy to push themselves physically and achieve things they may not have thought possible.
In one piece of footage, Joshua Coy, 26, crawls across gym mats, with weights tied to his waist to reach a cone which Javeno keeps moving further away from him.
Marley Fenton, 14, features in another video, managing to hold himself up on a bar while Javeno, who is a Jubilee Community Hero Award, enthusiastically cheers him on.
Javeno Mclean, 37, from Manchester, describes himself as an ‘exercise specialist’ and trains more than 20 disabled people per week. He trains them for free and encourages them to push themselves physically, doing things they would never have thought possible
In one video, Joshua McCoy, 26, crawled across gym mats, with weights tied to his waist, as he persevered to reach a cone which Javeno kept moving further away from him
Marley Fenton, 14, featured in another video, and managed to hold himself up on a bar while Javeno, who is a Jubilee Community Hero Award, enthusiastically cheered him on
Javeno owns the J7 Health Centre in Manchester and claims that his videos have inspired wheelchair users around the world to ‘get up’ from their chairs for the first time.
The 37-year-old said: ‘This is an honour and a privilege that I take very seriously.
‘I’ve been a trainer for 21 years, I’ve had the J7 health centre open for five years. I wanted a facility that would be full of energy and have exercises that were attractive for the whole family.
‘I wanted this to be a gym where people could exercise and find something that works for them.
‘I wanted a place where my mum or auntie or grandma could come and feel the love.
‘I hated the way gyms made people feel – that’s why I called my place a ‘health centre’. I wanted to redefine exercise.
‘People feel insecure in gyms. I’m a gym guy, but if I feel intimidated by people watching or judging me in the gym, what’s that going to be like for somebody who’s ill, disabled or elderly?
‘It’s going to make them feel even worse. I wanted to change how people experience exercise.’
Javeno, pictured helping Marley do a tyre exercise, used his gym to redefine how people experience exercise
Despite training more than 20 people with disabilities a week, Javeno doesn’t take any payment from any of them.
Javeno said: ‘I’ve never charged disabled people for training. I’ve done it for free for 21 years, I make money elsewhere.
‘I’ve worked with hundreds of disabled people over the years, I’d say with around 20 to 25 every week. People come in for weekly appointments.
‘I want to help people who are disabled and elderly from the purest part of my soul.
‘I’m not doing it for money, I’m doing it because I want to help people.
The 37-year-old said that his message about exercise has spread worldwide, reaching hundreds of people who find his ethos ‘inspiring’
‘I’ve never met a person that I can’t motivate or inspire when it comes to exercise.
‘For 21 years I’ve helped disabled people, elderly people and people with cancer fall in love with exercise.
‘The way I see it, a lot of these people’s lives are in turmoil and I’ve been entrusted to rescue their lives. That’s a massive honour.’
The 37-year-old adds that while he operates solely out of a gym in Manchester, his exercise message has gone worldwide, reaching hundreds of people who find his ethos ‘inspiring.’
Javeno, pictured encouraging Joshua, said that he has had people message him to say they are trying to get up out of their wheelchairs and try something new
Javeno said: ‘I get hundreds of messages from hundreds of people all over the world – from Kenya, Venezuela, Morocco, Bangladesh – telling me that my work is inspiring to them.
‘I have cancer patients and dementia patients from all over the world being inspired.
‘I’ve had thousands of disabled people get up out of their chairs. That’s real motivation – no bulls**t motivational quotes you see on social media.
‘My work is getting disabled people out of their wheelchairs and trying something new. It’s amazing that disabled people all over the world are being inspired like that.
‘People are messaging me saying that for the first time in their life they stood up for 20 seconds. It’s amazing, I could talk about it forever.’
The 37-year-old, pictured with Marley, has formed close bonds with his clients through his work- and they have welcomed him into their families
Javeno’s work has allowed him to close bonds with his clients- and they have welcomed him into their families.
He said: ‘The fact I’m changing people’s lives is so rewarding.
‘I’ve been welcomed into so many families because of the work that I’ve done. That’s the reward for me, it means more than money.
‘There’s no end date for me. I don’t believe there’s an expiry date to the relationship you build with somebody through training.
‘A lot of the people coming through the door have been coming for years. We keep on going until we keep on going.
‘The videos don’t look like your typical client-PT relationship. These are my friends, these are my people. It’s more than exercise.
Javeno said that the work he does is very specific to each individual person and their needs and capabilities
‘I’ve always been passionate about working with people who need an extra hand.
‘I don’t call myself a personal trainer, I’m an exercise specialist. The work that I do is beyond personal training.
‘The term ‘personal trainer’ has been diluted so much, it’s so impersonal at the moment.
‘I cater to everybody individually when it comes to exercising. Even if I have five people with cerebral palsy, I have five people whose disability affects them in a different way.
‘It takes a lot of time to understand the person and their capabilities and then we work out something specific for their needs.’
The 37-year-old’s work has seen him awarded the Jubilee Community Hero Award in June, which he described as ‘amazing’
The 37-year-old was awarded the Jubilee Community Hero Award in June.
Javeno said: ‘Being given the Jubilee Community Hero Award was absolutely overwhelming, it was amazing.
‘To see that my work is getting recognised nationally was absolutely amazing, it was out of this world.
‘I think my work resonates with so many people because it showcases excellence.
Javeno, pictured pushing a tractor tyre with Marley, said that the work and videos he posts are real and organic. He said that there is mutual respect, love and communication
‘When I make videos it’s not scripted. It’s real, organic, pure wholesome stuff.
‘Everybody knows somebody elderly or disabled, people have them in their families.
‘I think the videos have gone viral because you can see it’s about people who genuinely care about each other.
‘I care about the person I’m training, and you can see they have a respect for me and they’re willing to dig deep and try their best.
‘There’s a mutual level of respect, love and communication.’
Javeno, pictured with Joshua, said the people he trains always dig deep and try their best with him