The odds have always been stacked against Kinsey Young. The Round Rock resident has overcome a lot since she was born with several birth defects making it hard for her to communicate or even move.
"She had small eyes, she couldn't suck or swallow. They were afraid she would aspirate and die. She had issues with her cranium, and she had turned in feet," said Kent Young, Kinsey's father, "It's a terminal syndrome. A kid maybe lives two years."
However, 21 years later Kinsey is going stronger than any doctor ever predicted. Her father says Kinsey still deals with low muscle tone and suffers from scoliosis due to complications when she was younger. To combat her physical disabilities, Kinsey must keep moving and she does so 5 days a week, working out independently.
"The limit is probably me and my wife giving her challenges that she can step up to because whenever we do, she does," said Young.
But Kinsey can't work out alone in just any gym. To exercise by herself she uses what's called a digital workout station found here at Koko FitClub in north Austin. Each workout station is controlled by a computer. Kinsey simply stays at the same workout station and the computer tells her what exercises to do, how many reps, and if she's putting forth the right amount of effort.
The digital gym is not only an asset for Kinsey because it helps guide her through her workouts; it also helps track her progress so that she can see how far she's come over the past year. It also helps that Kinsey is tech savvy.
"She's our top strength gain member," said Jenna Roberts, a fitness trainer with Koko FitClub.
Roberts says the digital has helped Kinsey make major improvements in her overall physical health.
"When she started she had pretty low muscle tone. Every 12 sessions we do a strength test so we could actually track the strength gains going on and since she started a year ago she's had over 200% strength gains," said Roberts.
The membership to Koko FitClub was a Christmas present and a gift that continues to amaze her father as he watches his daughter continue to get stronger each day.
"She's pretty amazing," said Young, "Not to get sappy, but I've gotten a lot more out of her than she's gotten out of me."
As Kinsey continues to improve her athletic ability through the digital gym, she's won several medals through the Special Olympics and participates in cycling, bowling and track and field