In this episode, I’m talking with coach, counselor, and author Gabriel Villarreal about the intersection of mental health and exercise for differently wired kids. Gabriel is not just a licensed counselor specializing in ADHD and the owner of LostBoys Strength & Conditioning gym—he also has ADHD himself and has experienced the convergence of these three topics in a profoundly personal way. 

In our conversation, we talk about the concept of exercise as medicine, the differences and considerations of exercise benefits for ADHD and ASD, as well for males and females, and Gabriel’s advice for parents and coaches who want to help their differently wired kids and athletes thrive mentally and physically. I found this conversation so fascinating, and hope you do too. 


About Gabriel: Gabriel Villarreal, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. He owns LostBoys Strength & Conditioning, the only gym that offers coaching to children with special needs such as ADHD, ASD, Depression, Anxiety and other mental health disorders. Additionally, with his private practice, ADHD Counseling in the Roanoke Valley he coaches the only class in the country specifically for ADHDers, designed to give them the medicine exercise offers. Gabriel is an expert in the topic of exercise and mental health, is routinely asked to speak to gyms, coaches, athletes and educators, in the Roanoke Valley and beyond, on all things exercise and mental health.



  • How Gabriel came to understand the connection between exercise and mental health
  • How exercise can be considered medicine for ADHD, ASD, and other diagnoses
  • How Gabriel structures his classes and  coaching to best help differently wired kids
  • How parents can approach exercise in the age of COVID (school changes, lockdown, and staying at home)
  • What are other ways that mental health and exercise intersect
  • What types of exercises/sports are good for differently wired kids





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