Parents sometimes have trouble finding time to work out as they balance their children's schedule as well as their own. At Fusion Fit Club in Trinity, however, parents can do both at the same time.
The kid's fitness classes at Fusion are the idea of Fitness director Michelle Dumovich. With physical education regiments decreasing in schools around the country, the 38-year-old mother of two created the class to do her part to keep kids active.
"With physical education being cut back, I wanted to put together a class full of effective and easy exercises that kids can understand," Dumovich said. "Something like one out of five kids becomes obese, and we don't want to have that in this area. The kids' class is something we can do for the kids, but also members of Fusion who get to work out and watch their kids doing their own little boot camp."
The class is taught by Leona Beadle, who teaches yoga and spin classes for Fusion. In her attempts to challenge the kids, Beadle is amazed by what she sees.
"I love seeing what kids can do," Beadle said. "They really love it. They love the yoga, they love the Pilates, and we play games. We started with just a couple kids and in a month the turnout has increased so much that people are asking for us to have another class every week."
Tools at the children's disposal include Pilates rings, yoga blocks and a top-notch facility, but the class is really all about the workout regimen.
"It gets down to basics," Dumovich said. "It's a perfect complement to anything else. What kids aren't getting from Little League or soccer, they'll get here. We're developing fitness regimens and structure. Every kid needs to do their pushups and crunches properly. Every kid needs to do jumping jacks and balance exercises. It doesn't matter if a kid plays soccer or sings in a choir, these classes offer something to supplement their normal activities."
The class is catching on quickly with parents around Fusion Fit Club, who have seen the idea come to life over the last month to benefit their kids.
"They want to come here because I come here," said Heidi Beisner, whose 9-year-old twins, Madison and MacKenzie, are in the class. "It's fun because they get to meet other kids, exercise and have fun doing it. It's different from what they do in PE at school. I'm hoping they'll increase the frequency of the class."
Plans for the class don't stop there. Eventually, Dumovich wants to move the program ahead to where the gym can have kids' nights, merchandise for the kids and classes Monday through Friday.
"We've had a great turnout," Dumovich said. "This is just one step of many that we hope to achieve with the kids' classes. Eventually we'd like the kids to feel like they're part of a club. We'd like to do field trips, teach them how to eat better and give them something that will stick with them for the rest of their lives."
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