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Penryn gym helps kids fight obesity

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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September is national Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a local gym is joining the fight to help get kids healthy and fit. Anytime Fitness, in Penryn, is offering free trial memberships for adults and free kids fitness classes during September to help families get moving. “Parents set the example for their kids. Grownups can help their children learn that exer-cise helps them get fit and feel better about themselves,” said Ron Texeira, who owns the Penryn gym with his wife, Mary Arbegast. Randy Gustafson, a certified personal trainer, created the sessions, which will be led by the club’s trainers and fitness instructors. According to Arbegast, youth fit classes will begin with an aerobic warm-up, followed by flexibility exercises. “The workout will be a mix of cardio and comprehensive strength training with a lot of variety as well as music,” Arbegast said. Partner exercise, Arbegast said, will also be incorporated to get the kids motivated, en-gaged, and to get them to encourage one another. Nutritional information will also be shared throughout the class. Gustafson said there will be a lot of variety as kids rotate between stations spending one minute on each. “We want kids to learn exercise is fun. You feel good when it’s done. You leave happy and refreshed,” he said. A number of children recently attended a practice session of a Kid-Fit class. They rotated between stations using resistance bands, kick boxing equipment, free weights, and steps and ladders. “I liked all the different stations. One minute is just right,” said Delaney Gilbert, 11, daughter of the owners. Savannah Fahning, 11, of Loomis, swims for the Loomis Dolphins, plays soccer and waterpolo, but still found new things to try during class. “I like the ladder. It was like playing hopscotch,” Savannah said. Classmate Makena Sears, 11, also of Loomis, thought the class was really fun and ex-pected she would “get good benefit from it.” Makena runs track and swims and hopes the class will help her “stay in shape during the off season.” Even though Tiffany Gibson, 11, of Loomis, runs track and plays tennis and volleyball, she thought she might end up with some sore muscles in her arms and legs after the class. “This worked me out,” Tiffany said. Loomis student Hanah Mekebri, 11, plays basketball and soccer andalso runs track. She said she didn’t find the workout hard at all, but said some kids may find it difficult at first. “It might be a struggle, but they just need to keep at it. Do it once a day at home and have a good attitude,” Hanah advised. Hanah’s brother Micah, 12, said he plays basketball, runs around his neighborhood and plays catch with his brother. He said he liked the squats and step jumps he did during class. “It works all your muscles,” he said. Joann Daley, of Loomis, is a member at Anytime Fitness and plans to bring her two chil-dren to the kid fit classes. One of Daley’s children attends a charter school that does not offer physical education. “The school requires the children to do three hours of exercise at home, so this will be perfect. We’re really excited,” Daley said. Arbegast said the fitness classes will also be helpful for children who are home-schooled. Texeira said the club is offering a free 30-day membership for adults and free fitness classes for their children, a free 30-minute personal trainer session, and 30 days of access to the Anytime Health website. ----------------------- KID-FIT CLASS Who: Free 30-day membership for adults and their children, ages 9-17, including free youth fitness classes What: One-hour fitness class When: 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Sept. 15 Where: Anytime Fitness, Penryn Contact: 660-0700