WOW…what a great summer indeed. This year, to serve community needs, we changed our summer programming by adding FAMILYfitness and OH-Athlete Summer Camp.
We learned from past summers that many of our morning clients did not attend fitness classes because their children were at home from school. This gave us the idea to open summer session morning classes to FAMILYfitness. It was extremely well received.
- Registration was open on a weekly basis so parents and children could plan around their travel and other summer camp schedules.
- Parents “Lead by Example”.
- Every child had the opportunity to become a “Fitness Leader”.
- The youngest attendee was 2 years of age and the oldest was in their 60’s.
- Children learned how to take a heart check.
- Children learned anatomy terms.
- Children learned about healthy nutrition.
- Children learned about strength, agility, flexibility, coordination, and speed.
- Last but not least...the Moms had to work A LOT harder because their children were motivating them to keep up and NOT CHEAT (and trust me, children tell on their parents when they cheat. LOVE IT!)
We also added our first OH-Athlete Teen Summer Camp. I collaborated with a well-loved and respected young Ararat athlete, Narbeh Ebrahimian, and off we went.
We held 2-two week session camps, both of which were sold-out. We worked in tandem, as I addressed nutrition and overall conditioning and Narbeh focused on basketball skill training. My previous blog titled “Teen Spirit” reports the statistics we gathered.
- The teens learned about nutrition, anatomy, overall performance training, and skeletal care from Dr. Armen Manoucherian.
- EVERY teen improved.
- The teens were full of questions about nutrition and injury prevention.
- The teens requested future “like” programs.
- Some teens wanted me to call their parents so they wouldn’t have to go on vacation to be able to continue and attend the second camp…priceless!
- Almost every teen lacked the FOUNDATION of sport performance. The reason I say “almost” is because some of the teens had been foundation training and their assessments reflected their ongoing commitment.
- I was VERY pleasantly surprised that teens that attend public schools had more knowledge about physiology, anatomy, and nutrition. The knowledge was noticeably different.
- We did not have to use any disciplinary actions. We had 15 – 20 teens in each group and they were incredibly well behaved and appreciated the structure.
- More than half of the parents reached out and asked if we could address nutrition.
- Teens are AMAZING…I know, I know, especially when they are not yours : )
I can truly say this summer was one of my best professional experiences ever. I appreciate the amazing Moms that “Lead by Example” day in and day out.
I appreciate all the great parents that are raising incredible children, teens, and young adults. I am blessed to have experienced all of the above in the past 7-weeks.
Next on the list for me is IDEA’s Health and Fitness Convention. I hope to come back with the most current health and fitness information that I can apply to the “Back-To-School” session, which begins August 26th – October 5th.