Introducing kids to a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge in our fast food, video game laden society. Thirty minutes once a week in P.E. class isn’t nearly enough to maintain the cardiovascular system, much less keep an overall healthy body weight. One thing that P.E. class has right though is that classes are fun and they allow kids to socialize. The Fit Express’ FIT-4-Kids exercise program along with their specially-made kids exercise equipment gives kids what they need and want.
So little Johnny’s not thrilled about running 30 minutes on a treadmill? It’s already hard enough for adults, who understand the importance, to exercise on a consistent basis. I’ve trained children, I can tell you from experience they get distracted and bored even easier. Introducing health and wellness at an early age is important and it’s up to us to give them a fun option.
There many ways kids can get physical exercise from after-school sports, jungle gyms, parks, recreational centers, kids gyms. However, most of these don’t consist of a strict program (that doesn’t feel strict) that makes them do at least 30 minutes of continuous cardiovascular exercise and also includes functional strength training using complete range of motion for all of the body’s muscle groups. The FIT-4-Kids exercise program contains the key aspects of fitness and provides cardio and strength exercises in a safe, fun and sociable way.
Fluid Interval Training (i.e. FIT) works very similar to circuit training. Exercise machines (each working different muscle groups) are placed in a circle or other arrangement. Every 2 minutes a central timer goes off and everybody switches to a different machine that they do continuously for the next 2 minutes. This allows multiple muscle groups to be worked simultaneously, the heart rate stays up, and it doesn’t get boring. Two minute timer’s just a suggestion; custom workouts can be easily created.
Worried about kids exercise equipment being dangerous? Don’t be! FIT is extremely safe! What do sports, rec. centers, parks, and jungle gyms all have in common? They all allow kids to do uncontrolled movements, on their own, with minimal supervision. Running around, kicking, jumping, swinging-there’s lots of potential for muscle and joint injuries! Kid’s don’t have the motor coordination to perform the unassisted exercises like squats, pull-ups, etc. with proper form and technique. Even when they could do these exercises, it’s not fun for them and they don’t have the patience or enjoy repetition sets. FIT is perfect, it’s continuous and it doesn’t require concentration or slow/boring movements.
Unlike most gym equipment you’re familiar with, FIT-4-Kids doesn’t use bulky machines with weight stacks, it uses Fit Express’ kids hydraulic fitness equipment. By pushing or pulling oil through hydraulic cylinders to create resistance it provides an extremely smooth fluid movement that is much safer and kid-friendly. Never worry about dropping a weight stack, pushing or pulling too far, or hurting joints. You can pause at any point during the movement! And unlike most gym equipment with hard-to-understand seating levers and controls, the FIT4Kids machines are smaller (for children 4′ to 5’9) with fixed seating and control arms. An easy-to-reach lever that controls if the exercise is harder (more strength) or easier/faster (more cardio) is the only option. So they can just get on and go!
Call your local kids gyms, recreational centers, schools, and ask them if they have a FIT-4-Kids circuit! Visit www.FitExpress.com for more information.
About the Author:?
Brian Holmes is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer working together with Fit Express to help spread the use of the FIT-4-Kids exercise program and Fluid Interval Training with todays youth. Fit Express is a commercial exercise equipment manufacturer located in North, MS, USA. Since 1998 over 4,000 facilities and 30 countries worldwide have chosen Fit Express’ gym equipment. Fit Express is dedicated to developing the most innovative and effective hydraulic fitness equipment possible and developed the fun and exciting Fluid Interval Training workout to help spread the benefits and use of using hydraulic resistance as part of a balanced fitness program. For more information visit www.FitExpress.com