New gym program gets kids to power off and SWITCH on
Thursday, 11 October 2018
A new program being offered at SWITCH 24-hour Gym is designed to get kids off their screens and into the gym to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Power Off and SWITCH On! is aimed at young people aged 13-16 years. Qualified fitness instructors will supervise the program on the gym floor and allow participants the freedom to try different workouts and exercise equipment.
Staff from SWITCH 24-hour Gym at Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre developed the program following a staff meeting where parents voiced their frustration at the increased screen time and lack of physical activity in the lives of their teenagers.
“We wanted to provide a supervised environment where young people can socialise and bond over exercise, and also try different equipment and activities to see what works for them and what they enjoy,” Gym Manager Roberta O’Brien said.
“Young people are becoming increasingly sedentary but we know from experience that group activities work and young people soon get involved and engaged in what they are doing.
“For kids who don’t necessarily have a sporting code they are part of, this is a great way to join a team and have fun, without the need for any specific skills or athletic talent.
“The idea of Power Off and SWITCH On! is to get young people doing some much-needed exercise and help reduce anxiety, boost confidence and wellbeing, and promote active living as young teenagers become young adults.”
The Power Off and SWITCH On! program includes a one-on-one assessment, development of a specialised program that can be changed to suit the young person, and supervision/monitoring by qualified staff.
Power Off and SWITCH On! will be held three times per week: Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30pm–5.30pm and Saturday from 9am–11am.
Three, six and 12-month memberships are available, starting from as little as $12.50 per week.
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