HEALTH CLUB OFFERS KIDS THE CHANCE TO CATCH THE GYM BUG
A health club in Basingstoke has become one of the first in the country to use specially-developed fitness equipment to help children take exercise whilst their parents use treadmills and rowing machines of their own.
[UKPRwire, Tue Feb 13 2007] A health club in Basingstoke has become one of the first in the country to use specially-developed fitness equipment to help children take exercise whilst their parents use treadmills and rowing machines of their own.
Beechdown Health Club runs two classes weekly for the 5-7 year old and for the 8-10 age groups using Gymkids equipment, which includes miniature treadmills, airwalkers, rowing machines and cycling machines. Staff have even seen how the younger children use the equipment to mimic the activities of their parents. Outside of class times, the equipment remains available within the Health Club for the children to use in their own time.
“We don’t make the classes overly structured and very much place the emphasis on fun,” explains Beechdown’s Melanie Crook. “We have a five minute warm-up, pipe in some pop music, put the Gymkids equipment in a circle, number them as stations and give the children one minute on each piece of equipment. The children enjoy it - it makes them feel quite grown up to have their own gym – and we’ve had good reviews from the parents.”
“These products are not intended to enhance muscle development but to encourage children to enjoy fitness and take part in regular cardiovascular activity,” explains Gymkids’ Steve Smith. “In using the products, children will only ever push against their own weight. The objective is to make exercise fun from an early age and, in so doing, help engender healthy, active habits that will last a lifetime.”
The Gymkids range has been designed to make fitness more fun for children. Products are grouped for suitability for the nursery (under 5s), Key Stage One (5-7 years) and Key Stage Two (7 – 11 years) age group. The company is also working with primary schools on the creation of fitness suites, the integration of the equipment into structured PE lessons and in the introduction of Gymkids Fun & Fitness after school clubs.