New equipment helps students get fit

New equipment helps students get fit

By Kassondra Cloos
Daily News Record

Total body workouts aren’t just for adults anymore.

Kids at North Fork Middle School in Quicksburg will soon have a program of their own, thanks to an $18,000 grant for new physical fitness equipment.

The grant covers the full cost of an ENERGI Jr. Total Body Fitness System, which helps kids focus on muscular strength, balance, speed, flexibility and various other fitness goals. The system can accommodate up to 28 kids at once, which physical education teacher Melanie Woods said is key to getting her students excited about staying fit.

“That’s ideal,” she said. “The whole goal of fitness is to have as many kids going at once for as long as you can.”

Kids will be able to rotate between the system’s seven stations and can go at whatever pace makes them most comfortable.

“There’s differentiation,” Woods said. “They can move at their own level. It gives them a little more excitement to it than just saying, ‘Do sit-ups, do push-ups.’”

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