New KidFit Class in Lombard

Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to lead the KidFit classes at CustomFit in Lombard.

During this time I have witnessed the children grow both in physical strength and abilities but also in their self-confidence and teamwork skills.

The classes focus on teaching the children easy ways to stay active and stress the importance of healthy living.

I feel now is the perfect time to add to the class offerings for KidFit and starting Wednesday, March 4th, KidFit will meet from 4:30 – 5:15pm at CustomFit.

The format of this class will be slightly different in that rather than completing interval training, circuit workouts and team relay activities, the students will be engaged in a series of Pilates and Yoga exercises designed to increase flexibility and core strength.

Classes are open to all children ages 8 – 13 and cost $125 for a 10 class punchcard. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:15pm.

KidFit classes are filling quickly so please contact me via email or by calling 574-387-1344 to reserve your child’s spot.

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Lombard Fitness Fair, Saturday, February 28th

I’m so excited to announce that I will be presenting the CustomFit KidFit program this Saturday, February 28th at the Lombard Fitness Fair at Yorktown Mall!

Over the past few months I have met some great kiddos who are having fun staying active. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 – 5:15 and do everything from partner exercises, to relay races, to agility challenges to PiYo! Each class is different and the children have the opportunity to share ideas on activities they would like to do in future classes.

In addition to the physical activities, I take the time to talk about healthy choices, educate about the various muscle groups, and promote ideas for staying active outside of class.

Here’s what one KidFit mom had to say about her son’s experience:

Our son, Michael, started KidFit with Jenn in December of 2014. We noticed that with the onset of cold weather he needed some additional exercise and discovered KidFit. From Day 1 he LOVED going to this class. Jenn has the kids play games he loves and also the opportunity to use some of the “grown up” equipment that he thinks is very cool (like the bosu, heavy ropes, etc) while working up a serious sweat. The punch card is a huge plus for our busy family since we also have other commitments throughout the week (that vary from season to season). Since basketball season has begun we’ve noticed that Michael is more coordinated, has more endurance, and is in better shape than he has been in the past. I mentioned it to our pediatrician as well, and he was thrilled that Michael was attending a class like this. Jenn is great to work with as well. She’s patient and firm with the kids while also being open and accessible to the entire family.

It’s been a pleasure for me to watch my students grow over the past few months. They have not only made physical gains, but personal growth as well which is evident in their self-confidence in taking on challenges.

Please join me on Saturday, February 28th at 11:20 at Yorktown Mall to see what KidFit is all about. I’m going to be looking for kiddos ages 8 – 13 to come up on stage and have some fun!

To learn more about KidFit drop me a line or give me a call at 574-387-1344.

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Top Five Reasons to Get your Kids Active NOW

As adults we all know how hard it is to break bad habits, and it’s just as hard if not more difficult to develop new healthy habits. This is why I firmly believe the sooner we engage our children in physical activities and healthy eating, the easier it will be for them to live a healthy lifestyle.

Here are the top five reasons that as parents you should make sure your children are engaged in daily physical activity:

1. Children who exercise have better self-esteem and self images. Children like to succeed. They like to feel good about themselves. Exercise is a great way for them to accomplish new tasks and take pride in their accomplishments. I think this is especially important for those children who don’t necessarily like to participate in team sports. It’s not always about competing against others, it’s much more about improving yourself.

2. Regular physical activity helps to build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints. As our children develop and grow it is so very important that their body structure is also healthy. This helps to maintain good posture and prevent injuries. Building a strong structure from a young age will help through the years to come.

3. Exercise improves the quantity and quality of sleep. We are an overstimulated society. Between multitasking and the various medias available to all of us, it can be hard to shut down at night. Exercise helps to calm the mind, and the physical exertion helps to release the necessary energy so when it is time for bed one can get a quality night’s sleep. This is incredibly important for developing bodies and minds. Sleep is an integral part in staying healthy…when we are worn down, our immune systems are down and we are much more likely to catch a bug that is moving through the school.

4. Children who are active report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and in general are in a better overall mood. As an adult you may not understand how exercise can be a stress reliever. It actually might stress you out to think about how you are going to get your workout in. But for children, exercise is a great answer for leaving thoughts of homework and disagreements with siblings behind. Taking in fresh air and being physically active is a healthy release for the pressures children feel. Parents always want happy children, and exercise is a great way to make sure they keep a smile on their face.

5. Exercise helps improve motor coordination and enhances the development of various motor performance skills. As a mom of a child who had moderate fine and gross motor delays, I know the importance of children learning body awareness while developing a strong core and balancing skills. We often take these things for granted but it is so important in a child’s development process.

December 29th – January 2 I will be holding a KidFit Christmas Break clinic from 11 – 11:45 everyday. This program is designed to help jump start your children to adopt a healthy lifestyle or to encourage them to continue making good choices and to stay active.

During each session the children will participate in a number of fun activities, teaching them a variety of skills. We will challenging them with games and tasks that will improve general body strength, cardio endurance and stability. Throughout the sessions we will discuss the various muscles being used as well as how to make healthy choices.

Looking for more information or what to sign up? Drop me an email or text/call 574-387-1344.

Want Something Fun for your Kids to do over Christmas Break? Check out the KidFit Christmas Break Clinic

KidFit Christmas Break Clinic

Contact Jenn to register or for more information.

As a parent of 3 I know that Christmas break is as much needed for parents as it is for the kiddos. No packing lunches, no homework, no early morning protests about getting up…but by the time the second week hits and the presents have all been open things can get a little stir crazy.

So in an effort to keep the kiddos active and give moms and dad’s a bit of a break, CustomFit is offering a KidFit Clinic from December 29th to January 2nd from 11:00am – 11:45am for children ages 8 – 13. Each day will be filled with new and fun activities to help burn off some of the extra energy while educating them on the value of health and fitness. The cost of the clinic is $50/child.

This is also a great way to check out the KidFit program that normally meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 5:15pm.

To register or for more information, drop me an email.

Getting Kids Active with KidFit

Do you have a child who is more into video games than sports? One who would rather watch tv than ride a bike?

You would think as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor I would have children who are always on the go. Unfortunately, I, like many parents, have to pry the video game controllers and other electronic devices away and firmly push them outdoors.

And when it comes to sports, my husband and I generally make the executive decision to enroll them in various programs. Basketball has been a positive experience, but baseball, well… not so much!

This all got me thinking that if I am struggling to keep my non-athletic kiddos active, other parents are probably struggling too. Let’s face it, not all children are drawn to team sports which is generally a great way to keep them active.

Starting November 18th I am going to offer a six week KitFit program at CustomFit. The class is designed for boys and girls ages 9 – 13 and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from  4:30 – 5:15pm at 218 E. St Charles in Lombard.

The class will be a combination of fun activities to get children interested in staying active and equip them with things that they can do at home to stay healthy.

Positive habits that are formed now will follow your children through their life so don’t wait to get them interested in activities that will keep them healthy and happy. Register today by calling 574-387-1344 or emailing jenn@customfitpt.com
Cost: $125/session, $50/each additional child
Sessions:
Nov 18 – Dec 23
Jan 6 – Feb 12
Feb 17 – March 26
March 31 – May 7