Take a look at just a few of the pictures from a Fizikly Fit Kidz class with Coach Dawn Williams, and you’ll know why I asked her to write about her program for Mamamelia: it’s downright exciting!
This exercise expert, who offers classes in Yulee and Fernandina Beach, is taking on childhood obesity in a way that’s pure fun for kids – but it introduces them to aspects of fitness and a healthy lifestyle that will likely benefit them the rest of their lives. Obesity is no joke: more and more children are coming down with health problems that we used to only see in adults, and their unhealthy exercise and eating habits are to blame. I’m grateful there are folks like Dawn who are on a mission to help all of us reverse this trend.
Here’s what Dawn had to say:
Childhood obesity and the lack of exercise in children’s lives has become a hot topic recently. Too many video games, too little unscheduled playtime, or lack of physical education in schools all contribute to inactivity. The number of children in the US that are considered obese has quadrupled in the last 30 years. As a result, there is a drastic increase in the cases of chronic diseases—type II diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure. What is the solution?
Creating a love of fitness in our kids today leads to healthy adults! Regular exercise provides many benefits, including:
- Stronger muscles and bones
- Healthy body weight
- More energy
- Better memory and concentration
- Improved quality of sleep
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
Fizikly Fit Kidz offers age appropriate classes that encourage movement and exercise, disguised as fun. Fundamental movements such as pushing, pulling, running, lifting, jumping, climbing, and throwing are emphasized. Kidz become stronger, more coordinated, and better conditioned while playing games and laughing!
There is a Fizikly Fit Kidz class available for any child in your life:
- Fit Kidz Pre-K (ages 3-5) is offered at Bodyworks, 463646 SR 200 Suite #3, Yulee, on M/W/F 11:15-11:45
- Fit Kidz (ages 5-10) is offered at Centred on Yoga, 212B Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, on M/W 4-5 p.m. or Bodyworks on T/Th at 4-5 p.m.
- Fit Teenz (ages 11-18) at the Peck Gymnasium, 510 South 10th Street, Fernandina Beach, T/Th at 5:30-6:30 p.m.
In addition, Fizikly Fit Kidz is offering half day Spring Break Camp at Bodyworks or Centred on Yoga. More details on classes, camps, and special offerings can be found on www.fiziklyfitkidz.com.
Here is what parents of current Fit Kidz have to say about our program:
“My husband and I are very active and wanted to instill that same love of exercise in our children. Coach Dawn uses real workout routines for adults and makes them kid-friendly. I watched my son do a burpee the other day and he loved it and was having a ball! Dawn has a great rapport with the kids and really makes exercising fun for them! We are really thankful her classes!”
“Coach Dawn’s Fizikly Fit Kidz program is unique to our area. My son is engaged during the class, and loves the challenge of learning new movements. Coach Dawn focuses on proper movements and stresses safe mechanics with class members. Her passion for fitness is passed on to the kids—they are learning to love exercise.”
Fizikly Fit Kidz is the brainchild of Dawn Williams. A mom, self-proclaimed science geek, and fitness enthusiast, Coach Dawn has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with additional studies in anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise science. She is a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and has completed specialized CrossFit Kids training. Coach Dawn specializes in training and coaching youth athletes, successfully coaching young athletes to the Sunshine State Games, AAU Junior Olympics, the National Youth Weightlifting Championship, and the National Junior Weightlifting Championship.