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thedrifter
08-25-03, 09:32 AM
Teenagers learn PT tips to stay fit
Submitted by: MCB Hawaii
Story Identification Number: 2003822172913
Story by Sgt. Joseph A. Lee



MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii(Aug. 15, 2003) -- Twelve students graduated Aug. 15 at the base marina from a Semper Fit program designed to introduce teens to healthy nutrition and exercise programs they can do in their free time.

Teen Fit, a program developed and coordinated by Terry Snider, a personal trainer for Semper Fit, is a five-week program that includes an introduction to proper nutrition and all types of weight and aerobic workouts, including basketball, volleyball, yoga and even kayaking.

"The program is doing real well," said Snider. "This is the second group of teens we've had run though the program, and every single person that participated improved their scores in every single event."

At the start of the five-week program, the students take an initial evaluation of their overall fitness and flexibility, according to Snider.

"The students are tested on the first and last day of the program on pushups, sit-ups, bicep strength, flexibility and a one-mile run," said Snider. "All of the students' scores were so close; I think they all deserved a trophy for their accomplishments."

Though all the students received a certificate of graduation from the program, only two were recognized as the "most improved."

Students Alex Smith and Mark Samonte received trophies for their improvements during the five weeks of training.

"It's like having your own personal trainer," said Eryn Daugherty, a 10th grader at Kalago High School. "The program helped me out a lot, because it taught us how to use a lot of the equipment that I didn't know how to use before."

Eighth grader Kaela Ashton from Kailua Intermediate agreed with her friend.

"It was totally worth the time and effort because we learned discipline, good eating habits and how to take care of our bodies overall," added Ashton. "I'm definitely going to keep up with the workouts because it's the most healthy thing you can do!"

The program, which was previously split into two classes meeting on separate days of the week, will be combined into one class for the next session according to Snider.

"Our next program will start on September eighth, and will last for eight weeks," said Snider. "We are coordinating the Teen Fit program to match with the times for our Beginner Fit program which will meet during the same time period on Mondays and Fridays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. That way parents can attend classes at the same time with their children and both get accustomed to working out together."

The programs will be accepting sign-ups until Sept. 8, when the programs begin.
For more information on the Teen Fit or Beginner Fit programs, contact Semper Fit at (808) 254-7597.


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Alex Smith (left) received his trophy as "most improved" from Terry Snider during graduation from the five-week Teen Fit program Aug. 15 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.
Photo by: Sgt. Joseph A. Lee


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