In the area of childhood fitness, a healthy child is more likely to grow into a healthy adult.
Helping kids keep on the right track in Brentwood is Kids Fit Zone, which was created to motivate and inspire children to have a balanced lifestyle with their education and fitness. Steven Aristizabal, president and founder, and Maricar Gensole, director and co-founder, recently hosted a grand-opening event to welcome the community to a lifestyle of early health.
The owners implement three fitness activities – yoga, martial arts and calisthenics.
According to www.kidsfitzone.com, yoga brings balance to the body, mind and spirit and promotes calmness and kindness, while jiujitsu challenges kids mentally and physically, which helps build self-esteem and confidence. Calisthenics is a daily exercise to help build balance, control and strength.
“The community and our neighbor retailers have been supportive and excited about opening a place for kids to come where they can be exposed to fitness while having fun,” said Aristizabal. “Many have mentioned they have been looking for something like this for their kids for a while now. Our programs are geared toward kids and want to make fitness fun for them, so they’re not just working out, but playing active and fun games while doing it.”
Watching children progress and enjoy their classes is something Aristizabal and Gensole truly cherish.
“The best part of our day is seeing how the kids don’t ever want to leave Kids Fit Zone, which shows how much they love being there,” said Gensole. “We also received drawings and letters from the kids, which shows how much they enjoy being around us. Just knowing we are having such a positive impact on their lives and teaching them how important it is to have an active lifestyle … there is no better or more rewarding feeling in the world than working with kids.”
Kids Fit Zone also offers summer camps, after-school care and child care. With their programs, not only are fitness activities implemented in between study time, but tutoring assistance is also available, along with enrichment activities.
So far, kids and parents alike are delighted with the classes.
“Kids Fit Zone is amazing,” Rachel V. wrote in a five-star, online review. “My son and daughter love going (there)! Maricar is really great with children, and I love that she intertwines fitness activities into fun! She also posts pictures of them while they’re there, so I’m always updated on what’s going on. Also, they love doing arts and crafts there. All around, it’s a great place you can drop the kids for a couple hours and feel comfortable with knowing your kids are in good hands!”
As the date for the grand-opening event draws closer, Aristizabal and Gensole are welcoming everyone to join them for food and jump houses.
“(At the grand opening), we will have a parents’ and kids’ jiujitsu self-defense seminar by Checkmat founder (and) head coach of UFC Champions, Leandro Vieira,” said Aristizabal. “We are also extending our summer promotion for a few more weeks, which waives the enrollment fee and offers 20 percent off the first month.”