Fitcamp with Zone
Most parents with younger children can probably come up with at least 10 reasons why there is little point in joining a gym but top of the list is often a lack of childcare during the hours it is most convenient to actually do a workout. And finding time to get physical at the weekends is just as tricky.
But now, there is no excuse as a new family boot camp has just launched in Lincoln.
But don’t feel intimidated by the phrase ‘boot camp’, the emphasis is firmly placed on getting fit in a supportive and fun environment.
Mum-of-two Mrs Wake, 37, said: “I'm setting up Family Fitcamp because I want it to be a real community thing, where families can exercise together on a Sunday morning and do something positive away from the draw of technology like phones and tablets. Plus, it’s just nice to spend some time with the kids.” She added: “The sessions are suitable for all abilities and all ages, including grandparents.”
Molly’s Guide columnist Sam Curtis went along for the first session with her four-year-old son Louie. The workout included a warm-up and a 40-minute circuits challenge which meant the children had to work with their parents in team games and included the kind of exercises you’d expect in a gym class, like squats, bunny hops, and the thigh-burning ‘duck walk’.
Sam said: “The 40 minutes passed by really quickly. It was so much fun and Louie loved it. He hasn’t stopped talking about it. We will definitely be attending Fitcamp on a regular basis.”
She added: “I really struggle to find the time to go to an exercise class but this fits in with family life perfectly. Plus, it gets us off the sofa, out of the house and in the fresh air. There really is a great atmosphere. Jen is a motivational trainer – she works the adults hard enough to know they are doing something physical but with the children there, it’s very much about having fun. Plus, the squats are definitely having a ‘lifting’ impact on my bottom and that can only be a good thing!”
Zone Family Fitcamp sessions take place every Sunday at 10am on the basketball court (weather permitting) at Redwood Drive community centre, just off Brant Road in Lincoln. There is a charge of £2 per person, under 7s workout for free.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and participants must complete a registration form before their first session.
And, if you fancy working out without the little ones, why not join Jen's adults-only outdoor boot camp, which starts on Tuesday, April 17? Don't be put off by the name boot camp. This is at-your-own-pace fitness which includes cardio, resistance and teamwork.
Meet at the playing field on Redwood Drive, Waddington, Lincoln. The class starts at 6.30pm and costs £5 per person.
For more information about both classes, visit Zone’s Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.