Giving back through fitness

2019-05-21 06:00
Members break a sweat at one of the sessions.

Members break a sweat at one of the sessions.

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A 23-year-old professional trainer, Kim Fuller from Fairways, decided to give back the little she has to a neighbouring community of Parkwood to help make a difference.

Fuller helped the Christian Youth Ministries of Acacia Park (CYM) with a Fit-Fest on Friday 10 May and Saturday 11 May. Fuller says she likes doing charity work.

The group was planning its two-day-long first Fit-Fest and needed a professional person to help them, so it was an easy decision to make for her, she explains. The event was aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle among young people.

The CYM runs various programmes and continues to establish new projects that are relevant to young people in the community.

Trainers Fuller and Zeeshaan Davids took turns to give the sessions. For Fuller, it was about inspiring the youth, showing them that there are different ways to give back.

“It does not have to be always tangible,” says Fuller.

She offered cardio and strength workouts while Davids focused on body movements, a high-intensity shape class, which is a combination of body conditioning, strength and cardio training. Thereafter he incorporated abs workouts, encouraging team building among his trainees.

Fuller describes the CYM as fun, enthusiastic youth that are willing to learn and she says they are open to new things and are continuously looking for opportunities.

Melisha Minaar, chairperson of CYM, says they had a “spectacular” weekend and cannot wait to partner with these trainers for more fit-fest weekends.

“It is important that we are aware of our health and go the extra mile to break that extra sweat,” says Minaar.

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