D24 Sports operator Chris Downing, a local fitness instructor, recently became a Beachbody super trainer. His workout video is scheduled for released this year.
LAKE TWP. Physical fitness trainer Chris Downing had children dancing over agility ladders and hopping between six-sided plate markers on the floor.
And this followed a session of high-stepping trotting.
Operator of the D24 Sports physical fitness centers, Downing put the group through a regimen of exercises and agility-testing drills Wednesday under the watchful eye of a representative of Beachbody, a Santa Monica, Calif.,-based corporation that markets fitness and weight-loss home-exercise videos. Downing, who has workout facilities in Louisville and Lake Township, recently was accepted as a Super Trainer with Beachbody.
Downing's workout video is scheduled to be released later this year.
"Sometime last year, the CEO (chief executive officer) of our company discovered Chris," said Peggy Wu of Beachbody, who was at the Wednesday workout session. "We produce fitness programs. But every fitness has to have its own trainer. Chris just joined the Beachbody portfolio as a Super Trainer."
Beachbody teamed with Downing to invite a group of youths to the physical fitness workout session. About a dozen boys and one girl participated. The participants appeared to be middle-school age. During the exercises, the youths' stamina and agility were tested for about an hour and a half.
"This is going to make faster, stronger," Downing told the youngsters in the closing moments of the workout program. "It will make you perform better in your sport. The most important part of your performance is nutrition. You have to take care of your body if you want it to take care of you."
While the D24 Sports facility is equipped with weights and bench-pressing stands, the youths did not work out with that equipment. Downing noted at their age and development stage, that type of equipment is not appropriate.
One local youth baseball coach had his players attend the workout for "just learning some health techniques, nutrition, exercises," said Gene Belak, a youth baseball coach in the Stark Summit Baseball League.
A few parents watched as their children endured the physically challenging ordeal.
"He comes and trains here every week," Mike Gaspari of Ashland said of his 10-year-old son, Seth Gaspari. "He comes and does individual training. He plays on a higher-level football team. And because of his size, this helps his confidence. It gets them off the couch and gets them off the (video game) controller."
At the conclusion of the workout event, Downing set aside time for his colleague and cousin, Deon Montgomery, to give a brief training session on boxing.
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