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The Rye YMCA is proud to offer the Rye Y Teen Fitness Camp for participants between the ages of 11 to 14 years old with an interest in fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Teens learn how to use the Fitness Center, get to know their trainers and have the opportunity to build friendships with other participants. We sat down with Peter Lopez, Rye Y personal trainer and coordinator of the Teen Fitness Camp, to discuss the upcoming summer.
Q: What skills does the camp promote?
A (Peter Lopez): Participants build a foundation of basic training and learn fundamental bodyweight exercises. This helps our teens transition into safe practices for individualized exercise. The camp encourages camaraderie and helps teens build confidence in and out of the fitness world.
Q: What are some highlights of the program that participants enjoy the most?
A: We offer several demonstrations of classes and activities that are at the Rye Y. Some include: spinning, yoga, swimming, pilates, Zumba, and kickboxing (a very popular demo among the participants). This summer, we’ll introduce participants to the ExerZone where they’ll use the interactive equipment to work on agility, endurance, and cognitive skills – all while having fun! We also spend time outdoors while engaging in other physical activities.
Q: How is the program different from a “typical summer camp” experience?
A: The Teen Fitness Camp has the same mission as the other Rye Y camp and summer programs―to encourage youth to stay active, engage in their interests, and of course, to have fun. But Teen Fitness Camp differs in that all participants have a similar enthusiasm for fitness. And because of this, we tailor the program for participants to step out of their comfort zones and feel not only challenged, but also informed on topics like proper lifting form, conditioning, nutrition, and how to live an overall healthier lifestyle.
Camp starts June 27. Campers choose a 3-day or 5-day option and may register for 1-8 weeks. For more information about the camp and to register, visit ryeycamp.org
by Alyssa Wei, Rye Y Student Volunteer
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