As the proverb goes, the most effective issues in life are free, a sentiment some Anne Arundel County teenagers can respect. Thanks to the High School Summer Pass initiative at Planet Fitness, high-schoolers ages 14 to 19 have loved bodily, social and psychological well being advantages free of charge since May.
Formerly generally known as Teen Summer Challenge, the High School Summer Pass was the primary program of its form launched in 2019. It noticed greater than 900,000 teenagers enroll and full greater than 5.5 million exercises over a three-and-a-half-month interval. This yr, the initiative is obtainable by way of August 31 at greater than 2,200 Planet Fitness areas, together with the Pasadena membership.
Grayce Haley, a 16-year-old who performs lacrosse at Northeast High School, is one teen who signed up. She has been utilizing the health heart three to 4 instances per week together with her boyfriend.
“My aim is to drop a few pounds however construct muscle,” she stated. “It undoubtedly has helped.”
Arundel High pupil and baseball participant Tristan Wortz has been touring to Pasadena to make the most of the chance. He stated he has all the time been taken with health, however the High School Summer Pass permits him to train constantly.
“I really like the setting of the fitness center and understanding with my buddies,” he stated. “Because of my membership, I’ve turn out to be a lot stronger with my compound lifts like bench press, squats and deadlifts.”
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, lower than 15 p.c of teenagers met the 60-minute every day bodily exercise advice through the pandemic. And a nationwide examine commissioned by Planet Fitness discovered that 93 p.c of American teenagers need to remain wholesome and energetic over the summer time months, however many lack motivation or entry to take action. High School Summer Pass affords an answer for youngsters keen to remain energetic when faculty sports activities applications, fitness center courses and after-school actions wind down.
“As the chief in health, we imagine we’ve got a duty to supply a welcoming, secure and judgment-free setting for highschool college students to enhance their bodily and psychological wellness, significantly given the challenges they’ve and proceed to face within the wake of the pandemic,” stated Chris Rondeau, chief government officer at Planet Fitness. “Our examine discovered that just about all (92 p.c) highschool college students agreed that when they’re repeatedly bodily energetic, they really feel a lot better mentally. Fitness is about feeling good, too, and our hope is that High School Summer Pass empowers teenagers to create life-long exercise habits to assist them achieve each side of their lives.”
Northeast pupil Austin Tewey is one other teen reaping the rewards of his new exercise habits. He is visiting Planet Fitness three to 4 instances per week with buddies as he prepares for the upcoming fall soccer season.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Shaner has loved psychological well being advantages whereas understanding together with her good friend Hannah.
“I’ve all the time been taken with health, however the [High School] Summer Pass expanded my skills,” she stated. “I cheer and this has helped with power and endurance.”
In addition to free in-club health coaching that each one High School Summer Pass individuals have entry to, the licensed trainers at Planet Fitness have additionally designed 15 trainer-led exercise movies and 10 downloadable exercises – encompassing cardio, power, firming and sports activities circuits – simply for top schoolers (throughout all health ranges). This content material is obtainable on the Planet Fitness App and at PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass.
High-schoolers can enroll now at that hyperlink or at any Planet Fitness membership. Teens below 18 should register with a mother or father or guardian on-line or in-club.
All individuals who enroll are additionally routinely entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in every state (and the District of Columbia), and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship on the finish of the summer time. These scholarships can be utilized for educational or athletic actions or applications.
“The highschool summer time cross is superior,” Wortz stated. “I hope Planet Fitness continues it in future summers.”