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January 20, 2013

Youth Performance providing benefits beyond training young athletes

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“It is amazing when a kid can do more push-ups, squats or drills, how that builds their self confidence,” he said.

Confidence is a value they hold highly in the program, in fact right over the door. Williams said kids of all ages can benefit from the program and he enjoys seeing the difference it has made in kids who have been dedicated.

Many schools don’t still include the typical physical education classes and kids today aren’t as active because of technology and screen time, he said.

“We have to keep kids active. Besides playing sports we want them to work on being fit as well.”

Youth Performance moved into a 4,000 square-foot gym at 2431 W Main in December. The previous location, near 36th Avenue NW and Main Street, was quickly becoming too small to safely allow the number of participants to work out.

Williams said a larger gym devoted to youth fitness allows the kids to do circuit training and speed and agility ladders without interfering with anyone.

Even well-behaved kids are going to be kids, he said, and when the kids were working out in the same area as adults, the adults were actually getting in their way.

Williams is working with a local pediatrician and seeking various grants to begin offering some type of scholarships for the program.

For more information visit youthperformance.net.

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