CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — A fitness event in Centerville Sunday showed families how they can work out together without even setting foot in the gym.
From daring jumps, to fun flips, families got “Fit 2 Play.”
“Everything from dodge ball, to obstacle courses, to more aggressive style gymnastics, pogo, extreme pogo, jumping, yoga, everything for kids, you name it,” rattled off Maurice Harris, owner of Zero Gravity sports facility.
Sunday’s “Fit 2 Play” was all part of “Zero Gravity’s” healthy initiative held at Centerville High School. Harris started “Fit 2 Play” to encourage exercise and to avoid gym-intimidation.
“Ultimately they take out the pressure of going to the gym or thinking they can’t go to the gym because it’s not where they belong,” said Harris.
Former football running back and Ohio State Buckeye, Maurice Clarett recognizes importance of physical wellness, which is why he made an appearance at the event.
“A lot has been taken out of kids playing around the neighborhood, getting physical activity,” admitted Clarett. “It’s turned to more video games, computer games, things like that.”
The now turned motivational speaker told the crowd balance and discipline found in fitness are the same characteristics he needed to get his life back in order.
“I think it’s important just to tell a real life story how you can go and be up one day, and how you can fall, and the character it takes to become triumphant again,” said Clarett.
Both Harris and Clarett said physical activity doesn’t stop there. They also stressed the importance of weaving movement into daily routine.
Zero Gravity has been training and teaching clients in the Dayton area for 5 years. This was the first year for the “Fit 2 Play” event, and proceeds will go towards Centerville High School’s sports training and weight room.