BY TANIA ARTILES
Since opening in 1990, Ultima Fitness has been committed to giving back to the community. It has been our top priority throughout the years. Now, we are proud to announce a new initiative to continue with our goal of helping others.
To wrap up the 2012-13 school year, Ultima Fitness will reward academic excellence by providing all students with a 3.5 GPA or higher with a free one-month membership. With this initiative of offering complimentary memberships to those who have earned it through hard work, we want to introduce children and teenagers to a variety of exercises and exercise routines that our fitness center offers all year long.
The launch of this new reward program will benefit all school-age children from elementary schools, middle schools and high schools. Every student with a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive a certificate that entitles them to a complimentary one-month gym membership or a one-month tae kwon do membership. To redeem this certificate, parents must be present with a copy of the child’s report card.
At Ultima Fitness, we are aware that in order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, the importance of an early start cannot be overemphasized, which is why we are starting this incentive program for the students.
Once upon a time, exercise was a normal part of every child’s life, but sadly those days seem like distant memories as computers and video games have replaced outdoor activities, and there are fewer safe places to play.
Our fitness center is a 29,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility offering more than 45 group fitness classes per week. We have a huge strength-training area with more than 100 pieces of exercise equipment and an impressive cardio area with 70 pieces of state-of-the-art equipment. Offering a variety of specialty programs, our Xtreme Tae Kwon Do program is mainly focused on teaching kids confidence, respect, discipline and self-defense.
There is no question that children need to be physically active not only to stay healthy and reduce their chances of becoming overweight teens or adults, but also to perform optimally in school. There is a growing body of research that suggests a link between physical activity and improved school attendance rates, higher self-esteem and greater ability to learn.
More and more research points to the fact that habits established in youth are often kept for life. According to the United States Department of Health & Human Services, overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. This increases to 80 percent if the child has an overweight or obese parent.
Here at Ultima Fitness, we feel that it is more important than ever to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle to children and teenagers in order to reverse current trends.
For more information on the club and how to redeem the complimentary one-month membership, call (561) 795-2823 or visit www.ultimafitness.com.
Tania Artiles is sales and marketing manager at Ultima Fitness/Xtreme Tae Kwon Do.