I came across this article on NYDailyNews.com about CJ Senter. He’s encouraging kids all over the country to get up and workout! LOVES IT. All I can say is wow, how does this 1o year old have better abs than me? *Puts down coffee, runs to gym*
A pint-sized fitness guru is encouraging kids to put down the PlayStation and break a sweat.
C.J. Senter, a 10-year-old from Locust Grove, Ga., is inspiring kids not only in his elementary school – but across the country to get in shape with workout videos, a website and even appearances on national television.
“You can go outside and have fun, but some kids, they’ll just go outside for like 10 minutes and come back in,” C.J. said on ABC’s “Nightline” in an interview that aired this week. “But if you just do a workout, your body will sweat more.”
C.J. started working out five years ago when he wanted to do well in a peewee football tournament, according to the news show.
Now, he is not only a youth football star – his Facebook profile brags that he has led his Atlanta-area football team to “numerous victories” – but he has recorded workouts tailored for kids his age.
In the workouts, which are available on YouTube, C.J. relays exercise mantras often used by gurus three times his age.
“A good morning workout gets your heart pumping,” he promises in one – before taking off in a running-in-place sort of movement.
Around him, kids who appear to be his age also follow the routines.
“C.J. is proof that, not only are these workouts fun, but they can also improve speed, agility and overall self-confidence,” his Facebook profile promises.
The guru’s classmates told “Nightline” that he helped them get their butts in gear.
“He inspired me because he was taking care of his body and exercising every day, and that inspired me that I need to exercise, too,” said Andrew Mills, 9.
While critics have questioned the benefits of the youngster’s workout videos, the Mayo Clinic says that strength training isn’t necessarily bad for kids – though overuse can lead to injuries.
“Done properly, strength training offers many bonuses to young athletes. Strength training is even a good idea for kids who simply want to look and feel better. In fact, strength training can put your child on a lifetime path to better health and fitness,” the clinic’s website states.
C.J., or the people behind him, also boasts that he is the leading child fitness guru in the country. In addition to being profiled on “Nightline,” he is up for the annual Sports Illustrated for Kids Sportskid of the Year award.
But his parents told ABC they only push him to get good grades.
“It wasn’t anything he set out to do on purpose,” Adrienne Senter said. “Just with exercising and really just normal play for a child, he developed a physique.”