Smithers Secondary School has introduced a new course designed to teach students life-long fitness.
Superfit runs during lunch time and teaches students about different training routines, principals of training, exercise physiology, warm ups and stretching.
“It’s for kids who want to learn more about exercise science and exercise,” said Jaksun Grice, principal of SSS.
“This course is really unique because you get students who are athletes and want to improve their athletic performance and you also get kids who aren’t on sports teams who want to know how to keep themselves fit individually.”
The program was approved during the September School District 54 meeting last month.
There have been various versions of the program throughout the years at the school, but this course focuses on teaching students how to be active and healthy.
“We’re trying to get as much of the theory done as possible while also putting the theory into practice,” said Neal Currie, the course instructor.
“The most immediate result is that they’ll be in fantastic physical shape. But then beyond that, just knowing how to train and apply what they’ve learned to other sports and activities that they’re going to be doing in the future.”
Many kids have already shown interested in the course, with roughly 27 students enrolled already.
“They seem to be enjoying the different workouts that we’ve been doing,” said Currie.
Grice hopes the course will encourage students to continue to be active throughout their life.
“I think it’s something we really value in the Bulkley Valley too, is having people that have the capacity and knowledge to be fit and active throughout their lifespan,” he said.
Students also get credit for participating in the course.
Currie added he hopes to continue the program in the years to come.