Keeping your kids fit by taking "The President's Challenge"

Posted at: 05/24/2013 5:10 PM
Updated at: 05/24/2013 7:34 PM
By: Ray Levato

Are your kids getting enough exercise? The students at the Leadership Academy for Young Men are.

The school promotes a rigorous and challenging curriculum with an emphasis on leadership and character building.

The President's Challenge works to support that concept through physical challenges -- a shuttle run, push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises.

If you're late to one of Master Sergeant Eric Meister's classes, he'll make you drop and give him 20 -- 20 pushups that is.

He's retired regular Army and one of the instructors in the Junior ROTC program at the Leadership Academy. The school is located in the Edison Tech building.

The program was supposed to be held outside Friday but the inclement weather forced it inside.

Sophomore Devante Hagins, age 16, is an outstanding athlete. He says he likes the competition. “I like that we have a lot of competition and people work to compete. So it pushes us harder to achieve that goal
Sergeant Meister said, “With each of these groups of young boys, there are leaders among them. And it's really great to see how these leaders are motivating each other when they normally wouldn't. Now they're competing together as a team and they compete against each other. It gets very loud and very competitive.”
Sergeant Meister says the boys also exhibit a sense of pride and respect and the feeling of making a difference.

The President’s Challenge isn’t just for kids – there is an adult version as well. The test covers aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

After you complete the activities, you enter your data online and receive an evaluation.

To learn more, click here.