Orléans and Ashbury cadets are going to be in for a shock when Allister Beauchamp and the Snap Fitness team take over during their Feb. 23 fitness day.
Beauchamp, along with trainers Jeff Fotti, Cierra Mansergh and Dale Boyer, will run the last 60 to 90 minutes of the day to prepare cadets for the first ever Snap Fitness Games this summer.
And the fitness games are going to force cadets to go all out, flipping tires and cranking out more pushups than they’ve ever done before.
The aim of the games is to give the cadets a fitness challenge to work towards after the Feb. 23 assessment, and get youth active on an ongoing basis.
Beauchamp, who owns the Orléans and Rockland Snap Fitness locations, said he was shocked when he recently read a study that claimed for the first time in 100 years, youth have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.
So when he got talking to the cadets during an Orléans Chamber of Commerce meeting, he thought it was a perfect fit.
The fitness day will be held at the Major EJG Holland VC Armoury at 2100 Walkley Rd. and the games hopefully at an outdoor field or school yard in Orléans.
“They’ll have to get ready because this summer’s going to be brutal,” he said, with a smile. “We’re going to bring tires, sledgehammers, for the day. The fitness day will be a teaser for this summer.”
Cadets will all be doing the same challenges, but there will likely be a younger and older group for the challenge for the 14 to 18 year olds.
Beauchamp got into fitness later in life himself, after his doctor recommended he lose weight to help with back issues.
“When I got to my goal, I was like, ‘If I can do this, what else can I do?’ I’d like to give this to someone else.”
To make sure that all cadets have the opportunity to train for the games and make fitness a part of their routine, Beauchamp has offered one-year memberships to up to five cadets and their families who have financial need.
The cadets will have to make sure to clock their gym time – they will be required to work out three times a week to keep their membership valid, and family members may be asked to compete odd jobs at the gym.
“What if one of these kids takes a liking to moving around?” he said. “If even one takes to it, I would be thrilled.”
Cadets is a free program offered in the community, with a large group meeting at the Orléans Legion on Wednesday nights, and a smaller group at Ashbury College on Monday evenings.
Cadets will have to write an essay to be considered for the free family membership, and the cadets will recommend families to Beauchamp.
He said the challenge will also incorporate aspects of sportsmanship.
“I want to remind them that there aren’t just sore losers, but bad winners,” he said. “Our events will give them confidence, get them to socialize and give them some tools to live a healthier lifestyle.”