The Plymouth class made the trek to Buffalo with exercise equipment in tow to show the group of nearly 20 Timber Bay students techniques and exercises they could utilize in the gym and at home.
“It was pretty fun to see how much they engaged,” said Plymouth student Kelsey Harms. “It seemed like the laughter and smiles got louder and bigger as the night went on.”
After the exercise demonstrations, the Plymouth group quizzed the Buffalo students on exercise, fitness and the human anatomy, creating a focused, safe environment for learning and participation.
Aaron Gullings, Buffalo Area Director for Timber Bay, said the class was the highlight of the month for the organization’s teens and volunteers. Smiles and laughter from the Buffalo group were commonplace throughout the evening, as activities that were competitive in nature proved to be popular among a group that doesn’t traditionally enjoy competition, according to Gullings.
“Many of the teenagers that are part of our weekly program are generally not too enthusiastic about participating in anything involving exercising,” said Gullings. “With the great participation of [MSB], my kids were able to feel important [and] opened up to the idea of exercising…Many didn’t even know that they were working out!”
Timber Bay Community Outreaches provides mentoring, tutoring and relationship building to students in middle and high school. Established in 1970, Timber Bay provides services in 14 locations throughout the state of Minnesota.