Monday, November 1, 2010

the family that sweats together

What:  The Garwin gym is trying to increase the number of its members, by implementing family classes.  To facilitate more families joining, the gym will lower the rate for new family memberships to the gym.  The new family classes will need to be available during times when the family can all come together, and they need to be fun for everyone. 
So What:  The family classes need to provide a positive social atmosphere so the families to improve their physical condoning as a group while having a fun time.  To make the classes available to the largest possible number of families the gym needs to have the classes at night or on the weekends so that nine to five parents will be off work and students will be done with school.  The classes need to be set up so that the adults can influence the children by working out with the children.  By having these classes parents will be able to set a good example of a commitment to fitness that their children to model.  According to Gill and Williams (2008) People learn by observing others.  Modeling is a key part of exercise science because instructors can just say “just do what I do”. Pg.213  By having the family work out together their will be more pressure to continue to go to classes, because they will be their own support system.
Now What:  The gym is setting up a three day a week cardiovascular/flexibility program for families.  The classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-7:45pm, and on Saturday from 2:00-4:00pm.  The program consists of aerobics, spinning and yoga.  By using cardiovascular activity all the participants will get in shape or at least improve their current conditioning.  This will also supplement Physical Education classes for the children to help maintain a healthy body weight.  This is key to trying to stem the tide of obesity in the children in this country.  The parents will benefit both from the cardio and flexibility training, but the flexibility training is critical to preventing workplace injuries in physically demanding jobs.  By having the family working out together it allows the children a chance to impress their parents and a chance for the parents to model proper habits for their children, by having these opportunities the self efficacy of everyone should be positively affected.
Fredricks and Eccles (2004) states that “parents who play sports on any level provide a model for their children and help normalize involvement in athletics” (p. 150). By putting the parents in a position to influence the children positively can only increase their self efficacy.  By razing the efficacy of its patrons the gym will see greater attendance and achieve its goal of getting more members and increasing the overall health of the community.  The other key advantage is that arousal is increase due to the fact that there is an audience.  This effect can only increase when a person is trying to look good in front of family members.  This effect will allow the family to get the most out of their work out leading to positive physical results.
Conclusion:  By providing an opportunity for families to work out together the gym will increase its attendance.  The families will be able to work out together giving the parents the opportunity to influence their children’s ideals of athletics that will lead to a healthier life.  By working out together the self efficacy of all should increase as each gets to share their individual success with their family.  This provides a positive situation for everyone.
Fredricks, J. A., & Eccles, J. S. (2004). Parental Influences on youth involvement in sports. In M. R.Weiss (Ed.), Developmental sport and exercise psychology: A lifespan perspective (pp. 145-164). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Gill, D. L., & Williams, L. (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise (3rd Ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

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