‘Born to Move’ program gets kids moving

Kids have fun while exercising at the Born to Move youth fitness class held at SunUte Community Center. Born to Move is a part of Les Mills group fitness workouts. SunUte also offers adult fitness classes every day of the week.
Born to Move instructor, Penny Barborinas imitates waves in the ocean with the four to five years old attendees, Wednesday, August 1.
Fun is the name of the game at the Born to Move fitness class taught to four to five-year olds at SunUte Community Center.
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum

SunUte Community Center’s goal has always been to get and keep the community moving through inspiration, hope and better health. Now, they hope to bring the younger generation into that mantra with a class called Born to Move.

Born to Move is a Les Mills class in the hopes of creating a healthy future for kids ages 6-16. Les Mills has offered the kids fitness class for six years after offering years of adult classes such as body combat, body step, body pump amongst others which are offered at SunUte Community Center.

“For a long time, we’ve had tumbling tots and active kid care and we’ve pretty much nailed the adult fitness classes as far as cardio and strength, and I feel like we are well rounded in that area,” said Sage Frane, SunUte’s Group Exercise Coordinator, “and as long as I’ve worked here, I feel like it’s been a request of Tribal Council to have more youth stuff to do here at SunUte.”

Trying to get our youth involved in physical activity has not been an easy feat for many workout outlets, but SunUte hopes to bring the fun into workout. Born to Move focuses on five pillars of child development: fun, belonging, the right fit, achievement, safety and security.

All the moves provided in Born to Move have been pre-tested to ensure they push young people they are also co-created with young people. Music, moves and mastering moves they as they learn, along with their peers, gives them the confidence and a sense of achievement.

“The early years of life are a critical window to form positive habits. That’s why we’ve developed Born to Move. We want to instill a love of being active in children so they can grow into active, healthy and happy adults,” Dr. Jackie Mills MD, Les Mills Chief Creative Officer said on the Born to Move website.

SunUte’s Born to Move instructors have the freedom to design their own classes based on the youth that attend.

“We want to give the kids some ownership of this building. We want them to be comfortable enough to use weights, and whatever it is, to know that this building is theirs too,” Frane said.

Right now, SunUte is offering Born to Move three days a week in age categories 4-5, 6-7 and 8-12. SunUte is looking for more instructors to join in on the fun and to help kids build lifelong skills. For more information about Born to Move or to become an instructor contact Sage Frane at 970-563-0214. Frane will be at the Ignacio Community Library on Wednesday, August 8, from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. to do two 30 minute Born to Move classes in the 4-5 and 6-8 age categories.


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