|2011 Tri-Masters Youth and Coaches
Chicago director Bernard Lyles (center of middle row)
IronMan World Champion, Wendy Ingraham is Pro on Staff (second from right on front row)
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Chicago parents concerned their kids are becoming couch potatoes have been turning to Bernard Lyles for a motivational alternative. They’ve been signing up children as young as 6 years old for the summer fitness camps that also include young teens. Experts in childhood obesity see that nearly half of inner city children in the South Chicago area struggle with weight-related issues. So, it’s no surprise to camp directors when some participants don’t yet know how to swim or ride a bike. They simply aren’t getting outside for old-fashioned play and individual sports.
|Bernard Lyles, Tri-Masters Chicago
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Lyles’ background as an award-winning triathlete lends itself well to his work directing Chicago’s chapter of Tri-Masters Youth Sports Initiative. The basics of running, swimming and cycling create an attainable way for most kids to start getting in shape. Lyles describes the seven-week camps his organization runs as great alternatives to working parents leaving children at home to watch television. “Try to keep them busy, give them something constructive to do, introduce them to a brand new sport; and when they’re ready to go back to school, they’re in top condition.”
For the past few years, Lyles has teamed up with fellow triathlete Duston Morris to highlight the science of movement that’s sparking visible change in young lives. Morris, PhD, MS, CTRS, ACE-CPT, USAT is an assistant professor of health science at the University of Central Arkansas. In cooperation with Tri-Masters and the non-profit AliveWithMissionMe organization that has developed a fitness curriculum, Morris is tracking how Chicago’s fitness camps are getting results.
|Duston Morris, PhD
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The young athletes were asked to weigh in for the first day of camp and again at the end. Of those who participated fully in the weigh-ins, Morris says 92% lost weight. Over the seven-week period, they lost an average of 6.4 pounds per athlete, or around one pound per week. Morris says, “It puts them right at that healthy weight loss range.”