Reagan Fit Welcomes All
WRITTEN BY GABBY NEWTON
“Keep the body moving” - that’s the Reagan Fit motto.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school open workout sessions are held in the the hallway behind the gym, otherwise known as the “dawg pound*.” Three of Reagan’s very own teachers, Mr. Poltrock, Mr. Shefferly, and Mr. Roman, lead a dedicated group of husky students/athletes in an hour long period of exercise.
“It started as an idea. Coach Roman and myself, we saw a need to have some sort of weightlifting club at our school,” says Coach Poltrock.
Most simply, it presents the chance for students/athletes to be active and stay in shape during the cold winter months.
“We’ll try to do as much as we can with limited equipment. The goal is to get them using as many muscle groups as they can in order to make the most use out of a short amount of time,” Coach Poltrock comments.
The program has an undeniable convenience factor; being that it takes place within the building right after school, it’s the perfect way for any student to maintain an active lifestyle with little scheduling conflict. On top of that, it poses additional benefits for students such as newfound camaraderie and self-confidence. At Reagan Fit, personal growth is just as important as engagement with peers.
Participants also learn commitment and perseverance in the face of new challenges.
“Gains are made through consistency. What we’re trying to do is just reinforce good qualities like work ethic, responsibility, and accountability. That’s part of what sports is about - you know - strengthening character,” Coach Roman adds.
The coaches agree that the best part of Reagan Fit is seeing the whole group come together at the end of every session.
As for increasing dawg-pack numbers: “That’ll be a new challenge - figuring out how to accommodate more people. We may add more coaches, or more space,” says Poltrock. However, this is quite a good challenge to have.
Reagan Fit welcomes all students (and staff) to come out to the dawg pound and break a sweat in the good company of fellow huskies.
*Credit for this nickname is shared equally between Coach Poltrock and Coach Roman, in addition to other “dog… named… things…” (i.e, storage spaces/facilities around the school)