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Category Archives: Youth Fitness

  1. Youth Fitness and Your Fit Family

    Studies show that to build lifelong healthy habits it is important to start early! The fact is fit people are healthier, live longer, and have a better quality of life. The risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and many other life-threatening diseases increases in proportion to the amount of extra fat the body has to carry.

    This is why it is critical that we train kids how to build healthy exercise habits at an early age. We also need to teach them that being strong comes through being conscious of the foods they choose to eat. Our Youth Fitness Program gives kids (ages 8-18) the tools to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

    Over the last six years we have helped hundreds of kids change their habits and transform their lives. We can also help your family get fit! Here are 10 simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle:

    1) Set Early Bedtimes

    It is important that kids get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused. They also need more sleep than adults because they are in a time of fast physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. To help your child stay alert, experts recommend that they get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

    2) Eat Most Meals at Home

    Eating out can expose children to unhealthy food choices and inappropriate portion sizes. Studies show that kids who eat at home are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than children who eat most of their meals at restaurants. Eating at home is also a great way to teach your kids how to prepare meals, cook, and enjoy family time together.

    3) Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

    Most experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. It is also a great opportunity to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients. To get your kids ready for breakfast, consider making their bedtimes earlier each night so they have enough time to enjoy it.

    4) Limit Servings and Portions

    The main cause for excess weight is overeating. We want children to eat only when they are hungry and to stop when they are full. Since overeating is mainly a bad habit, limit your child to just one plate during meals. If he or she is still hungry always have veggies and salad available for a second serving.

    5) Make Fitness a Family Priority

    Take a walk early in the day with your family and again after dinner. Make fitness a family adventure! It’s the perfect way for your family to get physical activity during your special time together. Having the ability to move, breathe, and share life with your family will also help your kids feel more grateful.

    6) Stock up on Fruits and Veggies

    Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and very low in calories! A healthy snack will also help your child stay energized and alert during the day. To ensure your family gets plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, we recommend you always keep pre-washed produce available to simply grab and eat.

    7) Exercise at Least Twice a Week

    It is important that your kids exercise regularly not only to stay fit but also to perform better in school. According to experts “exercise boosts academic performance in various ways: allowing kids to focus on their school work; boosting their self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain.”

    8) Enjoy More Water, Less Soda

    When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. Kids cannot replace water with juices or diet sodas! Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for staying fit. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that have empty calories and are devoid of nutrients.

    9) Avoid Skipping Any Meals

    Skipping meals seems like a good way to help your family lose weight but it actually slows down your metabolism and causes your kids to eat more throughout the day. Studies show that kids who skip meals are more likely to be overweight than those who make eating a balanced meal a priority.

    10) Make it a Balanced Plate

    MyPlate is an easy to follow food guide that was created by the USDA to help parents feed their kids nutritious meals. With its new icon, MyPlate reminds us how to eat better by showing a balanced plate that divides the four food groups into equally sized sections: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Protein. During meal times make sure your child includes one food from each of the four food groups.

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    In our years working with kids and their families, we have observed that the number one desire of all parents is that they want the best for their child but they do not know where to start. So if you are a concerned parent our Youth Fitness Program was designed especially for you. It works for all kids!

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  2. Our Mission is to Transform Lives

    During the past 6 years we have helped hundreds of kids and teens change their habits and transform their lives. It is always exciting to hear back from our kids long after they have left our program and hear about their progress. Our Lean Teen Carrigan (pictured above) wrote us the following email:

    “I just wanted to send y’all an update on my life since I moved to Florida. I’m working as a lifeguard right now for the First Coast YMCA and I’m quite busy with all of my hours, but more importantly I’m finally comfortable being in a swimsuit again! I started with y’all at around 163 pounds and I can proudly say I am down to 137 pounds. I can finally wear cute dresses and things I wore my freshman year of high school again, but more importantly is that I’m confident in my own skin again! I just wanted to thank you all for being a big part of my weight loss journey and lifestyle change!”

    Parent Testimonials and Reviews

    Our Fit Kid and Lean Teen programs are giving kids and teens the tools they need to transform their lives! But don’t take our word for it… here is what parents are saying about us (see Facebook Page):

    Lakisha Rucker Pride review – “I am so thankful and impressed by The Lean Teen Program. It’s a wonderful program for kids and families. Not only has my daughter lost weight, inches and body fat in one month, but most importantly her self esteem and confidence have improved. Jorge, Kalina, and the trainers are amazing, professional and so kind. Thank you for caring about our children. I definitely recommend the program!”

    Jenny Ledyard Bivona review – “We have been going 3 weeks now, drive over 30 minutes to get to class and are more than excited about this program. My daughter is getting so much out of it and the staff is amazing. Well worth the drive!!!”

    Shirma Stover-George review – “Thanks to the awesome people at Lean Teen for their commitment to helping young people learn the value of a healthy lifestyle! I have seen a HUGE difference in my Madison since starting the program in March. Thank you!”

    Joya Wilmot review – “We tried several other places, worked with personal trainers one on one and nothing worked consistently until we found Lean Teen. My daughter enjoys this program immensely and has been working very hard at making better choices with her nutrition. She likes the trainers and I love hearing about her workouts and group meetings. We’re so glad to have found this program.”

    Beverly Knox Davis review – “This program has been awesome for my daughter. Her self-esteem has improved, she is losing weight and is much more motivated than I have ever seen. I am grateful for this program.”

    Dolores Jarrin review – “Lean Teen is a wonderful program and facility dedicated to helping children to learn healthy habits. The owners are genuinely caring people who have great dedication to truly helping children. We’re so excited to have our son start his journey here!”

    Nancy Torzewzki review – “The Lean Teen program is awesome! It helps our teens (and parents) learn lifelong healthy eating habits, group support and classes, plus a great workout! The owners Jorge and Kalina are most committed and helpful. We are grateful to have found them.”

    Stephanie Gainer review – “Thank you Jorge and Kalina for dedicating yourselves to our children! My daughter has learned so much in this program and has made life long changes! It has helped our whole family be more dedicated to achieving a healthier lifestyle! ♡♡♡”

    Mimi Griffin review – “My son really is enjoying this program. He loves the encouragement and he feels so comfortable. And meeting new friends he loves it. I want to thank the staff at Lean Teen program so much.”

    Pam Wenzinger review – “I’m so happy to have found a place that my child can feel comfortable in learning about nutrition and exercise. Very positive environment with people committed in making a difference in the lives of children!”

    Tammy Goins Ames review – “My niece has been in the program for a few months now, and she has not only lost 9 pounds, but she has gained confidence and good knowledge on what to eat and how to eat healthy, she loves going to Lean Teen and she has a support system that helps keep her eye on the prize! I would recommend the program to anyone looking for a complete package for their child.”

    Sharon McFarland review – “I’m so impressed with The Lean Teen program. The availability of nutritional counseling, exercise, group sessions, and monitoring of weight & body measurements is great. There is accountability and follow up with each client. In addition to being Christians, Jorge & Kalina are very professional. My daughter’s motivated because she’s surrounded by peers who are able to identify with her struggle. Thanks Jorge & Kalina!!”

    Lesley Lolly Munoz review – “My daughter has been attending Lean Teen for 5 wks now and I love it. She has lost weight, inches, body fat and her BMI has been reduced. All in 5wks!!! I see confidence in her that I didn’t see before and she made some really nice friends there which is also a plus. Kalina and Jorge or really kind and encouraging. They treat us like family. We love it! Thank you Lean Teen Trainers for working so hard with my little girl. Look forward to whats to come.”

    Teen Testimonials and News Video

    Our program was designed especially for teens and was developed by us over a decade ago. In 2003, we developed the first teen fitness and weight loss program in our nation and rebuilt it again in 2014. Over the past 16 years our programs have helped over 1,000 kids and teens transform their lives.

    Brigida Mack from WBTV News came to interview our Lean Teens and it was truly amazing to see our kids answer her questions about fitness and nutrition. Below you can watch the complete 40 minute news video and their testimonials. If you have limited time, please watch this quick 3 minute trailer.

    Teen Testimonials – News Video Part 1

    Teen Testimonials – News Video Part 2

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    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give teens the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    We are driven by a strong belief that every teen deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

  3. Charlotte Youth Fitness & Exercise

    Teaching kids the importance of developing a love for exercise and healthy nutrition early in life is essential to maintain a fit lifestyle. Our fitness program was designed for kids and teens to change their habits and transform the way they think about food and exercise in a fun and positive environment. 

    While most youth fitness programs only focus on exercise, nutrition, or support, we offer a complete program that includes all three. Over the last 6 years our Fit Kid Program and Lean Teen Program have helped hundreds of kids and teens transform their lives. It truly works for all kids and teens!

    1. Nutritional Counseling and Personalized Meetings

    It all starts with a one-on-one nutritional consultation to better understand your child’s eating habits. Your health coach will prepare a personalized nutrition plan that gives your family the flexibility that is needed to make permanent lifestyle changes.

    We will also train your family on how to use MyPlate. This is an effective and simple way for your child to learn how to control their portions with an easy to understand illustration that will teach them how to build a healthy plate.

    Finally, your health coach will keep track of your child’s monthly progress and offer expert advice to help your family make better food choices. After all, the key to lowering and maintaining weight is to follow a balanced nutrition plan.

    2. Complete Support to Empower Kids (ages 8-18)

    All our group support classes are designed to help kids stay motivated and on track to reaching their fitness goals. And they will make new friends and get the encouragement they need from kids and teens that are just like them.

    With the assistance of an expert counselor, our group support classes discuss positive thinking, body image, self-esteem, anti-bullying strategies, dealing with stress, goal setting, problem solving, recipes, food labels, nutrition, and so much more.

    Our group support classes also have separate boys and girls classes to allow open communication. It is all about empowering our kids and teens with the tools they need to be successful and help them build their strength, confidence, and self-esteem.

    3. Unlimited Exercise Classes with a Certified Coach

    All our exercise classes are designed to help kids get in shape no matter what their current level of activity is. Our circuit training classes focus on helping to stimulate the muscles while also keeping the heart rate elevated.

    By combining short bursts of cardio with recovery periods, your child will burn more calories than exercising at the same pace in just half the time. Studies show that this is the best way for kids to get the most from a workout.

    All our classes are an hour long and include 30 minutes of exercise as well as 30 minutes of group support to help our kids (ages 8-18) stay physically and mentally in shape. We are committed to help your child achieve their goals and get fit!

    Schedule a Class Today and Get Your Free Day Pass

    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    By combining personalized nutrition, group support, and exercise classes, we provide kids with a complete solution that empowers them with the tools to achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. We are driven by a strong belief that every child deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.

    Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

    get my free day pass

  4. Teen Weight Loss Support Group

    It takes hard work and motivation to lose weight! The good news is that you do not have to do it alone. At Kalina’s Fitness we are determined to be there for you every step of the way. We specialize in teen weight loss and created a group that was designed with YOU in mind to offer our free support.

    If you are a teen or a concerned parent that needs help please consider joining our group today. Our teen weight loss support group will answer any questions you have about weight loss, nutrition, fitness, and health. Most importantly you will also get all the support you need to achieve your goals.

    We are building a community of inspiring and like-minded individuals who genuinely care about you and want to help your family. Furthermore, as the group admin, I have over 16 years of experience in the fields of fitness, nutrition and weight loss and have owned two successful teen weight loss centers.

    Our Lean Teen Program has also helped over 1,000 kids and teens build healthy habits and get fit. To help you achieve your goals, here are a few articles that we’ve written on nutrition and weight loss: 

    What kids and teens eat daily now will impact their health and quality of life for many years to come. MyPlate is an easy to follow food guide and a great visual tool that you and your whole family can use to build healthy eating habits: https://kalinasfitness.com/nutrition-tips-for-teens/

    After doing many nutrition plans, there are several weight loss myths that often hold teens back from achieving their goals. The following are the most common teen weight loss myths and tips that will help you to overcome them: https://kalinasfitness.com/teens-lose-weight-safely/

    Even though there are no easy solutions for teen weight loss, you can still do plenty as a parent to help your child get fit. You can support your teen achieve his or her goals by following these 7 proven strategies for long-term success: https://kalinasfitness.com/7-teen-weight-loss-strategies/

    While doing nutrition plans for our kids and teens, we often find that children today don’t get the amount of vegetables they need. To help your family eat more veggies, try these 4 delicious smoothies that are bright, colorful, and healthy too: https://kalinasfitness.com/healthy-smoothie-recipes/

    Live in Charlotte or the surrounding area? Our program combines personalized nutrition, group support, and unlimited exercise classes to give teens (ages 8-18) the tools they need to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Let us help your family get fit and schedule your free class today. 

    You are invited to check out our blog for more great articles, stories, and tips on teen weight loss, fitness, nutrition, and health.  Also, don’t forget to join our support group so we can give you the guidance you need to achieve your goals. We are always here to help you and your family get fit!


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  5. 4 Teens Share Weight Loss Stories

    Brigida Mack from WBTV News came to interview our Lean Teens and it was truly amazing to see our kids answer her questions about fitness and nutrition. Below you can watch the complete 40 minute news video and their testimonials. If you have limited time, please watch this quick 3 minute trailer.

    Teen Testimonials – News Video Part 1

    Teen Testimonials – News Video Part 2

    Teach Your Kids Healthy Habits Early

    Habits are actions and behaviors that we perform subconsciously and they are very difficult to break. Studies show that the habits that we develop early and are formed in childhood related to eating and exercise carry over into adulthood. And once poor health habits emerge they tend to be long lasting.

    For example, research has indicated that 97% of people who lose weight regain it again within 5 years. Yes, our health habits are really that hard to change! That is why if you want to help your child develop good habits that are associated with a longer and healthier life you have to start at a very early age.

    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids and teens (ages 8-18) the tools to transform their lives and build healthy habits that last a lifetime. By combining nutritional counseling, group support, and exercise classes, we provide a complete solution that empowers them to achieve their fitness goals. We are driven by a strong belief that every child deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.

    1. Nutritional Counseling

    It all starts with a one-on-one nutritional consultation to better understand your child’s eating habits. Your health coach will prepare a nutrition plan that gives your family the flexibility needed to make permanent lifestyle changes. We will also train you and your family on how to use MyPlate.

    MyPlate is an effective and simple way for children to learn how to control their portions with an easy to understand illustration that will teach them how to build a healthy plate. Finally, your coach will keep track of your child and offer expert advice to help your family make better food choices.

    2. Complete Group Support

    All our group support classes are designed to help kids stay motivated and on track to reaching their fitness goals. And they will make new friends and get the encouragement they need to be successful. It is all about empowering kids with the tools to build their strength, confidence, and self-esteem.

    With the assistance of an expert counselor, our group support classes discuss positive thinking, body image, self-esteem, dealing with stress, goal setting, problem solving, nutrition, and much more. We also have separate boys and girls classes to allow open communication and avoid distractions.

    3. Unlimited Exercise Classes

    All our exercise classes are designed to help kids get in shape no matter what their current level of activity is. Our circuit training classes focus on helping to stimulate the muscles while also keeping the heart rate elevated. Studies show that this is the best way to get the most from a workout.

    Our Lean Teen classes are an hour long and include 30 minutes of exercise as well as 30 minutes of group support to help kids stay physically and mentally in shape. By combining recovery periods with short bursts of cardio, they burn more calories than exercising at the same pace in just half the time.

    Schedule Your Free Class Today

    Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens ages 8 to 18. By teaching children the value of exercise and proper nutrition, we can empower them with the strength, confidence, and self esteem they need to pursue their dreams.

    It all starts with a personal consultation to better understand your child’s eating and exercise habits. Let us help your teen become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

    get my free day pass

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