Special Olympics British Columbia British Columbia

Five reasons to attend Club Fit every week

20 September 2017

By Jacques Thibault, Special Olympics BC Sport Consultant

Jacques Thibault, an internationally recognized training and speed skating expert with a Master’s degree in science, works with Special Olympics BC athletes and coaches to help empower them to be their very best.

This is the start of a new sport season, with programs beginning once again and Special Olympics athletes getting back on the fields, pools, alleys, and gymnasiums. This year many athletes are registered for Club Fit, and in fact Club Fit is mandatory for all Team BC athletes getting ready for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games and National Bowling Championships.

Club Fit is designed to give athletes what they can’t get from their sport programs. Some athletes and coaches are asking questions such as, “Why should I do extra exercises when all I want to do is play basketball or bowl?” and “Why do my athletes need Club Fit?”

Here are the top five reasons why every Special Olympics athlete should be in Club Fit.

1.     Better performance in all Special Olympics sports.

No matter how we look at it, being stronger, more agile, having better balance, being more flexible, and being in better shape are advantages in sports. Most sports require strength, and strength is developed much faster in Club Fit than at sport-specific practices. If you want to run faster, throw bowling balls easier, or swim faster, being stronger will help your performance.

2.     Better health and fewer injuries

Health Canada recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. Many Special Olympics programs train only 60 to 90 minutes per week. Adding Club Fit will give you the additional time necessary to improve your health, strength, and fitness, which will diminish injuries and sickness and improve your sport performance. A triple good thing.

3.     Club Fit instructors are professionals

All Club Fit instructors are qualified instructors that can provide the best training for health and sport performances. They have training knowledge and can recommend adequate exercises just for you. This is a huge advantage that coaches and athletes must be part of.

4.     Club Fit is a great place to meet new people

Special Olympics athletes love to meet people and have a great time. Club Fit is not just about working hard, it’s also about working out with great people. The instructors and volunteers are amazing, and all athletes encourage each other during sessions.

5.     Club Fit helps you look good and feel great

When athletes work hard, they always love the way they feel and the way they look. Losing weight, feeling strong, and being in shape is a great feeling to have.

“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”

Jacques Thibault (centre) with SOBC athletes Paige Norton and Matthew Williams.

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