Playworld introduces ENERGI® Jr. – the first outdoor total body fitness system for ages 9-14

LEWISBURG, PA (March 12, 2012) – Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment, today announced the launch of ENERGI Jr. Total Body Fitness System. The new equipment is ergonomically designed for children ages 9-14, and combines functional fitness and body weight training for an optimal workout. Specifically created for middle school PE classes, ENERGI Jr. offers free programming to hold up to 28 children at once.

ENERGI Jr. delivers a guided, fat-burning workout that exercises nearly all 600 of the body’s muscles. Using the latest fitness technologies, ENERGI Jr. provides a gym-like, personal training experience with seven outdoor stations and 84 exercises. Each station includes easy-to-understand instructional signs that feature 2D Codes that can be scanned by a teacher’s smart phone or tablet PC to allow viewing of instructional videos. The equipment and free programming guide provide enough activity for a workout regimen of up to 45 minutes per day.

ENERGI Jr. offers free programming, including:

-Detailed lesson plans for middle schools

-Programming that allows for up to 28 students to use the system together

-After school fitness program

-Athletic program for coaches

-Instructional videos for all 84 exercises

-Activity log to track progress

-Supportive materials and more

“Combating childhood obesity is one of our nation’s greatest challenges. ENERGI Jr. provides a complete workout to address the unique physical and mental fitness and needs of middle schoolers,” said Matt Miller, chief executive officer of Playworld. “With many PE classes being cut due to budgetary reasons, ENERGI Jr. offers an affordable fitness solution for the entire student body.”

ENERGI Prime (initially launched as ENERGI), which is designed for ages 13 and up, was introduced in 2010. ENERGI Jr. incorporates the original system’s core fitness principles and adapts them for a younger audience.

“I’ve trained people of all ages on the ENERGI Prime system and it’s really rewarding to witness improvements in both strength and endurance,” said Michelle Simons, co-creator of ENERGI Jr., fitness expert and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). “Until ENERGI Jr. was developed, there was no other product like it available to middle school aged children. I’m confident they’ll have fun moving through the variety of exercises while improving their fitness level at the same time.”

Use of ENERGI Prime has been proven to increase strength and fitness. A five-week study tracked participants’ progress as they trained on ENERGI Prime three days a week. On average participants saw a:

-35 percent increase in upper-body strength

-34.7 percent increase in abdominal strength

-34.5 percent increase in leg strength

-6 percent increase in sprinting speed

-1 inch increase in flexibility

-2.9 beats per minute decrease in resting heart rate

About Playworld, Inc.

For over 40 years, Playworld has been a leader in creating imaginative, customized commercial playground and fitness equipment that positively impacts the health and well-being of communities around the globe. Based on the belief that The World Needs Play®, Playworld brings the joy and benefits of healthful outdoor play and exercise to people of every age and ability through such innovative product lines as PlayDesigns®, PlaySimple®, Playworld®, Origins™, NEOS®, ENERGI®, and LifeTrail® .

Playworld' products are made in the U.S.A. in its Lewisburg, Pa. manufacturing facility using domestic and foreign content, with a small number of parts purchased from trusted international suppliers. This multi-generational, family-owned company continues to invest significant resources to measurably reduce its impact on the environment. Its aggressive action to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) has helped Playworld become the first and only playground manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM Basic. The company offers an optimal customer experience unique in the industry – from value-added services using Microsoft Tag to personalized attention through its vast network of local distributors.

Playworld has received numerous awards throughout its history, including two International Industrial Design Excellence Awards, a gold medal from International Design magazine, two News Directors’ Choice Awards on Early Childhood, and the Pennsylvania Governors’ Award for Safety Excellence. In 2012, Playworld received an Evergreen Award in the Sports Recreation category from the GSA Integrated Workplace. For more information, visit