Playworld seeks teens for fitness gear tests

LEWISBURG — A Valley playground manufacturer found out its state-of-the-art-equipment can dramatically improve the health of adults.

Now, Playworld is going to look at the effect of the ENERGI Total Body Fitness System on teenagers.

Given that nearly a third of American children and adolescents are overweight or obese, the goal is to reach them while they’re young.

“That’s where people start to create habits that will last a lifetime,” said Ian Proud, the company’s market research manager. “What we learn in school tends to stick with us.”

Playworld is conducting an exercise study for those 13 to 17 years old at the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park on North 15th Street.

The cost is $1, but in exchange, participants will use the ENERGI system and get coaching from certified strength and conditioning coach Michelle Simons, who helped Playworld develop the product.

The six-week program runs after school from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. April 25 to June 3. Participants will take part in a “pre-test” scheduled between April 18 to 23 and a “post-test” scheduled between June 4 and 10.

A complete statistical review will be offered at the end of the program.

“We’re using this to validate it in a sense,” Proud said of the workout system. “We want to able to understand if it works, and if doesn’t, how we need to change it.”

The ENERGI system uses 10 stations that together include 120 exercises divided into three skill levels, Proud said. The system uses body weight resistance for the exercises and has a clear description of all possible exercises on nearby display panels.

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