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The Sports Center in Kópavogur will have a LazyTown gym this winter for the youngest athletes. There, the children get to play and meet Sportacus at the end of the course.
The LazyTown gym is for the children and there they get healthy exercise through games, dance, etc. in the spirit of LazyTown. The kids come once a week and are here for 40 minutes and then at the end of each class they get a message from Sportacus, which is then in the form of a message on a piece of paper where he tells them to brush their teeth twice a day or eat fruit etc. in that vein. At the end of the course, Sportacus himself comes to visit the gym and that is always a big moment for the kids,” says Gunnhildur I. Þráinsdóttir, head of courses and group classes at the Sports Center.
The LazyTown gym is for children between the ages of three and six, and they are divided into two groups. “There can be a big developmental difference between children at this age, which is why we have one group for three and four year olds and one for five and six year olds.” Then parents can stay in the hall with the youngest kids and watch from the sidelines.They can also participate in the first lessons, when the child is shy about being left alone, and then we want there to be time for the kids to play and have fun.”
The Foam Flex course
Along with making the youngest generation happy with the LazyTown gym, the parents and in fact everyone else who is interested can attend a Foam Flex course. “This is completely new and perhaps it is no wonder that many people are amazed. We don’t fill our training room with foam, even if someone might think so. We use foam rollers that are shaped like cylinders. Their use accelerates the recovery of muscles and the body between exercises, and they are undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets of the health sector. Many runners, cyclists and various athletes have used the rollers, but they have generally not been widely used.”
According to Gunnhilda, the sessions should be suitable for everyone, and especially for those who sit for a long time, such as journalists and other people who are glued to their desk chairs from the end of the working day. “These are good exercises to strengthen muscles, stretch and achieve stability and balance. When we use the rollers in heat, it further enhances their effect. It is Valdís Sylvía Sigurthórsdóttir, the trainer, who guides the participants through the course.
The food with the movement
The same rules apply to us as to the children. Healthy and good food is as important if not more important than the exercise itself. In the LazyTown classes, the children are encouraged to eat healthy food, drink water and brush their teeth, and then the parents forget to let the same apply to themselves,” says Gunnhildur, adding that in order to meet the increasing demands of people who want both: work hard in the gym but also take care of your diet
The gym offers something new this winter with Gunnar Má Sigfússon. “He is a trained personal trainer and nutritionist and has worked in fitness for 18 years. In collaboration with us, he plans to offer a fitness course that he calls Shape or Form. The courses are for both men and women, and a quality exercise system is covered, and the participants will be on the Shape diet, which many people are familiar with today. This is therefore ideal for the parents who send their children to the LazyTown gym and start exercising and taking care of their diet on their own”