Fitness Day USA
last updated: Sun, Dec 8th, 2013
Celebrating her successes at Fitness Day USA, Jenna McMahon poses for a picture with Sergeant Rivera of the U.S. Marines.
An extension of Fitness Friday, Fitness Day USA is a way to get Mount Olive High School students involved in healthier lifestyles and fitness, with the help of various members of the armed services. Students complete circuit station workouts, such as sit-ups, lunges, mountain climbers, push-ups, and other physically-demanding exercises.
Every Friday in MOHS gym classes is Fitness Friday, during which the students participate in fitness workouts designed to improve their cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Students receive a grade for Fitness Friday based on individual performance, effort, and attitude. Fitness USA builds upon Fitness Friday, while promoting pride in our country and school.
Mrs. Diane McLaughlin, in an effort to increase student motivation in gym class, developed the idea for Fitness Day USA, as a way of sparking a desire for healthier living and physical fitness in students and empowering students to be MO P.E. Strong.
Commenting on the intensity of the exercises, McLaughlin said, "The workouts were challenging, but the students worked together and motivated one another as a team."
Thus far, McLaughlin has collaborated with Army and Marine representatives, including Sergeant Rivera and MOHS Class of 2013 member, Private Phil DeMeo.
MOHS junior, Shane Boyle (pictured left), said, "I liked Fitness Day USA because the Army soldiers were very enthusiastic. They pushed us, and I got a good workout from it."
MOHS junior, Jenna McMahon, was another one of the students who participated in Fitness Day USA. She said, "Fitness Day USA inspired me to do well because it challenged me to work out like a Marine." McMahon won a t-shirt in her gym class for her performance that day. When she finished the circuit workout she said, "I felt accomplished because I completed the challenge."
Devaughn Buchanan, MOHS junior, had a similar reaction to the day's events. He said, "I just really love to exercise, and I don't exercise a lot. I found Fitness Day USA to be very fun. It was tiring, which is what made it worthwhile for me. If I'm not tired while doing it, then it's not worth doing." Buchanan's favorite part of the day was when the Marine representatives would race him around the gym.
The students' reactions to Fitness Day USA were positive. Many of the students were proud of their accomplishments. To culminate the experience, students signed a giant USA flag banner, which is now hanging in the MOHS main gym.
McLaughlin and the other physical education teachers are proud of their students. McLaughlin said, "It was very rewarding to see students achieve personal success and having a sense of accomplishment that they just completed workouts similar to what our military does."
MOHS junior, Devaughn Buchanan poses with Army representatives during Fitness Day USA.
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