May 29, 2014 7:59 pm

‘Daddy & Me Boot Camp’ mixes fitness and fatherhood

Watch above: Mommy and Me fitness classes are all the rage, but what about dads? Su-Ling Goh tells us about a new class aimed at dads.

EDMONTON- Mom and baby fitness classes are not hard to find, but classes that cater to dads are much less common.

Edmonton fitness trainer Jesse Lipscombe wanted to change that.

He created ‘Daddy & Me Boot Camp’ to get clients back in the gym after they have kids without losing quality time with their little ones.

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“Moms can come,” he said. “But it’s always ‘mommy and me’ everywhere…I want to take care of daddies.”

While the dads work out, the kids also get to burn off energy, all the while learning lifelong lessons about staying active and healthy.

“It’s a great thing for kids to see the parents work out, play with the parents, play with other kids, and so we thought we’d create something where we all could get healthy together in a nice fun way,” said Lipscombe.

According to the director of Alberta’ s Centre for Active Living, Children who have active parents are more likely to be active themselves.

“Children who are inactive as kids tend to be inactive as adults,” said Nora Johnston.

“So, we want to get them moving and active when they are little so they keep that pattern on as they grow older.”

In the “Active Health Kids Canada” report card, Canada got an ‘F’ in sedentary behaviour.

Johnston says Canadians aren’t doing enough to get kids moving, but families getting active together is a good strategy to combat inactivity.

Beyond getting fit, the boot camp provides some great bonding time between dads and their kids.

“I can go to a gym and work out at anytime so it was important for me to do something with her that promotes activity,” said Sean Gravelle, a dad enrolled in the boot camp.

Leo Manchik is also taking part.

“[Lipscombe] said it would be a good time to spend with the little one and show him what daddy used to do, when I was younger,” he said with a smile.

All ages are welcome. For more information about Daddy & Me Boot Camp, click here.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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