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Boot camp raises money


by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal 

Where else can you get in shape and help a good cause?

The Newkirk High School Football program is sponsoring an Adult Boot Camp to raise money for 2016.

Twenty Newkirk residents are attending sessions three days per week to get in better shape.

"It's been a really good fund raiser for our program," said head football coach Sonny Schovanec.  "I think the people attending have worked extremely hard to get in shape and at the same time support our football program."

The cost for the five week session is $40, much less than a fitness center charges for a similar program, Schovanec said a fitness center will charge as much as $70 per month.

Those attending can attend either at 5:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. depending on their schedule on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays.

"It's a program we'd like to continue," said the Tiger head coach.  "Anyone wanting to join now can jump right in and get started, hopefully we can keep it going after August 4th.

Michelle Vap and Bobbi Simmons joined the evening program to cross train from their morning running program.

“It’s been a blast,” Vap said.  “It’s a great cross training program that I think will help our running.  Plus, it’s going to a great cause.”

“I love it, I would encourage everyone to join,” said Bobbi Simmons.  “It’s a great way to change things up in your workouts.  What I like is the program incorporates cardio into the strength workout.”

Vap added, “What I like is that coach Schovanec does the workout with us.  That makes a huge difference, he’s trying to get in better shape just like we are.”

Jennifer Luis attends the morning session.

“It really fits my schedule,” she said.  “The Kanza opens too late for me to get a workout in and I can’t go after work so it’s convenient for me.  Plus, it’s a great way to start the day.”

Darren Wood joked when he said he joined the program to, "lose some baby fat but then teasingly added, "I'm too old to be working this hard.  It's a really good workout."

Schovanec said the program has built community.

"Everyone kind of came in with a partner to work out with," he said.  "But now everyone is working out together as a group.  It's a good way to build the Newkirk community.  I think everyone is enjoying it.”

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