Youths pump in fitness center
By Etienne Emanuel
From its humble beginnings the
studio upstairs from the basketball gym at the Ojai Recreation
Department has transformed into a popular fitness center. Kids
of all ages frequently visit the weight room and attend athletic
training programs put on by Gary Ryan.
"In just three years we have added around $15,000 of equipment
into that studio. We are very fortunate to have that space, it
really provides a great atmosphere for anyone who is looking
to get into better shape," said Ryan. "One of the popular
misconceptions is that we only are open for athletes, which is
completely untrue. About 100 kids come in every week and not
all of them play sports, some are on their own self-improvement
programs and we also get kids who are physically challenged,
anyone can get help from our personal staff.
And for a one dollar a day, no
other gym in the county can beat that."
"I am extremely pleased with the progress we've seen in
such a short time," said Jayden Morrison. "We really
needed a weight program and things have certainly evolved from
our one main machine we had in there. There has been great participation
and the recreation center is very lucky to have Gary. It is really
nice to see so many kids benefit from his hard work and their
He has really been the heart and soul of the program. We have
no real immediate plans for improvement, perhaps we will start
putting on contests to show how hard these kids have been working
The facility is open from 4 to 9 p.m. every weekday during the
summer and the cost is only one dollar per day.
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