Fitness can be intimidating, which is why people sometimes feel reluctant to take part in the weekly “boot camps” held by Topeka-based Omni Circle Group, says Danielle Martin.
“They see ‘boot camp’ and they don’t want to do it,” said Martin, a WIBW-TV reporter who also volunteers to serve as director of Omni Circle Group’s MOVE program.
But volunteers involved with MOVE, which stands for “mobility opportunities in various environments,” are working to make those boot camps less daunting by encouraging participants to work at their own pace, Martin said Saturday.
She took part in a Health & Wellness Family Fun Day event held in Topeka’s Central Park by Omni Circle Group, a nonprofit organization that works to unite and strengthen minority communities by focusing on personal and professional development.
“Our goal is to transform lives by helping people to become a better version of themselves,” Martin said.
Saturday’s event began at 8 a.m. and featured free fitness classes for its first two hours, followed by two hours of free “Family Day” activities that included a bounce house, a food truck and a chance to visit with any of eight vendors offering health and fitness resources.
Michael Odupitan, a former Washburn University football and basketball player who is president of Omni Circle Group, said he was glad to see adults and children alike learning about resources they can use to enjoy a healthier life.
“Today’s been good,” he said. “Seeing the kids come out, seeing the parents come out, seeing the vendors come out, it’s been really good to see this collaboration happen.”