Planet Fitness summer teen challenge

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During the school year, high school students are playing sports and exercising in gym class, but come summertime, that trend slows down. 

That’s why Planet Fitness in Wichita Falls and nationwide is challenging teenagers to stay active and encouraging them to do so with a free membership for the summer. 

City View sophomore Isaiah Marks is an all-around athlete who can be seen on the football field or basketball court.

And to make sure this starting varsity quarterback stays in tip-top shape he works out on campus using school equipment, but he says that sometimes limits him to when and how he can train. 

However starting May 15th, Marks and other high school students ages 15 to 18 will be able to join Planet Fitness for free. 

“Better equipment and anytime I need to go I can just go. I don’t have to worry about it being locked or not. I can just go there and lift.” Isaiah Marks said.

Labeled the Summer Teen Challenge, Planet Fitness wants to encourage teenagers to remain active throughout the summer and not just during the school year. 

“We want them to put down the devices, get out and come to the gym just to embrace that healthy lifestyle because not only will it help physically but emotionally as well,” Clair Vanzadt said.

Whether you’re an experienced lifter or someone who is just beginning their fitness journey, trainers at planet fitness will be there to guide you along the way. 

“Home of the judgment free zone so whether you’ve never stepped on a treadmill or run 10 miles a day when you come in here, we’ll help you and explain. We’ll give a tour and tutorials,” Clair Vanzadt said.

Madi Smith says she’s been going to Planet Fitness for six months and now that the membership is free, her friends are going to accept the summer teen challenge. 

And the folks over at Planet Fitness hope teens like Smith and Marks take advantage of the new initiative in order to pursue an active lifestyle, while also setting them up for success through adulthood.

The free membership will run from May 15th until September 1st and by signing up students are automatically entered to win a 500 dollar scholarship. 

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