A group of children, preparing for a California kids triathlon, accomplished an uphill run on Saturday in Oakland.
The children, encouraged by glorious weather, parents and trainers, ran and walked to the top of a hill and then down the hill, a distance of about two miles, before they embarked on a swimming practice.
The children are members of the Fit Family Triathlon Team 12-week training program, organized by Dr. Cory Nyamora, the director of Endurance—A Sports and Psychology Center. The weekly training comprises of swimming, biking and running. Dr. Nyamora organized the training to help kids, ages 8-14, lose weight, get fit and healthy, make friends, and ultimately participate in a California kids triathlon.
A previous swimming event organized by Endurance—A Sports and Psychology Center
After last Saturday’s training session, Dr. Nyamora sounded extremely encouraged by the children’s determination and positive attitude. “They all made it up and down the hill,” he said. “The kids did much better than last time. I am very proud of all these kids.”
Dr. Nyamora praised all the kids for their motivation and completing the challenging workouts without complaining. "Even the children who found the workouts difficult went about the training with a smile," he said.
Chris was one of the most outstanding trainees on Saturday. He completed 20 swimming lengths. After running up and down the hill, Chris got into the swimming pool and completed 18 lengths. Left with a few more minutes and a lot more energy, Chris decided to complete two more lengths to make it 20.
“This is how motivated and positive these kids are,” Dr. Nyamora said. Chris had hardly completed four swimming lengths before beginning to participate in the Fit Family Triathlon Training program.
After the running and swimming workouts, the kids played other games in the pool.
“The families are beginning to form strong bonds with each other,” said Dr. Nyamora, who has been training them since April 16.
Dr. Nyamora is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified USA Triathlon coach, USA Track and Field coach and Youth Fitness Specialist. His center provides sports opportunities, outdoor adventures and psychotherapy for overweight children and their families.
He also provides services at a leading weight-management program at Children's Hospital Oakland.
Dr. Nyamora works closely with families to find fun and effective strategies to improve their children's health.