It’s Back to the Basics. The new fitness program 4D Fitness held its “Back to the Basics” free fitness event Saturday afternoon. Interested patrons flocked to the Elkin Municipal Park for free demonstrations on programs, inspirational guest speakers, raffles, food and drinks while learning more about Jermaine Hayes Sr.’s program in 4D Fitness.
The event was off to a bit of a late start beginning around 2:30 p.m. and lasted most of the afternoon at the park. Door raffle prizes were given out every 30 minutes and the DJ provided music around the clock.
“We’re very excited about today,” said Joanie Hayes, administrator and event planner with 4D Fitness. “We started two months ago, but this is our first business day. A lot of people have already signed up and are already working on some membership programs. Today is about spreading the word of mouth on 4D Fitness and what we have to offer.”
4D Fitness is a new business that promotes healthy lifestyles and psychical fitness along with proper nutrition. 4D Fitness brings these ideals and plans to the people of the community and operates in conjunction with the Elkin Recreation Center.
“I am so excited. It’s going to be really big,” said Jessica Farly. “We have a lot of unique programs that are going to help step up the community.”
“I think it’s important because it raises awareness of obesity and why it’s so important to do proper dieting and excises,” said Danielle Wilson, volunteer with 4D Fitness.
Several inspirational speakers spoke about body building, nutrition, their life stories in how they managed to reach their points in their lives and how they got involved with 4D Fitness.
There were also events for children. Obstacle courses were set up for the children to run relay races, dashing around poles, jumping rope, and stepping through tires to beat the clock. Other fun events included a water balloon activity and an agility course.
“So many kids out here are following the footsteps of their parents,” said Jermaine Hayes Sr., founder of 4D Fitness. “A lot of people are obese. Three hundred thousand each year come up with obesity so what do those kids do. They follow the footsteps of their parents.”
After the meal, everyone went to the bandstand to observe several demonstrations on physical fitness and promotions on some of the techniques which will be taught in the programs. Hayes showed off the benefits and results of staying physically fit.
The event attracted many people hoping to lead a healthier life.
“I registered for the weight training program,” said Dean Lambert. “I need to get back in shape and lose my belly here. I heard about the programs through one of my co-workers.”
“I think it will be a wonderful opportunity, especially for small children,” said Alex Farley. “There will be camps available for them to be social with other children, get out of their homes and have the ability to interact and be physical. I did like hearing the testimonies from all the people and where they came from in their lives. It was inspiring.”
“I’ve been part of this family for a long time and I think they’ve done a good job putting everything together,” said Misty Johnson. “Good selection of healthy foods. They try to keep the kids busy which gives them a chance to talk to the adults.”
Hayes started 4D Fitness back in 2014. It came to mind while he was working out and stationed in Petersburg, Virginia. Hayes started learning more about personal training and discovered there was more to fitness than just lifting weights as far as anatomy, proper eating habits, dieting and nutrition. Hayes went ahead and got certified as a personal trainer. He entered three amateur contests and won first place in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
“That was my dream, to help people in the community fight obesity and lead healthier lifestyles,” said Hayes. “Everyone has a purpose in life and I honestly believe that this is my purpose. Elkin is home for me. I’ve lived here for the majority of my life and I just felt like coming back home where we have a few gyms in the area and I can give to the community and help people in need. Everyone deserves a chance.
“I want to see things expand and reach out to more people in the future,” said Hayes. “Everyone needs help and there’s nothing wrong with learning the mechanics on how to live healthy and I believe the more people who get involved in it, the better the youth will be.”
4D Fitness may be reached at 4Dfitness2016@gmail.com or at 336-223-5464.
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.