Three Goleta-area boys are raising funds to buy new jump ropes for hundreds of local elementary school students, while encouraging physical exercise amid coronavirus-related school closures and youth sport shutdowns.
“Some of the strongest athletes in the world train with jump ropes,” 9-year-old Titus Bodenhamer said. “People have nowhere to go because coronavirus is closing everything, so jump ropes make people stronger and more active.”
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Titus and his brothers, 7-year-old Solomon and 6-year-old Jeremiah, said the funds raised from the online campaign will go directly to purchase a jump rope for every student at La Patera Elementary School. They aim to purchase 400 jump ropes from Elite SRS Fitness.
“If we get more,” Titus said. “we are going to give the extra jump ropes to kids who need them at other schools.”
For some, it might be a challenge to find workout areas, especially with limited access to fitness facilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bodenhamer brothers demonstrate exercises that are part of the workouts and fitness challenges that they post to their Instagram account. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)
A jump rope is portable, so young students can take their workout pretty much anywhere with a cement floor.
“We want them to get strong,” Titus said.
The brothers are keeping kids moving with their free CrossFit-style workout videos on Instagram, and they motivate other children to stay physically active during the pandemic.
Toes-to-bars and burpees.
Repeat the exercises every minute on the minute circuit session for 20 minutes.
Set a timer, and complete several consecutive repetitions of each movement in the time period.
Dad Jeremy Bodenhamer with sons Titus, left, Jeremiah and Solomon. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)
That’s what Titus, Solomon and Jeremiah Bodenhamer were doing Tuesday afternoon at their home gym in a garage. With high-energy music playing, the boys were prepared to break a sweat and crank out the workout.
The trio post the workouts and fitness challenges to their Instagram account. The boys will demonstrate each exercise in the video.
“You guys are doing a good job,” Jeremiah told his online viewers while he did a burpee.
The successful launch of their Instagram got them recognized by CrossFit, and the site posted a workout video of the boys.
The brothers are sticking with the exercises and offering energetic videos to help kids fit physical activity into their lives.
“I’m proud of them and proud of them for how hard they work,” the boys’ father, Jeremy, said. “They are willing, at this young age, to grind on things that sometimes don’t feel good, and it’s making them stronger.”
After Tuesday’s workout, Titus, Solomon and Jeremiah shared their perspective on the cardio exercises and moves that work the core and arms. The workout got their hearts pumping.
“You had to keep pushing,” Solomon told Noozhawk.
The brothers also will help kids get the most out of their jump ropes.
After the jump ropes are distributed to local students, the brothers will incorporate the tool into the workouts on Instagram.
“We want the kids to keep using the jump ropes and keep working out,” Titus said. “Let’s say COVID stops, we are still going to be posting videos.”