Carolina Valencia gets in the game at the Kirby Science Center
Ever wonder how to get the most out of your athletic performance? Or maybe how to inspire your kids to stay in shape? Welcome to the newest science exhibit at the Kirby Science Center at the Washington Pavilion. Starting Line: Fit For Life opened this month to rave reviews.
"I think its pretty fun here, " said 11-year old Carolina Valencia who attended the grand opening. "When they opened it I was happy."
Kids and adults can see how their skills stack up against world class athletes.But becoming a true MVP requires learning proper technique.
"Probably the most important thing is just showing proper ways to train. Young kids, shouldn't necessarily be doing the same types of lifting or work outs that you'd see in college and high school athletes, " said Jason Askew, Manager of the Avera Sports Institute.
You can test your jumping abilities, dexterity, and reaction times at the exhibit. But the professionals at the Avera Sports Institute which sponsored the exhibit can tailor an athletic program to ensure your young athlete gets off on the right foot.
"It's very important to be careful with the strength training of young athletes," he said. "So they won't be in a situation where they can get turned off by working out. "
The exhibit includes ten different interactive stations based on various fitness and sporting events, including a pitching cage that doubles as a sprint track. It allows participants to check the speed of their fastball or how they rate running against Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis or even a jaguar!