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Teen D.U.F.F. Camp helps to promote health and fitness

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Staying in shape is no easy task at any age, and a summer camp is helping to promote healthy fitness habits early on.  We're in Mount Pleasant for our Cool Camp of the week.

Teen DUFF Camp, that's "Duffy's Ultimate Functional Fitness" camp. Founder and certified trainer Andrew Duffy says he wanted to offer a camp for kids to teach them the importance of exercise and fitness, "We do a little bit of everything. Each camp is different. We do everything from a dynamic type of warm up, mix in some exercising where you do some stretching. It's movement based. We do body weight exercises. We cardiovascular exercise. We talk about nutrition. We even get into doing almost gymnastic influence."

Duffy has been teaching the program for eight years in the Low country for people eighteen and over, but this is the first year for Teen DUFF Camp for kids 11 to 16. The goal is to instill the importance of exercise, nutrition, and functional fitness, build self confidence, and to establish body awareness. Fifteen-year-old Alex King says, 'It's a good workout. My legs are burning normally exercise don't do that to me. I play sports my whole life, it's just a fun place to be. He's easy going, makes it fun." Myna Fabric, 13-year-old says, "Feels like you're working out with all my friends. It's like a challenge, but it's fun."

The six to eight week camp is sports influenced. Duffy says, "I'm so excited to see just the energy of these kids coming in. I just want to get the word out there in the Charleston area. How important it is for our youth to really be knowledgeable with exercise and proper health moving forward. They can take this with them the rest of their lives." The experience is life changing for some. Sixteen-year-old Nicolas Cradle says, "I have epilepsy, so I was stuck inside. I was homebound. I was weak, I did no exercise at all. I started working out, and visually, physically, my endurance improved. I use to be a weak little kid and now I'm one of the bigger ones. I run everyday. I've already done four half marathons, and I'm planning on doing an original one in Greece when I hit 18." Sophie Crosby a 13-year-old says, "It's cool because it's not just a sports camp or everyday camp, it's something different, something I haven't done before."

Duffy's Ultimate Function Fitness has moved to a new location in Mount Pleasant, 539 Long Point Road. For more information call 843-475-2952, or click here www.dufftraining.com.

Do you have a cool camp you want to spread the word about? We are highlighting camps that promote continued education, mentoring, health and fitness, and creativity. Send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, and your summer camp may be featured on News 2.

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