Maybe it's not really a jungle, but if you drive down Hwy 5, and turn onto Jackson street, you’ll notice a a gray building which looks like a greenhouse on the right side of the road. It’s not much to look at on the outside, but take a walk inside, and you’ll be surprised.
Maybe it's not really a jungle, but if you drive down Hwy 5, and take a left onto Jackson street, you’ll notice a a gray building which looks like a greenhouse on the right side of the road. It’s not much to look at on the outside, but take a walk inside, and you’ll be surprised.
The building has come to be known as The Zoo and is the home to an athletic training program run by LeAnn Selander. Selander opened the program in March of this year, and has converted the building into a fitness area to help kids train for sports and keep fit. The Zoo also hosts summer camps and sports tournaments, and even has an upcoming dodgeball tournament.
"The Zoo began as a pipe dream when my husband, Rob, and I began coaching our daughter's 10U softball team," LeAnn said. "I began putting the girls through agility training, and noticed a dramatic difference in their play."
After that, they began training more kids, and needed a place to do it at. After searching, they found the current residence, bought it, and opened shop.
Now, they run a training program after school from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m., in which LeAnn works with the kids to help them achieve whatever goals they set, giving the place a unique twist.
"We let the kids decide what kind of training they want to do," LeAnn said. "If they want to train for soccer, then we develop a program for their needs."
LeAnn's goal is to help the younger generation become more physically fit, as childhood obesity is rising, and to help kids improve their athletic skills on the field.
The Zoo features a variety of training equipment, from agility ladders and speed hurdles to different weight machines. The participants complete a fitness assessment on their first day, which will be used to evaluate their progress at the end of each month after.
Kids can enroll in the program for a fee of 125 dollars a month, or buy a membership for three or six months for a reduced price.
"This is my passion," LeAnn said. "It's so rewarding to see kids improve their physical fitness levels, and to set goals and achieve them."