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Moms Flex Muscles Competing Against Dads in Fitness Challenge

by on October 08, 2013 10:05 AM

It was the battle of the Moms versus the Dads as customers of a State College health business showed off their stuff Monday night.

The competition, held at Spring Creek Park, was an outgrowth of a program called "Fit with Kids." It gives moms the opportunity to exercise and not have to worry about who's watching their young children.

Fit with Kids was designed by Zack Papalia, founder of Inspire Wellness Solutions. At each exercise session, Papalia hires a babysitter to watch the kids while he instructs the women in various work outs.

Papalia created the Moms versus Dads event to show the men what their wives have been up to.

The moms and the dads participated in a series of events including push-ups and bear crawls to see who could do better. In the end, it looked like everyone came out a winner.

Kelly Hoffheins was there with her husband Brian, who says she got involved with Papalia through a friend who was doing personal training with him. Hoffheins says the big draw was to get specific training and not having to come up with workouts on her own.

"I've become a lot stronger," Hoffheins says. "This all makes it a lot easier to exercise with my daughter."

Another one of the moms, Tricia Hunt, was there with her husband Aaron. Tricia Hunt says she found out about Fit with Kids through a local Facebook group, Happy Valley Moms, and thought it was a great opportunity to get fit.

"I needed to get into shape," Hunt says. "I wasn't doing anything and I needed someone to give me a push to get into shape."

Papalia started Inspire Wellness Solutions about a year ago while in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. He originally wanted to get into the employee wellness business  -- helping employees stay in shape as a way to help companies cut health insurance costs.

Fit with Kids eventually evolved from the original business concept.

"I had a client this spring, and we were trying to figure out ways to get outside," Papalia says. "We just got a babysitter and then we got more people in line."

While the outdoor sessions typically run six weeks Papalia says he'll continue running the current program until the nice weather runs out.

Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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