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Spirit of Acadiana: Zach Jones, youth trainer

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Zach Jones is all about fitness, specifically the fitness of some of Acadiana's youngest athletes.

"These kids love working out.  I try to be creative; I try to have fun with it.  That's the one thing I found was big for these kids, they want to come in here and do something different."

For the past three months at the City Club of Lafayette, the 22-year old former Ragin' Cajun linebacker has made some of our kid his top priority. And what he preaches isn't just about athletics, the key words, he says, are "health" and "lifestyle".

"This is big, just be active. If they're an athlete or non-athlete, they're doing something. That's helping them with their lifestyle, what I really like about what I'm doing"

Footwork, speed, reacting, edurance; each plays a part in Jone's workouts, but the necessary element for this group, ages thirteen, ten, nine and eight, is fun.

When asked what their favorite part of the workout was, Charles Minvielle responded,  "when somebody holds the band and you run."

Abby Domingue added, "It's just fun, and it's cool to see how you get faster when you run without the bands."

Zach Jones has taken the word "Workout" and injected it with elements that will simultaneously challenge and inspire kids.

Nick Brazda commented on Jones saying, "He takes it one at a time, helps me progress easier than some other coaches."

An injury ended his playing days, but opened the door to coaching.  And it appears these young students of fitness are big believers. 
 
"I'm gonna start playing football and all kinds of sports, and I wanted to get stronger and faster for all the sports with coach Zach."

Zach Jones suggests you try to improve by at least one percent each and every workout. Any successful fitness program has to be done incrementally. 

"It's all the little things going to the big thing.  Working on the little footwork, working on which muscle to contract when you're doing strength training."

The reasons for teaching youth fitness, says jones, is to give back, to be there for kids, as others were for him.

"I was fortunate enough to have great mentors and trainers in my life, valuable methods and techniques, on how to train properly.  Which was crucial for my athletic development.." 

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