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MONDAY MAN: Kenny keeping Bajans in shape


KIMBERLEY CUMMINS

MONDAY MAN: Kenny keeping Bajans in shape

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IN THE GYM WORLD in Barbados, Kenneth Griffith’s name has become legendary.

The fitness expert has helped thousands of people to maintain healthy lifestyles in the more than two decades he has been a practitioner.

Known simply to his legion of admirers as Kenny, he has made it his life’s work to make Barbadians a healthier people.

Why?

“Because it is actually very critical,” he responded. “General health, longevity and quality of life, they are all fruits of an active lifestyle. So it is important for people to understand to get those benefits, they would want to do this thing called exercise on a long term and not just for a short period of time,” Kenny explained.

Long before he established the ABC Fitness Studios on January 5, 2015, it was his dream to have his own gym.

He told the DAILY NATION during an interview at his base at Aquatic Centre Complex in Wildey, St Michael, that for him, this desire essentially began upon completion of his first certified fitness programme in 1994.

As a student of the now defunct Roebuck Secondary School, he was always athletic. On the community level, he was also active in cricket and football. Many could therefore conclude it was a no-brainer that he would graduate to a life of fitness, but it wasn’t.

This yearning only came when he joined a gym and after a few sessions, realised this might indeed be the area to establish himself. This strong feeling was the only catalyst the then young adult needed and as a result, he jumped at every opportunity available to gain knowledge and experience in the field.

Following many years employed at a popular fitness club, in 2007 Kenny took a chance and resigned to go on his own.

This gamble began as a meagre undertaking, but it quickly mushroomed and by the following year, the Bodies in Motion Adrenaline Boot Camp had become a household name.

“The boot camps have been part of that push to steer people towards that change – getting involved in physical activity and moving them in the direction of their goals. Over the years, the Adrenaline Boot Camp became the primary tool to help people with weight loss. We have had 80 per cent of the people who come through our boot camp continue fitness and health and activity. When you think about it, is that change that took people where they wanted to get, whether it was for sports, change of their body or change in their health,” he said.

Last year, the St George resident moved up another rung in his career and established the ABC Fitness Studios.

“So far, we don’t have any complaints; things are going really going good,” he said.

“Business is business, there will always be ups and downs. There are times when things are going good and there are times when things are not so good, but we are holding our heads up. Of course, every business wants to succeed and grow to the point where you can excel beyond the point where you are currently. We have been doing really good and did good to maintain our clientele over the years.”

Kenny said that at ABC, fitness was not just about a cut physique.

“What we are trying to sell to people is health and a better quality of life, and not just the whole cosmetic value of looking good. We encourage people to first and foremost take care of your health because your health is going to be with you forever . . . . It is a lifestyle something that you are doing consistently.

“Health is primarily an all-encompassing experience in terms of physical activity and nutrition. We can work out and exercise and do it as often as we like, [but] if we don’t eat properly and nourish the body properly, there is going to be very little change. That’s why nutrition is so important. Nutrition is critically important,” he maintained.

As Barbados celebrates it 50th year of Independence, Kenny is wishing for a healthier nation.

“My wish is for more Barbadians to understand the importance of taking care of their health and taking care of their bodies so that like the country, they too can celebrate 50 years and then another 50 years on top of that. The key to longevity is taking care of your health, healthy eating and physical activity. Once you can put those things together, we can celebrate 50 years and an optimum life,” the 47-year-old added. (SDB Media)

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