Massachusetts State Police troopers, beginning Monday morning, are launching an online calisthenics program designed to help kids get off the couch and get some exercise while still safely sheltering in place.
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Massachusetts State Police troopers, beginning Monday morning, are launching an online calisthenics program designed to help kids get off the couch and get some exercise while still safely sheltering in place.
The program, titled “Workout with a Trooper,” launches at 11:30 a.m. It will be live-streamed via the Massachusetts State Police page on Facebook each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at that time. Videos of each episode will also be posted on Facebook and right here on the MSPTROOPER.ORG website for people who are unable to watch it live.
The series is sponsored jointly by the Massachusetts State Police, and the troopers’ union, the State Police Association of Massachusetts.
The workouts will be 8 to 20 minutes and are designed to allow the participation of children of all fitness levels. While it is designed for children, there is nothing stopping moms and dads or any adults worried about the “Quarantine 15” from joining in.
“When the leadership of the Trooper’s union approached me with the concept of ‘Workout with a Trooper,’ I loved the idea and wholeheartedly supported it,” said MSP Colonel Chris Mason. “It provides yet another way for us to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”
It is intended to run through June 26, which would have been the last day of school in Massachusetts. The workouts are planned as a way to increase activity level for school-aged children who are losing out on gym classes, sports, and other activities now that the schools are all closed down.
Corey Mackey, union president, said that after a long winter, children are missing out on what is the best time of the year for sports and activities.
“Working with the Colonel, we came up with the idea of using the way many of our troopers stay in shape to help Massachusetts children and teens stay in good physical condition as well.”
Mason said he encouraged parents to check it out and to decide if it is right for their children.
“In these challenging times, I hope those who choose to participate enjoy the workouts as much as we do,” Mason said. “Who knows? Maybe they will even inspire a future Massachusetts State Trooper.”