Personal trainer and professional athletes fight childhood obesity

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by Jayson Chesler

Video report by Tyler Baldwin

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Updated Saturday, May 31 at 3:54 PM

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A valley personal trainer is using professional athletes' workout plans to help battle childhood obesity.

Joel Sieczkowski trains top-level athletes ranging from high school to professionals. Recently, he was inspired to create a different kind of training plan - one made for kids.

Sieczkowski asked professional athletes to share their workout tips for the program.

"We have athletes from all the different major sports," Sieczkowski said. "So the kids can relate to at least one of the athletes in the program."

The professional athlete workouts and health products can be found online for a fee, which Sieczkowski said can be used by schools or sports teams for a healthier kind of fundraising.

"A lot of high school fundraisers are unhealthy," Sieczkowski said. "They sell cookie dough, they sell those little cards that say 'go to this fast food chain, eat a burger and get a free soda'. We're just exacerbating the childhood obesity epidemic."

Since personal training can be expensive, Sieczkowski has created another cheaper method to do the workouts. The professional athlete workout videos live-stream to computers, phones and tablets for a fee.

The workout videos and more information can be found at the SBSM Training website.

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