Indoor training facility hosts fitness camps for kids

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By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler
By Jayson Chesler By Jayson Chesler

MESA, Ariz. -- With temperatures rising all across the Valley, many parents may have noticed their kids staying inside and staying inactive for most of the day. However, a new indoor fitness camp for kids means they can get active and stay out of the heat at the same time.

Extra Innings is an indoor baseball and softball training complex in Mesa. They've offered camps in the two sports for years, but they've added something new this summer: strength and conditioning camps.

3TV's Heidi Goitia spoke with Valerie Sanford, the strength and conditioning coach at Extra Innings. Sanford said the camps aren't just helpful for the athletes that might typically go to a facility like Extra Innings.

"The neat thing when you incorporate strength and conditioning is that anyone can do it," Sanford said. "Whether it's a kid that's already involved in sports or whether it's a child that's not quite used to coming to a big facility like this."

Sanford said the exercises in the program are done for time, not number of repetitions, so kids won't feel singled out if they can't quite keep up. More advanced athletes can do more repetitions within the allotted amount of time, but everyone starts and finishes together.

More information about the camps and other baseball and softball programming can be found at Extra Innings' website.