This week's New Yorker brings fitness education to kids for free in a neighborhood where healthy options are hard to come by. NY1's John Schiumo filed the following report.
GF stands for Get Focused. For Goldin Martinez, that means getting kids in his old neighborhood up and moving.
"When these kids put on that GF shirt, they turn into Superman. The energy, the enthusiasm, just everything about them, I can't even explain it," Martinez says.
Martinez is the founder of Get Focused, a fitness and training program in Washington Heights.
"I grew up in Washington Heights," Martinez says. "This is where my heart is, this is where my soul is, and this is where I do my work."
The program aims to educate youth about being healthy, and that means more than doing sprints and squats.
"They go home and they tell their parents, 'Mommy, I was a part of Get Focused. They told me not to drink soda. They told me not to eat anything that's not healthy,'" Martinez says. "And then it creates a change in the entire community. It doesn't just create a change in the child."
At Get Focused, having fun and staying healthy are free of charge. The organization sells its own line of active wear, with the "GF" logo, to support its programs.
Whether it's yoga or kickboxing, Goldin is there, cheering on his teams.
"Wherever Goldin goes, you see a positive influence," said Benny Ogando, a fitness trainer with Get Focused. "You see that in the workouts. The kids circle around him and they listen to him."
They listen, and they learn.
"When we run laps, he wants us to drink a lot of water and no juice," said program participant Suncerae Fredericks.
"It helps you stay in shape and be healthy and be strong," said program participant Ryan Madison.
"I love coming here 'cause it's the way I stay in shape, it's the way I stay fit," said program participant Analisse Grullart. "So when I come, I get to hang out and I get to have fun while I'm working out."
Having fun while staying focused is Goldin's way.
So, for sharing his heart and soul with the next generation of New Yorkers in his old neighborhood, Goldin Martinez is our New Yorker of the Week.
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