Unchecked, girls' low self-esteem can bloom into high-risk behaviors such as drug or alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, bullying, cutting, smoking, eating disorders and more.
Inspired to change this trajectory, kickboxing instructors Erin Fennell and Brittani Warner created the Float Like a Butterfly program for young girls. The two reached out to Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab; now, in collaboration, they are offering free classes for girls ages 10 and up, starting June 7.
Float Like a Butterfly is more than just a workout. In addition to sculpting the body, the program is designed to help a young girl realize her inherent value, inner beauty and self-worth.
Fennell, who has a master's degree in clinical and group psychology, created Float to give girls "a sanctuary . . . for even just two hours a week."
She explained that while the first hour is dedicated to exercise, the second is about self-esteem, with activities such as creating a personal inspiration board and girls' leadership building.
This program is more than fun; it's about creating inner and outer strength, cardiovascular conditioning and toning, which also let girls tap into their inner warrior goddess while simultaneously building their self-confidence.
Fennell continued, "I am hoping to allow these girls to feel safe enough to open up, so that we can send them back out the door with a solid sense of who they are and an unwillingness to allow anyone to ever try and take that from them."
Now that's what I'm talking about - a workout that not only trains girls' bodies, but heals their heart and empowers their souls!
The free kickboxing classes, open to girls 10 and up, will meet at 5:45 p.m. every Friday, starting June 7, at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym, 547 N. 3rd St. All participants are required to have a signed parent permission slip and sign a medical waiver. For more information and registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Garrison is a wellness coach and owner of One on One Ultimate Fitness in Philadelphia. Her column appears Wednesdays.