Tri-Fit-A-Thon may be considered a
activity, but it really depends on which approach you select when
presenting it to your children. Remember that it is always important to
put the emphasis on individual effort and achievement rather than
getting the highest score. The Tri-Fit-A-Thon is an activity that
allows the children to improve their personal best with the
objective of enhancing self-esteem.
Please visit the
page to read
a discussion on whether this
program works best for you as a voluntary or involuntary activity.
This page will also discuss individual competition vs.
What is the Tri-Fit-A-Thon?
The Tri-Fit-A-Thon is an exercise marathon comprised of 3
separate exercises. Our example on this web site will be push-ups,
curl-ups, and chin-ups. Points will be awarded during the event for
each successful exercise performed. It is important to educate all the
children on the proper techniques of the three exercises before you
commence with this program. Please refer to the 'Exercises' link to the left
for descriptions of the exercises.
Each participant has exactly three minutes to complete the program.
Only one child at a time will execute the event, which is timed by the
teacher. One minute is dedicated to each exercise. On the command of
“go”, a child will start to perform the first
segment of the Tri-Fit-A-Thon, which in our example is push-ups. The
child should do as many push-ups as possible in the one-minute
allotment. The teacher will award one point for each successful push-up
completed. A child may rest at any time.
"Three Minutes Of Fitness"
When the first minute passes, the instructor must yell out a key word
such as “switch” to start the next one-minute
session, which are curl-ups. On the command of
“switch”, the child will start to perform as many
curl-ups as possible in the one-minute quota. Again, a single point is
awarded for each successful curl-up. A child may rest at any time.
As soon as one minutes passes, the teacher will once again yell out
“switch” to start the third leg of the
Tri-Fit-A-Thon which is chin-ups (if your facility does not have a
chin-up bar, you may substitute a different exercise). The child is
awarded one point for each successful chin-up completed. The child is
finished with the event when they can no longer hang on the chin-up bar
or if one minute passes.
Example of a child's scorecard
Minute 1 - Push-ups - 20
Minute 2 - Curl-ups - 25
Minute 3 - Pull-ups - 5
Total Points = 50 Points
It is imperative that you create a safe environment for this event. As
mentioned, a child may rest at any given time during the event without
being penalized. It is also important to select a proper location in
your room to perform the program. It is recommended to do all three
portions of the Tri-Fit-A-Thon on safety mats. No running between
activities should be required. The push-ups, curl-ups, and chin-ups
should all be performed on mats located near the chin-up bar.
For other safety information, please click the 'Disclaimer
' link to the