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Hitting the gym helps students reach goals, maintain healthy lifestyle

Students spend their free time in the gym lifting to improve in sports and better their mental and physical health
Senior Bryn Simpson likes to go to the gym to clear her mind and relieve stress

“I go to Snap Fitness because it’s affordable and open 24 hours, which I need since I usually go to the gym late at night. I workout to stay healthy and I use it as a time to kind of just let go of the day and relax mentally. Currently, my favorite thing to do is bench because I recently started to take it seriously and I like to see the progress I make. I usually feel pretty good and calm when I am done working out because I feel very productive afterwards. Aside from the physical lifting making me stronger, it makes me think more about what I am eating and doing. I also think the discipline it takes to be there helps me grow mentally because I make it a plan to go there every day.”

Freshman Nick Jenkins follows in his family’s footsteps by staying in shape

“I was introduced to lifting by my dad, he was always big on working out. We spent a lot of time together in the gym and it really helped me build good habits and the motivation to go to the gym. At first, I wasn’t a big fan, but after a while I started to enjoy it and eventually I would spend as much time as I could in the gym. I play a lot of sports and working out is a great way that I can get better at them, along with helping me stay in shape and live a healthy lifestyle. I usually workout at Lifetime Fitness, I really like the amount of equipment they have and the swimming pool is a nice perk too. I really enjoy the gym because of how easy it is to see progress and watch myself get better.”

Senior Waylon Schenk plans to continue his powerlifting career while in college

“I spend a lot of my time working out in the weight room at Mill Valley. It is one of the best gyms in our area, especially for a school gym. I started lifting because of football, specifically since coach Barnes introduced me to lifting and always pushed me to get better. Which is why I believe I have stayed so consistent. I love seeing myself get better and it is very fun to see myself keep making progress. Also, receiving an offer to lift from William Jewell has made me work even harder and push myself even more. Working out has changed my life, from helping pay for some of my college to just improving my overall mental health. Lifting has really changed my outlook on life. If anyone is ever looking to start working out, I would highly recommend it.”

Senior Madelyn Warmke continues to better herself in the gym after tennis

“I go to Genesis Health Club in Overland Park because I started playing tennis at Genesis in Merriam, which led to me getting membership. I stayed because of the environment, equipment, amenities and overall vibe of the gym. My favorite thing to do when working out is back or legs depending on my mood. I like those the best because they’re my strongest muscle groups and I always feel my best afterwards. I work out because it’s good for physical health, but also super important for my mental health. Using your body physically and staying active, in any way, can make a person feel stronger and happier. Having to be self motivated and pushing my limits challenges me to be the best version of myself and helps me grow mentally.”

Sophomore Garrett Cox enjoys working out six out of the seven days of the week

“I go to iRISE Performance Monday through Saturday because I enjoy lifting and it’s important that I stay committed so I can reach my goals. Normally, I go with at least one person, I like having someone to talk to in between sets and it makes the experience more engaging. My favorite thing to do at the gym is chest and back day because the exercises are very enjoyable and I always like how I feel afterwards. Going to the gym makes me stronger because when I workout, I am ripping individual muscle fibers apart with each exercise I do. Each time I do that, my body repairs the muscles by making them bigger and stronger. I think it’s important that everyone exercises in some way because it has a really positive impact on both your mental and physical health.”

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Thomas Helm, JAG photographer
This is junior Thomas Helm’s first year on the JAG yearbook staff and he will be taking on the position of photographer. When not working for the yearbook you can find him running cross country and track. Outside of school he enjoys playing golf, coaching baseball teams, playing video games, and listening to music.
Bella McPeake, JAG reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Bella McPeake's first year on the JAG yearbook staff, she will be taking on the position of a photographer. When not working on the yearbook, you can find her cheering on the sidelines at football and basketball games. Outside of school she enjoys running, hanging out with her friends, listening to Zach Bryan, watching sunsets, going to church, and reading books. 

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