Free fitness event slated for park Saturday

Staff Report

A local body builder is taking his own experience and offering it to the public this weekend during a free event at Elkin Municipal Park.

Jermaine Hayes Sr. said he is excited about planning, preparing and dedicating himself to making a difference in the community. He is founder of the new business, 4D FITNESS, which will give consumers a combination of fitness programs and nutrient plans under one plan, and he is mobile, so he will bring workouts to his customers.

Saturday’s event, coined “Back to the Basics,” will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. and provide activities for youth, demonstrations, guest speakers, food and drinks and door prize raffles every 30 minutes.

Hayes, aka Shine, began body building as a hobby in 2010 and has competed in several body building competitions in Petersburg, Virginia, placing first in the amateur class division in 2011, 2012 and 2013. After winning the competitions, he became determined to reach out and help others, according to a press release about Saturday’s event.

In 2013, Hayes was certified as a personal trainer and now offers “in-gym workouts” and one-on-one sessions with the option to have a mobile sessions at the customer’s location.

“I have always had a desire to find an occupation that I truly enjoyed doing,” Hayes said. “Through my many ups and downs, or what some call ‘life experiences,’ I finally realized that life is filled with many challenges every day, but it also offers an equivalent amount of opportunities. Maybe the inspiration to ‘make a difference in the world’ came from observing prominent business leaders, traveling internationally on business conferences with my mother, or even the constant encouragement I received from my grandfather as he tirelessly gave his best at all times.

“Regardless of all the questions that run through my mind, I do know that it’s no accident to be starting 4D FITNESS at this time, in this vicinity, with all the support of family and friends. It’s simply a walk of faith,” he said.

With the issue of obesity and its complications plaquing the community, Hayes said it is his hope to help people conquer their battles with the problem. “The realization that each of us have the power and ability to make a difference in our community is just awesome,” he said. “I only need to use the talents I have been blessed with — working with people, especially the youth. So I’ve asked myself, ‘what’s the best way to encourage others to set goals, develop healthy eating habits, and of course include a daily fitness program?’

“The answer was clear — 4D FITNESS. There are so many health problems that can be reduced simply by changing our eating habits and incorporating a physical fitness program. Today there is a rapidly growing concern with obesity throughout the country,” Hayes explained. “Being overweight or obese means that your weight is higher than what is healthy for your height. It also means you have a higher risk of health problems — some of them serious. About 300,000 people die each year from problems related to obesity.”

He said he believes it is never too late or too early to make a change in lifestyle, to start learning healthier eating habits and ways to fight obesity.

“I start and end my day with the inspirational quote, ‘I am, I can and I will make a difference,’” Hayes said.

For more information on 4D FITNESS and Saturday’s event, email [email protected] or call 336-223-5464.

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