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KidStrong opens in Noblesville
Screenwriter / Christy Heitger-Ewing
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Shortly after having a baby with hubby Bradley, Samantha Snowden saw something on social media that piqued her interest. It was a child development training center called KidStrong which focuses on brain, physical and character development. for children aged 12-14 months to 11 years. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2015 to Matt and Megin Sharp after noticing that their 15-month-old daughter, Ella, seemed to crave a challenge when it came to exploring her world. Nothing on the market was working for her, so they started building things like climbing ropes in their house to inspire her. She responded positively and ran off – literally. At just 2 years old, she was crushing the monkey bars in the playground and jumping boldly, unafraid to try new things.
Other children naturally turned to her, and their parents approached the Sharps, asking how they had made their daughter become so fearless and independent. The couple realized they had created something many children needed, so they founded KidStrong.
“I thought it was the coolest thing ever, not just from a fitness perspective, but also in terms of providing parents with solid guidelines on where the kids should be and what they should be doing. should work,” says Snowden. “It really touched me because I was a new parent who needed advice, and they provided you with things to work on with your kids.”
Snowden, who had always wanted to own his own business, decided to open a KidStrong franchise in the Indianapolis area. Currently, 32 franchises exist and 20 are in pre-sale status across the country.
“I loved the idea of being able to bring that to my home country,” says Snowden, who convinced her former boss, Manuel Torres, to join her in the business and become her business partner. They signed last July and KidStrong in Noblesville is set to open this month.
The response from the community at the center has been tremendous. Those with younger children are eager to get started, and those with older children lament that such a program did not exist when their children were younger.
KidStrong is categorized as a Milestone Accelerator, which means they put kids in class as soon as they are independent enough to walk through a room. This membership-based program allows students to attend one 45-minute class per week led by two professional KidStrong trainers. Each month, they offer outstanding work associated with their three pillars (development of the brain, physique and character).
“We have a programming team of child development experts who research where children need to be to be as successful as possible,” says Snowden. “We implement this into our program and release it month after month.”
At KidStrong, they have a “no giving up” mentality. That doesn’t mean these kids are in boot camp. They are pushed to a comfortable level to complete milestone work, but they are encouraged even if they don’t reach that milestone.
“We can stay after class and work on whatever they’re struggling with,” Snowden says. “The earlier you can get them to overcome obstacles and difficult things, that instills courage and confidence that I think current generations just don’t really have.”
Adults naturally gain confidence once they have achieved a goal or overcome a challenge. For example, in the field of fitness, many adults tend to feel good when they run faster or lift heavier weights. The problem is that kids can’t really get involved in organized sports until they’re 5 years old.
“If we can start that mentality of, ‘Hey, there’s a hurdle in front of me and I have to overcome it,’ kids will grow stronger and more confident,” Snowden said.
Parents certainly agree. Anna Parmley says her 3-year-old son recently went to see another boy in a doctor’s office waiting room, showed up and started playing.
“He would never have known how to introduce himself or had the confidence to greet a peer without KidStrong,” she says.
This summer, Snowden and his team will be offering a KidStrong camp July 25-29, as well as a two-day camp August 1-2. They will offer many other camp options as the location is established. Next year they will have camps all summer. Additionally, she plans to build up to six more KidStrong Centers in the Indianapolis area in the future.
Snowden points out that devoting time and energy to your children’s extracurricular activities serves to improve them in the long run.
“Our goal is not to make kids awesome at KidStrong,” she says. “It’s to make children grow up in life. The only reason we exist is to give kids the confidence and leadership skills to go out into the world and excel at whatever they want to do.
KidStrong is located at 9510 East 146th Street, Suite 102 in Noblesville. For more information, call 812-366-2135 or visit kidstrong.com/noblesville. To learn more about this place and its future places, follow them on social networks.