Garden City resident Mike Brungardt was the strength and conditioning coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA for 17 years, retiring in 2011.
During his time with the Spurs, around 2008-09, Brungardt created an exercise video with former NBA player Sean Elliott, who at the time was doing TV color commentary.
“We wanted to do a kids exercise video because at the time San Antonio was one of the fattest cities in America,” he said. “We were trying to make sure kids got up and moving ... We wanted to do a video where they didn’t have to have equipment and it needed to be fun for them and they needed to be able to use their imaginations.”
While the video, titled “Action Sports Camp with Sean Elliot,” is now over a decade old, it’s still relevant and a good tool for children who are cooped up inside while playgrounds are closed during this pandemic, Brungardt said.
Children still need to be active, Brungardt said, and need to be moving around either inside or outside, wherever it’s safe and they can practice social distancing.
“It’s just like all of us, movement and exercise are important for your health and your overall well-being, mental health and all of those,” he said.
The video is good for children between the ages of 4 to about 12, Brungardt said. It’s fun and fundamentally sound, teaching children the correct ways to move, positions, how to warm up and cool down properly and about the importance of staying hydrated.
“It covers all the basics of what a good workout should have in it and kind of gets them to do the fundamentals even at an early age,” he said.
Brungardt said children should have some type of physical activity every day for a minimum of 20 minutes and up to one hour.
“You want them to definitely get the blood circulating, get their muscles moving, get their heart rates up and do them as often as you can during the week,” he said. “But a minimum of 20 minutes a day and up to an hour is a pretty good workout for them. ”
Brungardt said he hopes the video can be another tool to help parents with their children at home.
“I know they're all busy homeschooling, I know some of them are going crazy trying to be teachers now and this is a way to burn off some energy on the kids and it's important that they do that,” he said. “It's just a real sound and fundamentally sound exercise program for them that the kids will have fun with, just a way to help parents.”
The video can be found at youtube.com/watch?v=g_MAk4cq7dY.