Wahiawa school takes new approach to physical education

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Leilehua High School is taking a new approach to physical education to focus on individual goals.

Think of a student body as a band — a bunch of diverse individuals, who have different parts to play, unique.

With that in mind, it’s not one-size-fits-all when it comes to a student’s physical fitness needs.

“It’s not really the traditional roll the ball out PE. We want to emphasize each student’s fitness goals and what steps they need to take to get there,” physical education instructor Kim Celebre said.

Helping to accomplish those goals is a state-of-the-art, newly refurbished weight room — which just opened — costing $50,000.

“You know, that is why we moved to a fitness background, that way students have the opportunity to excel at their own personal levels. They set goals for themselves and not goals based on their peers,” physical education instructor Justin Shiroma said.

So whether you’re a cheerleader, football player, or in the band, you have your own goals.

“We understand that each kid is at a very different levels, and they come to school with very different backgrounds. So our goal is to help everybody at their own level, figure out what is their own personal goal, and be able to give them the tools to be able to reach that,” Celebre said.

Teachers have the students log their workouts to see if they’re reaching their goals.

“We want them to follow all five concepts of physical education. Whether it be cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and of course strength and muscular endurance,” Shiroma said.

The PE teachers hope these are lessons students can take with them all their lives, creating healthy lifestyles at a young age.

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