C.J. Senter is a young Billy Blanks in the making. Known as the “Workout Kid” and with DVDs of his fitness regimen already available, this Georgia fourth-grader—who has a sculpted body of a weight lifter—may be the fitness guru the young Black community needs.
“I’m not a dieter,” the 10-year-old said. “I eat everything.”
Senter claimed that he did not bench press free weights because “it’s not good for kids.” He also said that weights were not included in his workouts.
So how did this Georgia kid get so buff? His answer: Moves that incorporate squats, push-ups and jumps revamped into a fun-youthful routine.
Five years ago when Senter’s football coach told the team to go home and get more exercise, the young boy followed instruction and found out it was something he actually loved, Yahoo! Sports reported. Since then, he has been working out three times a week—after school and after his homework.
Senter saw a P90X infomercial and eventually tried that too.
With African-American children 30 percent more likely to be overweight than non-Hispanic Whites in 2007-2008, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Senter could be a role model for other Black boys.
According to the most recent statistics about childhood obesity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19.8 percent of Black boys between the ages of 12-19 years old were obese—3.1 percent higher than White boys.
The recent “Let’s Move” campaign led by President Michelle Obama urged African Americans to focus on childhood obesity.
“We are living today in a time where we are decades beyond slavery, we are decades beyond Jim Crow when one of the greatest risks to our children’s future is their own health,” the First Lady said in an address to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at its 101st convention in Kansas City, Voice of America reported.
Just like the campaign, Senter encourages his viewers to “move” on his workout videos. Carlos Senter, C.J.’s dad said the DVDs are in so much demand that he has hired a PR agent to assist. But he said he gives most of them away to encourage kids to get up from the couch, Yahoo! Sports reported.
Carlos said his son showed signs of physical fitness when he crawled out of his crib at seven months old.
“It was two, three o’clock in the morning,” Carlos says, “and boom! My wife would go look in his room and here he comes, crawling out. He would go into the refrigerator, too,” Mr. Senter said.
But C.J.’s crawling has turned into a competitive strength, which earned him the title as MVP of Georgia youth football in the 8-and-under category and is able to compete in the 10-and-under group as a 9-year-old.
Senter aspires to be a NFL football player and currently plays as a safety and running back.
See C.J. Senter in this YouTube video: