Youth strength and conditioning classes now available

Youth Services Director and Instructor Loren Sessoms demonstrates a workout movement to a youth program participant. BurnRate Fitness & Nutrition is beginning youth specific this month. Sign-ups are now available.

Gyms aren’t just for adults.

This month, BurnRate Fitness & Nutrition is launching a youth conditioning program designed specifically for 10 to 18-year-olds.

“The youth program is our version of a strength and conditioning program. This was something that we started because we wanted kids in our community to be able to come and be involved in fitness, whether they’re in sports or not,” explained BurnRate Youth Services Director Loren Sessoms. “We want them to be able to come and have a fun and enjoyable environment to learn, to grow, and then to get better at their sport or to just get involved in regular physical activity.”

The new youth program is designed for all skill levels and not just for those involved with organized sports teams.

“Our classes are designed and able to be split up according to age and even gender when it warrants it. We’re not going to have an 18-year-old football player in the same group as a 10-year-old girl who wants to play soccer at the rec level,” Sessoms explained. “We have the capability to cover a wide range of goals and a wide range of demographics.”

Though the classes will vary and are customizable, they will all involve the same key goals.

“Most of the time you’re going to go through some sort of strength element, some type of speed and agility element or conditioning element,” Sessoms explained “Then there will always be a specific focus on flexibility, mobility and recovery. Basically, what that equates to is warmup and cool down time but with a specific focus on some deliberate movements.”

The BurnRate youth program’s main goal is to create a positive experience with fitness to help participants excel.

“We’re trying to give kids an outlet where it’s structured but it’s fun, it’s safe, you have qualified people here that are making sure your form is right and you’re using safe amounts of weight,” Sessoms said. “Kids are just bombarded constantly with so many different things these days, I think it would just be great for them to get an hour out of their day to come in, work hard, feel that sense of accomplishment, better themselves, and enjoy being with others.”

As a certified trainer and a former division one college athlete, Sessoms said she’s always had a heart for youth fitness.

“I’ve always loved working with kids. I think there’s so much potential for our youth community here to get involved in something like this and let it be fun in a positive environment,” she said. “I’m excited to be a part of it and I’m excited to be on a team that’s creating something that I think will be so impactful.”

The new youth program will meet three times a week and sign-ups are already available.

“The idea has always been there is to help serve the youth of our community,” said Sessoms. “Looking at our community… there is kind of a need for this and there’s nothing else like it. We just want to bring that here and allow kids to explore something positive and new.”

BurnRate Fitness & Nutrition is located in the Compass Pointe complex at 489 Compass Drive in Mebane. They can be reached by phone at 919-421-7400 and more information can be found on their website at as well as their social media pages. Sessoms can also be reached directly at