The COMmUNITY Center will help community members spiritually, mentally, and physically. It will add to the existing institutions for spiritual and mental development in new ways. I also propose a new approach to develop physically: The Fantasy Heroes Training Center.
The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will be especially for those who don’t enjoy ordinary sports and exercises. It will engage the imagination while giving the body a workout in ways that are fun and free of the pressures of competitive sports. As imaginary heroes of different kinds, members will set their own goals and choose their own styles of meeting the challenges.
Just think of all the ways in which fictional heroes display physical prowess! From the lightning-fast reflexes, sinewy strength, and hard-riding endurance of the Western lawman to the supersonic speed, strength of steel, and special powers of comic book super heroes. The fantasy heroes of martial arts movies exaggerate the board-breaking strikes, cat-like flexibility, and defensive skills of real martial artists. Fantasy heroes also display incredible strength and skill in books and movies about secret agents, knights, explorers and more.
Imagining you have super powers or are training to be a hero in a book or movie can make any kind of exercise seem a little more fun. The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will provide equipment and settings that will make the dreams seem more real. A TV screen with fast-motion travel video can make using a treadmill seem like running at super speed in exotic locations with beautiful scenery. Pulleys and levers can make weight training into lifting very heavy objects. Fantasy heroes have many different ways to train that can be fun. An obstacle course can safely simulate many challenges and dangers. A target trail would provide practice for safe toy versions of throwing stars, blowguns, longbows and crossbows, as well as brand-name shooters of foam darts and plastic pellets.
The Fantasy Heroes Training Center can draw inspiration from many sources to inspire members. What inspired me first was imagining a safe, real version of the original Marvel Comic’s Danger Room. A good movie to see many styles of martial arts without extreme violence is Heroes of the East. Or just watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Obstacle courses have become popular through the original Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race and more.
The COMmUNITY Center would integrate this imaginative form of physical training with its other parts. The spiritual part would provide guidance and moderation. The mental part would help with special effects and safety. Both of those parts would also help with other aspects of physical fitness, such as diet and self-control. The Fantasy Hero Training Center would provide the exercise that people focused on spiritual or mental development often neglect.
This part of the COMmUNITY center would require a lot of space and materials. It would also be best with a lot of professionals in physical training providing safety advice, guidance and leadership. All of which might require a lot of money without donations and volunteering. Perhaps these are things that others can add to the soup.