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Archive for April, 2015

Fitness Knowledge for Everyone

Fitness on Black-Golden Watch Face.

By: Adam Marshall

I grew up in small farming town in north central Montana with a graduating class of 16. Growing up I loved competitive sports and almost 20 years later I still do. Fact is, in my school, probably 90% of the students engaged in some form of sports. Because of that love for sports and physical activity I stayed active and enjoyed exercise through my college years while pursuing a degree in exercise science. I don’t ever remember a time when I felt intimidated or discouraged by participating or engaging in physical activity or fitness. I’ve probably taken for granted how easy it is for me to pursue a lifestyle like this because it really is all I know.

My first job, after receiving my degree, was as a personal trainer in Spokane, Washington. I didn’t really know what I was in for. Because of where I grew up, and the activities I liked to participate in, I didn’t realize how bad the obesity epidemic was. It was definitely a fair portion of my clientele. However, the people who I remember the most during my days as a personal trainer were the young people (16-25 years old) who came to me for help. Whether they already had a severe weight problem, were starting to gain weight, or just felt the need to exercise, there was one common denominator: They had no idea what to do or where to start! Again, coming from my sheltered little corner of Montana, I couldn’t understand how someone could know literally nothing about fitness. I was starting from scratch with these kids. This got me thinking. Surely this information has been shared with them before? They had to have heard this at some point in school? Maybe in physical education? I’m not going pretend like I learned about health and fitness in school, because I didn’t. My PE classes were as ‘old school’ as they come. The three things I remember from my PE were: dodgeball, floor hockey and being “turned loose” in the weight room. However, I didn’t have to be taught or motivated about physical activity; I just did it because I liked it. That’s all I knew.

I’m currently an activity and curriculum trainer for Focused Fitness. I work with PE teachers all over the country on what it means to teach Quality Physical Education (#QPE). The four areas of #QPE are: academic content, fitness, motor skills and social/emotional content. I know a lot of teachers who have no problem incorporating some degree of fitness and motor/sports skills in their classes. After all, I think a lot of PE teachers have a similar outlook as me when it comes to fitness. They’ve always done it and it just comes natural.

Many teachers are realizing that kids aren’t participating as widely in sports these days as they used to, which may mean we need to shift our focus from sports and competition to preparing these kids to be fit, healthy and active for a lifetime. Of course, sports have a place when teaching kids about lifetime fitness, but it can’t be the sole focus. We have a saying here that pretty much sums up what our goal for students is: “Gain the essential knowledge and tools necessary to become their own personal trainer and nutritionist.” When we say, “gain essential knowledge” a lot of what we’re talking about is the academic content portion of #QPE. Chances are, the kids who love sports and being active are going to find a way to play sports and be active. Now, think of the rest of the kids…An 18 year-old should never have to pay for health and fitness information. Could your students be their own personal trainer and nutritionist?

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Why I do what I do?

By: Ron Malm

Whatever it is that you do, you do for a reason. I teach because I want to educate others in areas that I believe to be important. The highest calling that I believe exists is one in which we are educating others, and helping them move forward in their life, the right way.

Recently, I was made aware of a very special person in my life that has been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). I met John Oakley when I first moved to Spokane. He was like me, an elementary PE teacher. Matter of fact, I took over at his school after he moved to another school. All the students would tell me, “you’re not doing it like Mr. Oakley” or “Mr. Oakley did it this way”. That was just fine with me, since I wanted to be myself and not be like someone else… that is until I got to know Mr. Oakley.

The best way that I can describe the current situation with John is that “life is not fair” and “suck it up, buttercup”. Why these two sayings? Because these sayings encompass how I see John! In all the years that I have known John, I have never heard him complain that “life is not fair”. Instead he simply figures it out and “sucks it up”. If you would like to see for yourself what kind of man John Oakley is, I would ask that you watch the above video he made to share his story.

To be clear, I do want to be doing it like Mr. Oakley, for even now, he continues to show me, and many others how to move forward in life, “the right way”.

Thank you John!

Training on Track

Make sure you get at least one round of this week’s #Tuesday20s & #Thursday30s workout in. Remember, one completed round means you complete 20 (on Tuesday) or 30 (on Thursday) repetitions of each exercise in the workout. You can complete the exercises and repetitions in any order you want & take as much time as you need. Tag your videos and pictures, or send them straight to us smile@focusedfitness.org

No Child Left Behind Revised to include PE

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The last update to the Elementary and Secondary Educatoin Act (ESEA) was in 2001. Led by Lamar Alexander & Patty Murray the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committe has begun action on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. The Every Child Achieves Act is posed as a overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Senators Alexander & Murray wrote the legislation with a purpose to give leverage to states and local school districts in determining what accountability systems will work best to improve schools.

The Every Child Achieves Act is comprised of fixing problems with NCLB, as well as keeping successful parts with an overarching goal to end states’ need for waivers from the law. This is great news for physical education! Why? Because one of the key points in the legislation is to include physical education and music as core academic subjects! It is going to take all of our efforts to help Senator Alexander and Murray make this a reality! Take one minute to help support physical education by Clicking Here.

Physical education is decades behind other core subjects in school. The other subjects have more assessments, curricula, resources, and funding than we do. However, we are changing the game every single day! We are better together, so speak out and let your passion for a happy, healthier tomorrow, burn hot today!

Challenge a Friend for #Tuesday20s

This week’s workout consists of four exercises. The goal is to complete 20 repetitions of each exercise to complete one round.

1. High Knees

2. Lunges

3. Raise the Roof

4. Crunches

Attached the YouTube video above to a Facebook post, or Tweet and challenge a friend to complete the workout. If you have a competitive side, time yourself and see how fast you can complete one round of the #Tuesday20s.

Remember to use the official hash-tag! #Tuesday20s

#Tuesday20s & #Thursday30s

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We recently created two new hash-tags called #Tuesday20s and #Thursday30s. We would like to explain just what #Tuesday20s and #Thursday30s are, and how you can use them in your personal life & your classroom to promote exercise.

#Tuesday20s and #Thursday30s are short workouts that include 2 to 5 exercises. The expectation is to complete each exercise 20 times on Tuesday and 30 times on Thursday to finish the challenge. For all of you overachievers out there, we encourage you to do as many rounds as your heart desires. You could even take the workout a step further and see how long it takes to complete each round. As we are sure you have guessed, #Tuesday20s are the same workout that will be posted on Thursday except you only have to complete 20 repetitions of each exercise. These workouts are great dynamic warm-ups to start off your day or your class.

The exercises that we are including in #Tuesday20s & #Thursday30s are picked based on the difficulty and amount of space it takes to complete them. We created each workout so they can be done in a small space. They are body-weight only exercises, so you won’t need any equipment to complete them.

#Tuesday20s and #Thursday30s workouts will be posted at 7:00 am EST & 7:00 am PST every Tuesday and Thursday morning on our Twitter account. They will also be posted on our Facebook page. If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account, fret not. You will be able to find them on the bottom right side of our Focused Fitness Website as shown here:

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We will also release a video that shows how to complete each exercise using proper form. You can complete the workout in any order you want mixing up the repetitions as well. For example, if the workout was jumping jacks and push-ups, you could do 5 push-ups and 5 jumping jacks until you completed the workout.

Tweet, Vox, Facebook, YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube, Blog, Vine, and Instagram your workouts using either #Tuesday20s or #Thursday30s!

We can’t wait to see your pictures & videos! Don’t hesitate to create your own workout and share it with us using the official hashtags #Tuesday20s & #Thursday30s. For more, email us at Smile@FocusedFitness.org

Let the fitness begin!