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Blabbermouths: Physically Literate vs. Physically Educated

Tune into a chat about #physed hosted by Justin Schleider. In this episode of Blabbermouths Jorge Rodriguez, Aaron Beighle, and Alex O’Brien join Justin as they discuss the phrase physically literate vs. physically educated.



Activity Logs: That Was Easy

Alex O’Brien asks two students to fill out a WELNET® Activity Log without giving them any other instruction. In the above video we see how easy it is for students to log and track their activity.

WELNET® was the first web-based software program for Health and Physical Education, and still the most comprehensive software available. If you are interested in demoing this powerful software in your school or district CLICK HERE and watch your physical education program continue to grow. Mostly importantly, you will be able to solidify that your program is showing student growth in health and fitness concepts, as well as overall physical literacy.

Here’s to a SMART Year


As we head back to school, embarking on the 2016 year, we might be asked by our friends, family, kids, and co-workers one or more of the following questions:

  • How was your winter break?
  • What did you do for fun?
  • How was new years?
  • Are you excited for this year?

As we answer these questions and more, we might feel a little lump in our throats when we are asked the inevitable, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” That lump is not uncommon. New Year’s resolutions are hard to make, and even harder to keep. One reason for this is our resolutions can often be a little vague. For example, “I want to exercise more.” might ring a bell. Well, this year we have no need to worry about a lump in our throat because our New Year’s resolution is going to be a smart and successful one! It will be well planned, thought through, and time sensitive…here’s how.

We are going to make sure it is a SMART-Goal. A SMART-Goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely. Let’s break down each piece of what a SMART-Goal is made up of with the help of SMART Goal Man!

It’s not going to be easy, but we are ready for the challenge of being a happier, healthier version of ourselves this year! Happy New Year and here’s to a SMART 2016!

Thriller Line Dance How To

Below are two videos created by Alex O’Brien. The first video will walk your students through the steps and counts of the Thriller line dance. The second video will lead your students through the line dance to the song Thriller.

Post your videos and pictures in the comments below, to our facebook page, or on twitter!

Check out Ryan Wiser’s Fitness Night. Ryan is an elementary teacher in the Mead School District!

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Thunderstruck Burpee Fitness Challenge

Here at Focused Fitness we believe it is important to practice what we preach. We are always finding ways to stay active during the work day and recently we came across a fun burpee challenge. The challenge is simple…listen to the ACDC song Thunderstruck, and every time they say ‘thunder’ or ‘thunderstruck’ you are to complete one burpee.

Far be it from the Focused Fitness Trainers (TNT) to back down from a challenge…especially a fitness challenge. So, the above video is Amy, Cherie, Ron, and Alex taking on Thunderstruck!

We would like to invite you to take the challenge and post your videos and pictures to social media. Make sure to tag @focusedfitness2!

National PE Institute 2015: Teacher Interviews

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The 2015 National PE Institute was held at UNC Asheville in North Carolina. It was an incredible experience for everyone involved. Each day had a central theme and a question corresponding to the theme. Alex O’Brien spent his mornings asking participants of the #PEInstitute15 the question of the day. He then complied them into a video that streamed live to the world before the afternoon keynote of that day.

The following videos are the collection of the questions and answers. As the summer months begin to shrink and the new school year approaches, we trust you will find motivation and inspiration in these videos to make this year the best experience for your students. Thank you for being a positive influence for so many young minds!

Miss Washington USA 2015: Kenzi Novell

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Kenzi Novell is Miss Washington USA 2015. Last week she came to Focused Fitness Headquarters to talk about how important health and fitness are in her life. Kenzi grew up in  Spokane, WA and went through the Spokane Public Schools system. At a young age she was exposed to the FIVE FOR LIFE® curriculum as she progressed through her K-12 education. Kenzi graduated from Gonzaga University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Promotions.

During Kenzi’s visit to Focused Fitness she sat down with Alex O’Brien and talked about health, fitness, and why having fun is so important to a happy, healthy life. After chatting about health and fitness Kenzi was ready to exercise in the Focused Fitness gym.

Alex expresses the type of person Kenzi is by saying,

It was great to talk and exercise with her because she is energetic and fun to be around. Kenzi is genuine, confident, and humble. I could tell when talking with her that she practices what she preaches…for me, that’s a game changer!

As we edge closer to the Shape America National Convention and Expo in Seattle it is great to have people like Kenzi representing a health and fitness. Check out the interview below and make sure to follow Kenzi on Twitter @RealMissWAusa & @KenziNovell!