Champion’s on the Rise

On Friday March 11th, 2016 we had our Testing and Promotion or Champion Promotion event. We are both proud and excited to have had 7 different levels of athletes ranging from 6-14 years old participate in the event. Congratulations to the following champions for ascended to the new levels of achievement:

 

Discovery- Level 1

Phase 1 – White

Max Hanson

Jeff Considine

Cooper Farabaugh

 

Phase 2- Orange

Charlie Hamer

 

Phase 3- Black

Dylan Wagner

Cam Bliss

 

Exploration- Level 2

Phase 1- White

Ryan Wagner

John Kuropatikin

Christina Short

 

Phase 2- Orange

Shannon McKenna

PJ Celestino

 

Phase 3- Black

John Milano

Molly Belmore

 

Transformation- Level 3

Phase 2- Orange

Trevor Gleason

 

 

 

 

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Are kids less fit…than we were?

Do our kids have ample opportunity to get the activity they need everyday?  Forget the sports performance factors…a recent study shows our children do not get enough activity to be as healthy as they should be.

Interestingly enough one of the possible causes for this is sited as obesity. I say interestingly enough because we need to ask ourselves the question “what came first…inactivity or obesity?”.

You can read about the research by clicking the link below. Enjoy and please comment!

http://www.telegram.com/article/20131120/NEWS/311209959/1052

If you are concerned about your children and the amount of quality activity they are getting during the week take advantage of our 2-week trial and give them the opportunity to avoid being a statistic!

See you soon!

Coach Dave

 

 

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Champion Athletes Rise Up

This past Friday we had our 15th Testing and Promotion Event. Pride is an under rated term when referring to what we witnessed.  The following young athletes have ascended to the new levels of achievement:

Level 1 Phase 1

Tyler Gould
Madison Gould
Owen Lynch
Abigail Manning

Level 1 Phase 3

John Ennis
William Hoban

Level 2 Phase 1

Sam Goodman
Caroline Manning

Level 2 Phase 2

Coleman Earner
Jayne Howe

 

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Testing and Promotion Results June 6th 2013

**Champion Promotion**

 

Congratulations to the following athletes for successfully achieving higher rank on Friday June 6th 2013.

Discovery-Level 1

Phase 1- White

Aiden Sullivan

Anastasia Argus

Cameron Steele

Colin Killgoar

Sean O’Neil

Phase 2 – Orange

Connor Steele

Benjamin Lynch

Jacob Cogburn

John Ennis

Liam Robinson

Matthew Buzalsky

Owen Mayer

Ryan Steele

William Hoban

Phase 3 – Black

Dimitrios Tombros

Exploration – Level 2

Phase 1 – White

Daniel Ellis

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Athletic Revolution Champions Show Their Stuff!

Congratulations to our athletes for successfully achieving higher rank on Friday December 7th, 2012.

Testing, evaluating and assessing young athletes is and should be a continual process.  Those terms are all synonymous with each other.  One overlooked commonality they have is that they are largely misunderstood.  All to often the concept of grading young athletes is based solely on performance measures that illustrate how far, how far, how fast and how much.  A key problem with this connotation is it lacks a the emphasis  on the very skills required to perform any movement or exercise.

The Athletic Revolution Testing and Promotion System is based on 9 levels of achievement based on skill aptitude, character and fitness level.

 

We are proud to announce the  24 Champions that qualified and successfully achieved a new level.

Discovery – Level 1
Phase 1 – White

Logan Boutwell
Allie Dwyer
John Ennis

Phase 2 – Orange

Colin Cannel
Christopher Currier
Isaac Dornan

Phase 3 – Black

Joey Dwyer
Lily Jones
Jacob Lyons
Jillian Pillard

Exploration – Level 2
Phase 1 – White

Coleman Earner
Jared Farmer
Abbey Farmer
Savannah-Leigh Hellige
Caleb Jones
Brandon Kelsey
Jared Pillard
Caitlin Sullivan
Connor Sullivan

Phase 2 – Orange

Steven Cerventes

Phase 3 – Black

Matt Kreckie
Cameron Maggiore
Bo Rinkus

Transformation – Level 3
Phase 1 – White

Jenna Capuzzo

 

 

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Champions on the RISE

**Champion Promotion**


Congratulations to the following athletes for successfully achieving higher rank on Friday September 14th, 2012.

 

Testing, evaluating and assessing young athletes is and should be a continual process.  Those terms are all synonymous with each other.  One overlooked commonality they have is that they are largely misunderstood.  All to often the concept of grading young athletes is based solely on performance measures that illustrate how far, how far, how fast and how much.  A key problem with this connotation is it lacks a the emphasis  on the very skills required to perform any movement or exercise.

The Athletic Revolution Testing and Promotion System is based on 9 levels of achievement based on skill aptitude, character and fitness level.

 

We are proud to announce the 6 Champions that qualified and successfully achieved a new level this past Saturday:


Discovery-Level 1

Phase 1 – White

Liam Robinson

William Hoban

Exploration-Level 2

Phase 1- White

Jayne Howe

Austin Manning

Phase 2 – Orange

Matthew Kreckie

Phase 3 – Black

Chris Wesinger

If and when you see these young champions…give them a high 5!

 

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Biggest Loser To Train Kids…

Has the ‘Biggest Loser’ Jumped the Shark?

The Popular Extreme Weight Loss TV Show Sets Its Sights on Children

On September 4th 2012 the Associated Press Reported that in the shows 14th season “The Biggest Loser” will have children between the ages of 13 to 17 engage in trying to lose weight and get in shape. I like many other professional trainers and coaches in the fitness industry have strong opinions regarding the motivational techniques utilized on the show. In addition, the validity of the exercise programming and coaching of proper technique also comes into question.

My response today is intended to be neutral as well as based on the most important participants of the report I read… the children.  The underlying principles of coaching/training young children should be rooted in human development, physical culture and physical literacy. A coach can affect the overall well being of the children they serve. All coaches have the opportunity to leave an indelible mark on a child. The choice must be made as to whether it will be positive or negative.

First and foremost, the premise of the show is incredible transformation.  Physical and often positive psychological changes are witnessed by millions of viewers, inspiring even the laziest of couch potatoes to start leading a healthier life style.

Fat loss is the hook that has us tuning in. In this case ‘the fight against childhood obesity’ is the catalyst for viewership. The inherent issue I have here is that childhood obesity NOT the problem. It is a symptom of much larger problems plaguing our nation…lack of play, lack of physical activity, lack of sleep and poor nutrition.  As young children enter into adolescence without having explored and discovered movement and the fun of physical play, they do so with no sense of physical culture.

My fear is that the children on this show will see more of the same as the adults only in a watered down version. For kids 11-17 to be taught the brutality of metabolic training, the boredom associated with long bouts of cardiovascular exercise, or the tiresome repetitiveness of weight machine circuits would be a travesty.

What they will be learning remains to be seen. My hope is that the foundation is developmentally appropriate movement skill acquisition combined with as much fun as they can handle. Teaching these children pain free and fluid movement combined with the joy that comes from feeling energized and accomplished can last a lifetime.

In the same article published by the Associated Press, the popular Jillian Michaels is quoted as saying the producers of the show “are ‘incredibly sensitive’ to safeguarding them”. The new mom and trainer for the show also remarked, “…it’s going to be controversial, and we’ll do the best we can to handle it in the most positive and effective way possible.”

Once again, this remains to be seen. My question is what qualifies Ms. Michaels to coach young children?  This is not an attack on Ms. Michaels. Being incredibly sensitive will mean more than merely not being weighed for the broadcast. Let’s face it. Her track record is not that of the sensitive type.  Here are a few things to ponder as you watch the show for yourself to evaluate the approach being taken by all the trainers involved.

Is there in fact an awareness of the communicative styles, physical limitations/considerations as well as the some of the internal factors associated with the psychology of children 11-17 years old?

Communicatively, most of the young participants will likely display varied physical ability and moderate to low motivation. These contestants need to be inspired and guided. If they are delegated to or simply instructed it will be a nightmare for the trainers and more importantly the kids.  Furthermore, any instance exercise intended as a punishment is a sure sign of ignorance as it pertains to training young children.

The changes a child goes through during normal human development are filled with ingredients that create a vast separation between the approaches of training adults versus children. That said it is very likely that even 2 children the same age could have a 5-6 year difference in development. How? Growth spurts aside, two 13 year old boys could be separated by one being a couple years ahead of his chronological and the other behind.  A potential 6-year gap does not simply equate to lessening the weights used from one child to another.

From a biosocial perspective – aside from already knowing they are different physically from their peers they are also responding in some manner to other biological changes to their bodies. Kinesthetically they are aware of their bodies in varying degrees.

Psychosocially these young contestants are learning social skills, self-efficacy, and the concept of fairness in addition to adjusting emotionally.

Cognitively kids are processing abstract ideas such as health and fitness, diet, and transferring what they already know (correct or incorrect) and applying it to new experiences.

My question remains are Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper and Dolvett Quince prepared for what they are embarking on?

There is one statement printed in the AP report that I do take exception with.  Here it is in its entirety:

The goal is to focus on the kids’ health rather than their weight, Michaels said, adding, “It’s about getting them on the softball team, not into a size four.”

I could not disagree more. The focus should neither be getting them into a size 4 nor on the softball team. Weight loss will be an additional benefit if the approach is to serve the best interest of the kids.  Fat loss will be realized no matter the strategy. Fat loss alone under the guide of medical professionals and 3 months of a sound meal plan and intense exercise will elicit fat loss every time. The how is the most critical aspect of long-term success through a physical culture.

If these children gain the confidence to pursue softball or any other sport for that matter then that is a bonus.  This mentality also accentuates a paradigm that physical activity should include an organized sport. The primary goals, at the expense of sounding repetitive, must be to establish a physical culture and developing physical literacy in these children. Weigh loss alone as a mission to combat childhood obesity is merely a Band-Aid.

My last point will be directed toward the apparent plan to have at least one young contestant mixed in with each team of 6 six adults. For all of the reasons listed above I remain neutral yet skeptical until I view the show for myself.

There are far more factors to consider than what I have mentioned in this brief writing. Add in adults who are waging war against their own internal battles in addition to being obese with growing children and a potentially ill-equipped training staff…I hope and pray the producers, the trainers, the medical staff, and the childhood obesity experts will create the optimal environment.

Ms. Michaels has given us all a bit of wonder with her admitting “I’m not going to make any promises” in the AP article in regard to her over all and hard hitting approach.

When the show airs in January we will all see young miracles make big changes on NBC.  From what I have read from the Associated Press, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively affect the live of the contestants and thousands of young children who may tune in…I know this – I will be watching. Will you?

 

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Are your young Athletes being BULLIED?

This is a very explosive topic that needs to be addressed.

Watch this video and feel free to leave your comments below!

 

 

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Athletic Testing and Promotion Results

There are no words to accurately describe the energy, emotion, and utter athleticism that reigned over Athletic Revolution this past Saturday! We are so proud of all of you!

Testing, evaluating and assessing young athletes is and should be a continual process.  Those terms are all synonymous with each other.  One overlooked commonality they have is that they are largely misunderstood.  All to often the concept of grading young athletes is based solely on performance measures that illustrate how far, how far, how fast and how much.  A key problem with this connotation is it lacks a the emphasis  on the very skills required to perform any movement or exercise.

The Athletic Revolution Testing and Promotion System is based on 9 levels of achievement based on skill aptitude, character and fitness level.

This was our biggest Testing and Promotion Day EVER!!

Discovery Phase 1 (white)

Zach Phinney
Nathan Rossi
Matthew Wolf
Owen Mayer
Lily Jones
Matthew Buzalsky
Jillian Pillard
Meg Campbell

Discovery Phase 2 (orange)

Jack Willshire
Jacob Lyons

Discovery Phase 3 (black)

Andrew Gleason
Daniel Ellis

Exploration Phase 1 (white)

Sean Meaney
Matt Kreckie
Jenna Qualter

Exploration Phase 2 (orange)

Trevor Gleason
Bo Rinkus
Justin Troia
Serge Canepa
Cameron Maggiore

Exploration Phase 3 (black)

Tyler Mello

 

Thank you to all who participated!  A huge THANK YOU to all the parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors who filled our facility to encourage, support and cheer on our young champions!!

 

 

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US Congress Declares Pizza a Vegetable??

United States Congress Declares Pizza Sauce a Vegetable
But All is Not Lost in Pembroke

 

Pembroke, November 21, 2011 – Congress recently unveiled a new bill
which includes language that will allow a serving of pizza to be
considered a vegetable if spread with two tablespoons of tomato paste.

The bill would deny funding to the new school meal nutrition standards
that were proposed earlier this year by the USDA. Those standards
include increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables on the
school lunch menu while limiting the availability of high sodium items
and starchy vegetables such as potatoes.

According to a statement from Margo Wootan, the Nutrition Policy
Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “This
legislation may go down in nutritional history as a bigger blunder
than when the Reagan Administration tried (but failed) to credit
ketchup as a vegetable in the school lunch program. Pizza should be
served with a vegetable, not count as one.”

The bill comes in response to heavy lobbying campaigns from large food
corporations that wanted to fight the proposed USDA standards.

“Although many people are outraged by the bill, this does not surprise
me,” said Timothy Ward, Vice President of Operations for Athletic
Revolution International, the fastest growing youth fitness franchise
organization in the country.

“What we have to realize is that businesses are always going to try
and protect their own revenue streams. It is up to us as responsible
adults to empower our kids to make healthy food choices. We have the
power to change lives regardless of what the government decides to
do.”

Dave Gleason, owner of an Athletic Revolution franchise in Pembroke
could not agree more. At Athletic Revolution, kids and teens
6-18 years old are given the opportunity to learn the value of
physical activity and healthy food choices on their health and
wellness… as are their parents.

“All we need to do is take personal responsibility for the well-being
of our children our young athletes and the community. If we do that,
everything will work out just fine, said Gleason.

And it’s true. What kind of vegetables did you serve your kids at
dinner last night? When was the last time you enjoyed participating in
free play with your kids at the local park? If you aren’t ashamed to
answer those questions, your kids are probably happy and healthy.

In an effort to help parents help their kids, Athletic Revolution will
be giving away as a holiday gift 2 free weeks of fun and fitness
training to all kids aged 6-18 in the South Shore if they come
in before the New Year. To take advantage of this opportunity, email info@athleticrevolutionsouthshore.com or call 781-312-7808.

“With or without the government’s support, we will continue fighting
to keep the kids in our community healthy.”
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