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!

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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1 Million Children Hire Personal Trainers

Coaches Corner by Dave Gleason

As seen in the Pembroke Mariner and

1 Million Children Hire Personal Trainers

According to multiple sources, including MSNBC and Newsweek, more than 1 million children hire a personal trainer every year in the United States. The rate of youth obesity and the increased competitive nature of youth sports are cited as the major reasons for this relatively new phenomenon.

It is critical for parents to understand that when hiring a personal trainer for their child’s physical fitness needs, they pay close attention to the trainer’s qualifications and experience related to working with this specific demographic.

The following is a checklist for parents to use when hiring a personal trainer for their child:

1. Ask about the trainer’s schooling and continuing education. A degree in exercise science or related allied health field is preferable. Also, a certification as a Youth Fitness Specialist should be considered a primary requirement. Many nationally accredited certification organizations offer professional trainers education and credentials in fitness or sport training, but only the Youth Fitness Specialist certification from the International Youth Conditioning Association offers a specialized education for personal trainers in the aspects of working with children and adolescents.

2. Ask about the trainer’s experience working with children. Most personal trainers have experience working with adult clients, but only Youth Fitness Specialists have experience and exposure working with children and adolescents for weight loss and sports performance needs.

3. Ask to watch the trainer in action working with children. Personal trainers should be happy to have prospective parents view a training session in order to ascertain how well the trainer relates to children and adolescents.

Coach Dave Gleason, owner of Athletic Revolution in Pembroke instructs trainers, coaches and parents for the International Youth Fitness Association. For more information on the qualifications, experience and philosophy a youth fitness trainer needs to have call Gleason at 781-312-7808 or visit his website

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Schools Sending FAT Report Cards Home?

There are several reasons why I don’t like the fact that public schools are now either mandating or being mandated to record BMI (Body Mass Index) calculations of young children AND sending the results home in a report with “recommendations”

Full story here:,2933,597183,00.html


First we need to remember or realize that childhood obesity IS NOT THE PROBLEM.

What?  Did he really write that?  Yes.  Yes I did.

The fact is that the rise in childhood obesity is the symptom.  Actually it is one of the more relevant and media driven symptoms along with secondary conditions due to obesity, lower test scores, depression, anxiety, and low self esteem – to name a few.

The problem, if we need to call it that, is multi layered and wide spread for sure.

A lack of activity (in and out of school) and poor nutrition habits are the culprits here.

Very few if any solutions of today actually indicate realistic strategies for battling the aforementioned issue(s).

Now let us remember that we are dealing with children here.  Kick their butt fat camps for 6 weeks and a strict diet does not provide the empowerment, or long term solution here.

Nor does calculating BMI during school hours and sending home a report with half hearted recommendations as to what we should do with the information.

I will pose the rest of my comments as questions.


To get you to think.

I want to encourage you to think about the best possible solution for young children.  Perhaps for your children.

What is in the BEST interest of each child individually…

  1. Is not BMI a calculation done by a child’s pediatrician to be consulted with the parents?
  2. Is BMI an accurate depiction of a child’s weight/height ratio in determining risks due to body weight?  (We have all heard stories of little johnny that is solid as a rock with no visible body fat on his body yet is borderline overweight on the BMI indices.
  3. Should kids be taken out of class to have this calculation done when they could be studying or exercising?
  4. Does a child who is at risk have parents that do not recognize it without a BMI Report?
  5. Where are the mandates that say Physical Education and or Physical Activity in school must happen daily?
  6. Is there a concerted effort to search for healthy choices for school lunches?
  7. Is there hope for  a young child who comes to school consisting of a bag lunch with salami, cookies and cupcakes?
  8. Does the Fat Report Card address the issue(s) of lack of sleep, over scheduled after school activities (including sports), hormonal changes, developmental discrepencies, endochrine system abnormalities, etc?

Athletic Revolution is so much more that a training facility for young athletes or a youth fitness center.  We are part of a greater mission…which means you are as well.  Together we can change things.  Together we can help children lead active healthy lives on their way to becoming active, vibrate and productive young adults…one at a time.

You are a part of the revolution and I’m proud to have you on board!

I really want to know what you think.

Leave your thoughts on the matter below and let your voice be heard!

~Coach Dave





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