Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids

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7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Can I be honest here? I think if one more parent says “my doctor said my kid shouldn’t lift weights until he/she is 14,” I’m going to be sick. Physically, violently ill. Your doctor is wrong. Well intentioned, but wrong. The good doctor is expressing a thought that, once upon a time, made sense. When… Continue reading 7 Reasons Your Pre-Teen Should Strength Train

Laundry Tag Speed and Agility Game for Athletes

Laundry Tag is a great way to enhance athletic skills while your athletes have a great time! This activity improves: Speed – General speed improvements occur in relation to and via improvements in specific elements of speed. Acceleration, deceleration, hip turns, weight shifts, core and body control and rapid realignment of the body in space… Continue reading Laundry Tag Speed and Agility Game for Athletes

Arizona Coyotes Cam Dineen on the Four Pillar Fitness Podcast

Today’s Friday Happy Hour episode of the Four Pillar Fitness podcast is up! Cam Dineen joins me for a great discussion about all things hockey, his NHL Draft experience, the awesome support he got from his family and hockey coach dad and a bunch of other fun stuff! Four Pillar Fitness Happy Hour Friday with… Continue reading Arizona Coyotes Cam Dineen on the Four Pillar Fitness Podcast

7 Habits of Highly Effective Chipmunks

My wife and I live in a townhouse community in a “sub-suburban” area of New Jersey. Behind our home is a gently sloping, semi-wooded area with mature, fairly good sized oak, elm and other deciduous trees, along with a variety of pine, cedar and other coniferous trees and shrubs. It’s a very nice spot, with… Continue reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Chipmunks

Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

Bucketball Challenge! Simple rules: do an exercise, get one shot. First one to 6 pts. wins. Except, as you can see, making those shots was the real challenge! In the end, mom missed the game-tying shot to send us into OT, so Morghan got the W! Great job Mo! (and Mom!) Is YOUR fitness this… Continue reading Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

Nourish Body and Soul

When you’ve poured into others all weekend. When you’ve allowed yourself to be vulnerable and available all weekend. When you’ve committed mind, body, heart and soul to changing the world by answering the challenge of fitness… The best thing to do is to nourish your body and feed your soul… After an amazing weekend presenting… Continue reading Nourish Body and Soul

5 1/2 Ways to Make Your Family Healthier

In our hustle and bustle society, family health is often pushed out of the picture. This is in spite of the massive rise of organized youth sports, “health clubs” springing up like weeds and a never-ending flow of information about food and nutrition. Visits to the fitness center and scheduled sports practices have largely replaced… Continue reading 5 1/2 Ways to Make Your Family Healthier

Slam Ball Chest Pass “Wager” Game

Fitness training or a challenging game for my basketball-fan athlete? Both. We started with a tire and a 10 lb Dead Ball (Slam Ball.) To begin, there were the following exercises to be done: 15 rounds, 1 exercise per round 2 Arm Rope Slams X 12 OH Ball Carry (30 yards) X 1 Sled Pushes… Continue reading Slam Ball Chest Pass “Wager” Game