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Medicine Balls Youth Fitness Part 3

P1000203 (1)If you’re ready to inject a ton of fun into your youth fitness coaching sessions or physical education programming get yourself some Dynamax Medicine Balls. The number of activities and games you can do with the medicine balls is limitless. The kids will enjoy themselves so much they’ll be begging you for more. Continue reading

Teacher Coach Professional Development

coachingsymposiumlogo_2015_pngAre you an Ontario Elementary or High School Teacher Coach looking to improve and take your coaching to whole new level? The 2015 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) Coaching Symposium takes place at Durham College in Oshawa on May 12th and 13th, 2015. The OFSAA Coaching Symposium is a great place for teacher coaches from across Ontario to meet new people, learn, share and have fun. Continue reading

Medicine Balls Youth Fitness Part 2

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I never met a child, or even an adult for that matter who didn’t enjoy throwing things. I’ve learned over the years that medicine balls are great for that purpose. Whether you’re throwing a weighted med ball into a wide open space, to a partner or rebounding it off a wall, throwing medicine balls is a ton of fun and once kids get started and discover how much fun it can be, they never want to stop. Continue reading

What is Physical Activity?

kidsbootcampsThere’s no shortage of newscasts these days talking about the health of kids and their lack of physical activity due to technology and “laziness” and everyone and everyone is trying to find the “solution.”  Continue reading

Medicine Balls Youth Fitness Part 1

Boy with Dynamax BallWelcome to the wonderful of Medicine Ball Training for kids, Part 1 of many! It’s one of my favourite tools to use with kids of all ages. I initially started out, like most others I presume, using a typical hard rubber medicine ball that one finds in most gyms and schools. It was a case of doing the best I could with what I had. As opposed to throwing the ball at high velocity it was being used more as a weighted object than a true medicine ball. Continue reading

Family Fitness Fun

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The need for daily physical activity is crucial for children and youth as it provides them with many opportunities to develop physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and cognitively. Unfortunately, it’s something kids are getting much less of these days both at home and at school and as result their health is being compromised.  Continue reading

The Strength Coach Podcast

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If you’re involved in Strength and Conditioning or Fitness Training in any capacity for athletes and/or general adult population, the Strength Coach Podcast is an absolute must listen to for ongoing learning and professional development. The Strength Coach Podcast is the Official Podcast of Michael Boyle’s StrengthCoach.com website. Continue reading

Dollar Store Fitness

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Encouraging and engaging kids to be physically active on a daily basis is simple and easy to do.  In addition to the positive role modelling from parents and caregivers, kids need to be given the time, space and permission to play everyday, both at home and at school. Continue reading

Youth Fitness and Parents

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March Break has come and gone for most families of elementary and high school students in Ontario.  What may have been a week of camps, organized and unstructured physical activity outings and sleepovers is now over.

There’s no question kids enjoy March Break, (as do parents for those who are able to get time away from their work) not just because they’re out of school but because they get to spend more time with their friends, playing and being active on a daily basis, and being free of the  stresses of school, homework and daily routines. Continue reading

Tennis Ball Drops

Here’s a quick and easy youth fitness drill/game that can be done almost anywhere inside or out. Not only is it fun but it’s a great way to develop  and enhance acceleration, reaction and eye hand coordination. Use various starting positions and catching positions to challenge the athlete in as many ways as possible. Progress from slow to fast and simple to complex. Keep it fun and engaging and the kids will never want to stop. Continue reading

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