Friday, October 10, 2014

Fired Up About Phys-Ed Teachers

Dear Well Meaning Phys-Ed Teachers,

I know you care. I know you want your students to grow up healthy and fit. I know you want them to build good exercise habits...


If you don't know how to properly teach weight training exercises, and if you don't know how to properly design a basic full-body strength program for your students, do NOT try and fake it.

You are only setting them up for lifelong overuse injuries, dislike of exercise, and even short-term injury.

Please, please, please, I beg you to get informed before you start trying to inform your students.

You wouldn't "fake" teaching math, so why do you think it is okay to "fake" teaching exercise?

And please, if you know how to do an exercise, and you teach it to a student, don't stand there and let them do the exercise with too much weight and terrible form right in front of you.

Man-up and stop them. Fix their technique.

Be the teacher that you are supposed to be!

Thank you,



Now onto our regular show...

Yesterday's workout was at the local YMCA where I watched two college instructors allow their students to use terrible form right in front of them, to throw kettlebells around the gym (literally, throw), and to go outside for cigarettes. It was deplorable.

Got me fired up. Even though I was already fired up from too much caffeine. But the workout was great because I followed this advice:

"Lift weights, jump, sprint, move your body like it was meant to be moved." – Lisa Twight

Total reps accumulated for the bodyweight challenge:

300 squats
200 pushups
80 pullups
55 burpees
22 handstand pushups

I also did barbell squats, DB RDL's, and box jumps.

Today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips:
"The single biggest thing a person can do is get rid of their self imposed limitations. People always tell themselves that they can't do something. They hold themselves back from reaching their potential. Believe in yourself and stop making excuses. If a person believes in themselves it is amazing what they can accomplish." – Lisa Twight

TODAY is the first day of the rest of your life. So don't dwell on past mistakes because that will get you nowhere. Instead, focus on what you can and WILL do today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life, and all of the great things that will happen because of your actions. Don't wait for the 'time to be right' (i.e. until it's too late) to take action on your goals. If there's something you really want to do, then find a way to do it now.

You can change. Start today. And never give up!

Do it right or not at all,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT

12 week cumulative total:

15,000 Bodyweight Squats
  • 9835
10,000 Pushups
  • 6607
3,000 Bodyweight Rows
  • 2143
2,000 Pullups
  • 690
1,500 Burpees
  • 1085
1,500 Chinups
  • 515
333 Handstand Pushups
  • 245
= 21,110/33,333 reps

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