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Japanese Tea Ceremonies and Hurdles

During one point in our relationship, one of my first and most influential fitness/training/life mentors had me read a copy of Cha-no-Yu, a guide to the Japanese Tea Ceremony. At the time I wasn’t certain whether I was to gain a specific insight via metaphor

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What He Sees

A week days ago I received an email from the mother of a new athlete I am working with. Two days prior I had sent over video of the assessment session I took him through. She relayed his comment in her email; “Is that what

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Group Kangaroo Hops Autism Fitness Style

Developing group activities for young people, or any people, with autism presents the challenge of having a significant variance in physical, adaptive, and cognitive abilities. This is why sports or competitive activities, even when they are labeled or marketed as “adaptive/adapted” (I’ve been redressed for

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Controlled Chaos and Why it Works

A few weeks ago I partnered up with the NY Metro chapter of the National Autism Association for our 2nd Autism Fitness in the Park event.  On paper it reads great. Outdoor environment, free to attend, all ages and ability levels, fitness activities. Allow me

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The Opportunities in “No.”

As the culmination of 33 2/3rd years of having a right foot that is externally rotated, five years on and off with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and roughly 15 years of mostly intelligent training with little direct coaching, I am currently restricted from overhead pressing, which

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The Empathetic Cone Game

This morning during our session at the park, my athlete “Jay” and I began with the following cone touch activity: 1) Athlete stands on foot-shaped spot markers 2) Athlete touches red, blue, or green cone (placed about two feet in front of him) upon instructor’s

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The Nutrition Component: Guest Blog with Dr. Richard Kahn

In addition to physical fitness, good nutrition is a highly important part of optimal development and leading a productive, healthy life.  Families of individuals with autism come into contact with an array of dietary interventions that can boggle the mind in terms of food selections,

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Abstract Art

A recent criticism of Crossfit, to which I have zero affiliation or commercial interest, is that competing in Crossfit and the Crossfit games themselves are “competing to be the best exerciser,” which is damn funny. The premise here is that we train for something, whether

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Of Inchworms and Pterodactyls: Autism Fitness Assessments

“Today you should have seen me and Mousy today, at school today” – “Drugs” Delany, Outside Providence, Greatest Comedic Movie Scene Ever This afternoon I performed 7 PAC Profile Assessments in two and a half hours, which may or may not be a record. While

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