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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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The Sheet Test

Recently I’ve been under some expert guidance in correcting some movement imbalances that I have accumulated. After nearly fifteen years of weightlifting in various forms, I can claim only a few injuries but some nuances that have become dysfunctional movement patterns. Rather than force my

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Can’t Versus Won’t: Fitness and Motivation

Some of my Autism Fitness athletes have a tendency to wait a couple seconds before performing the activity-in-question. Sometimes it is a processing delay, and, on occasion (see also; Regularly), it is because the exercise/activity is not inherently reinforcing enough for them to immediately invest

Operational Definitions

  An Operational Definition clarifies exactly what we are talking about in relation to a “thing,” whether it be performing a squat or asking politely for a sombrero. Because we human beings often have different expectations, it is important to distinguish just what we’re talking

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Powerlifting and Autism: Connections

Powerlifting focuses on three  lifts; Squat, Deadlift, and Bench press.  The highly-specified programming in powerlifting requires a lot of time and focus on those three movements to ensure a high level of mastery.  Each lift is practiced many, many times to develop proper mechanics, feel

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The Low end of Adaptive: Behavior Support with Fitness

I’ve worked with a range of individuals on the autism spectrum with respect to Physical, Adaptive, and Cognitive functioning.  On the low end of adaptive/behavioral abilities, aggressive or self-injurious behavior can be a concern.  As a fitness professional, or someone who is providing an ongoing

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Improving Expectations

Consistency in expectation is a key component of Autism Fitness programming. My athletes know what to expect from me, and I know what they are capable of doing. This is not an immediate situation, but one that develops through building a rapport with an individual.

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The Information Sieve: Autism, Healthy Living, and a Big Fat Gap

One of our we-don’t-want-it-to-be-a-secret secrets in the strength and fitness community is that we ( the learned and practiced strength and fitness community, both professional and enthusiast), have know a lot about gaining and maintaining health for some time (circa early 1900’s). Resistance training for

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When to end a Session (and How to Keep it Going)

Autism Fitness sessions with my athletes typically last about an hour. Therapists, fitness professionals, we typically work on either a 45 minute to 1 hour session time frame. Some of us even get fancy and do a “professional” hour, which translates to 50 minutes. But