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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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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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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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One of THE Exercises

There is no “magic” exercise that will fulfill every need the same way there is no magic food, pill, or even program. But there are some really, really great movements that I incorporate for every one of my Autism Fitness athletes. In the video below,

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The Land Between Structure and Chaos is Motor Planning

Structure is teaching. We need to do that because otherwise we would not have a repertoire. From movement to mathematics (although the two are completely linked), the “basics” become a platform off of which to develop new skills safely, efficiently, and fun, uh, ly. Chaos

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Upcoming Autism Fitness Workshops

I have two upcoming Autism Fitness Workshops on the East Coast in April. The first will be on April 14th in New Hyde Park, NY. On April 22nd I will be in Pembroke, MA.  The Autism Fitness PAC Profile Workshop is a full day of

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Exercise and Autism and Rainbows and Unicorns

“What results have you seen?” ask roughly 78% of people who want to know more about my fitness programs for the autism population.  Exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle can have astounding benefit for any person, but I caution that it is not magic.  There

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Exercise Prevents Alzheimer’s

A recent study published by the prestigious Mayo Clinic suggests that the # 1 preventative factor against Alzheimer’s is physical activity. These findings are specific to Americans, whose current levels of physical activity, in general, are far lower than necessary to maintain health. A healthy

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