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PLT4M Foundational Movements
At PLT4M, we believe in providing every student with a foundation of fitness upon which they can develop their personal fitness or performance training. To do this, we introduce the foundational human movement patterns, and cement proper mechanics before adding intensity or variation to the equation.These are: • The Squat • The Press • The Pull • The Hinge • The LungeWith a strong foundation, we can expound upon our mastery of human movement by developing relative strength, mobility, and our performance capacity—in a variety of fitness categories.These movement patterns are first introduced in PLT4M's Intro to Fitness: Part 1 Program, in their most basic form—performed with just our bodyweight. Through Intro to Fitness: Part 2, we expound upon our mastery of these movements, by introducing new variations and loaded objects. We'll continually revisit these movement patterns, and their variations, in subsequent programs. Having mastered the basics, students are well-positioned to continu
Summer 2022 Training Calendar
Summer is a great time to really dial-in training with your athletes. You’re typically competing with fewer athletic commitments, kids are free of the regular stress and workload of school, and you can take advantage of the better weather to train outside! When working with a group of dedicated athletes, Summer can be one of their greatest opportunities to focus on training and reap the best possible results across a wide range of performance enhancements. To help you prepare for your own Summer Training, we’ve created a sample summer training calendar, and offer advice on how to approach your Summer training cycle. See below! Download the Summer Training Calendar Watch the tutorial to see how to facilitate this calendar in PLT4M: FAQ’s: When does Summer training typically begin? This is really dictated by your school and spring sport calendar, and each one is a little different. However, most spring teams wrap up around Memorial day, with some post-season tournaments reaching into
Build Your Own Workouts: Customizing in PLT4M
Learn how to create custom workouts in PLT4M including building from scratch, modifying PLT4M programs, and created a blended PLT4M program!With remote and hybrid learning, there is no one size fits all! We'll place a specific emphasis on how this tool can help you create a program that fits your needs. Agenda:+How to Use the Workout Builder+How to edit an existing PLT4M Program+Create Your Own Blended Program+Workout Builder Tips & Tricks
Weight vs. Health in Nutrition Education
Nutrition education is about giving students the skills and knowledge for long-term success. In a digital age plagued by diet-culture, schools are presented with the unique challenge of providing students with accurate information about health and wellness.In this webinar, PLT4M’s nutrition expert, Rebecca Toutant, reviews the impacts and limitations of using weight as a measure of health and health behavior progress. She then presents on sustainable methods to help students improve health through nutrition.
A Message from Coach Max: Video Resources
The Evolving Resource Library The PLT4M Resource Library is where you can access all of PLT4M’s program and video content. In this video, Coach Max discusses how the PLT4M exercise videos have evolved over time: “When we started shooting videos for PLT4M, we were focused on short form, what I like to call ‘quick hitter’ videos, which is short instruction, get after it. What we’ve been able to create in the past couple of years is a way more diverse and robust library of videos.Yes, we still do our quick hitters, but now we do way more long-form programming, and we’ve been able to evolve throughout the years. And this is a result of not only my coaching skills evolving but PLT4M evolving as a group, and understanding that we can offer way more to our students.” – Coach Max Isaak What lives in the Resource Library? The Programs tab is where you can find pre-packaged, progressional programs, meant to guide students through an entire workout or lesson. Think of the Resource Library as a
PLT4M & Zoom: Logistics in Remote LearningContinuing Education
Weight Training Roundup: A Review of Programs and Features
With many schools regaining access to weight rooms, we thought we’d revisit all of the weight training programs and features available in PLT4M! This article includes a roundup of programs and features designed to help you deliver progressional, personalized weight training programs to your students and athletes. Prescribed Weightshow does PLT4M calculate students’ individual weights?PLT4M’s advanced weight training programs provide individualized weights for each student, based on their current maxes. Once a students’ maxes are entered into PLT4M, their individual weights will be calculated for them utilizing percentages. This removes any guess work, so students know exactly how much they should be lifting, without referencing a conversion chart. Weights are prescribed for core lifts as well as accessory lifts. Max TestingHow are maxes established and logged in PLT4M?In order for students to see their personalized weights, they must enter their max lifts into PLT4M. The PLT4M progra
A Message From Rebecca: Our Approach to Nutrition Education
PLT4M’s Nutrition offering now includes two parts: (1) Intro to Nutrition, and (2) Applied Nutrition. In Part 1, we focused on the chemistry of nutrition: calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and how this applies to meals. We also explored micronutrients and hydration. In Part 2, we begin to address the topic of weight and help reorient students so that they can understand the multitude of factors that contribute to overall health and wellness. We sat down with Rebecca Toutant, PLT4M’s Nutrition Expert, to learn more about PLT4M’s approach to Nutrition Education: We recommend students start with the Intro to Nutrition program, so that they are equipped with the knowledge they need to understand part 2: Getting Real about Weight. A Closer Look at Part 2: Applied NutritionAt this point, we have developed and worked through a variety of nutrition topics. Now it is time we tackle weight and all the intricacies of the subject. Let’s navigate this together and with a willingness t
Activity Tracking in PLT4M: New Features
Let’s take a deep dive into the features in PLT4M that can help you with accountability, participation tracking, and grading. Click the link to access the recorded webinar: Agenda:Student Experience Workouts: What do we track? Benchmark Testing: Where? When? How? Tracking Activity and Testing New “Activity” tab Staff App Adaptations for Synchronous/Asynchronous “Active” tab Make-Up Assignments
The PLT4M Fitness Assessments: Explained
Fitness Assessments, when used effectively, can be a powerful way to empower and motivate students, and provide better teacher insights. Throughout the PLT4M fitness progression, you will find a series of fitness assessments embedded in the programs. In this article, we’re providing details on why we include assessments, what those assessments are, and which component of fitness is being assessed. WHY do we include fitness assessments in physical education? PLT4M’s fitness assessments are designed to benefit several stakeholders: You (The Physical Education Teacher) – Physical education teachers can utilize assessment as a means of evaluation and validation. Are the lessons and materials in class you are using helping students to learn the concepts? Are workouts or physical activities promoting personal improvement? If your evaluation via assessment says no, you can change and alter your approach. If the assessment helps to communicate yes, you are validating your work and can contin
Best Practices in Remote & Hybrid Learningwebinar
Description:For many of us, teaching remotely in some capacity has become a reality for the foreseeable future. After a full semester of Remote and Hybrid-style learning, we're leveraging the PLT4M network to bring you helpful resources, ideas, and best practices for a successful remote education throughout the year!Webinar Topics: +Remote Resources+Logistics for Remote & Hybrid Learning+Best Practices: Tips, Tricks & Teaching Styles
Can Fit102 Intro To Training be a remote program?
We have received a lot of questions over the last few weeks about using the Intro To Training program at home.Yes, there is equipment in the form of medballs, jump ropes, PVC pipes, and even some pulling variations. But, that does not mean we can’t accomplish all the core components of the program at home.In short, students can absolutely complete Fit 102 Intro To Training remotely. Watch this video to see many of the options that students can choose from with simple household items as they continue their fitness journey past Fit 101 Intro To Fitness. Not only do we go over these at a high level in the above video, we also make sure that before any of our students tap into the program, they review all of these different options in detail. As soon as they tap into Fit102 Intro To Training, they will see an ‘introduction’ that provides video and written instructions for each of the substitutions they will have to make if they are at home! Below are a few screenshots of this! For all th
Since embracing distance learning, we've adapted our programs and even changed the way we teach movement. After a year of teaching from a distance, this webinar brings us back inside the classroom or weight room. We'll discuss how certain features serve a different purpose when in-person versus remote, and how to optimize PLT4M's technology to make the most out of your time in-person with your students and athletes.
On A Mission: The Canton Wellness Approach
Canton Public Schools has a clearly defined wellness mission: "We will encourage, education, and motivate our students to make positive daily decisions and to develop healthy lifestyle habits."PE teaches Ryan Gordy and Adam Hughes present on their mission and what steps they have taken over the years to create a comprehensive Physical Education and Wellness program. Join us as they share best practices and classroom examples of how they have made their program cutting edge.
Account Refresh: Best Practices for Starting a New Semester
Heading into a new term with new students, new classes, and new programs? We’re covering best practices for turning your account over, and tips for reorganizing and maximizing your PLT4M account.We'll also review the new PLT4M programs that you may consider implementing into your schedule!Agenda:+Removing/Adding students & staff+Reorganizing your Groups+Cleaning up last years program assignments+Reviewing PLT4M's new program options+Assigning programs to your new groups
Back to School: Account Prep & Best Practices
This webinar includes tips for preparing your account for a new school year, a review of newly released programs and features, and best practices for starting the school year off strong! Hosted by Jackie Milani, the Director of Customer Success here at PLT4M!Agenda:Account Turnover What's New? Programs & Features Post COVID Considerations & Best Practices Virtual Options
Most classrooms and weight rooms are filled with students and athletes of varying abilities, experience levels, and goals. As educators, we all strive to meet the individual needs of every student. One way to do this, is to present students with choices, and allow them to take ownership of their fitness journey. But how can you support so many different student journeys?Join us while we unpack this teaching method, what it looks like in and out of the classroom, and how PLT4M can help with your approach.We'll cover:+The benefits of 'Student Choice'+What ARE the student's choices?+How to Implement Choice+Remote vs. In Classroom+Tools & Resources available through PLT4M
Returning to In-Person PE with Molly Collins
As more schools return to some form of in-person learning, Physical Education has unique challenges to address. PE Teacher Molly Collins presents on how she has transitioned to hybrid Physical Education at her high school in Battle Creek Michigan. She discusses some of the programs and curriculum she is using, break down some fun fitness challenges incorporated into her class, and talk about next steps to in-person learning.
Activity Tracking in PLT4M
We've launched several new activity features aimed at providing more insights into your students and athletes training. In this webinar, you will learn: What can you track?➔ Time & Exercise Completion➔ Fitness Tests➔ Finishers & Pillars➔ Weight Training➔ Notes How can you track it?➔ Activity Tab➔ Real Time Workout Feed➔ Leaderboards➔ Progress Reports
A Message from Coach Max: Scaling and Modifying
In all of the PLT4M programs, we place an emphasis on scaling and modifying movement. We believe in progression, and meeting students where they’re at. In this video, Coach Max explains PLT4M’s philosophy behind teaching movement progression: “In our instructional videos, we make it a point to talk about scaling and modifying.The reason this is so important to me and the rest of the PLT4M crew is we don’t expect all students to fit in one nice box. Just the same way that people learn differently, we also lift & workout differently.So we want to make sure that we’re appealing to a vast range of people, instead of putting everybody in one small box. For example, when modifying the push up for our students, we’ll first demonstrate top of the plank chest touching the ground, elbows tracking back, with all the normal points performance.Then we’ll go over different modifications, whether it’s using a box or a bench to modify that push-up, modify that loading, and allow the athletes to s
Hybrid PE feat. Adam Hughes
How do you teach a Physical Education class when half of your students are in-person and half are at home? Hybrid PE has its unique set of challenges!Adam Hughes, PE teacher at Canton High School in Massachusetts, has been conducting hybrid Physical Education and presents on his experiences and insights from the year so far. Adam will share how he has kept students safe and spread out in school, while also giving students appropriate programs and resources to continue their education at home.
Building a Custom Program
This webinar is for anyone customizing programs in PLT4M, or anyone interested in learning how we build our programs. Tune in as PLT4M's Director of Performance, Sam Breslin, covers PLT4M's program strategy, considerations when building a custom program, and how to navigate the Workout Builder in PLT4M! WATCH NOW
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