Best Practices in Fitness & Performance Education
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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
The Case for Modifications In any physical education class or workout setting, there will likely be a wide range of fitness levels. Modified exercises allow every individual to succeed in fitness. In this blog, we will explore 5 exercise modification examples that are an excellent addition to any physical education class or workout.Without exercise modification examples, many students will struggle with good form. Let’s use the push-up as an example. If you tasked 50 randomly selected students to perform a standard push-up from the ground, chances are most of them would struggle. You would likely see many not doing a full range of motion push-up. Others might be able to but have elbows flared out or butts up in the air. (Stay tuned for push-up exercise modification examples later in this article).Past worrying about just proper form, without modification, many students are susceptible to injury. Using the same push-up example from above, students who continue with improper form over ti
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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As many states slowly open back up, schools across the country are excitedly beginning summer workouts. With restrictions on the number of kids allowed in weight rooms, and many kids returning from a lapse in training, PLT4M has created a General Prep Transition program. Staff members can access it now via the Training>Programs page. For a Print Friendly option, see our Google Doc version. Block 1 consists of four bodyweight workouts that can be done outside, allowing you to work with larger groups. Block 2 uses bands, dumbbels, and medballs, once again, allowing you to work outside. The goal is to help ease your athletes back into shape safely and effectively. We will be adding additional Weight Room "Blocks" to the program in the coming weeks.
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