Dance Walking – The Latest Fitness Craze

As the new school year begins, I thought we’d experiment with a new look for the PE Update blog. And to kick off our new look (which I may change at any minute, by the way) here’s a video demonstrating the latest fitness craze.

OK, maybe not a “craze,” but this workout combines walking and dancing and can be done by people of all ages and fitness levels. And it can be performed anywhere with no special equipment, as long as you can play music. So your students can use it walking between classes (with apologies to your principal), to and from school, and to the corner store to pick up a loaf of bread.

Watch the later segments and you’ll see how group dance walking looks. It’s a great way to make an impression in your local downtown. And who knows, a dance walk around school grounds has all the elements you need for a fun PE class!

Have a great school year!

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A Boy and His Dog and Active Fun in the Summer Sun

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Why this video? Simple. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the joy of movement, shared between a boy and his dog. And isn’t the joy of movement what physical educators are trying to impart to their students? (And who knew that you can not only ride skateboards, you can also chew them). ! I can’t think of better images to leave Continue reading A Boy and His Dog and Active Fun in the Summer Sun

Sean Garnier’s Soccer Version of the Kyrie Irving Uncle Drew Prank

With the school year winding down and the World Cup about to start this week, here’s a video that’s extremely timely. It’s a soccer version of the Kyrie Irving Uncle Drew basketball video we posted in a past blog. I

In this version, soccer freestyle champion, Sean Garnier pretends he’s an old man and surprises a group of young men player street soccer in a park. Be sure to watch to the end – you might see some moves you didn’t think were possible, including one that causes his opponent to literally lose his shorts.

 

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Nothing’s Impossible – A Soccer Team Builds Its Own Field in a Floating Village

Here’s a video that has gone viral – it’s based on the true story of a group of boys who lived on a floating village off the coast of Thailand. The boys wanted to play soccer, but had no place to play. So, they built a playing field on a floating dock. The boys played barefoot on the hard boards of the dock and spent a lot of time fetching their ball from the water. However, this team eventually began to play tournaments on the mainland and found a secret to success that was linked to their primitive facilities. Today, the team is one of the best in Thailand.

The big lesson for your students is that you don’t need the best facilities to develop as athletes or as a team. The other lesson is that your athletes should never be intimated just because their opponents have better uniforms, equipment or come from a larger town or school. The fact is imperfect facilities often develop aspects of athleticism aren’t often missed by those who seem to have everything.

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What Athletic Facilities Look Like To An Eight Year Old

This video provides a great reminder for PE teachers and coaches. We should always remember that younger/smaller students live in a very different world than the one adults inhabit. While this video highlights a hockey rink, the concept applies to soccer fields and nets, basketball courts, gymnasiums, gym equipment, running tracks, swimming pools and more.

This video also provides an excellent illustration for the need to employ small-sided games with children. For example, one “of the adult player’s comments was informative: “The surface is way too big to learn on.”

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Downhill Skiing Video Is A Sure Adrenaline Rush

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The Winter Olympics have just been put to bed and with it the adrenaline rush you get from watching death-defying high-speed sports.

Two of my favorite events are downhill skiing and the giant slalom. That stems from the days of the Crazy Canucks, a group of Canadian downhill skiers who made Canada’s first impact into World Cup skiing in the 1970s and ’80s. During a sport psychology clinic in the 1980s, I remember watching a video of Dave Irwin. A camera was mounted on this Crazy Canuck and he was miked up so we could hear his self-talk as he plummeted down the mountain. It was exhilarating, frightening and gave me tremendous respect for these daredevil athletes. It also provided an inkling into the fear and doubt these athletes must overcome in order to perform their sport.

There’s a new video that reprises that early Irwin video. It follows legendary skier Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, an Olympic Champion in the Super-G in Vancouver and five-time World Champion in downhill, giant slalom, and super combined. The video is taken on a downhill course, the year after he suffered a season-ending injury due to a horrendous crash.

The camera work, some of it “Go-Pro” style is incredible. The sense of speed, danger and courage, and the mental games required to conquer the fear associated with downhill skiing is communicated wonderfully. The back-view of Svindal’s knees over his very narrow skis shows how fragile are the human beings who attempt to harness the brute power of these massive mountains.

It took me a few moments after watching this four-minute video for my heart rate to recover. And I only watched it… and I don’t ski!

It’s filmed in full 1080p. I’d advice you to select that setting, go full-screen and settle in for four minutes of adrenaline rush.

As physical educator, one of your jobs is to inspire your students to take up a sport and chase goals. This video might inspire one of your charges. And it might even teach them some Norwegian!

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