Premiere Personal Fitness has recently acquired the Viper LT by Marpo Kinetics. The Viper is a multi-purpose piece of equipment that can be used for strength training, upper-body cardio, rehabilitation and as part of an all-around fitness program. With its 7 levels of speed/resistance, a trainee - regardless of their age -can perform numerous activities at different levels of effort. Designed primarily to simulate rope climbing (which strongly engage the entire back, biceps, forearms, shoulders and gripping muscles of the hands), the Viper LT also provides the ability to perform exercises that involve the triceps, legs, chest and abdominals. Because the Viper is so versatile in its use for cardiovascular training, strength or rehabilitation, it can provide one helluva workout.
Trust me, the gang at Premiere will be getting in some intense workouts with this piece. If anyone is interested in using the Viper, feel free to contact me to set up an appointment. - Fred Fornicola
Matt Brzycki and Fred Fornicola's Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America's Kids is off to the printers and should be available in Barnes and Nobles, Borders and other fine bookstores along with on-line providers the first or second week of September '08. You can also purchase copies from our website.
Anyone wishing to pre-order an autographed copy, please visit the Youth Fitness website.
“Cardiovascular disease, cancer, back problems and other musculoskeletal ailments are things that we read and hear about every day and sometimes it hits close to home. Yet, something can be done about it. Start the journey by taking the first steps. This book can give kids and grownups the facts that they need and a game plan for them to get it done!”
Ed Cicale, MA Physical Education Instructor Oak Hills Schools Cincinnati, Ohio
“In today’s fast-paced society, the typical high school and middle school student wants instant results and aren’t willing to work very hard to get those results. The authors provide readers with an excellent source of information to start the road back to a higher level of physical fitness and health. It’s an excellent resource for health teachers, physical education teachers, coaches, parents and young adults.”
Mike Shibinski, MS, CSCS Strength Coach/Physical Education Teacher Princeton High School Cincinnati, Ohio
“As a high school physical education teacher, I see daily the effects that sedentary lifestyles have on young people. It’s essential to give parents and children the tools for developing realistic, lifelong fitness habits. Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids is a great resource for anyone looking to make lifestyle changes and get started on the path to optimal health.”
Rick Rignell, MA, CSCS Physical Education Teacher and Strength Coach Anoka High School Anoka, Minnesota
“Finally, a book that doesn’t “sugarcoat” the issues that are associated with youth fitness but addresses them honestly, openly and candidly. As a high school teacher, this book really made me evaluate my own program and look at how I can implement some of its suggestions to better serve my students and athletes. The book is a great read for coaches, parents, teachers or anyone who influences the lives of young people.”
Doug Scott, BS, CSCS Fitness Coordinator The Pingry School Martinsville, New Jersey
“It’s great to see the authors taking action to put youth fitness back on track. Over time, America has strayed from the importance of physical activity in the daily routines of its school-aged children. Having a book like this that focuses on a plan of action for youth fitness is certain to be a valuable resource for teaching kids the many benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”
Mary L. Wolk, MS, H/FI, ACE-CPT General Manager Georgetown Law Sport/Fitness Center Washington D.C.
“Today’s young people will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents if we are not able to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids provides important and critical information to parents, educators and community leaders in the struggle to shift the culture of America.”
William Lovett President New Jersey Alliance of YMCAs
“Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids is an absolute must for all physical education teachers and fitness professionals. Many books talk about the low fitness levels of today’s youth, but few offer any practical solutions to the problem. This book gives the practitioner easy to follow steps to improve children’s fitness. It’s an invaluable tool for our physical education department.”
Ryan Carlson, MEd Health/Physical Education Teacher Chaska Middle School West Chaska, Minnesota
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Minnetonka High School Minnetonka, Minnesota
“This book is a long overdue source of information. In light of epidemic health issues in America’s youth, the authors address these problems based on sound academic research. Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids should be on everyone’s bookshelf.”
Joe Ross Head Football Coach Jesuit High School Tampa, Florida
“Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids is essential for every parent, coach, trainer, therapist and doctor who deals with children and adolescents. If you’re trying to maximize athletic performance for elite or recreational youths, this book is a vital resource.”
Dr. Adam Shafran Fitness Expert, Author, Radio Host and Chiropractor Atlanta, Georgia
“There is no doubt that kids are in very good hands as the authors are highly innovative educators who took the time to address an issue that has no parallel in significance: the health of a nation’s youth! This book should be read by parents, coaches, trainers and physical educators not just in America but worldwide.”
Randy Roach Author and YMCA Canada Trainer Waterloo, Ontario
“Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids is an educative approach to not only understanding the health concerns of America’s youth but also how to develop a proactive plan to get them fit and keep them fit. The authors do a great job of guiding the reader through a comprehensive look at what fitness means for our youth as well as a practical, step-by-step approach to creating desired fitness outcomes. This is a must read for parents and educators alike.”
Brian J. Wilt, PhD Recreation Management Department Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
“Everything trickles down. And so it has come to fitness and planned routine exercise. Adults have been doing it for years and finally the benefits for our youth have been discovered. Little has been done to study and research and design well made exercises for teens and pre teens. The authors have given many in the fitness business a manual for planned, well-designed exercise. Coaches and parents interested in their youth can benefit from this book.”
Sam Stern Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America’s Kids provides invaluable information that is both practical and comprehensive. The organization and the thoroughness of this book are outstanding. Applying the sound and easily understood principles that the authors advocate can change America’s future. This book should be in every library in the United States.”
Steve Baldwin, MS, CSCS Strength Coach and Owner Just Strength Training Nashville, Tennessee
“As a clinician who has labored long in the field of youth fitness, I feel quite strongly about the overall health benefits of exercise. This book is innovative, yet easy to read, and contains a proactive approach to tackling the fitness problem within our youth population. Physical education, health and fitness professionals: Read this book!”
John Mikula, CTRS, H/FI, CCS Recreational Therapist Gainesville, Florida
"Youth Fitness: An Action Plan for Shaping America's Kids is a MUST HAVE resource for P.E. teachers, coaches, recreation directors, parents and anyone interested in improving the declining fitness level our youth. All the bases are covered in an organized, comprehensive, yet easy-to-read manner. No fads or gimmicks; this book presents a safe, orthopedically age appropriate plan to address a nation-wide need. "
Scott Hays Physical Education Teacher Fowlerville Junior High School Fowlerville, MI
"The drastic and continual increase in childhood obesity and inactivity and the host of related complications in the US is a foremost concern for parents, educators, and medical professionals. The true value of this book is that it is not merely another fitness book that simply recites popular exercise and nutrition fads and fallacies. Instead, Brzycki and Fornicola decipher fact from myth as they provide a safe, effective and scientifically efficacious guide to improving youth fitness."
Luke Carlson Discover Strength Personal Fitness Center Inc. 10100 6th Avenue North, Suite #116 Plymouth, MN 55441
"Matt Brzycki and Fred Fornicola have tackled a daunting task for kids, educators and parents alike by creating a much needed fitness plan for the youth of America. Everybody says obesity is a problem but I am glad somebody is finally providing a comprehensive book to provide education and an actual plan specifically to help kids get fit. As an owner of several Brzycki books I look forward to this one."
Ryan Ash, BS, MS Howell High School Teacher and Coach
"This nation is facing a serious epidemic – one that is proving to be detrimental to the health and well-being of today’s youth. Youth Fitness is timely in delivering a critical message that our children are at great risk due to sedentary lifestyles, lack of exercise and poor nutrition. At the same time, this book acts as a valuable resource by providing a practical, commonsense approach to getting fit and staying healthy. I applaud the authors for leading the way to a happier and healthier lifestyle for our children!"
Kelly Rosa-Bian Health & Physical Education Teacher Shady Grove Elementary School
The previous methods described are very solid approaches for improving muscular strength while offering cardiovascular benefits for overall fitness. But there are other “tactics”, if you will, that are equally demanding on the body and therefore deserve discussing. Training methods such as General Physical Preparedness (G.P.P.), Boot Camp, Military Training, Bodyweight Training, Strongman, CrossFit, High Performance Training and a number of their hybrids offers an individual an array of possibilities to improve their strength as well as conditioning. These systems are very similar to Circuit Training, PHA and High Intensity Training in that they work the entire body in a single session, but they incorporate their own unique twists based on their goals and personal preferences.
Any of these applications can be performed in numerous ways simply by using an intelligent combination of strength type exercises in conjunction with cardiovascular based activities or by using resistance (strength) exercises intensely in an aerobic time frame. Much like High Intensity Training can offer a “metabolic effect”, so can these “combination workouts”. In fact, Strongmen, MMA’s (mixed martial artists) as well as military personnel have been applying a similar approach for years with great success and as of late, it has become mainstream in the fitness world – and for good reason.
When a “strength” exercise is worked with a high level of effort, it not only promotes an increase in muscular strength but it will also affect the heart rate. And to sweeten the pot even further, the “conditioning” type activities - which primarily produce a cardiovascular response, can also improve muscular strength if worked with a high level of effort. It then becomes a “win – win” situation when this style of training is worked hard, progressively and consistently.
Because each faction has their own specific requirements, the applications of modalities, sets, reps, levels of effort, frequency, etc. are endless. The variations of training can stem from standard exercise equipment such as barbells and dumbbells and can include, but not be limited to using: sleds, medicine balls, kettlebells, sprinting (running, bicycle, elliptical, etc.), stones, logs, odd objects, as well as body weight applications. These are fun and effective mixtures that can facilitate a fine workout which will enable someone to train their entire body in a single workout, while achieving cardiovascular and strength benefits in a very short period of time.
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"Fred Fornicola is a training innovator and writer in an industry full of restricted thinking. He has listened, viewed, tried, and assimilated just about everything the world of exercise has put forth over the decades. His voice is
one of the few that keeps people's attention." - Randy Roach, Author of Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors