Posts Tagged 'fitness'

“Beyond the Box” Part II

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A good teacher sets high expectations for achievement; they provide the vision, knowledge, and a plan to move ahead.  When I work with a new professional, I am looking for certain qualities.  Are they a Maverick… the out- of- the box thinker that recognizes the need for a different lens when dealing with a disability?  Do they have a willingness and a level of skill to try different approaches?  Do they have patience, confidence, and an ability to provide direction?

Posted by Kerry Mar 20, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The People Factor

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I came across an old photograph from 1979.  In the picture, I am lying across a therapy ball that is about four times my size.  My Dad is swaying me back and forth on the ball, performing my nightly stretching exercises.  The exercises were designed to keep my leg muscles loose and pliable. 

Posted by Kerry Mar 14, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Honor your Biggest Fan: Do You Have a Number 1 Fan?

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I still remember the day when Mack Nelson came into Right Fit and asked to speak to the owner. As one of the trainers approached my office, Mack who was right behind stepped in front to ask, “Do you remember me Mrs. Gray?” At first glance I couldn’t imagine who this big guy was, wearing his high school Varsity sport jacket. Finally remembering, I shook my head in disbelief and announced proudly to others that Mack was one of our first clients!

Posted by suzanne Sep 30, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Oldies but Goodies

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Driving back from Michigan this weekend I found myself enjoying music from the different radio stations especially WLS 94.7 with local DJ, Tom O’Toole.  I turned up the radio louder and louder as I found myself singing along with many of the selected songs.
Lyrics from the song like “Touch Me” by the Doors seem to deliver messages with meanings that change each year and each decade of my life. Just like favorite songs always being your favorite songs, there’s another constant in life and that is we’re all growing older and I do believe better (and wiser).  What I enjoy most about the fitness business is working with people of all ages and backgrounds.  

Posted by suzanne Aug 12, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

“Never Say Never” – Mrs. Nancy Scavuzzo (in memoriam)

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I didn’t realize how often I would think about those three words and the insight and wisdom shared by a woman I truly respected as a mother and grade school Principal.  I know I never expected or planned to write a book last year.

Posted by suzanne Aug 05, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Finding a balance in exercise and play

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The fitness industry understands only too well that many people will register for programs may be attend a few practices, then drop-out, or some cases simply not show up.  The best of intentions require a long commitment to see the goal fulfilled. For some organizations, their goal is to sell lengthy membership terms – often well in excess of their capacity if all members attended at the same time – in order to maximize profits.  Such business models rely on the fluctuating motivations of their members. Some fitness clubs / groups sports, especially those that have a fitness or weight loss focus, will expect a lack of exercise adherence from many of their participants, and a few – unethically – will not do much about it.

Posted by guest Jul 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Taste of Chicago: A New Found Playground

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Who doesn’t love summer in Chicago? The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, concerts, museums and more!  Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness received an invitation to perform fitness activities at this year’s Taste of Chicago. Twenty years ago my main focus was sampling lots of food from favorite restaurants and listening to all those great bands along the city’s beautiful lakefront.  This year, Right Fit agreed to organize and instruct family fitness sessions during the opening day of the 2011 Taste.  Trainers, Jennifer Day, Kim Mueller and I were launched into our first session “Every Body Can Dance” and it became easy to create an atmosphere full of fun and energy with selected upbeat music.  Right Fit’s tent and demonstration area soon became “the playground” and we challenged everyone to Get in Shape and show First Lady Michelle Obama that Chicago understands the importance of family fitness!  Next we played “Move Your Body” and immediately the children, parents, and grandparents were moving and enjoying each other on their new found playground.

Posted by suzanne Jul 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

Lights – Camera – Action!

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Karen Meyers, Contributing Reporter for WLS-TV Channel 7, dropped in for a visit to Right Fit Friday, May 20, 2011.  Karen’s primary purpose was to see our facility and observe the “Raise the Bar” class, which is our award-winning 60-minute fitness class for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  What a great opportunity we now had to share with WLS-TV’s viewers what Right Fit does to help these children increase their fitness levels.

Posted by suzanne May 27, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

A Very Special Physical Education Class

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Research has found that youth with developmental disabilities tend to be less fit than their nondisabled peers, and I do fear the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle for these children and their families.  Maybe if more of us could believe the simple things we see and take time to apply these practices, daily positive results would come with a lot less effort and time.

Posted by suzanne May 23, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part III: The Ongoing Battle of Acceptance

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Up until that day I thought I had a good handle on my MS diagnosis. Up until today, I thought I’ve learned to accept it. I have not.

Posted by Jess May 18, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 2 Comments