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Need Help Gaining Weight

March 14, 2019
Gaining lean muscle mass can be a challenge for many young athletes. Check out the video below for tips on how to do it safely and effectively!    ...

Ignore the Hype

March 1, 2019
Every coach who works with young athletes has been asked by a parent, athlete, or team coach to improve speed, power, and agility. Yes, it is our goal to improve these athletic qualities, but it may look a little differently then you think. First, we are going to make sure that the athlete is strong. Can they perform a bodyweight lunge or split squat without collapsing or having their knees cave in? Can they jump onto a box and step off the bo...

The Person-First Perspective

February 28, 2019
Hello all! Here at IgniteGym @ CFHPP, we are extremely adamant about taking a "person centered approach" when interacting with clients. A person-centered approach is a viewpoint in which an individual such as an educator or a coach views their client with a disability as a person BEFORE their disability. Examples: Instead of saying "my child is autistic," you may instead say "my child with autism." Instead of saying "My friend who's dy...

Augmentative & Alternative Communication

February 21, 2019
Augmentative & Alternative Communication: Hey everyone! This is some great information on AAC devices! Here at IgniteGym @ CFPP we are AAC friendly! :) The information below are direct excerpts from my graduate research which I conducted on Educator Proficiency in AAC use in order to foster student engagement in the classroom. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems are used for individuals with varying disabilities whe...

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You did your homework and now you have a solid plan to lose weight. You have scheduled out your meals, planned your workouts, and even made a shopping list. Now what? It is time to get started. The best plans are useless unless you get moving and take action! Here is some advice to get started: Start Small! For many creating a healthier lifestyle will be a massive change. So you need to start small and develop long term habits. Pick one...

February 20, 2019
There is no such thing as a “hockey specific program” or a “lacrosse specific exercise”. Yes, there are some exceptions here, but the overall goal of training is to make the athlete a better athlete! The biggest mistake we can make is to try and replicate a particular sport in the weight room. Majority of athletes get all of the sport specific work they need in games and practice. It is our goal to make you better and help you succeed ...

What is your weight loss plan?

February 19, 2019
You want to lose weight! How are you going to do it? Are you going to eat less, keep eating the same and go to the gym more, or are you just going to pray to the universe? You would be surprised to find out that many who start a weight loss journey are just winging it. While winging it can be fun and adventurous it can be catastrophic to your weight goals.   So what is your plan?....... Here are some tips to get started! First, you...

ASD Interventions: Applied Behavior Analysis

February 18, 2019
One of the biggest interventions for individuals with ASD is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a behavioral therapy that works to increase desired behavior through positive reinforcement and decrease negative behaviors through planned ignoring (my personal methodology, not all therapists ignore. Some may use negative reinforcement/consequence) that may interfere with learning or development. ABA can work to increase language, attention,...

What’s Wrong With Sugar

March 11, 2019
Let’s talk SWEET. So when we think SWEET we think SUGAR! And yes we all know it’s bad but do we really know WHY? Let’s call sugar a “drug” because reality is, it’s an addiction along with any other medication or drug. It’s in everything & we want it and crave it more & more. According to Dr. Axe, the average person takes in 21 TEASPOONS A DAY! WHAT ITS DOING TO US 1. It destroys our gut which is 70-80% of our imm...

9 Fun Snacks to keep YOU on Track

February 25, 2019
1. Apples with almond butter & toppings 2. Homemade trail mix (mixed nuts) 3. Hard boiled egg 4. Avocado on Toast 5. Yogurt topped with berries 6. Protein Shake 7. Carrots/Celery dipped in hummus 8. Bulletproof Bars or Lara Bars 9. Apple slices & cinnamon...

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