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The Navy Seals

Civilians know more about the Navy Seals today than they did ten years ago. The Seals are an elite group of the U.S. military who stay out of the limelight and share a unique brotherhood. They are considered to be endurance athletes, which is why it takes a special breed to be a Seal, not even the guys who’ve finished the ninety day P90X® workout or finished an Iron Man Triathlon can play with these boys (sadly, no girls.)

The VOLUNTEER 50-week SEAL candidate training is located in Coronado, CA, and headed up by Captain Bill Wilson, a Navy SEAL and lead trainer.

Hell Week, as the training is referred to, is grueling. Each year the new class endures stressful training, sleep deprivation, long distance swims, drills and running with a boat on their heads the distance equivalent of two marathons. They rely on their cardiovascular engines, legs, arms, and sheer physical strength is at the core of their training. Mental capacity, control, and a innate desire to complete a mission is a given. Training is insurmountable to most who claim to be in peek physical condition.

I can sustain a two-minute plank, completed two marathons, and birthed two children and just watching the training videos make me cringe. Test the mantra “The body can achieve what the mind perceives.” The next time you are in the gym bored and complaining and remember those who have given of themselves for our safety.

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

A couple of weeks ago I attended the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) meeting. One of the many goals of the meeting was to discuss the current status of school-based physical activity and physical education.
The meeting bought together a who’s who in professional sports, fitness, exercise, and government. The council is chaired by three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. I got to speak to Phoenix Suns small forward Grant Hill who is also a council member. Other notable council members include: Michelle Kwan, Billie Jean King, Chris Paul, Dr. Ian Smith and Allyson Felix. I was happy to be there but troubled by the council’s lack of Latino representation. Not one member of the council is Latino. There is one Latino on their newly created National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Foundation, his name is Raul J. Fernandez.

All council members are determined through the White House Presidential Personnel Office and “everyone” has to apply Currently, the council has nine available appointments and everyone has to be vetted by the White House.

There are many noteworthy exercise physiologists, nutritionists, policy folk and fitness professionals who are Latino and would add tremendous value to the council. My fav five are: Marco Borges, Tony Martinez, Patricia Moreno, Beto Perez and Marcelo Ehrhardt.

The best part of the event was getting to meet my fitness icon, Donna Joyner. Donna, who is the longest member of the council, served on it under Bush Jr. was the first national fitness professional to break into the mainstream. The 54 year old–yes, 54!–is in amazing shape and basking in her hugely successful “Body Gospel® Workout: Your Faith-Based Weight Loss Solution.” Donna is married to Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show.

The President’s Challenge- Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA)

Let’s Move

The International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

Aaron Schock-America’s Fittest Congressman

Rep. Aaron Schock (R., Ill.), 29, a former recreational weightlifter from Illinois, is on a mission to get American fit. He graces the May cover of Men’s Health Magazine and is challenging us to join the “Take the Fit for Life Summer Challenge”.

Aaron’s motion in this direction began in college after he put on unwanted pounds. He started to work out, made better choices and ate better.

As the youngest member of the House of Representatives, (in his second term), Aaron is up at 5:30 a.m. in order to get his one- to- two hour work out in the gym (he’s also a fan of P90X). His tips for staying fit while on the DC banquet circuit:

  • Forego the bread basket
  • Ask for a side of fruit
  • Eat vegetables

The CDC estimates that 80% of the dollars spent on health care could be saved if we “just” exercised and ate better.

“Get fit for summer stay fit for life”

First Lady Michelle Obama & Beyonce get moving for fitness

Michelle Obama’s campaign to fight childhood obesity has a new signature song and dance. The Let’s Move flash workout” was launched yesterday.
The collaborative effort was sponsored by Michelle Obama’s national fight against childhood obesity and Grammy award winning singer Beyonce. The “Let’s Move” campaign released the Beyonce featured music video yesterday. The video showcases fabulous dance moves.

The “Let’s Move flash workout” was performed by middle school students across the country. Beyonce surprised students at P.S. 161 middle school in Harlem while the first lady got her dance on in Washington, D.C.

Beyoncé’s official Let’s Move! “Move Your Body” Music Video