Young Athletes & Changing A Generation


How can we ‘convince’ young people to become more fit?


Is ‘convince’ even the right word?


You know, it’s interesting… I’ve been carrying the ‘Youth Fitness’ torch for so long, it seems that my opinions on what we REALLY need to do for and with young athletes tends to counter what we see in mainstream media and even governmental policy.


Watch this video and tell me what you think –




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14 Responses

  1. Imtiaz says:

    Great video Brian. Very inspirational and you’ve hit the nail on the head. Showing your kids is far more important than just telling them – the old adage “kids will rarely do what you tell them but they’ll always do what do you” rings true.

    We’re in the UK and we coach football to 3-12 year olds. For our beginners we are the most important coaches (usually their first coaches) they’ll come across. I sincerely believe if we can get them tuned into a healthy lifestyle at this age then we’ve done them a service.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Brian. Keep it up.

  2. Love the passion Brian. Excellent video. Be the change.

  3. Todd Elliott says:

    You are right on point. I think the we are the tip of the spear and the examples for kids to strive to be someday. I turn 50 in September and my none of my clients can beleive it. Especially my teen clients. I hear it all the time, like i’m sure lots of trainers do, “I can’t believe that you can still do the things you do at your age”. If we can’t be role models for our youth, the unwell and unfit, then we should find another field to be in.
    What you are doing is awesome. Keep it up!

  4. Jerry Williams says:

    Right on the head, Brian. Too often we monotone the old phrases over and over again but with no real commitment. We must sell our youth on fitness and aspiring to be great and we really can’t do that unless we are trully sold on it ourselves.

  5. Ryan Maloney says:

    I love that you’re athletes still come to you for life advice. That’s the part that really inspires me. Great video.

  6. Coach K says:

    Dreams are important. Over the thirty or so yrs. I found the approach that triggers learning best is allowing the youth to find and create their own dreams, instead of being sold one.

    Or worse being sold someone else’s.

  7. Kevin says:

    Just to say how true that advice is. I work in a Primary School in the UK and work with chidren from reception 4/5yrs to Y6 9/10yrs. The children definately respond more when I am part of the session, rather than just a spectator.So the children are already (even the 4/5year olds) on their way to understanding that doing is so much more FUN than not doing.
    Keep up the Great work

  8. Jim Selb says:

    Brian, I think u r absolutely right. I apply this my 11 year old twin sons. If I want them to grow up to be good men, I need to be a good man. If I want my sons to grow up fit, they need to witness their father doing what I ask of them. If I want my sons to grow up and attend Mass regularily, they need to witness their father attending regularily.

    So whether it is coaching young kids, starting an organization, or raising children, we need to be a shining example of what we are asking from those who follow us or are in our charge!

  9. Krista S says:

    Thanks Brian! Great video-well said!

  10. Colin Fannon says:

    I agree we need to be the Change we want to see in the world!

  11. Zachary says:

    Very well put Brian! I agree completely!

  12. Zachary says:

    Love the video Brian! I agree completely!

  13. andrew palko says:

    I agree with you emensely on this subject, when the young people you are teaching start to understand that they are learning more than just a game. ( and there parents see it as well )

  14. Lorenzo Ruiz says:

    That was absolutely dead on Brian. Coming from a military background I was always taught to “do as I do, not as I say” type leadership. You hit it on the buton that we all must be leaders from the front and not the rear.

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