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Madison, Wisconsin

I'm going to start posting a story from most of the places I visit. I'm going to start out with Madison, Wisconsin:

Alissa (Muse_of_Fire) and I were in the car, driving to a daycamp for pre-teen boys and girls in Madison. This was the first day we were working with Girls, Inc (the group that runs this camp), and we had absolutely no idea what to expect. We didn't know whether we'd be working with boys, girls, or both. We didn't know what kind of facilities we had to work with, or how many people we'd have to work with.

The night before, Alissa, Chad (her training partner), and I had dinner and planned out what we were going to do the next day. It took about two hours, and due to The Game (if you say certain words, you have to do 10 pushups), there were pretty constant distractions - but we finally worked out a rough lesson plan. We would start with a Julie Angel video, give a brief talk about Parkour, then, boys or girls, we were going to focus heavily on games.

We pull up to the driveway and get out of the car. We examine the Kennedy Heights Community Center, it's pretty much just a big temp building. There's a wooden fence outside for balancing, and a playground around the back. The director of the camp came out to meet us, introduced us to the girls, and we were on our own! There were eight girls, I'd say age 12 to 14. Long story short, they were not impressed by our pep talk, or by the Julie Angel video. Looking back, we probably needed something a bit more action oriented.

Once we got them outside though, we started to play some warmup games. Alissa started by having them all run in place, and then drop into the landing position whenever she said drop. We did some side QM, and did some other fun warmup activities. We wanted to start off with a game, so I ran a game of QM Redlight/Greenlight. Went to the fence to do some partner balancing drills, and then we played a balance game. Two people would stand about arms length apart, and try to push each other over without moving their feet. The first person who's feet moved, lost. We then played a finger jousting game, and then I taught precisions.

Introducing Skipping - The Ultimate Calorie Burner

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The latest research on calorie burning shows that it is not long periods of exercise that works best for calorie burning, but it’s the short intense exercises that work best. Skipping is a great low cost exercise that burns calories quickly. Skipping to get fit is now used by many athletes as a great short burst exercise to get the heart rate going. Boxers use skipping as training before a fight and you will find that skipping is now incorporated into many gym classes. It is an excellent way to keep fit and skipping can be done anywhere, anytime.

It’s Fun!

Skipping is fun and yet challenging. You will quickly discover if you haven’t already that if you don’t enjoy a particular exercise you simply won’t keep it up. However, most people enjoy skipping, its one of the most loved games on a playground! If you start to get bored or need more challenge there are plenty more ways you can improve your technique which is detailed in this article.

More than that skipping is enjoyable and can be done at your own pace. You are in control of it the whole time

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