Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” – The International Physical Literacy Association, May 2014.

With the decrease of physical education in schools and the increase of forced specialization in sports at too young of an age, kids are no longer exposed to a well-rounded dose of learning and mastering fundamental movement skills. Examples of fundamental movement skills include sprinting, jumping, cutting, hopping, skipping, bounding, galloping, throwing, kicking, swinging, etc.

My main goal for the Building Champions classes is to help kids become better athletes. Becoming physically literate (confident and competent in fundamental movements leading to higher motivation to move) helps increase overall athleticism, decrease risk of injury, and increase the likelihood of being active for life.

Below is an example of four mastered fundamental movement skills in a sequence (galloping, sprinting, bounding and lunging). The result is an athlete who exhibits smooth transitions between movements, power, and control.

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ABOUT ME

OWNER & HEAD TRAINER JUSTIN PATNOUDE

Justin brings over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer. He holds a BS in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University, as well as numerous nationally accredited certifications in personal training and sports performance. Justin was a Master Trainer at the Michigan Athletic Club for 13 years before starting Building Champions Strength and Performance. His experience entails working closely with athletes as young as 4 years old to elite level Division 1 Collegiate and Professional athletes.

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