It’s a beautiful spring day in New England as I walk into a training facility known as Athletic Revolution (AR) South Shore in Pembroke, MA. And there stands some of my favorite people on planet earth, Coach Dave Gleason and his wife Andrea. After receiving my personal welcome, (which everyone who enters receives) we begin to prepare for the task at hand.
I’m there to support my friends Dave and Andrea and their amazing work, by capturing a bit of it for a TV segment for New England Cable News (NECN). But I know it’s so much more. Because it always is when I’m with him. I know I’m there to learn, to be a part of something special, to build one another up, and to leave each other as better coaches and people. And we do. We always do.
And so do his clients. Kids that don’t say a word when they enter leave empowered and filled with energy, parents that sit quietly watching, approach me in private after the video shoot in tears sharing what this “place” means to them and their children. You see and feel and come to KNOW that this “place” is more than a fitness facility and a group of people running around and having some fun (which absolutely happens, and it’s GOOD, but it’s so much more) together. And it is…more…
It is a family. A place where people have a voice. A place where they encourage each other, work through challenges together and establish foundations that will serve them and others well beyond their time at AR South Shore.
Dave Gleason can say all he wants. His resume can too. The way he carries himself might just be enough. But when you SEE and FEEL what’s happening within their community, you realize that it’s much more. And that’s the standard I choose to use to measure my friend. Because it’s one of the highest of standards; the change you create and activate as a coach.
And Dave will bring that to Phoenix. It’s who he is, and it’s what he does. It’s a calling he honors well, and he’ll encourage and activate you to do the same.
Thank you Dave.
the activeight experience
Coach Dave Gleason:
Owner/Head Coach Athletic Revolution, Pembroke MA
Keene State College 1993 – BS Physical Education/Health and Fitness
NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
IYCA – Youth Fitness/Conditioning Specialist – Level III
IYCA – Youth Speed and Agility Specialist – Level I
IYCA – High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist
2010 IYCA Trainer of the Year
IYCA Director of Youth Performance
Athletic Revolution International Director of Programming
Co-Author IYCA Game Play Performance
Co-Author IYCA Big Book of Programs
Co-Author IYCA Complete Athlete Development
Co-Author IYCA Youth Speed Development
Dave is also a consultant to Reebok International, Adidas (USA) and a consultant to trainers, coaches, physical educators, youth sports organizations and public school systems K-12.
What the Men’s Health (and Rodale) brand means to me personally can’t be expressed in written words. I will simply say that it is a first class publication, and organization with one mission: to help people live their WHOLE lives (Rodale). It has been a tremendous blessing in mine, helping me do just that.
When I first had the opportunity to work with the Rodale brand, I read their mission statement, slightly different at the time, it was as if I had penned it myself; “To inspire people to live healthier lives and provide them with the tools to do it.” Activators. Educators. Thought leaders. Industry change agents.
Fast forward 7 years, and in the midst of countless amazing projects and people within the Men’s Health Brand, there is one that I will truly be forever grateful for, honored to call a friend, and consider one of the finer human beings on the planet, Adam Campbell.
Adam has played an invaluable role in my career, personal and family growth. He sees the big picture like few I have seen in the industry and even fewer in journalism. He believes in the good, and the good in people, and gives them a chance to prove him otherwise. He creates, collaborates, takes calculated and brilliant risks and leads with energy and passion.
He is an activator at the highest level. He will make you better in one experience, though he will assist in many during his time in Phoenix.
On behalf of all of us at activprayer and activeight, I’m deeply grateful for your ongoing support, friendship, commitment to excellence, your continued inspired action and friendship AC.
Adam Campbell is the Editor of MensHealth.com and the Fitness Director for the Men’s Health brand. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises, and The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. Campbell has won two National Magazine Awards, and has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and Fox News.
Learn more at: www.menshealth.com
P.S. Both Adam, myself and other team members like BJ Gaddour will be looking to discover and activate new talent, so bring your A game! Remember, our pledge is to provide an experience, opportunities and resources that will help activate the greatness in each other and provide platforms to rise up and do the same for others.
We’re excited to announce that our long time friend, peer and straight up soul sister, Jen Widerstrom will be in the house at the activeight experience in October. She will literally be flying in from the Season 16 “Glory Days” set to be with us.
Our host David Jack first met Jen on the set of what was at the time, a ground-breaking fitness DVD series in which they presented as co-leads. A spirit of teamwork and life long friendship was born and it continues to grow.
Jen has an amazing story. She has experienced nearly every level of success (and coincidentally, challenge, “funny” how that happens) that you would hope to achieve as a fitness professional, and human being, including multiple roles as a national television star. But her greatest asset, her ace in the hole, the one that she uses to activate others, and in turn herself, dawned on David when she first called to tell him that she was named to the Biggest Loser cast. We will share that story and much more with you in Phoenix.
This is a special woman, and you will be grateful you met her. Jen, we are honored to have you, and know the sacrifice you’re making to come out during the TV season. Thank you for acting inspired for an intention greater than self!
With many thanks and BIG love!
To learn more about Jen, her fitness success, and her huge humanitarian heart, visit the following link: