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S&C sage and legendary human being Dan John WILL activate

Dan John has been a strength and conditioning coach, trainer of trainers, educator, co-creator and activator at the highest levels of our field for over 3 decades.
He’s funny.  He’s serious.  He’s one of the coaches that I personally would like to watch when he doesn’t know I’m looking as often as I could.  He’s a man with a reputation for simple and powerful training wisdom that can change the way you look at coaching in a moment.
I’ve experienced it personally.
He has a servants heart with a capacity and desire to sow, so that others can grow.  His body of work speaks for itself and he leads a life worth following. He will activate the best in you, so you can do the same for those you serve, and for the industry you call your own.  That’s what masters do.
I’m humbled to welcome Dan to the activeight experience in Phoenix in October.  His presentation will be non-traditional and experiential.  I look forward to learning from him and watching how he carries himself when “no one’s looking”.   So should you!
Thank you Dan.
David Jack
Dan John 2014
Dan John has spent his life with one foot in the world of lifting and throwing, and the other foot in academia.  An All-American discus thrower, Dan has also competed at the highest levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, an event in which he holds the American record.
Dan spends his work life blending weekly workshops and lectures with full-time writing, and is also an online religious studies instructor for Columbia College of Missouri.  As a Fulbright Scholar, he toured the Middle East exploring the foundations of religious education systems.
His books, on weightlifting, include Intervention, Never Let Go, Mass Made Simple and Easy Strength, written with Pavel Tsatsouline, as well as From Dad, To Grad.
To learn more and follow Dan John, visit www.danjohn.net

Coach Dave Gleason is activated

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:

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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.

activeight experience welcomes BJ Gaddour

@BJGaddour  – entrepreneur, fitness professional and friend will be attending and sharing at the 1st annual activeight conference at Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix October 23-26, 2014.

In addition to being a key part of our activator team, BJ will be sharing at least 2 things we can talk about at this point :)

1) Like all other activators – his story.  And you don’t want to miss it during “open mic”.  The intentions that drive him, and the actions he takes, and has taken to honor them.

2) The activ8 – BJ will lead a hands on experience covering 8 foundational movement patterns (based on the principles outlined in his best selling book, @Your Body is Your Barbell), complete with progressions, regressions, coaching cues, activwords (that set the foundation for pattern mastery and subconscious competence) and done for you tools to take home.

And here’s the kicker – he’ll deliver it live to fitness enthusiasts without any intake, architecture or pre-screening.  Discover the simplicity of the concept, and the profound results it can create.

Welcome brother, we’re honored to have you!!


Stay tuned for more announcements – we have a few dozen to come!

BJ GADDOUR, CSCS, is a bodyweight exercise and metabolic training expert. Named one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time by Men’s Health magazine, he’s the creator of Men’s Health fitness DVDs DeltaFIT Speed ShredBodyweight Cardio Burners, and BodyweightMuscle Burners. He is the CEO of StreamFIT.com, an online fitness resource that provides streaming workout videos.

Gaddour graduated from Amherst College in 2005. He went from working the front desk at a gym to owning a successful gym. He now consults with top fitness brands as a writer, speaker, featured fitness expert, on-camera talent, and fitness model.

You can learn more about BJ on his blog (bjgaddour.com), where he shares fitness and nutrition tips. He currently lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Naomi. (And we’ll add, his two incredible boxers!)