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Paul “Theo” Theodore Activated

It was 2009 in Louisville, KY when I first met Theo. He approached me at the first annual International Youth Conditioning Summit (IYCA) and said something to the effect of ” there’s something different about you” and I felt the same way about him.  He asked if we could talk at some point during the conference.  And we did.

He was a young coach at the time.  Just getting started.  He was carrying a lot of weight, but he “managed” it well.  Like so many of us do. So many decisions to make.  A young family, a crazy schedule and money was tight.  He was starting to question his calling, his craft, his place in the industry.  He was starting to question his voice as a coach and as a business, his message, his programs, his reason for doing it.  And the weight was real.  I felt it.

But I also felt his desire to do something special.  To be more than the circumstances, to want to overcome all that.  To rise, not fall away.  The proof of that desire was inherent in the truth he shared and in his asking for help.

Fast forward 5 years.  Two beautiful children, an amazing facility, a community coming together for inspired action.  A voice that speaks loud and clear.  Lives changed. Tears shed (many of my own at his facility, in his home, and from afar), a growing sense of purpose.  The weight is still there.  But it’s different.  He carries it differently.  It’s not about him.  But it had to start with him.  It’s not about us, but it has to start with us.

His story is incredible.  From his marriage, to his facility, to how his business has evolved. You’ve been where he’s been.  In the past, now or maybe in days to come…but you can go where he and his family are going…a place you deserve to be…

It’s time to rise up…and sometimes it takes being down for a moment to do it well.  It’s ok…we got you!

David Jack

 

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Coach Theo

Coach Paul Theo is the owner of FMU Fitness, a Christian-based youth fitness and adult training company in Cleveland, Oh.  An ex-division one college wrestler and now fitness coach, motivational speaker, and author, he works with hundreds of kids and adults each week through is group training programs and community events. His reach extends far beyond his gym walls as he runs multiple school obstacle races and local charity events throughout the year. He resides with his beautiful wife Amber, and 4yr old son Giovanni and 10 month old Alana.
  • IYCA YFS 1, YSAS, YAAS, YHSSCC
  • Voted Cleveland’s Best of the West Trainer
  • Featured as a Top 5 Finalist in Men’s Health Next Top Trainer Challenge
  • Pull-up world record attempt raised $39,000 for Cystic Fibrosis

For more information about Theo and his mission visit www.fitmeupfitness.com

 

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.
#eyesupriseup
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

Editor in Chief of menshealth.com and Fitness Director of the Brand Activated!

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.

#eyesupriseup

DJ

Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell 2014

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.

 

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!!

#getactivated

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!)