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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.
  • 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


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.



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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.