adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit: ‘Fit For Life’ Tabata Utilizes HIIT Principles in Physical Education

With class time more valuable than ever, Lunenburg High School (Mass.) physical education teacher Steve Boone developed a lesson that maximizes every second his students spend working out.

Boone’s “Fit For Life” Tabata workout allows students of all ages to exercise in short bursts over the course of a class period to get the full benefit of high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The lesson he uses with his twice-weekly adult education class as well as his high school P.E. student has been selected as the January adidas Lesson for IHT Spirit.

“I try to incorporate [all] types of exercises in the Tabata workout,” Boone, a 28-year physical education veteran, said. “It changes. It’s very fluid, and it’s all based on what the students want to get out of it.”

Some of Boone’s students are adults who began working out under his direction as part of the Lunenburg Public Schools celebration around the 2016 opening of a new high school campus.

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Personalized Learning in Physical Education

Originally published Dec. 18, 2017 in the Huffington Post.

By Jackie Greaves

The goal of my class is simple: to build active learners who have the skills to succeed healthily in college and the world beyond. I asked my 5th grade P.E. classes to respond to this question: “Why is it important to get exercise daily?”

The most striking response that helped reinforce the reason I use personalized learning was one from a 10-year old student: “Exercise helps keep me disease free so I can live longer.” A simple answer really when you break it down, but one that made me feel happy because I as her teacher was able to help her see this very important connection between exercise and longevity.

Getting my students to see this is easier when I connect learning to their own lives. I started our Jump Rope for Heart Month by sharing a story about my father who died from a heart attack. I showed my class a video which tells the stories of several young children and the stories of their heart disease. My students then participated in a whole class discussion based around their own experiences and understandings of what it means to have a healthy heart. Read More


Inside Vista High’s Big National Experiment With Personalized Learning

Originally published Sept. 28, 2017 in the Voice of San Diego.

By Voice of San Diego

Great educators have always known certain things.

Students learn at different paces, in different ways. Students do better when they’re interested in what they’re learning.

Charter, private and even some traditional public schools are actively bringing these philosophies into classrooms.

It’s a movement commonly called “personalized learning” and is part of an evolution away from the traditional classroom model.

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Teacher, students cranked about gift of 30 bikes to school

By Katie Langford

There’s an intangible thrill that East Middle School teacher Patrick Roenicke feels when he’s riding a bicycle.

It started when he learned to ride at 5 years old and it grew during his childhood in Michigan, riding with friends every day after school.

“I would basically go out and tear the cranks off my bike for a few hours,” Roenicke said. “I noticed kids don’t do that anymore. They play organized sports, but the idea of going out on your bike alone or with some buddies, to explore other parts of town, has gone away.”

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New IHT Spirit Mobile App extends adidas ZONE heart rate training beyond school walls

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, IHT released its newest tool to further personalize physical education for every student: the IHT Spirit Mobile App.

The new mobile app, available as a free download through the Google Play and iOS App stores, enables users to take part in physical education classes and workouts connected to the IHT Spirit System® outside of the traditional school day and classroom. By controlling their adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors on their mobile phones, students connect back to classroom workouts or track workouts they design themselves.  

IHT worked closely with adidas to develop a mobile app that takes the monitors beyond the classroom. A growing number of students fulfill their physical education requirement outside of the traditional classroom setting. More than 55 percent of U.S. school systems offer students the opportunity to take physical education as part of a virtual learning program. Read More