ACTION Leader of the Month: Marcus
All about Marcus!
What do you love most about FITBuddies?
What's your favorite music?
These are a few of my favorite things…
Baking with my mom
What FITBuddies exercise move do you love most?
How do you feel to be a FITBuddies ACTION leader?
How does spending time at FITBuddies make you feel?
FiTBuddies makes me feel excited!
More from Marcus's parents and coaches!
What has Marcus demonstrated and achieved to be distinguished as this month's ACTION leader?
As his coaches, we are so proud to highlight Marcus this month as an ACTION Leader. What stands out most to me is his independence and his ability to take every opportunity he can to learn something new (i.e. he is willing to work on the ‘hard stuff’). While I currently do not work with Marcus, I have loved getting updates about him and am so proud of the progress he has made with Coach Chris. He is full of determination, focus and energy and I look forward to watching him grow.
Marcus has earned the title of ACTION Leader of the month for learning and practicing how to be more independent and acting like a leader. Marcus is a busy man, and I’m lucky he has time to train with me. He helps me set up and put away the equipment for our workout station at his home. Moreover, although he’s a man of business and we don’t have too many long conversations because we are exercising the whole time, he takes the time to answer my questions about the workout. He does not like push ups, but understands that they are important and will help him get stronger. His favorite movement is the ball toss and it shows, he nearly knocks me over when he passes it to me!
As his coach, describe Marcus's
growth that you've observed.
Where do I start? I have been working out with Marcus since day one. This young man went from needing to be rewarded to do what was expected to being one of the most active FiT Buddies I’ve had the pleasure of training. When we first started training together it was difficult for Marcus to adjust to different workout routines or learn new moves. Now he welcomes different arrangements and is excited to learn new moves. I hope he is, anyway. He will still tell me if something is difficult, “it’s hard,” he’ll tell me, but it’s usually followed by, “but I’m STRONG,” as he continues the movement. Marcus’s communication skills have also improved in our time together, although I can’t take any credit for that. He informs me of how he’s feeling and has learned to use his words to express any difficulties. Marcus has made tremendous strides in his abilities, at this point he can handle whatever I throw at him and then some! He is a delight to exercise with and I look forward to watching him continue to make progress.
When Marcus first started working out with us, our main focus was on behavior management and focused participation, essentially just getting some level of participation and movement throughout his entire session. Marcus is now able to complete tasks on his own, communicate wants/likes/dislikes with Chris and completes an entire session with no problem. We are now able to shift our focus from behaviors to movement progressions and have seen so much physical growth since he has been working out with Chris at home. Keep up the great work Marcus!!
What skills learned at FITBuddies does Marcus use in his daily life?
Because of his improved strength he is better at chores like helping carry groceries, open/close containers and faucets independently, and handle his bike and backpack more easily. He's also improved at sports like basketball, soccer and baseball, and has more endurance riding his bike uphill.
As a parent, what goals have you observed being achieved through FITBuddies?
It has been amazing to see Marcus's improved strength and flexibility since working with FITBuddies! He can do things like pushups, situps, planks, lunges, jumping jacks and more with wonderful form and strength that we never saw previously. He looks forward to exercise sessions; we see his improved confidence and smile that shows he's having fun, while he used to resist workouts as being hard.