Exam Code: ACSM-GEI Practice exam 2023 by Killexams.com team
ACSM-GEI Certified Group Exercise Instructor

This exam content outline is based on a Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor® (GEI). The JTA describes what an ACSM GEI does on a day-to-day basis and is divided into four domains and associated tasks performed on the job. As you prepare for your exam, it is important to remember that all exam questions are based on these domains—making it a perfect addition to your preparation materials! In fact, when you receive your test scores, your performance in each domain is scored individually so you can see exactly where you excelled and/or where you may need additional preparation. Using this in combination with other optional study materials will ensure you are ready for exam day

Domain I Participant and Program Assessment 10%
Domain II Class Design 25%
Domain III Leadership and Instruction 55%
Domain IV Legal and Professional Responsibilities 10%

A. Evaluate and establish participant screening procedures to optimize safety and minimize risk by reviewing assessment protocols based on ACSM standards and guidelines.
Knowledge of: • appropriate techniques for health history assessment.
• ACSM standards and guidelines related to pre-participation health history assessment.
• ACSM pre-participation screening questionnaire related to screening of class participants.
Skill in: • determining the adequacy of a facilitys current pre-participation procedures.
• developing and implementing pre-participation screening procedures.
B. Administer and review, as necessary, participants health risk to determine if preparticipation assessment is needed prior to exercise using PAR-Q, ACSM pre-participation health screening or other appropriate tools.
Knowledge of: • the use of informed consent and medical clearance prior to exercise participation.
• ACSM guidelines related to pre-participation screening procedures.
• ACSM risk stratification categories to aid in pre-participation screening (i.e., low, moderate, high risk).
• important health history information (e.g., past and present medical history, orthopedic limitations, prescribed medications, supplements, activity patterns, nutritional habits, stress and anxiety levels, family history of heart disease and other chronic diseases, smoking history, use of alcohol and illicit drugs, etc).
Skill in: • determining when to recommend medical clearance.
• administering pre-participation screening questionnaire.
• determining risk stratification category by evaluating screening questionnaire.
• making appropriate recommendations based upon the results of screening questionnaire.
C. Screen participants, as needed, for known acute or chronic conditions to providerecommendations and/or modifications. Knowledge of: • common medical conditions and contraindications to group exercise participation.
• risk factors, signs and symptoms, physical limitations and medical conditions that may affect or preclude class participation.
• appropriate criteria for NOT starting or stopping a participant from exercising.
Skill in: • determining health status of group exercise class participants prior to each class. • determining when to recommend medical clearance.
• making recommendations based on results of pre-exercise health status determination.
A. Establish the purpose and determine the objectives of the class based upon the needs of the participants and facility. Knowledge of: • methods used to determine the purpose of a group exercise class (e.g., survey, focus group, inquiry, word of mouth, suggestion box).
• types of group exercise classes (e.g., land-based, water-based, equipmentbased).
• types of equipment used in group exercise settings.
• participant characteristics such as health, fitness, age, gender, ability.
• health challenges and/or special needs commonly encountered in a group exercise setting.
• environmental factors as they relate to the safe participation (e.g., outdoor, indoors, flooring, temperature, space, lighting, room size, ventilation).
• the types of different environments for group exercise such as outdoor, indoors, flooring, temperature, space, lighting, room size, ventilation and need to potentially adapt that environment.
B. Determine class content (i.e., warm-up, stimulus and cool-down) in order to create an effective workout based upon the objectives of the class.
Knowledge of: • the physiology of warm-up, stimulus and cool-down.
• the FITT principle (i.e., frequency, intensity, time and type) for developing and/or maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness.
• training principles (e.g., specificity, adaptation, overload).
• different training formats (e.g., continuous, circuit, interval, progressive classes such as 4-6 week sessions).
• exercise modification to most appropriately meet the needs of the class participants.
• different teaching styles (e.g., formal, authoritarian, facilitator, nurturer).
• different learning styles (e.g., auditory, visual, kinesthetic).
• the use of music in group exercise.
Skill in: • applying FITT principles (i.e., frequency, intensity, time, type) to class design.
• organizing the warm-up, stimulus and cool-down.
• planning a class for participants with health challenges and special needs.
• planning a class based on exercise environment and available equipment.
• applying various styles of learning to most effectively meet the objectives of the class.
C. Select and sequence appropriate exercises in order to provide a safe workout based upon the objectives of the class.
Knowledge of: • a variety of exercises used during warm-up, stimulus and cool-down.
• variety of exercises to meet the needs of participants with different skill and fitness levels.
• cardiovascular training principles and techniques.
• muscular conditioning principles and techniques.
• flexibility training principles and techniques.
Knowledge of:
• motor fitness components (e.g., balance, agility, speed, coordination).
• the principles of muscle balance (e.g., flexion/extension, agonist/antagonist).
• exercise progression (e.g., easy/hard, slow/fast).
• health challenges and/or special needs commonly encountered in a group exercise setting.
• risks associated with various exercises.
• the benefits and use of music in class design.
Skill in: • the selection and application of music given class purpose and objectives.
• selecting and sequencing exercises to maintain muscle balance, minimize risk to the participants and modify for those with health challenges and special needs.
• designing transitions between exercises.
D. Rehearse class content, exercise selection and sequencing and revise as needed in order to provide a safe and effective workout
based upon the purpose and objectives of the class.
Knowledge of: • the purpose of class rehearsal.
• proper execution of exercises and movements.
• verbal and non-verbal cueing techniques for the purpose of providing direction, anticipation, motivation and safety.
• a variety of class environments (e.g., outdoor, indoors, flooring, temperature, space, lighting, room size, ventilation) and associated adaptations that may be required.
Skill in: • demonstrating exercises and movements.
• the application of music, if used, given class purpose and objectives.
• modifying class design based on rehearsal trial and error.
• applying teaching styles (e.g., formal, authoritarian, facilitator, nurturer).
• applying verbal cueing techniques for the purpose of providing direction, anticipation, motivation and safety.
• applying non-verbal cueing techniques (visual, directional).
• corresponding movements to music phrase and/or counts during selected exercises or segments.
A. Prepare to teach by implementing pre-class procedures including screening new participants and organizing equipment, music and room set-up.
Knowledge of: • equipment operation (e.g., audio, exercise equipment, facility).
• the procedures associated with determining the health status of group exercise class participants prior to each class.
• class environment (e.g., outdoor, indoors, flooring, temperature, space, lighting, room size, ventilation).
Skill in: • determining health status of group exercise class participants prior to each class.
• time management.
• delivering pre-class announcements (welcome, instruction, safety, participant accountability).
• operating sound equipment.
• evaluating and adapting, if needed, environment to maximize comfort and safety.
B. Create a positive exercise environment in order to optimize participant adherence by incorporating effective motivational skills, communication techniques and behavioral strategies.
Knowledge of: • motivational techniques.
• modeling.
• appropriate verbal and non-verbal behavior.
• group behavior change strategies.
• basic behavior change models and theories (e.g., stages of change, self-efficacy, decisional balance, social learning theory).
• the types of feedback and appropriate use.
• verbal (voice tone, inflection) and non-verbal (body language) communication skills.
Skill in: • applying behavior change strategies.
• applying behavior change models and theories.
• applying communication techniques (verbal and non-verbal/body language).
• fostering group cohesion.
• interacting with class participants.
• providing positive feedback to class participants.
• projecting enthusiasm, energy and passion.
• applying techniques addressing various styles of learning.
C. Demonstrate all exercises using proper form and technique to ensure safe execution in accordance with ACSM standards and guidelines.
Knowledge of: • basic human functional anatomy and biomechanics.
Knowledge of:
• basic exercise physiology.
• basic ergonomic principles.
• proper alignment, form and technique.
• high-risk exercises and movements.
Skill in: • demonstrating proper alignment, form and technique.
• demonstrating exercise modifications.
• correcting improper form and/or technique.
D. Incorporate verbal and nonverbal instructional cues in order to optimize communication, safety and motivation based upon industry guidelines.
Knowledge of: • anticipatory, directional, educational, motivational, safety, tactile and visual cueing techniques. • proper participant performance.
Skill in: • applying anticipatory, directional, educational, motivational, safety, tactile, and visual cues. • monitoring participants performance.
• instructing participant how to correct their own exercise execution and/or form.
E. Monitor participants performance to ensure safe and effective exercise execution using observation and participant feedback techniques in accordance with ACSM standards and guidelines.
Knowledge of: • safe and effective exercise execution.
• the rationale for exercise intensity monitoring.
• exercise intensity monitoring methods and limitations.
• exercise programming (e.g., mode, intensity, frequency, duration).
• the signs and symptoms of overexertion.
• proper exercise demonstration techniques.
• proper feedback techniques (i.e., visual and auditory).
• normal and adverse response to exercise.
• appropriate criteria for NOT starting or stopping a participant from exercising.
Skill in: • safe and effective exercise execution.
• monitoring exercise intensity in class participants.
• recognizing signs and symptoms of overexertion.
• applying the principles of exercise programming (e.g., mode, intensity, frequency, duration).
• teaching participants how to monitor and modify their own exercise intensity.
• proper exercise demonstration techniques.
• proper feedback techniques (i.e., visual and auditory).
F. Modify exercises based on individual and group needs to ensure safety and effectiveness in accordance with ACSM standards and guidelines.
Knowledge of: • cardiovascular response to various environmental conditions.
• how aerobic, strength and flexibility exercise modifications affect intensity and safety.
• various exercise safety and intensity modification techniques (e.g., tempo, range of motion, alternate movements, load).
• a variety of exercises for any particular muscle group, from easiest to hardest.
• the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations for exercise during pregnancy.
Skill in: • modifying exercise execution and intensity based on environmental conditions.
• modifying aerobic, strength and flexibility exercise intensity based on environmental condition, individual and/ or group needs.
• applying exercise intensity modification techniques (e.g., tempo, range of motion, alternate movements, load).
G. Monitor sound levels of vocal and/or audio equipment following industry guidelines.
Knowledge of: • appropriate vocal projection techniques.
• the value of vocal warm-up.
• vocal warm-up techniques.
• safe volume level.
• group exercise sound projection technology (e.g., microphones, amplifiers, speakers).
Skill in: • the application of appropriate vocal projection techniques.
• the application of group exercise sound projection equipment (e.g., microphones, amplifiers, speakers).
H. Respond to participants concerns in order to maintain a professional, equitable and safe environment by using appropriate conflict management or customer service strategies set forth by facility policy and procedures and industry guidelines. Knowledge of: • conflict prevention.
• basic conflict resolution techniques.
• communication techniques as it relates to conflict resolution (e.g., active listening, mirroring, reflection).
• specific club policies regarding conflict management and your role in application of policies.
Skill in: • applying conflict resolution techniques.
• applying empathetic listening skills.
• selecting the appropriate resolution.
I. Educate participants in order to enhance knowledge, enjoyment and adherence by providing health and fitness related information
and resources.
Knowledge of: • basic human functional anatomy and biomechanics.
• basic exercise physiology.
• basic human development and aging.
• the basic principles of weight management and nutrition.
• motivational techniques used to promote behavior change in the initiation, adherence or return to exercise.
• benefits and risks of exercise.
• basic ergonomic principles.
• stress management principles and techniques.
• healthy lifestyle practices and behavior.
• credible, current and pertinent health-related information.
• risk factors which may require referral to medical or allied health professionals prior to exercise.
Skill in: • accessing available health and exercise-related information.
• delivering health and exercise-related information.
• referring participant to appropriate medical or allied health professional when warranted.
A. Evaluate the class environment (e.g., outdoor, indoor, capacity, flooring, temperature, ventilation, lighting, equipment, acoustics)
to minimize risk and optimize safety by following pre-class inspection procedures based on established facility and industry standards and guidelines.
Knowledge of: • ACSM facility standards and guidelines.
• established regulations and laws (e.g., Americans with Disabilities Act, CDC, OSHA).
• the procedures associated with determining the health status of group exercise class participants prior to each class.
Skill in: • evaluating classroom environment.
B. Promote participants awareness and accountability by informing them of classroom safety procedures and exercise and intensity options in order to minimize risk.
Knowledge of: • components that contribute to a safe environment.
• safety guidelines as it relates to group exercise.
Skill in: • communicating safety precautions before and during class.
• observing compliance with instructions provided to participants.
• cueing to reinforce safety precautions during class.
C. Follow industry-accepted professional, ethical and business standards in order to optimize safety and reduce liability.
Knowledge of: • appropriate professional behavior and boundaries pertaining to class participants.
• the ACSM code of ethics.
• the scope of practice of an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor.
• standards of care for an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor.
• informed consent, assumption of risk and waivers.
• established and applicable laws, regulations and policies.
• bounds of competence.
• established and applicable laws, regulations and policies.
• confidentiality, privacy laws and practice.
• insurance needs (e.g., professional liability, general liability insurance).
• basic business principles (e.g., contracts, negligence, types of business entities, tax business structure, advertising, marketing).
Skill in: • applying professional behavior and in maintaining appropriate boundaries with class participants.
• applying the ACSM code of ethics.
Skill in (continued): • assuring and maintaining the privacy of all group exercise participants and any pertinent information relating to them or their membership.
D. Respond to emergencies in order to minimize untoward events by following procedures consistent with established standards of care and facility policies.
Knowledge of: • Adult CPR.
• automated external defibrillator (AED).
• basic first aid for accidents, environmental and medical emergencies (e.g., heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, lacerations, incisions, puncture wounds, abrasions, contusions, simple/compound fractures, bleeding/ shock, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, sprains, strains, fainting).
• the standard of care for emergency response (e.g., incident reporting, injury assessment, activating emergency medical services).
• the Emergency Action Plan, if applicable, for the fitness facility.
• unsafe or controversial exercises.
Skill in: • activating emergency medical services.
• administering CPR.
• administering an AED.
• administering basic first aid for exercise-related injuries, accidents, environmental and medical emergencies (e.g., assessment, response, management of class or environment).
• documenting incidents and/or emergencies.
• selecting exercises that are not controversial or high risk.
E. Respect copyrights to protect original and creative work, media, etc. by legally securing copyright material and other intellectual property based on national and international copyright laws.
Knowledge of: • copyright laws (e.g., BMI, ASCAP).
• fair use of copyright material.
Skill in: • acquiring appropriate copyrighted materials and music.
F. Engage in healthy lifestyle practices in order to be a positive role model for class participants.
Knowledge of: • healthy lifestyle practices.
• lifestyle behavior change strategies (cognitive and behavioral).
• appropriate modeling behaviors (e.g., non-threatening, motivating).
• risks associated with overtraining.
• body image concepts and perceptions.
• risks associated with the female athlete triad.
• referral practices to allied health professionals.
Skill in: • applying healthy lifestyle practices.
• communicating healthy lifestyle information.
• personalizing behavioral strategies to class participants.
• recognizing the symptoms of overtraining.
• referring participants to appropriate allied health professionals when necessary.
• identifying issues/behavior related to unhealthy body image and making appropriate referrals.
G. Select and participate in continuing education programs that enhance knowledge and skills on a continuing basis, maximize effectiveness and increase professionalism in the field.
Knowledge of: • continuing education requirements for ACSM certification.
• continuing education resources (e.g., conferences, workshops, correspondence courses, on-line, college/ university-based, journals).
• credible, current and pertinent health-related information.
Skill in: • obtaining relevant continuing education.
• applying credible, current and pertinent health related information when leading the class.

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Chelsea J. Self was born April 13, 1987, to Kenneth and Bonnie Self of Gretna.

Self is the second of four children, and they grew up in Gretna. Older sister Coleen eventually became a teacher, and younger siblings Zachary and Jacob would follow their father’s lead by becoming firefighters in the Omaha Fire Department.

Self started babysitting in sixth grade. She was a dancer and a swim instructor in high school. She started working at a fast-food restaurant when she was 15.

“I kinda always had a job," she said.

Self’s sister Colleen had joined the Army National Guard, and Self followed suit as a high school senior and joined the 755th Chemical Company in Omaha.

After graduating from Gretna High School in May 2005, Self left for basic training that July in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Self chose to be a cook as her military occupational skill and, after basic training, was sent to Ft. Lee, Virginia, for schooling in that specialty. Upon completion of her training, she returned to Nebraska in December 2005.

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On April 13, 2006, Self learned that her unit was being activated.

“They called me on my birthday,” she said.

With little time to prepare, Self was able to continue to work for a brief time at the restaurant and attend some college classes before her deployment.

In the fall of 2006, her unit was sent to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for three months of pre-deployment training. Upon completion, she and the unit were sent for a yearlong deployment to Forward Operating Base Anaconda near Ballad, Iraq.

The unit that Self deployed with was composed of National Guardsmen of several units from small communities all over Nebraska consolidated to form a support battalion under the auspices of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles).

Most of the unit found they were required to be drivers and gunners on supply convoys going among bases often under danger from ambushes and improvised explosive devices.

Self was assigned to the unit’s kitchen, but she found out that the cooking was contracted to foreign nationals. Self and her fellow cooks then supervised the people doing the food preparation making sure it was done properly.

“We were on quality control,” she said.

While safer than the people on the convoys, FOB Anaconda was subject to repeated mortar and rocket attacks and even assaults on the compound’s perimeter.

“We were getting mortared all the time,” Self said.

The temperature at FOB Anaconda was very hot. Self remembers she often worked on the second shift and it was a little bit cooler.

“It wasn’t ... 130 degrees, it was like 100," she said.

Sadly, during the deployment the unit lost two soldiers to enemy action.

In December 2007, the unit returned after a 12-month deployment.

Self tried to put her future plans back on track, returning to work and college. She was able to get some of her collegiate prerequisites done and, while still uncertain, she was considering a career in health and medicine.

Self had elected to change units and joined the 402nd Military Police Battalion in Omaha, a unit her sister had originally belonged to. On April 13, 2010, she was again notified that her unit had been tapped to deploy to the Middle East.

“They called me on my birthday again," Self said.

With less than a year remaining on her enlistment, she still volunteered to deploy with the unit, meaning that her enlistment would be extended until the end of the deployment.

Before the upcoming deployment, Self met George Tanguy, a young man from Tracy, Minnesota, and they became fast friends. After final preparations, the unit departed in November 2010 for pre-deployment training in Ft. Bliss, Texas. In January 2011, the unit was deployed to Bagram Air Force Base in Bagram, Afghanistan.

The MP battalion was in charge of the detention facility for Bagram AFB. On this deployment, Self was able to cook for all the detainees.

During her time there, Self said other MP units rotated through the detention center and would be given charge of different parts of the detention center, but the unit’s cooks were assigned to help her with meal preparation.

“I usually worked on overnights, but we did rotate some," Self said. "It was nice because I was on the same schedule as everyone back home.”

With her shift over, she was often able to call back home. Bagram AFB is located in Parvin Province, a mountainous area in northeastern Afghanistan. Self found it much cooler there than during her previous assignment in Iraq.

The day before Thanksgiving in 2011, the unit returned to the United States.

Now discharged from the National Guard, Self returned to her restaurant job for a time and continued her relationship with Tanguy. She even went with some of her friends and cousins to Las Vegas for a short vacation.

In November 2012, she moved to Tracy, Minnesota, to be with Tanguy. He had continued his employment in as a heavy equipment operator for large road construction projects in the upper Midwest.

Self started working in the housekeeping department at the Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. She was happy to be working in a hospital setting and knew she wanted to be helpful to others in some part of the medical milieu, but she did not know what would be the best place for her.

As she went about her work, she often talked to people who worked in various hospital jobs. After some thought, she decided to enroll at Minnesota West in Pipestone to be trained as a medical assistant.

Through the schooling, Self became aware that much of what a MA does is similar in some ways to what a nurse does, such as assessment, taking vitals and supervising medication administration. In the clinicals in area hospitals, she observed nurses doing their jobs and began to understand that her calling was to serve as a nurse.

As soon as she finished the MA schooling in 2015, she enrolled at Minnesota West in Luverne, Minnesota, as a student licensed practical nurse. Now convinced that nursing is her future, Self graduated from the LPN program in 2016 and went directly into the registered nurse program at Minnesota West in Pipestone, Minnesota.

Finishing the RN program in 2017, Self then enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.

Because of her college credits from her time at Minnesota West and her prerequisite college courses from her schooling in Nebraska, Self found that her BSN program would only take two years.

During her first year, she also worked as a public relations coordinator for LeadMN, a public service organization advocating for the 180,000 college students in Minnesota. During her second year, she worked part-time as a charge nurse at the Boulder Creek Memory Care Unit in Marshall, Minnesota, where she still continues to work part time.

Self finished the BSN program at SMSU in 2019. Self then sought and gained certification as a public health nurse, and shortly thereafter began to work for the Minnesota Department of Health in the Lyon County office in Marshall, Minnesota.

As a PHN, Self holds many responsibilities in public health including the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program and immunization programs for people who are of lower incomes.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many new challenges needed to be met and mastered. With the retirement of her supervisor, Self was selected to be the southwest Minnesota supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Health.

In her new role, Self continues to work on a myriad of programs to assure the health and viability of all the citizens of this area, including programs for adult health, COVID-19 immunization clinics and policy, refugee health programs, perinatal hepatitis B and many other public health matters.

Self is proud of her many contributions both in the National Guard and in the nursing profession. She lives in Tracy, Minnesota, with her husband and their two dogs, Jake and Zach.

While she considers the possibility of further schooling, Self is satisfied with her position and her many contributions to our society. She is proof-positive that hard work, dedication and genuine care and concern for others makes the world a better place for us all.

Gary Kass is a retired veteran who writes articles about the life stories of veterans in southwest Minnesota. He writes a monthly column for the Balaton Press Tribune.

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Killexams : Bethel High School senior uses CPR training to save classmate

Bethel School District says Tristan Baumann was able to perform a heroic act because of training he received at the Pierce County Skills Center.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The Bethel School District says a high school senior found himself in the position to perform a heroic act because of the CPR training he had received. 

Two weeks ago, Tristan Baumann rushed to the aid of a classmate during a medical emergency.

At the start of each school day, the Pierce County Skills Center is where you'll find Baumann. The Bethel High School senior is in the Fire Science Program, learning what it's like to be a firefighter.

"I'll try to make it as realistic as possible,” said Instructor Robb Lovre.

Lovre was a firefighter for 25 years, but now he teaches the high school program which has students learning CPR too.

For Baumann, the CPR training was put to the test two weeks ago, during third period.

“I saw it in the corner of my eye. I was probably one of the first people to actually notice it,” said Baumann, describing the moment when a classmate fell out of her chair.

"She was having a seizure,” said Baumann. "I put her on her side in a recovery position. So, I moved her arm up and then I made it to where she was on her side, and I opened her mouth up to allow her to breathe."

The quick action provided the student with the help she needed.

"I did everything exactly how I was supposed to and I'm really proud of that,” said Baumann.

His teachers were proud of him too. The Bethel School District even shared the story of what happened on its Facebook page, and that caught the attention of Graham Fire and Rescue. The fire department shared the post with its 26,000 followers.

Back in the classroom, Baumann’s instructor praised his fast response.

"He was calm, he stepped up, did what he needed to do. Helped the young lady, saved her life, and that is what we do. I am just glad I was able to pass that information along to him. I'm incredibly proud of him,” said Lovre.

Hailed a high school hero, the senior is focusing on his future.

"I want to set my eyes on actually becoming a career firefighter,” said Baumann. "I always look up to firefighters as heroes who help people, save lives, and protect property."

Baumann says when he graduates, he hopes to join the Department of Natural Resources as a wildland firefighter.

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Killexams : Training, education programs making a difference for inmates at Marion prison Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Alex Sheen, far left, recently spoke to inmates at the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion. Sheen is the founder and CEO of Because I Said I Would, a a "social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept." © Courtesy photo | North Central Correctional Complex Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Alex Sheen, far left, recently spoke to inmates at the North Central Correctional Complex in Marion. Sheen is the founder and CEO of Because I Said I Would, a a "social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept."

Entrepreneur and motivational speaker Alex Sheen recently delivered an inspiring message to the men incarcerated at the North Central Correctional Complex (NCCC) in Marion.

Sheen's talk is just one of many training and educational opportunities the men of NCCC have been exposed to over the past several months, according to the prison's Community Service Coordinator Kelly Emptage-Walker. The men have had the chance to earn diplomas for successfully completing a wide range of vocational training programs, general equivalency diplomas (GED), and participate in training designed to help them re-enter their lives once their prison terms have expired.

Sheen, who lives in Lakewood, Ohio, is the founder and CEO of Because I Said I Would, a "social movement and nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept."

During his talk with the men of NCCC, Sheen "shared his insight and actionable ways to become better at fulfilling commitments with the incarcerated individuals." He said his "hope is to inspire them to be accountable to their promises through compelling and real-life examples from the Because I Said I Would movement."

Sheen told the men that “we live in a society that often does not respect the importance of a promise,” Emptage-Walker said. She noted that the phrases “I’ll get to it” and “tomorrow” that he shared with the men really "resonated with those in attendance."

"He convincingly illustrated how integrity and keeping a promise are forever interwoven. Alex encouraged holding ourselves and each other accountable because it will truly change humanity for the better," Emptage-Walker said. "Those in attendance left the presentation feeling uplifted and eager to put the Because I said I Would fundamentals into action."

140 men complete training programs

Emptage-Walker said on Jan. 23 of this year, the Solutions Re-entry Project honored 140 men at NCCC who successfully graduated from 32 "different peer-facilitated programs" at the prison. According to a press release Emptage-Walker sent to the Star, "the programs offered by Solutions Re-entry Project provide incarcerated individuals with the knowledge for a successful re-entry to the community as a restored citizen. This is accomplished through the occupational training, education, and life skills necessary for them to succeed."

Many of the individuals honored at the graduation ceremony received certificates for participating in programs such as commercial driver’s license, EDWINS Culinary Arts, interpersonal communication, and employability readiness.

"The Solutions Re-entry Project not only facilitates these programs and many other programs, it also assists incarcerated individuals who are preparing to go before the Ohio Parole Board by helping with personalized parole packets and conducting mock Parole Board hearings," Emptage-Walker said in the press release. "The Solutions Re-entry Project offers hope and a new beginning to all incarcerated individuals in the state of Ohio."

Graduates, tutors honored

Last fall, NCCC honored more than 70 men who earned GEDs and completed vocational training as well as the tutors who worked with them.

The GED graduation ceremony was held on Oct. 4, 2022, with 27 men earning diplomas. Family members and friends of the program participants were invited to the ceremony, which included caps and gowns provided to the graduates, Emptage-Walker said.

Warden Thomas Watson "provided a speech of encouragement and praise for all the graduates have accomplished." Deputy Warden James Craig "closed the ceremony with a strong message of believing in one’s self."

Additionally, each graduate was granted an extra visit for the month as a reward.

Forty-five men were honored with a graduation ceremony on Sept. 27, 2022, for completing one of the following vocational programs: culinary arts, automotive mechanics, and horticulture. In attendance were 41 guests consisting of family members and/or friends watching as their loved one walked in cap and gown to receive their certificate.

The NCCC education team held its annual luncheon for tutors and program aides on Oct. 3, 2022. More than 50 individuals who enjoyed a lunch of chicken parmesan, spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and cherry chocolate or butterscotch caramel cake prepared by instructors Joseph Caserta and Pamela Sisson.

Email: ecarter@gannett.com | Twitter: @AndrewACCarter

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Killexams : Wisconsin armed security requires less training than manicures

If you want to cut hair in the state of Wisconsin, you need more than 1,000 hours of training to get a license. If you want to wear a badge and carry a gun, three hours is enough. That's because of a change in state law that made firearms training for private security guards optional.

As police resources are stretched, more business owners are turning to private security agencies to protect their property. Many of those security guards have guns, but that doesn't necessarily mean they know how or when to use them.

Consider what happened on a summer night in June 2022 at the Qdoba restaurant on Brady Street. It's approaching 3 o'clock on a Saturday morning and surveillance video shows customers are still streaming in.

"'Cause they're drunk and they want their tacos," explained Sonja Wilson, a Qdoba security guard who was on duty that night. 

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Wilson said it was the store's policy to lock one of the two entrances late at night on weekends to control the crowds leaving nearby taverns. About 2:40am, store security video shows customers leaving through the door that's supposed to lock behind them. Instead, they hold the door open for a man and woman who walk in. 

Wilson approaches and tells them they have to back out and enter through a different door. 

38-year-old Randolph Bohannon stares back at Wilson, then ignores her instruction and attempts to walk around her toward the food counter. Wilson quickly places her right hand on the 9mm Ruger pistol holstered on her hip. 

"She instantly touched her gun," Bohannon's girlfriend would later tell police. 

That only seems to anger the man, who begins arguing with Wilson.

Sonja Wilson, a security guard working at Qdoba in June 2022, places her right hand on her Ruger 9mm handgun when a customer refuses to use a different door to enter the restaurant.

"He's like, ‘Why are you grabbing for you gun? What are you reaching for your gun for?'" the girlfriend said.

The guard argues back, but begins to walk backward, away from Bohannon. He continues walking toward her. 

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That's when Wilson upholsters her weapon and points it directly at Bohannon, inches from his chest.

Wilson points the weapon directly at the customer, Randolph Bohannon, moments before lowering the gun and shooting him in the groin.

"You better back up, b****!" Bohannon demands, continuing to walk toward Wilson.

"And then what happened?" a Milwaukee police detective would later ask.

"I shot him," Wilson said.

On the restaurant security video, you can hear Wilson say, "If this is what you want, this is what you want," moments before pulling the trigger and shooting Bohannon in his groin. He winces in pain, places his hand on the wound, limps out of the restaurant, and goes to the hospital.

Police arrested Wilson and, in a video recorded interview, detective Shamara Gonzalez asked her why she fired the gun.

"Because I was in fear for my life," Wilson said.

But when the detective asked what, specifically, made her so afraid, Wilson struggled to put her finger on it.

"He didn’t lunge at you," Gonzalez said. 

"Not in a sweeping motion, no," Wilson responded.

"He didn’t threaten to harm you, right?" Gonzalez asked.

"Uh… no," Wilson replied.

Wilson tells a Milwaukee Police detective she never received "formal training" on how and when to use a firearm on the job.

Wilson said she never heard any threat. Instead, she repeated that Bohannon and his girlfriend refused the leave the restaurant.

"They did not heed the warning," she said.

"The fact that you pulled out your gun is that a warning as well?" the detective asked.

"Yes," Wilson answered.

"Is that how you were trained?" Gonzalez asked.

"No," the security guard said.

"How were you trained?" Gonzalez asked.

"There really isn’t a lot of training with that," Wilson said.

Turns out, Sonja Wilson has never been trained when to shoot and when not to.

"Formal training, no. But I've been to the shooting range before with my brother," she said.

In fact, according to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services – or DSPS – she doesn't even have a private security license.

Still, eight months after the shooting, no one has been criminally charged. And DSPS has yet to take any action.

"It is truly, truly outrageous," said William Sulton, an attorney who is suing Wilson, her employer, Central Private Police, and its owner, Hope Hankes, on behalf of Bohannon.

Sulton is also suing another private security company – Marshal Public Safety and its owner, Enoch Wilson - for another shooting incident last summer at El Rey supermarket.

Attorney William Sulton is suing Wilson and her employer, Central Private Police, on behalf of Randolph Bohannon.

"It says to me we have an industry that’s out of control," Sulton said.

Records obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show more than six-thousand people in Wisconsin have a license to provide private security services. Many others work illegally, without a license.

With police resources stretched thin, the demand for those workers to be armed is increasing. Tom Sipin says that should require professional training.

"How can you put them in a position where you’re expecting them to use force if you don’t train them what the laws are?" Sipin said.

Sipin is a state-certified firearms instructor whose company - Four Winds Martial Arts - trains private security guards under the name "Training Solutions." But Sipin's connection to the industry goes back decades. He was once part of the regulatory board that developed statewide training standards for private security license holders.

"I helped write a lot of the laws in the manual," Sipin said.

State regulations used to require 36 hours of training before a security guard could apply for a permit to be armed on duty. Wisconsin's concealed carry law effectively eliminated that training requirement.

Sipin says the state's biggest security firms, like Allied International, still pay for that kind of training. But two-thirds of all security agencies in Wisconsin have fewer than 10 employees. And many of those smaller agencies, he says, are cutting training out of the budget.

"It's expensive," Sipin said. 

"Any expense you can cut out of a business makes you more competitive," said Curt Bennett, owner of Advanced Private Police. 

Bennett says it's a constant source of frustration for agencies like his that prioritize training and have to incorporate that into what they charge.

"So the corner cutters can basically out-compete," asked FOX6 Investigator Bryan Polcyn.

"Yes," Bennett said. "But they can't out quality."

The state used to require all private security guards who want to carry guns on the job to compete a 36-hour training course in firearms proficiency, but a landmark change in state law more than a decade ago has had a profound impact on the private security industry.

The state's concealed carry law, passed in 2011, allowed private citizens to carry concealed weapons for self-defense, but it also effectively eliminated the 36-hour training requirement before security guards could work while armed.

"Unintended consequences," Sipin said.

Data provided to FOX6 News by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services shows two-thirds of the businesses that employ private security officers have 10 or fewer employees. Some of those smaller companies are electing not to pay fo

Now, DSPS says licensees can either pass the 36-hour state certification or get a concealed-carry license.

"You can get your CCW permit if you go and watch a 2 or 3-hour presentation, never touch a firearm," Sipin said.

State regulations require you to have more than 1,500 hours of training to become a licensed cosmetologist.

More than 1,000 hours of training to be a licensed barber.

And more than 300 hours of training to do manicures.

But, you can qualify for armed security detail in a single afternoon.

Sipin says that may be fine for personal self-defense, but for professional use it's "not nearly enough." 

Wilson told police she got her CCW specifically to work security.

"It can lead to people getting hurt," Bennett said. That's why he went to State Representative Jessie Rodriguez.

The Oak Creek Republican filed a bill in 2022 that would have reinstated the 36-hour training standard for security guards to be armed.

"You want to protect the public," Rodriguez said.

Sipin testified in favor of the bill. 

"You’re putting someone in a position they might have to use force," he told lawmakers.

State Representative Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek) introduced a bill in 2022 to reinstate the 36-hour training requirement. The bill stalled in committee. She is not yet certain if she will bring the legislation back in 2023.

"There is also a perception of the public, that when you see someone in uniform that you’re going to be dealing with a professional," Bennett told the Assmebly committee. "And that has standards."

The Wisconsin Police Chiefs Association supported the return to more stringent firearms training.

"Having training is paramount," said Steven Roux, President of WCPA.

The organization also supported another aspect of the bill.

"Having local law enforcement do the investigation," Roux said. 

It would have given local police the authority to investigate private security licensing issues.

"Are they a legitimate security officer? Is it a legitimate security company? Too often the answer is no," Bennett said.

That's something Milwaukee police used to do nearly 30 years ago.

"They had a unit," Sipin recalled. "They would go around and check private security licenses."

Today, that authority rests with DSPS and no one else.

"The agency is understaffed," Rodriguez said.

DSPS tells FOX6 it has nine consumer investigators to monitor thousands of licensees in dozens of professions, so it only responds to complaints. When it comes to private security, the agency says it has only received 61 formal complaints since 2018.

But Bennett says those complaints are the tip of the iceberg.

"There are companies that never bother to file a license," he said. "Companies that have felons working as armed security officers."

Still, Rodriguez's bill failed to get any traction.

"There was not a lot of support for it," she said.

And that leaves what she calls an "understaffed" agency to rely on others to keep it informed.

"DSPS didn’t even know about this incident," Sulton said about the Qdoba shooting.

State law requires private security employers to notify DSPS after any shooting, but the agency says neither Sonja Wilson nor her employer reported anything.

It was attorney Sulton who reported the shooting, which is now part of a pending investigation.

Meanwhile, Sulton says it's not just his client who Wilson put at risk. She fired her weapon  inside a busy restaurant.

"Were you scared that you were going to strike somebody else?" Detective Rodriguez asked.
"That didn’t cross my mind," Wilson said.

Then again, that's the kind of thing they might talk about in training.

FOX6 reached Sonja Wilson by phone, but she said she wanted to confer with her attorney before answering any questions. She did not call back after that. FOX6 also reached out to Hope Hankes at Central Private Police. We received no response.

A DSPS spokesperson says they are still investigating complaints against both Central Private Police and Hankes. Assistant Deputy Secretary Jennifer Garrett declined our request for an interview, but did send the following statement:

The Department of Safety and Professional Services is a complaint-based agency, meaning that a complaint is the first step of the disciplinary process. Requirements for professions and available disciplinary recourse are established in statute and vary widely. Any change in licensure requirements, such as mandatory training or continuing education, or our authority to regulate licenses would come from legislation. There are tools, such as the authority to levy forfeitures, that are used in the regulation of other professions that are not currently available for private security licenses. 

There are 9 Consumer Protection Investigators assigned to the Department to conduct investigations.  DSPS receives approximately 3,000 complaints each year.  Some of those complaints allege unlicensed practice while the majority of complaints are against credential holders. 

From Jan. 1, 2018 through Nov. 4, 2022, DSPS received 61 complaints that involved private security persons.

Pursuant to 2011 Wis. Act 35, the Legislature created an exemption to the training requirements for those who have a CCW license.

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Killexams : Aquamoves swim instructor scholarship to boost access to lessons

The opportunity is the result of a partnership between Aquamoves, The Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program and Kidsafe.

Greater Shepparton City Council acting living manager David Booth said the scholarship aimed to combat issues around water safety and access to swim lessons.

“Swim instructors play such an important role in the development of children’s skills and confidence in the water,” he said.

“Council is extremely pleased to be partnering with The Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program to allow more people to obtain their swim instructor qualifications.

“The more instructors we have in our region, the better opportunity we have to promote and maintain water safety.”

The scholarship includes the Life Saving Victoria swim teacher licence, first aid and CPR certificate, Working with Children Check and paid training hours.

Mr Booth said the scholarship included plenty of mentoring and guidance for candidates to ensure they were supported during the process.

Ongoing development is provided through in-house training and future employment.

“No experience is required to apply for the scholarship,” Mr Booth said.

“We are looking for confident, energetic, reliable individuals who have a passion for teaching children.

“Council understands the importance of expanding our team of swim instructors and our Learn to Swim Program to ensure access to swimming lessons within Greater Shepparton is readily available.”

Anyone interested can email swimschool@aquamoves.com.au by Monday, February 13, with their full name, phone number and a brief statement on why they would like to apply.

For more information, phone Aquamoves on 5832 9400.

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Killexams : In a Violent America, Safety Becomes a Sales Pitch

Many of the executives in the active-shooter-defense industry who were interviewed for this article said they did not support more gun restrictions.

Mr. Czyz, the owner of the protective glass company in Syracuse, said the gun debate “has blinded” many schools and businesses into overlooking practical steps they could take, while the broader issues remained mired in politics.

“Should we start addressing gun laws and mental health? Yup,” said Mr. Czyz, a former homicide detective. “But we have been having the same stupid argument since Columbine in 1999.”

Mr. Czyz added that he did not support a ban on military-style rifles because he “does not trust the government” to carry that out effectively.

Maria Cloonan, an administrative assistant at a school in western Massachusetts, said some staff members were panic about the psychological impact that active-shooter training could have on students and faculty.

“Some folks think the training is too strenuous on kids and staff,” said Ms. Cloonan, who serves on her school’s “safety team.”

But she said she believed that such training was helpful. Two years ago, when she was director of a nursery school in a church in Springfield, Mass., Ms. Cloonan hired a firm run by two former local law enforcement officers to train her teachers how to deal with a shooter. She had grown nervous because of increased crime in the city.

“We hope and pray this doesn’t happen to us,” she said. “But we also hope a child never has to use an EpiPen, but if they do the training kicks in.”

Mr. Keegan, the associate superintendent in North Syracuse, said that he thought there should be tighter gun restrictions but that the issue felt distant from his daily reality.

“We certainly hope for greater levels of gun control, but that is not something that we are going to hang our hat on,” he said.

Still, each year, his schools are adding more intense security measures. This fall, for example, North Syracuse has started posting armed officers at its elementary schools, in addition to the middle and high schools.

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Killexams : Go Hard or Go Home - Meet the Warriors, Trainees and team from the adrenalin-fuelled reality series

Published: 0:00 am, 14 February 2023

The show proves that people can come together, work together and get on. I also want people who watch the show to see that all of us have all got our own story.

— Jordan North

Welcome to paradise and - for eight brits - the toughest 28 days of their lives.

In this new, adrenalin-fuelled challenge reality series, eight people who feel lost in life (the Trainees) pair up with eight fitness pros (the Warriors) to compete in epic challenges designed to push their minds and bodies to the absolute limit. The Warriors have all used sports and fitness to overcome demons in their own lives, and now they're ready to put their reputations on the line to prove they can do the same for their trainee too.

But this is the island of tough love... To transform the trainees' minds and bodies, each Warrior has to push their Trainee through a hardcore 28-day regime, along the way battling it out alongside them in a series of spectacular challenges.

As the days pass, the Trainees get stronger and the challenges get tougher - but not all the pairs will make it to the end of the month, as only the strongest can stay on the island.

Which Warrior can get their Trainee to the bitter end? Which pair will be the strongest? And who will leave the island transformed?

Prepare to be on the edge of your seat to see the brave Trainees pushed physically as they take on brutal challenges, create relationships which are tested to their limits and undergo incredible transformations – are you ready to Go Hard or Go Home?

Hosted by Jordan North and led by Paul Olima AKA Coach, our Warriors are athlete and psychologist, Adele Nicoll, power athlete and shotput and bobsleigh champion, Ashley Cain, former international rugby player, Heather Fisher, MMA fighter, Leah McCourt, Muay Thai fighter and personal trainer, Nesrine Dally, Olympic, World and Commonwealth gymnast, Nile Wilson, celebrity personal trainer, Tyrone Brennand and lead fitness instructor, Waz Ashayer.

Our Trainees are: Adil, 24, Carys, 23, Demitri, 23, Dylan, 23, Faith, 23, Hope, 20, Jack, 22, Melita, 20 and Seb, 22.


Q&A with Jordan North

Jordan North

What made you want to take on the role of host on Go Hard of Go Home?

It's one of those shows where you read the brief and you see what the show is all about and straight away, I was really excited. There’s not really anything like this  on TV for young people at the moment. I liked that it was going to be a young cast and aimed for a younger audience  and also the whole premise of Go Hard or Go Home is to help out people in the UK who have had a bit of a tough time either due to the pandemic, health problems, bereavement issues, confidence issues or mental health issues. That was really appealing to me.

If you could really explain the show in your own words, what would they be?

We take a group of people in their late teens/early twenties who have had a bit of a tough time in life to a remote  island, and the idea is that they want to turn their life around with the help of some absolute fitness fanatics who are specialists in their field. Some of them are experts in boxing, Yoga, Rugby and various other sports. Basically, Go Hard or Go Home is a show to turn your life around.

We also see on screen a really wonderful rapport between yourself and Coach. What was your experience like filming with him and all of the other Warriors?

We hit it off pretty much straight away! When you see him, he seems like this big, tall and mean looking guy, but then when you actually get to know him, he's got a great sense of humour and he's is actually a big softie. We got to know each other really well from the two days of traveling to the island. We've got a similar sense of humour. He's really silly and he doesn't take himself too seriously. As for the Warriors, they all looked quite mean and scary too but they’re actually really nice and they've all got their own personal stories. That’s why they make such good Warriors because of how they transformed and turned around their own lives.

If you were to compete on Go Hard or Go Home, which warrior would you be best paired with and why?

They were all pretty good and all have their positives. I think Heather or Ashley would be great but I’d probably go with Coach if I could. I can imagine he’d really put you through your paces!

On-screen, we see that you take on the role of confidant for the contestants, as well as obviously being the host. How did your experience on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! help you relate to the trainees?

Let’s not sugar coat it, this was a really tough show to be a part of! The contestants really had to push themselves and really get out of their comfort zone and I could 100% relate to that because two years ago, I was on a show where I was away from my home comforts and I had to really push myself. I could totally relate to what they were going through, and how hard it is to push yourself. Some of them had never been that far away from home before and for some, there were some very intense weeks so I completely understood what they were going through.

There was a lot of times I didn't see it as being a host or a TV presenter. It was just being there to help them, put an arm around them, just check in on them, see how they were getting on, and reflect to the audience at home watching on how they were feeling.

What did you learn about mental health and physical strength whilst you were filming?

The show taught me that both are quite connected. Speaking to the Warriors, I found out that a lot of the reason why they love what they do in fitness is not just because they want bigger muscles, to look good or to win competitions. They pretty much all do it because it helps boost mental health and I really believe that as well. I find if I've not been to the gym for a few days, it can really get me down and affect my mood so just going out for a run for half an hour or going to the gym for 40 minutes just releases those endorphins and really helps me so now I really believe both are definitely connected.

What do you hope viewers will take away from watching the show?

I want people to watch the show and understand that everybody's different. Everybody's got different fitness levels and everyone's got a different background and a different story. The show proves that people can come together, work together and get on. I also want people who watch the show to see that all of us have all got our own story. Sometimes we have things in life that are holding us back, or things happen that others don't see behind the scenes. All of the trainees were just great as they all opened up from the start. Hopefully, viewers can watch and empathise with people’s stories, and most importantly really enjoying watching it too!

Q&A with Paul Olima aka Coach

Paul Olima

What made you want to take part in the show?

It was an amazing concept, I wanted to see the trainees push through all they could.

What would you say makes a good leader?

Somebody that can lead by example, somebody who is a leader for the whole group and someone who cares about the group. 

What was it like to see the progress of the trainees throughout the show?

That was the best bit about the show. From start to finish, every single one of the trainees, from who they were at the start of the show to who they were at the end of the show, they all transformed and it was great to see. They all had to go through some dark times but after they got through that first little bit they all got well stronger, it was a joy to see.

We get to see a really lovely on-screen bromance between yourself and Jordan, what was it like working alongside him on this?

Jordan is great, he’s good craic and a lovely lad so it was good fun. 

Health and fitness is an important part of your life, what can you tell us about the part mental endurance also plays in a challenge like this?

Mental endurance is everything to something like this. I consider myself physically able to endure stuff. Mentally you have to go through some darkness to get through the other side because everybody on the show would not be fit enough to get through so everybody had to push through parts where their body was giving up. Some people mentally were ready for that and some people weren’t.  

What piece of advice did you keep feeling like you needed to instil in the contestants as the show went on – if any?

I just told them to stick with it and keep on going and doing what you have to do. They weren’t going to be there forever, they only had 28 days but they had 28 days of graft so they had to just take every day as it comes.

For anyone watching the series that doesn’t know how they can start and turn their lives around – what advice would you give them?

If you can’t get out the house, the advice I’d give you is it’s all baby steps. Get out the house and sit on a bench for 5 minutes. If you want to go to the gym but don’t have the confidence to go, you don’t have to do the full workout, just go to the gym and sit in the hall and watch people go into the gym, that’s a step further than you were and then you just progress yourself. You can do five minutes in the gym and that’s way better than what you did the day before. So it’s all about taking that first step. 

Meet The Warriors

Ash, Heather aka ‘Fish’, Waz; Paul aka ‘Coach’, Ty; Nez, Adele, Leah, Nile

Adele Nicoll

Adele Nicholl
  • Adele grew up in Welshpool, a small town in mid-Wales. Her hometown didn't have any good sporting facilities and Adele had to train using tired, old equipment.
  • From the age of 9, she joined her local athletics club and competed in heptathlon and pentathlon athletic events. She also competed at county level in various sports including: netball, hockey, football and swimming.
  • Aged 15, Adele was scouted by a premier athletics club. She started competing in the Shot Put for Team GB at the age of 16. Her greatest athletic achievement was winning a bronze medal at the 2017 European Throwing Cup.

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?
The real-life element. It shows real problems; some of which were extremely raw, and with that comes pure emotion. There’s been no other program like it. It highlights the importance of addressing our problems and having the courage to take accountability to overcome them. But it also has a competitive game show element, which is what people love to see.

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?
Intense, emotional and fulfilling.

Out of the other Warriors, who would you want to be your Warrior and why?
I would probably say Nez because she’s Logical, Motivating, Empathetic and a Fighter!

Without any major spoilers, what was a major highlight for you during filming?

Watching my trainee find strength that they didn’t know they had, to overcome self-doubt in challenges. I became totally invested in their development and progress. It was an unbelievable feeling watching them flourish.

There’s a lot of support that you give each other, though there’s still a competitiveness. What was filming with each of the Warriors, Jordan, Coach and the contestants like?

Being surrounded by so many accomplished and skilful people was extremely motivating. I feel like, as well as the trainees, I also did a lot of self-reflection and evaluation whilst out there. It was wholesome being able to talk to each Warrior / Coach and discuss our own experiences and stories. We became like a family, and everyone was valued. We were all so different but because of that, each of us brought different qualities to the show and all became equal assets.

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?
To remember that you have no idea what someone is going through from observing their exterior. Realising that just because somebody’s world looks perfect on social media, doesn’t mean they aren’t fighting internal battles. I also hope that the show encourages people to talk about their struggles. I hope it gives them courage to address their problems and make their pain their power.

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?

Authenticity, bombshells, tears, laughter, battles and so much more! Words cannot justify how awesome this show will be.

Ashley Cain

Ashley Cain
  • Ashley is an ex-professional footballer and endurance athlete.
  • Ashley currently has 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Thousands of people across the world have followed his daughter's journey with cancer and since have been supporting Ashley on his journey.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

I wanted to take part in the show as a Warrior because my purpose in life now is to try and help as many people in this world that I can. I believe that through my trials, tribulations and triumphs I have virtue through traumatic life experience, unbreakable mental resilience through the pain I have suffered and a consciousness to life through a purpose worth dying for, which gives me the credentials to help someone who is currently in darkness, make it to the light. 

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?

It’s real people who want to battle towards real and realistic triumphs. It’s a show that strips it all back and shows people’s pain and vulnerabilities and positive pathways to get them through it to turn them into people they can be proud of.  

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?

Raw, inspirational and relatable.

Out of the other Warriors, who would you want to be your Warrior and why?

It would be Tyrone. We became more than friends on that show, we became like brothers. Because we were helping our mentees through their trauma, it bared a lot of weight on us as Warriors too. So even though competing, me and Ty would stand with each other through each day and spend the evenings decompressing, evaluating and talking through how we can be better for our mentees ‘tomorrow’. 

Without any major spoilers, what was a major highlight for you during filming?

A major highlight for me was me and my mentee sharing our stories, sharing our tears and with some tough love sharing the emerged strength. It was getting my mentee to realise that their illness and their family wasn’t holding them back, it was themselves and that if they wanted everyone to stop treating them like a piece of glass, then it was time to act like a piece of steel. That what happened to them doesn’t define them but who they become and what they do now as a result does. When that message sunk in, there was no looking back!

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?

A lot of tears, a lot of tests but a lot of triumphs.

Heather Fisher

Heather Fisher
  • Heather Fisher AKA Fish is a former England Rugby 15s player and Team GB and England Rugby Sevens player & former bobsleigh athlete.
  • Heather represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympics, competing in the Rugby Sevens.
  • She has played for England in multiple Rugby World Cups (15s & Sevens) and was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team. The team were voted the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year.
  • Heather retired from Rugby in 2021, citing injuries as the main reason behind her decision.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?
I wanted to take part in the show to be able to help others to be honest, wanted to be able to relate and share my story and use everything I have gone through to coach a young person who is struggling. Vulnerability can be our greatest strength if we can understand it and work with it.              

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?
It’s different because it’s real. It’s all real and it’s all someone’s story and life and experience. The chance to empower another person is very special.             

There’s a lot of support that you give each other, though there’s still a competitiveness. What was filming with each of the Warriors, Jordan, Coach and the contestants like?

Filming and being part of the cast and production was an amazing experience. Everyone was so supportive of each other, we all just wanted to be the best mentors we could be and see and make the changes with our trainees. We are all so competitive that at times it felt Warrior versus Warrior but early on, we all realised it wasn’t about us; as a Warrior I wanted to step back more and almost guide because when I was ever struggling, I never wanted anyone to do it for me, I wanted to know I did it and this was my aim. Coach was amazing, he is fab at leading his tribe and he kept us in a great place in and away from the training ground.

What characteristics would you have been looking for in the winner of the show?
Characteristics including learning how to fall, which means they may not always be at the front or the winner but they never gave up! They pushed through, kept an open mind and gave their all, they were all on an amazing journey that we were lucky enough to share with them. You can’t take this for granted and some journeys will take longer than others and you can’t rush them. Being a great team mate whilst on your own journey isn’t easy, it’s emotional and you have to show great emotional control and have a strong self-awareness whilst processing a lot of feelings - and this is a great trait to have for life.                                                                                            

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?
I hope viewers can look within themselves and their own stories, relate to it and grow as people and I hope it shows the heart and passion that each Warrior had and has to want to help others be better. Being better isn’t about being the best, it’s about continuously growing and giving yourself the opportunity in life, and it starts with ourselves.

Leah McCourt

Leah McCourt
  • Leah is a professional MMA fighter ranking #8 in the Bellator Women's pound-for-pound Rankings and #4 in the Bellator Women's Featherweight Rankings.
  • No stranger to overcoming challenges in her life, Leah became a mum at 18 and says she knows what it's like to feel trapped and helpless.
  • For the past six years, she's trained women in MMA and self-defence and she loves seeing people grow in confidence.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

I loved the concept and felt through my own life experiences I would be able to offer key advice and practical help to young people who are struggling so I had to be a part of the show.

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?

The show is a positive concept with great character and role models as Warriors.  I felt a lot of young people could relate to the problems others were facing on the show. 

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?

Mentally, physically, and emotionally challenging.

Out of the other Warriors, who would you want to be your Warrior and why?

I feel I would like Nez as we have a lot in common, she has similar values, morals.  She is also a mum and we have remained close friends.

We see the show is both about mental and physical endurance, why is it so important that both go hand in hand when trying to achieve a goal/overcome something?

I feel most goals in life are 90 percent mental. If you can get your mind right you can achieve anything.

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?

Motivation to change their life.

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?

Drama, laughs and inspiration!

Nesrine Dally

Nesrine Dally
  • Nesrine has been a personal trainer for over twelve years. She's trained world champions and novices. She has a broad and varied training style and has taught almost every fitness class going.
  • Nesrine is also a fitness instructor for FIIT and Nike. She was voted London's best trainer by the Evening Standard.
  • She has a positive reinforcement training style. She's her client's biggest cheerleader and loves seeing them grow in confidence.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

I have been a coach for sixteen years and my passion is helping people change their lives for the better for sports & fitness. I have vast experience mentoring so I was excited to use my experience and skills to help bring out the best in my trainee. 

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?

There is no show out there like it. Working with young people and putting them in contact with the best athletes and coaches in the UK to try to bring out the best in them.

Out of the other Warriors, who would you want to be your Warrior and why?

I would say Leah. She is an inspiration as a mother and top level athlete. I love her!

There’s a lot of support that you give each other, though there’s still a competitiveness. What was filming with each of the Warriors, Jordan, Coach and the contestants like?

It was one of the best experiences of my life. I had so much fun and made lifelong friendships.

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?

Mental health isn't something to shy away from and be afraid to talk about.  Physical fitness, challenges, sports & fitness can help you overcome mental barriers and bring out the best in yourself in every way.

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?

Action, drama & tears!

Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson
  • Nile was born and bred in Leeds and is a former Olympic, World and Commonwealth gymnast with Team GB.
  • Nile won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics on the High Bar. He also won silver at the 2015 World Championships and three gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth games.
  • He sustained a bad neck injury in 2019 which required surgery, threatening to end his gymnastics career.
  • Nile announced his retirement from gymnastics in 2021, citing injuries as the main reason behind the decision.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

I loved the concept of the show straight from the start because of my athletic background but also because I have been some tough personal times in my life and I saw it as a great opportunity to help someone else with their journey; as well as find out more about myself.

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?

I liked the challenge of being a coach so it not being all about me. It really is looking at the journey of a partnership between the Warrior and the person they are mentoring. That is really unique. 

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?

Adventurous, innovative and emotional.

Out of the other Warriors, who would you want to be your Warrior and why?

They are all incredible but I would have chosen Leah. I have a love for combats sports so I would love the training style. I also really connected with Leah as a person and her experiences as a professional athlete.

We see the show is both about mental and physical endurance, why is it so important that both go hand in hand when trying to achieve a goal/overcome something?

The challenges are physical but the most important side of that was people’s mindsets and that was a massive challenge for all the people partnering with Warriors. They have all had mindset challenges in their lives up till then so this was a huge area of growth for them.

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?
I hope viewers can connect to contestants and Warriors’ stories; and feel entertained and inspired to take a step in their own lives to Improve themselves through whatever challenges they face.

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?

Spectacular cinematic production! Challenges they have never seen before! And emotional stories that will truly touch their hearts!

Tyrone Brennand

Tyrone Brennand
  • Tyrone is a Personal Trainer, a Yoga expert, and owner of the brand Be The Fittest.
  • Before becoming a PT, Tyrone used to be involved in crime and felt he had no opportunities.
  • To turn his life around he signed up with the Prince’s Trust, inspiring him to invest in a PT training qualification and start his own business.
  • Tyrone believes he has the life experience to change anyone's life and that his ability to make things personal is what sets him apart from other Warriors.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

I wanted to take part in the show as a Warrior, because in my career as a personal trainer, I help people and I train people physically and mentally to be stronger and fitter, happier and healthier. I also have a Mentorship programme where I help young people who have had struggles in their life to be successful within their careers, so this aligned deeply with the role of the Warrior, and I thought would be perfect for me to take part in. 

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?
I think the show is different to other competitive reality shows for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s the unexpected chemistry between the Warriors, the trainees and then the trainees with the Warriors who both have been through things in their lives. Then, seeing them put together to face challenges where they have to work hand in hand and have an understanding and trust in each-other to be able to complete the challenges is definitely different. Also,I don’t think that there’s many reality fitness wellness TV shows out there at the moment. 

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?
Fun, intense and inspirational.

Without any major spoilers, what was a major highlight for you during filming?
A major highlight for me during filming was a time when there was a drastic change in the wind of the way things were going. There was no light and it was just looking dark for both of us and seemed like we were drowning in the darkness and couldn’t see the light but then we overcame and saw the light and climbed our way to the top.  

We see the show is both about mental and physical endurance, why is it so important that both go hand in hand when trying to achieve a goal/overcome something?
I think it’s very important that they go hand-in-hand, because just like in life things we go through are both mental and physical. Our minds control our bodies and we are in control of our bodies, so if our mind is strong then our bodies can follow. When they both are tired then we rely on our heart! It’s also a great way for the trainees and ourselves to be able to face physical and mental challenges in the show as a representation of the things that we can overcome and face through life. 

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?
I hope the viewers will take away motivation and inspiration from the show after seeing how people can transform and overcome their fears through these challenges and to be able to see if they can do it, I can do it, and also I want the show to be entertaining and fun, and go through a whirlwind of emotions.

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?
The viewers can expect action packed challenges seeing blood, sweat, smiles and tears along with some reality TV fun, and a group of bad ass Warriors. 

Waz Ashayer

Waz Ashayer
  • Waz has always had a passion for fitness. He played competitive sports from a young age, including Field Hockey at both regional and national level.     
  • Waz is founder of pop-up fitness brand Raise LDN, Group Fitness Manager and Lead Instructor for global fitness brand Equinox, and a Trainer for UK’s number one rated fitness app FIIT
  • Choosing sobriety in August 2016, fitness has become his driving passion, working with group fitness as well as on a one-to-one basis.
  • Waz wants to share his experiences to help and inspire the next generation.

What made you want to take part in the show as a Warrior?

Fitness is magic and solves almost everything in life, mental and physical. Being a Warrior means I am able to exercise my passion for fitness but most importantly have such a direct positive effect on people. There is no better job than making people feel good. 

What makes this show different from other competitor reality shows?

The shows point of difference is that it’s really more about the trainees than the Warriors. There are amazing inspiring athletes but the stories are very real behind each trainee. It’s an emotional rollercoaster and ultimately the goal is to empower them all to become the best version of themselves and give them confidence and purpose in life. 

If you could describe the show in three words, what would they be?
Inspirational, explosive and challenging.

We see the show is both about mental and physical endurance, why is it so important that both go hand in hand when trying to achieve a goal/overcome something?
Mental and physical no doubt go hand in hand, however for me it will always be more about the mindset. To achieve or overcome anything in life you must first believe you can. Your body will do almost anything. So when you believe, anything is possible!

What do you hope viewers can take away from watching?
The power of fitness. I hope viewers see that movement is not only medicine for your body but it’s armour for the mind. Every fitness journey is so unique and there is something for everyone. Just get started and unlock and maximise your potential. 

What can viewers expect when they tune in on BBC Three?
Viewers can expect to see a show like no other, it’s simply unparalleled. It strikes a sweet balance of entertainment, explosive action and emotional story telling. 

Meet The Trainees

Adil, Faith, Dylan, Seb, Carys, Hope, Melita, Demitri


24, London

Adil has suffered with anxiety and depression for the past decade and it restricts him in his day-to-day life. He also has insomnia which means he suffers from lack of motivation. He would love to find better strategies to cope with these things.

Adil's lack of motivation was first sparked by his declining mental health in his teens. He finds it hard to motivate himself to do any form of exercise – let alone go to the gym. He also struggles with low body confidence, which is heightened by the fact that before his mental health issues, Adil was very sporty and athletic. He constantly compares himself to his old self and wishes he could get back to that place physically and mentally.

Adil hopes that the routine and mentorship of the Warriors will motivate him to push himself both in the challenges of the show and in his life afterwards.


23, London

Before becoming a part time barmaid, Carys used to work at a shoe retailer for four years, working her way up to Assistant Manager. Unfortunately, the store unexpectedly closed about two years ago and Carys lost her job. After this, she now struggles with motivation and feels stuck in a rut.

A self-confessed “mummy’s girl”, Carys used to be very social and didn’t have a care in the world. Now she doesn’t take risks and feels there is a confidence barrier that holds her back.

She would love to regain the confidence her old self had but doesn't know how. She also feels uneducated when it comes to diet and exercise and needs some help to kickstart a healthier relationship with this which she hopes the Warriors can do.


23, Stratford Upon Avon

Demitri grew up in a Catholic, Italian household with very traditional parents. He was born female and growing up, Demitri was a tom boy who detested 'girly' things. When he started puberty at 13, he hated his body and began compressing his chest. Aged 16, Demitri realised he was trans after meeting another trans person.

Demitri's parents found it challenging when he came out; he's been living on his own from the age of 17. They've since repaired their relationship, his parents are now supportive of his transition and attend appointments with him.

Demitri has felt uncomfortable in his own skin from the age of 13. He has suffered with depression and anxiety. He hopes the process will help him find self-acceptance and stop him obsessing over other people's opinions.


23, Northampton

Dylan works as a painter and decorator and in his spare time, he games and regularly streams on Twitch. He also loves making videos and speaks openly about his former cancer diagnosis on social media.

Dylan was diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 20. He's been in remission for two years. Dylan is terrified that his cancer will return and now suffers from anxiety. He has suppressed his emotions regarding cancer and tries not to think about it. Dylan wants to come terms with his feelings and wants to prove to friends, family and himself that he's not fragile.

Dylan currently leads a very unhealthy lifestyle, he has a weakness for fast food and spends most of his spare time gaming. He hopes this process will help with the perpetual fear of his cancer returning and throw him out of his comfort zone.


23, Newcastle

Faith describes herself as a typical Geordie girl who has also featured on the reality show Geordie Shore – she loves getting her nails and hair done and going out on the 'sesh' in town. She is also very religious and follows the Christian faith. Faith believes that she could not live her life if she had not found God.

Faith has suffered with anxiety all of her life and she still relies on unhealthy coping mechanisms. She relies too heavily on alcohol to tackle her anxiety. If Faith is going on a night out, she will binge drink to be able to feel confident and be her 'best self'.

Her drinking has had a negative effect on her life. She has isolated herself from friends because of her often drunken and antisocial behaviour. She often feels disappointed in herself when binge drinking as she believes it is not how God would want her to act. Faith would love to find a way to tackle her anxiety without turning to drink and hopes the island will help her conquer these challenges.


20, Manchester

In her current lifestyle, Hope feels completely directionless. She has had a total of sixteen jobs in the past few years with the longest being three months.

Growing up, Hope had a very turbulent time. Her dad was abusive and when she was 16, Hope, her step-mum and her younger brother ran away to escape her dad and ended up staying in a hostel. It was at this point Hope's unhealthy relationship with food started to develop as she would overeat at college because she wasn't sure where their next meal was coming from at home. She was living off junk food and takeaways.

Although she has an energetic exterior, she can be socially anxious. She wants to find a way to be her relaxed self in front of people without having to compensate. She’s hoping her time on the island will help kickstart a new beginning for her.


20, Prestatyn, Wales

Melita grew up in a small town in North Wales. Her parents divorced when she was 5. Aged 9, Melita moved to Italy with her mum and brother, they moved back to the UK when Melita was 12. When Melita started high school, she was picked on for not being able to speak Welsh, the bullying was so bad it caused Melita to drop out at 15 with no GCSE's.

Melita's father died suddenly from a heart attack in November 2021 and after losing her father Melita realised she needed to start making changes in her life as she didn’t want to inherit her father's poor health.


22, Bolton

Seb lives with his older brother, Kane, and girlfriend, Morgan in Bolton. Seb's mother, Elaine, had terminal cancer. She was diagnosed in 2019 and was given just three months to live. His mum wanted him to follow his dreams and encouraged Seb to continue his application to go to the island.

Seb's brother, Kane has autism. Therefore, Seb has been a caregiver for the majority of his life helping support his brother and his mum; he feels he has to be the strong one at home. The island is Seb's opportunity to do something for himself. He wants to freely express his emotions and come to terms with them.

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Killexams : Tennessee jail training inmates to become barbers when they're released

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The barbershop at a jail in Tennessee is both a place to get a haircut and a classroom.

The state requires someone to train for 1,500 hours in a registered barber school before they can take the master barber exam.

In Davidson County's Male Correctional Development Center, inmates can acquire those hours.

"When you come to the school, the first thing you learn is anatomy — the structure of the face, and with guys, they learn they have to do manicures, and they're like I have to do manicures to cut hair? But that's part of the curriculum," said barber instructor Jeff Moore Sr.

The barber class has been offered in jail for a few years. Getting to 1,500 hours is hard to do, but inmates who commit to seven or eight-hour days, five days a week are finding it's possible.

"It's just showing me that I can do more than just the basics," said Christopher Cannon, a student who's reached 1,500 hours. "I think that's what this program is — you seeing something more than what you really are."

Eight men have accumulated the hours that they need to take the final test. There are three who are close.

"When you see that 50-year-old saying 'I need to do something with my life, I need to make a change,' and they thank you and they really thank you, that kind of means a lot," Moore said.

The jail's next step is to make the exam available in the facility, so upon release, the men can start at a job right away.

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Killexams : RHP Training back in action at new Lorne Street space

Interest growing in two-on-two spring hockey league

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A local training facility known for its skating treadmill and year-round rink has resurfaced at a new location. 

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RHP Training Centre, formerly located on Kelly Lake Road, reopened in late January at its new home on Lorne Street, adjacent to Maslack Supply and the Baseball Academy. 

“It’s a great location,” said owner Marc Savard. “People who come through the doors are liking it and we’re trying to do things on a smaller scale, with better student-to-instructor ratios.”

RHP first opened in 2010 but, like many businesses, had to shut down for nearly a year during the pandemic. 

“We’ve been at it for 13 years and pre-COVID we were always very successful,” said Savard. “I think the staff and quality we put out speaks volumes for itself. We learned through the years and had everything pretty dialled in; unfortunately COVID and our relocation took a bit longer than what we anticipated.”

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A grand reopening was held Jan. 25, however, and winter programs are now fully booked. Registration is also underway for spring offerings, such as Learn to Skate, and a two-on-two hockey league that “gives players an intense workout with smaller spaces, quicker passes, more shots, more touches on the puck and ultimately more fun,” according to a description at the RHP website.

RHP Training Centre held its grand reopening on Jan. 25 at its new location on Lorne Street.
RHP Training Centre held its grand reopening on Jan. 25 at its new location on Lorne Street.

“It’s very common in southern Ontario, where there are a lot of two-on-two rinks, but it’s a new concept for Sudbury and Northern Ontario,” said Savard. “It gets kids to understand that the player without the puck is as important as the player with the puck, because the game is so fast and so small that you gotta make room for yourself.”

Two-on-two teams are naturally smaller — a maximum of six skaters plus one goalie per side — so every kid gets lots of ice time and plenty of exercise.

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Another attraction at RHP is its Blade treadmill, which has made the transition from the old location to the new one. This machine — the only one of its kind in the region — gives kids (and adults) a chance to hone their technique, as well as build strength, while skating on an ice-like belt.

“It’s hard,” said Brandon Grace, the new manager of RHP, when asked what the treadmill experience is like. “It elevates as well, so you can do an incline, and a session is usually 45 minutes, so by the time the kids are done they’re sweating.”

Treadmill users don “half-gear, up to your pants,” he said, and are harnessed in. “You have an instructor and a mirror in the front, so you can see the glide and make adjustments.”

The workout helps with conditioning but the main advantage of the machine is it “lets you work on your skating and elongate your stride,” said Grace. “Kids typically have a short stride, so it really focuses on stretching that out.”

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Grace — who also serves as equipment manager for the Sudbury Wolves — joined RHP in December and is happy to see the new facility up and running, with plenty of young athletes again working on their skills, under the tutelage of great instructors.

“We have a very strong core group from the old facility,” he said. “The focus of RHP has always been relationships with the clients. Mackenzie Savard, Marc’s son, has a very strong following and his goalie sessions are sold out every week. Then we also do the player development and have regular classes that run seasonally throughout the year, and every session we’ve offered so far has been sold out.”

The new space isn’t as big as the last one and can’t accommodate a turf area, but it does have an indoor ice surface measuring 105 by 35 feet — about half the size of a real rink — complete with boards, glass, benches and a scoreboard.

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Clientele for RHP range from toddlers to teens. “The ones in Learn to Skate are usually three to seven years old, but our solid base is the eight to 13 group,” said Grace. “That’s the main focus, and it’s for both house league and rep-calibre players.”

The smaller scale of the premises actually makes for a better training experience, Grace argues, as class sizes have been reduced, providing more interaction with the instructor.

“We try to cap the groups at about 12 kids, so it does give a more intimate and hands-on experience for the athlete,” he said. “We range from a 1:1 ratio to a maximum of 4:1.”

While clients are flocking back, Savard said it’s taking a while for some people in the community to recognize that RHP — which stands for Revolutionary High Performance — has a new address.

“We’ve been in full force since our grand reopening and have a steady flow of clientele,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter how much you advertise, some people still don’t realize we are open again, or you have clients still going to the other place. It’s still fresh, and people don’t realize what we have.”

Anyone interested in signing up for spring programs or the two-on-two league can do so by visiting the RHP website at rhptraining.com.



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Killexams : Police conduct joint active-shooter training

Dozens of Fort Hood and Central Texas community first responders joined forces Feb. 6-8 for an active shooter joint training exercise here.

The exercise brought together local municipal first-responders along with Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services soldiers and civilians who partnered for a three-day training event inside an on-post building formerly known as Duncan Elementary School.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training was centered on “Active Attack Integrated Response” training and was used to test the combined ability of the Fort Hood community in response to an active shooter incident.

Members of Fort Hood’s DES police and fire departments, Soldiers with the 64th Military Police Company, 178th Military Police Detachment and 411th Military Police Company along with Killeen’s police and fire departments, Temple’s police department and Harker Heights’ police department participated in the three-day exercise.

This training exercised the different roles that law enforcement, emergency medical service personnel and firefighters bring to a response.

The event began with classroom instruction on what to expect when there is an active shooter involved and concluded with the full-scale practical exercise. Whether it was an active shooter, hostage situation, casualties needing medical assistance or any other situation, attendees learned the proper response techniques.

This is the first time that this integrated training session has taken place, according to Fort Hood’s DES training coordinator Capt. Francis Meiron.

The lead instructor of the exercise, Jose Daniel Rosado, a nearly 5-year veteran of the Killeen Police Department, insisted that this is the leading edge of training that communities should start utilizing. Serving on the Violent Crime Action Team and Special Weapons and Tactics teams at KPD, Rosado was adamant about the effectiveness of this training.

“If we incorporate this and get this training to everybody, it’s a game changer for how officers and first responders are able to save lives,” Rosado explained. “Law enforcement … we’re great at stopping the killing but we’re not so great at stopping the dying. Because this is such a great tool to have, if we’re all on the same page, we can stop the dying and that’s the ultimate goal!”

First time attendee, Army Spc. Desiree Watson expressed her desire for training opportunities such as this to continue to be offered. She works as part of a traffic unit for the 178th MP Det. and would be typically one of the first responders to such an event.

“I can honestly say this is well needed and we should do this more,” Watson said. “I like that they’re showing us different roles and that were all going through each role. Whether we’re EMS, whether we are patrol … it’s like walking a mile in their shoes.”

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