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Feb. 6th, 2012

11:47 am - ScoutStrong

As part of a Woodbadge Ticket, I was going to promote the BSA Fitness Award. That was a few months ago, a few things have happened since then.

The BSA Physical Fitness Award was discontinued. Apparently it wasn't very popular. Granted, it was like many Scouting awards that were designed in the 1950's, it seemed a bit dated today. Since the Eisenhower era, there have been a lot more fitness initiatives in the United States, I recall being part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge in the 1980's when Nancy Reagan hoped getting kids into Fitness would help them say no to drugs. I'll bet Micheal Phelps broke her poor heart.

Anyway, NOW, the Scouts use the ScoutStrong initiative, which is just a rebranding of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Activity program. Sort of like making things pink and calling them Komen. I've been doing the Presidential Challenge for some time, which is to say I started it as a Cub Scout leader and petered out. How long of a break? Well, let's just say my profile still had me living in KCMO.

But that brings me to the amusing part of my post, when I logged in, the remembered my Bush-era profile and asked me to reset my password because they had been hacked. (This was part of the counter-strike from the DOJ shutting down megafileupload). So now, not only do I need a better password to protect my fitness information, but there were Captchas all over. I understand the concept of keeping bots from trying to guess your password and log fitness information in your name, but i thought it was amusing that we had to worry about unauthorized exercisers. Because that is simply endemic in America these days.

The other amusing bit? The BSA replaced their outdated in-house Fitness award with the Presidential Challenge program, also an Eisenhower-Era program. Granted, it's been updated a bit. Should be fun. Again.

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From:saffronhare
Date:February 6th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
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All you Unauthorized Exercisers, get offa my lawn! That's hilarious.
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From:diermuid
Date:February 6th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
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That, and replacing a 1953 era fitness program with another (albeit somewhat updated) 1953 fitness program. ;-)
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From:diermuid
Date:February 6th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Also And, a review on the Fitness Bliss software, specifically for Dumbbells - http://www.dailymuscle.com/2007/12/17/fitnessbliss-bells-fitness-software-for-dumbbell-exercises/

As noted, not really the thing for a seasoned fitness pro, but excellent for those starting out (or re-starting) because it automates the pairing of muscle groups and makes it easier to add dumbbell-specific exercises. There are also modules for many other things from bands to exercise ball (not medicine) and nautilus type equipment.

At the Very Least, the Home Gym investment strategy is still paying off. For $30 a month I still have the fitness equipment I bought, it is still available 24/7, I didn't have to pay for the months I didn't show up, and the protein shake bar is still right upstairs at substantial discount. (Whey protein doesn't go 'bad', right? ;-)
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