Off the Bench: My Journey From Student-Athlete to Activist

California San Mateo — Back as a 2nd-grader, the looming dread of each day morning drop-off would established in as shortly as I reluctantly rolled out of mattress. Just imagining of leaving the cozy protection of home to step into a classroom full of acquainted still distant faces would make my heart sink.

But then, I started out enjoying basketball for the duration of recess and it was a video game-changer. The joy and ease of capturing hoops with my brother at dwelling translated to the college blacktop. Almost overnight, basketball ignited a burning ambition to excellent my 3-issue-shot, offered a crew of buddies to discussion Warriors’ stats with, and infused a surge of self esteem that extended further than the courtroom. 

Quick ahead to nowadays -— as a 16-yr-outdated — sporting activities have been an inextricable component of my id and I have cherished anything from the adrenaline rush of functioning the 400m relay to the camaraderie of basketball and baseball. This is just a tiny example of the remarkable ability of sport and why each child justifies the shot to knowledge its magic.

But here’s the detail: entry to sporting activities is considerably from equivalent. Research displays that minimal-earnings youngsters are 6 occasions far more likely to stop sports activities because of to rising expenses. I also individually discovered that a nearby community university, adjacent to the wealthiest zip code in the place, had a overall spending budget of $ for sporting activities! ZERO. And you know what? The gains of sports go way past the area. Kids who play sports activities get improved grades, and they’re much healthier, equally bodily and mentally. 

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With that lens I started off noticing how a great deal excellent equipment was currently being squandered about me. Bins in

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The Best Beginner Workout Plan To Start Your Fitness Journey

Nothing worth having comes easy. This is as true in your career as it is in the gym — the latter of which can be extremely daunting if you’ve never been before.

If you’re new to exercise, hitting the gym can easily become overwhelming. After all, there are dozens if not hundreds of machines, free weights, cardio equipment, stretching tools, and more scattered around. Where do you even start?

A beginner doing inclined push-ups with a trainer in the gym.
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A bit of planning and structure can make fitness less frightening and more fun. Instead of worrying over what you should be doing, how much of it, or for how long, a good beginner workout plan removes the guesswork and lets you focus on what matters; putting in the actual work. This guide has everything you need to get started, no matter your goal.

Editor’s Note: The content on BarBend is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as medical advice. When starting a new training regimen and/or diet, it is always a good idea to consult with a trusted medical professional. We are not a medical resource. The opinions and articles on this site are not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of health problems. They are not substitutes for consulting a qualified medical professional.

Best Beginner Workout Plan

All fitness enthusiasts, from recreational gym rats to full-time athletes, follow some sort of pre-programmed structure. Periodization, as it’s known, refers to the organizational design of a workout plan that ensures you’re moving toward your goals, not away from them. 


You don’t need to commit to exercise every day to see results, especially as a beginner. In fact, a good three-day plan is more than enough.

You can perform these three workouts however you like over the

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Peloton Equity Announces the Launch of Journey Health & Lifestyle Brands

GREENWICH, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peloton Equity, LLC (“Peloton”) announced today that it recently entered into a partnership with a management team led by Harvey Diamond, Richard Kolodny, Mitchell Yoel and Charles Valentine to launch Journey Health & Lifestyle Brands (the “Company”). The Company, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, will develop and acquire direct-to-consumer, premium branded health and lifestyle products and services for senior consumers. The Company’s formation occurred concurrently with the acquisition of firstSTREET for Boomers and Beyond, Inc. (“FirstStreet”).

FirstStreet represents the initial acquisition of the Company, and its family of senior-focused brands is now unified under the Journey Health & Lifestyle umbrella. These brands include the Perfect Sleep Chair®, Zinger®, Zoomer™, Perfect Walker®, WOW! Computer™, UpBed™ and many more. These brands offer innovative products that provide customers an enhanced quality of life and enable them to continue safely, independently, and gracefully on their “journey” in life.

Mr. Diamond and Mr. Kolodny were co-founders of Drive Medical (“Drive”), a leading manufacturer of healthcare products that were distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. While at Drive, they completed more than 25 acquisitions and grew the business to nearly a $1 billion in revenue. Drive was sold to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 2017. The predecessor firm to Peloton Equity, Ferrer Freeman, was the lead investor in Drive. Mitchell Yoel, a close associate of Mr. Diamond’s and Mr. Kolodny’s for nearly 15 years, and most recently SVP of Global Commercial Operations at Drive, is Journey Health & Lifestyle’s new CEO. Charles Valentine, a former Discovery Communications executive and direct-to-consumer retail consultant is the Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer.

“Rich and I have watched the shifting dynamics in the healthcare sector for years, and we believe strongly in the growing opportunity to bring innovative, premium products and services directly to seniors,” said

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