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Camp Fit Inspires Youth to Be Their Best Self



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The rates of health disparities among African-American teens are continuing to rise. According to, childhood obesity in the black community is 20.2 percent compared to the national average of 14.3 percent, and overweight children is 35.1 percent compared to the national average of 28.5 percent. Rob Howze and Camp Fit are empowering and motivating youth through the discipline of fitness.

camp fit, camp fit tv, rob howzeHowze was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, in between the hood and the suburbs, what he describes as having the best of both worlds.

It was in one of these worlds that Howze encountered a life changing experience that unbeknownst to him, would place him on a path that eventually led to a career of offering life changing experiences for others. A few days before going to college, he and a friend went to a local store. When Howze came out, he saw someone leaned in on the passenger side of the vehicle. Assuming it was a friend, he approached only to be met by a stranger with a gun who forced Howze to get in the vehicle in an attempt to rob both men.

In a moment of adrenaline, Howze’s friend, Rob, grabbed the weapon and shots went off. The robber ran and both Howze and his friend were shot in the arm and in the leg, respectively.

“When I tell people this story, I say Rob and Rob got robbed,” Howze stated jokingly.

After returning from the hospital, Howze remembers quite vividly his Barry Sanders jersey that was bloody. But what he also noticed was four holes near the chest area. He recollects that the gun was pointed at his chest and the bullet went through his wrinkled shirt into his friend’s leg. From that moment, Howze made a decision to get better for himself and never look back.

“I had an awareness awakening,” Howze says. “I began to think critically of the decisions I was making, I could have died. I had a moment of gratitude, thankful and appreciative of the new opportunities I have.”

At Howard University, Howze studied child psychology and musical theatre. Not satisfied with the pace life was going, he decided to spur his entrepreneurial spirit by renting a U-Haul truck and offering his moving services to many homeowners, guaranteeing the lowest prices around. Howze later began a series of entrepreneurial ventures, which proved to be very lucrative, but he lacked the passion behind his work. He received his biggest joy in helping youth, so he became a youth pastor and worked in local community organizations.

“You can make all the money in the world,” says Howze. “But it doesn’t matter unless you are making a difference, leaving a positive impact on the world. The future is affected by those we help today.”

For nine years, Howze has helped run a non-profit organization called Worldwide Community. The organization hosts a number of afterschool programs, summer camps, sports teams, and other activities for kids in local communities. At a board meeting for the organization, he was asked a question that would lead to one of his greatest successes.

“Rob, why don’t you start a Biggest Loser for kids?” recalls Howze. “It was at that moment, I had an epiphany, and I never looked back.” After researching the name Camp Fit, Howze saw that it was available and trademarked the name and proceeded to secure the help of a television production within weeks. Camp Fit focuses not only on the physical aspects, but also personal life decisions and academic enrichment. The 8-week training experience focuses on the holistic health of the child: strength physically, mentally, and, emotionally. This goal is accomplished with a team of Certified Personal Trainers, Dietitians, Fitness Instructors and others who aid in the complete health of the youth. Weekly progress checks are conducted, and adjustments are made based off of that. Students are taught, tested and awarded of five key areas, where everyone has the opportunity to become a winner.

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Howze believes the biggest challenge in starting any business is money; having access to financial resources, inventory and other expenses. “It wasn’t until I was transparent that blessings started coming,” Howze says. “Once people saw the character of the founder, we received overwhelming support as a non-profit in the form of grants and sponsorships, which really helped jumpstart the organization.”

Camp Fit airs Saturday’s at 11:30 (EST) on DirecTV’s channel 378, and there are talks to expand to a major network syndication, including currently, there is talk of alignment with the Oprah Winfrey Network. Howze has always been a fan of her work since her role in the Color Purple. Next year, the show will be available on Roku, Netflix, and Hulu. As early as Christmas, there are plans to franchise the concept and make the module and its components available for schools, non-for-profit organizations, and churches.

“I would say one of the biggest things for any entrepreneur, teacher, or leader is being comfortable with being uncomfortable. Stepping out your comfort zone has produced the most results.”

Check out episode one of Camp Fit 2015!

Photos: Courtesy of Rob Howze

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Quinton R. Arthur is a student at Roosevelt University, pursing a Master of Science in Journalism. He contributes as a staff reporter to The Roosevelt Torch, the official newspaper of Roosevelt University; the Quemmunicator, the official publication of the Tenth District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and to Progressive Greek, a publication that focuses on the lives and accomplishments of Black Greek-lettered organizations.

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How To Do The Barbell Hip Thrust…



Are you struggling to build bigger glutes?

Check out my video to learn about the 4 cues you must use with the barbell hip thrust in order to perform them with excellent form and maximize your gains.

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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



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Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

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Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today





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