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Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 9-12
  • Teacher Resources


  • Type:  Strength
  • Excercise:  Standing Parallel Thigh Work
  • Target:  Thighs
  • Equipment:  Chair or Desk
Workout guide


1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Keep your feet hips width apart and parallel; rest your hand on a desk or chair for balance and the other hand on your hip
3. Stand tall, shoulders back and down
4. Raise your heels all the way up
5. Bend your knees forward without dropping your heels
6. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips and your hips in line with your heels, chest open
7. Lower your hips down and up (don’t drop your heels!)


– 10 double count
– 10 single count
– 10 pulses
– 10 second hold (outside arm extends to the ceiling)


If you have knee discomfort:
– Decrease the bend in your knees
– Keep your feet flat on the ground

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Ambitious mean to you in this moment?

Choose from the additional reflection prompts below to customize this lesson and meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson!



Describe a time you were successful in your ambitions. What were some things that you needed to be successful?


Think critically about the word AMBITIOUS. What are some different ways that others might interpret this word?


What ambitions do you have for your adult life?

Real-World Connection


Whom in your family would you describe as ambitious? What characteristics does this person have?

Learning Environment

What is an ambition that you have in your future education or career? How will you accomplish this ambition?


If you could solve one big problem in your community, what would it be? Design an ambitious action plan.

Academic Connection


Practice demonstrating ambition by completing a mock job application or interview.

Social Studies

Create a short presentation on a historical figure who was ambitious and “before their time.”


Look up a recent scientific study that you consider to be ambitious in its goal(s). Were the authors of the study able to achieve their research goal(s)?

Fun Fact

Walt Disney was ambitious at a young age. He started sketching regularly when he was just four years old.