Ambitious

Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 6-8
  • Teacher Resources

Move

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

Steps

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!)

Sequence

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

Modification

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

Reflect

You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!

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?

Self-Connection

Past

Think of a time when you started something new. How did you feel? What were some challenges that you noticed? What were some resources that you needed to be successful?

Present

Describe a new passion or interest that you have developed recently.

Future

Define an ambition that you have for yourself this school year.

Real-World Connection

Family

Who is a person in your family whom you would describe as ambitious? What characteristics does this person have?

Learning Environment

How can you be supportive of a peer who is working toward an ambition?

Community

Has your community ever accomplished something that seemed impossible at the time? How was it accomplished?

Academic Connection

ELA

Identify an ambition you have in your personal writing/ELA.

Social Studies

How has ambition played a role in the history of your country?

STEM

Describe an ambitious accomplishment that has occurred in scientific research within your lifetime.

Fun Fact

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