NBA FIT

 
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Basketball stars' messages about fitness are great for kids.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Each episode features a number of fun facts about everything from physiology (the medical terms for muscle groups, for instance) to how humans' strength compares to that of other species.

Positive messages

The show encourages kids’ interest in physical fitness by giving them a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the NBA’s best players stay in top shape off the court. Viewers learn how a variety of physical activities like cross-training and yoga help improve the pros' game. The participants also illustrate how rewarding success can be when it's achieved through dedication and hard work.

Positive role models

Professional athletes extol the importance of a lifelong commitment to fitness, showing viewers how their hard work and dedication to staying healthy allow them to live their dreams of playing professional basketball.

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Language

Occasional use of "butt." 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this short-form series promotes healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, and setting and achieving goals. NBA players like Glen Davis, Eric Gordon, and Brandon Roy show viewers how their success on the court depends on their commitment to fitness off the court, and the variety of their activities (weightlifting, yoga, cross-training) reminds kids that there are many different ways to achieve overall health. What’s more, the show’s abbreviated format (each episode is just 15 minutes long) lends itself to the healthy messages as well by limiting kids’ time in front of the TV. 

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What's the story?

In NBA FIT, some of the league’s top players give kids a glimpse of what it takes to stay at the top of their game. Superstars like Orlando’s Dwight Howard, Minnesota’s Kevin Love, and Miami’s Dwayne Wade invite cameras along on some of their off-court workouts, which range from yoga classes to calorie-burning incline training runs, and they talk about how each discipline translates to a better performance on the court. Host Daniel Curtis Lee ties the segments together with some comical commentary as he tests out some of the guys’ training styles himself.

Is it any good?

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Whether or not your kids are basketball fans, this show's motivating messages about physical fitness, healthy lifestyles, and working hard to achieve your goals aren’t easy to miss. Of course, if they are NBA nuts, it will be all the more fun (and impressive) to hear these words coming directly from some of their favorite players.

With professional athletes’ misbehavior making headlines on a seemingly daily basis, it’s refreshing to see them in the positive light cast by this worthwhile show. The guys openly discuss the hardships they’ve overcome on their way to fame -- including being overweight and feeling small compared to their peers -- and they talk about how they changed their physical routines to improve their strength and stamina. In other words, NBA Fit gives these pros the chance to be the kind of role models that kids really need.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about role models. Who are some of your role models? Are these people famous? How do they personify your values? Has their behavior ever disappointed you? If so, when? Does it change how you feel about them?

  • Kids: What activities do you participate in to stay healthy? How does keeping active and eating right relate to your self-esteem? Do you think the media encourages or discourages healthy lifestyles? How do commercials and messages on TV influence what you eat and drink?

  • What goals do you have for yourself in school, sports, and other extracurricular activities? How do you demonstrate your dedication to achieving these goals? What are the rewards of success? What can be learned from falling short of your goals?

TV details

Cast:Daniel Curtis Lee
Network:Disney XD
Genre:Educational
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:NR

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Parent of a 17 year old Written bynylof May 6, 2011
 

Positive all around show

Very positive. Daniel Curtis Lee, host brings in the comical side with some of the NBA's greats doing something positive. Hoping this will let kids know that if you work at something you will get better and better.
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