Coach Jerod McCloud Gets Argyle Intermediate Moving

Coach Jerod McCloud Gets Argyle Intermediate Moving

by Susan Neuhalfen

Did you know that the average person spends seven hours a day in front of a screen? Or that one out of every three young people between the ages of 2-19 are overweight? These are just a few of the sobering facts given by Denton Ryan High School strength and conditioning coach Jerod McCloud to the student body of Argyle Intermediate School.

Towering at 6’6”, this former basketball coach trains his high school athletes to be in their best physical shape in order to avoid injury and play at the top of their game. He is a certified strength coach and personal trainer and who has worked with many former and current division 1 collegiate athletes, high school athletes, and middle schoolers.

The title of McCloud’s speech is “Taking Care of the Gift”; the gift being the body, and how to care for it through proper exercise, nutrition, sleep and mindset. The speech was interactive and fun for the kids, though the message was serious.

McCloud believes that nutrition is the first key to physical success. His formula? Eat five times a day. A serving size of food should fit in the palm of your hand.

“Look at your body like a car,” said McCloud, while flashing pictures of different cars on the screen including Lightning McQueen and Mater from the movie Cars which got a huge reaction from the crowd. “The type of fuel you put into your car matters.”

The second key, according to McCloud, is to keep your body in motion. He advised the kids to surround themselves with other active people in order to help each other reach goals.

The next key is to rest. Exercise breaks your body down a little according to McCloud, so it’s important to get sleep in order to bring it back up.

The coach also talked a lot about habits. He said that changing your lifestyle is more than just trying a little, it’s about forming new habits and changing your thinking. Sometimes there are things in life you can’t change: certain circumstances, physical issues and other restraints may be holding you back from achieving your goals. You can’t control what someone says to you or about you, but you can change your thinking.

“If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it,” he said. “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”

McCloud concluded the speech by having the kids jump an imaginary jump rope and do pushups. He explained that even if they weren’t going outside there were plenty of great inside exercises like those that may get them motivated.

A father of three Argyle students, two of whom have graduated from Argyle High School, McCloud trains people of all ages through his company, 360 Fitness and Performance. This includes summer camps for kids, individual training and assisting people throughout the country with in-home fitness and online fitness groups. He also has a morning men’s workout group in Argyle.

He is very vocal in his feelings about Argyle and how fortunate he and his family feel about being part of the community. He is especially grateful to his friends Mike and Denise Sizelove. The majority of the training he does is located in their private gym.

“They are two individuals who do so much for our community,” he says of his friends. “I have been extremely blessed by them over the years in allowing me to work with so many.”

To learn more about 360 Fitness & Performance, email Jerod at jerod@jerodmccloud.com.


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