Category: In the News

Cam Newton 7-on-7 Tournament

Blackwatch is excited to announce that it will be hosting a 7-on-7 tournament with Cam Newtown on Friday, June 29 and Saturday,  June 30!

The first day of the competition will be a round-robin play with each team playing approximately 5-7 games. At the end of this round, each team will be seeded based on their respective record. The second day, June 30, will consist of bracket play. We are hoping to have competitive teams from across the Southeast. Quarterback Cam Newtown will attend and interact with the student-athletes and coaches.

For more information, please contact Richard Richardson at (205) 532-5036,

Holiday Hoops Clinic

Kids ages K5-6th grade are invited to the Birmingham Basketball Academy& BlackWatch Sports Holiday Hoops Clinic from 9-11 am on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21st-22nd. The cost if $50 per camper and $30 per each additional family member. Registration can be found at

2017 BlackWatch Braveheart Challenge

Braveheart Obstacle Race

First Ever Braveheart Challenge

On October 28th, 2017, BlackWatch hosted the first ever Braveheart Challenge Obstacle Race at Oak Mountain State Park. This 6-mile trail run was no easy feat!

Starting near the South Trailhead on Terrace Drive, the course wound up past the Alabama Wildlife Center and continued up the mountain. Along the trail, racers encountered tire pulls, walls to scale, monkey bars, rings, sandbag carries, and more. If the elevation and obstacles weren’t hard enough, the rain and the 40 degree day made the race very challenging. In addition to the adult race, NextLevl (Birmingham’s newest trampoline and obstacle fun park) hosted a 1-mile kids obstacle run through the woods by the lake for racers between the ages of 6-13.  Despite the chill and daunting race courses, over 358 racers signed up to race! Scroll down to see more event photos!

Adult Race Results

Adults racers signed up for the earlier Competitive (timed) race heats or the later Open (untimed) race heats. The top 3 male and female race finishers were awarded with prizes following the race. The first-place finishers received full-size Scottish swords, second-place finishers received goblet trophies, and third-place finishers received glass trophies.

Top 3 Males

1 – Shawn O’Brien (Pelham, AL), 56:26

2 – Justin McDonald (Birmingham, AL), 01:08:19

3 – Paul Lawrence (Birmingham, AL), 01:10:16

Top 3 Females

1 – Claire Sherling (Marion Military Academy)

2 – Kaci Hamilton (Birmingham, AL), 01:29:49

3 – Stephanie Smith (Birmingham, AL), 01:29:49


We could not have had a successful race without our wonderful sponsors! Click on the links below to learn more about each company who supported this great event.

CARE GROUP at ReMax Southern Homes 280Back on Track Chiropractic – Dr. Scott DucasMarc-1 Carwash

Shelby County, AlabamaChick-fil-a of Oak MountainThink Again! ConsignmentDonut Joe’sLowe’s Home ImprovementThe Trak ShakNextLevlGriffin FarmsPodos Boutique,

Shades of Green Landscaping, & 21st Century Signs

Future Races!

The 2018 BlackWatch Braveheart Challenge is scheduled for OCTOBER 27TH, 2018.

Go “like” the Braveheart Challenge Facebook page by clicking here to follow race updates and be the first to see race registration when posted!

Race Photos

To see more race photos, click here!

Season of Strength

Are you ready to get better, faster, and stronger? Between now and December 31st, sign up for your first month of membership at BlackWatch Sports Performance, and get the second month free! BlackWatch offers performance and fitness training for athletes of all ages and skill levels! Learn more about our programs below.

To register for your free session, call or email now!

Elementary Performance (ages 7-10) – Unlimited 30-minute sessions that cover the basics of speed, agility, and strength in a safe and fun atmosphere

Youth Performance (middle school) – Unlimited 60-minute small group training sessions (4-6 athletes/trainer) that go through upper and lower body strength, speed, agility, core strength, and power

Competitive Performance (high school) – Unlimited 60 to 90 minute small-group training sessions (3-6 athletes/trainer) that address strength, speed, agility, core, and power while all being geared toward the individual athlete’s goal(s) and sport(s)

Elite Performance (college and professional) – Unlimited 90-minute semi-private training sessions (1-2 athletes/trainer) that are designed to help each athlete achieve his/her athletic goals and include strength, speed, power, agility, and endurance

Fit for Life (adults) – Unlimited 60-minute small group training classes centered on cardio and strength and designed to help each client reach his/her fitness goals

5 Myths About Youth Resistance Training

Kids and weights — do they go together? Unless those weights are book bags, the most common answer is “no.” New studies, however, are pointing to a different answer.

By participating in resistance training, children can essentially get a leg-up on muscular fitness early in life. And, even though most parents know this, plenty of myths are still out there. We all agree that physical activity is good for our kids, but once weights come into the picture, hesitation sets in.

Aside from improving muscular strength, resistance training affords children the opportunity to practice movement skills and establish long-term physical development.

If you’re still on the fence about youth resistance training, let us dispel some rumors for you. Here are 5 myths you might have heard:


1. Resistance training can stunt child growth

Why it’s false: There’s no scientific evidence to support that resistance training stunts growth. If well-designed and supervised, resistance training can actually improve bone growth and development.


2. It’s unsafe

Why it’s false: Like any other intense physical activity, resistance training is only unsafe if it’s unsupervised. You wouldn’t let your child practice resistance training without an experienced coach just like you wouldn’t let your child play contact football without a helmet. Although accidents can happen, the key is in providing qualified instruction.


3. Youth need to be at least 12 years old to lift weight

Why it’s false: The only true requirement for youth resistance training is the ability to listen and follow instruction. When children are ready for organized sports — which usually happens at around age 7 or 8 — then they are ready to to be exposed to resistance training in a safe environment.


4. It makes girls bulky

Why it’s false: The only true effect of resistance training in young females is getting stronger — and that’s a good thing. While girls and boys react differently to this type of training, there is little evidence that resistance training will make girls bulky. Especially if the training is light and done daily, the outcome will be ideal.


5. Resistance training is only for young athletes

Why it’s false: Regular practice in resistance training can benefit any child — even those who are not on an athletic team. Resistance training builds strength for healthier body composition and improved physical skills. In fact, because the benefits are so many, resistance training is an encouraged behavior for children.


We hope this helped dispel some of the myths about youth resistance training. If you have any more questions, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to tell you about our programs and how they can improve your child’s physical strength.

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Beckham Speaks to District Wellness Committee

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 – Thank you to the Hoover Department of Education’s Wellness Committee for inviting BlackWatch founder and CEO, Randy Beckham, to speak at their meeting today. Beckham spoke to the committee about his background, why he started BWS, where the company is today, and his vision for it in the future.

This meeting was also a great chance for BlackWatch team members to meet leaders in the Hoover City School system and learn about their efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles for both students and staff. The BWS team looks forward to working with Hoover students and staff in the future and helping encourage healthy lifestyles throughout the whole Birmingham metropolitan area.

Pilates Reformer

Pilates Reformer

Many of us have taken a Pilates class or know what it entails – slow, controlled movements that leave your abs sore for days and improve core strength. Most people, however, have never heard of Pilates Reformer. This is a form of Pilates that uses a large apparatus to further challenge the body. One look at the Reformer apparatus scares many away, but this tool has been proven to improve strength and flexibility. This apparatus used springs, straps, and a sliding carriage to create resistance against common Pilates movements.

View the video from Empower Physical Therapy in Pennsylvania to get an idea of how the apparatus works –

History of Pilates Reformer

The Pilates system was created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. Born in 1880,  Pilates had a sickly childhood and used his teen years to test different exercise methods to become stronger and healthier. In 1912, he moved to England and became a professional boxer. During World War I, Pilates resided in a German internment camp where he served as a nurse. To help soldiers rehabilitate, he attached springs to hospital beds. These springs served as resistance devices that patients could use to exercise and improve muscle strength. This modified bed was the earliest form of the Reformer apparatus.

In 1923, Pilates moved to the U.S. where he opened his first exercise studio. This studio became a training home for many dancers where Pilates taught his exercise methods, referred to as “Contrology”. Ever since, this method has grown and is now referred to by his surname. Pilates instructors around the world teach this exercise method to people of all ages and skill levels. The slow, controlled movements challenge the muscles of the body, increase overall strength, and improve posture, flexibility, body awareness, and coordination.

Try it Out

BlackWatch offers Pilates Reformer classes with flexible scheduling. Led by an experienced instructor, classes will be tailored to each participant’s skill and comfort level with the Pilates system and apparatus. Our Pilates studio has space for two participants at a time, so sign up with a friend. To register for a class or to learn more, email us or give us a call today! Pricing can be found here.

Pilates Reformer

Shelby County Reporter Article- August 18, 2016

“BlackWatch takes a holistic approach to combining health and wellness with sports performance, offering a comprehensive range of services beneficial to all ages, collegiate and non-collegiate, professional, and non-professional athletes alike.” 

In the News: Shelby County Reporter

Article: ‘One-stop shop:’ BlackWatch Sports Performance takes training on 280 to the next level

Published: 4:10 pm Thursday August 18, 2016

By Staff Writter: Emily Sparacino

blackwatch sports performance Team- Shelby Co