About Movement Academy

A Turn-Key Movement Skills Lesson Plan For All Ages

Movement Academy Youth Movement Skills Program

The founders of Movement Academy recognized that many students and athletes lacked fundamental movement skills. In response, they developed Movement Academy – a turn-key movement skills lesson plan that is affordable and adaptable – in an effort to help young people learn the proper fundamentals of movement and develop a fit lifestyle. In an age of sports specialization and de-emphasis of physical education, the development of proper fundamental movement skills is often overlooked. The program is intended for all youths from their entry into the school/organization through high school and aids in the development of more fundamentally sound students and athletes. Movement Academy utilizes a sequential program designed to develop balance, stability, dynamic movement, object control, and more – all fit within valuable class or practice time. Participating students can improve both physical and academic performance.

Movement Academy Independence and Wellness Programs for Older Adults

Shortly after launching the Youth Movement Skills Program, Movement Academy was approached by a physician’s group interested in utilizing the Movement Skills Program for Older Adults. Their interest was based on the science of neuroplasticity, and how the Movement Academy programs could benefit older participants both physically and cognitively. Thus was born the Active Agers Program, which provides movement skills development specifically designed to target stimulation of the various spheres of the brain. More than just a bunch of repetitive exercises, the Movement Academy program offers a science based exercise regimen with constantly changing challenges to stimulate all areas of the mind and body.

Scientifically verified benefits

The benefits to people of all ages of adopting a movement skills program are numerous and scientifically verified:

Reduced injury rates
Greater confidence
Better overall athleticism
Longer sports participation

Improved goal setting and work ethic
Better academic performance
Better fitness for life
Enhanced neuroplasticity

Movement Academy offers a turn-key program that is easily incorporated into any school or organization’s structure

For schools or clubs

Complete lesson plan
Hands on training and education of coaches
Age specific practice schedules
Complete weekly calendars with specific drills
Protocol videos for form and technique
Ongoing support, updates, and education
Performance baseline testing
Student/athlete evaluation and rating system


For senior facilities and individuals

Comprehensive exercise programs
Easy to use for staff and at home
Programs tailored to ability level
Designed to address fall prevention
Protocol videos for form and technique
Safe and effective

Movement Academy enables you to train your students and athletes and/or seniors. The program enables your organization to incorporate an affordable system where your staff, teachers, and coaches are provided with the tools to improve athleticism with age appropriate and fun exercises. Movement Academy also offers options to have our staff conduct training, thereby easing the financial and logistical burdens of offering a physical education program in a time of increasingly decreased funding.

The Movement Academy Team


Chief Executive Officer

Doug Ellis is the founder of Movement Academy. A graduate of the LSU School of Law, Doug has been involved in business ventures for over 30 years. He founded SportsWorx, an educational tool for athletes wanting to play sports in college, Athletic Performance Testing, a sophisticated testing system to measure athletic performance, and has been involved in Movement Academy for the last four years. Doug is married and has two children. He is a lifelong resident of Covington, Louisiana.


Director of Marketing

Matt Peale graduated from Mandeville High School in 1993 and attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated with a BS in Marketing in 1997. As a soccer player in high school and college, Matt has always been interested in athletic development.  Working in sales and operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, and California, he began following his passion of sports and coaching by becoming a personal trainer in 2008.  Since then, he has been a manager at 24 Hour Fitness in Laguna Hills, CA, and owned nutrition and training businesses in California and Mississippi.  Matt also currently trains clients at Franco’s Athletic Club in Mandeville and Uptown New Orleans.


Medical Director

Dr. William Alden is a partner in Movement Academy and our Director of Medicine. He was vital in expanding the Movement Academy program to include active agers, and to incorporate the science of neuroplasticity into the Movement Academy programs. Wes practices medicine in New Orleans and is a resident of Mandeville, Louisiana.