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Does it Count: Triple Pull-up Edition

Yesterday we had quite a few New Graduates with Josie and Jen Ash's double unders, the entire 10 am session got their first rope climb, and in the afternoon we had three near pull-ups at the 4:30 session: Coach Casey (who is sometimes called ManCasey, Mrs. Tara (his loving and supportive wife), and Nick Bewick. Check it out!

Do they count? Is this just their way of showing their jealousy at Mr. Bennis and his lofty, resume'-worthy Athlete of the Week award? You guys make the call.

Quote of the Week vol. 242: Dad Joke Special

Coach Casey: "Didn't Craig Mack die, or something?"

Me: "Yeah, I think it was last year? Not sure how he died, though."

Coach Casey: "Hmmm... must have been an ear infection."

Me: "Yeah... what? Whatchumean?"

Coach Casey: "You know... with all that Flavor in the Ear."

Sunday Highlights: Handstand Practice

I always like doing video highlights of handstands or handstand push-ups; with the exception of Lindsey running on the sidewalk most of us have a pretty good sense of what we are doing when we are in the upright orientation, but when we are flipped upside-down things get a little tricky.

Yesterday at the team workout we did some practice with static handstand holds, and for the new parents this might have been their first time practicing this since Fundamentals. Here's how it looked.

New Graduate: Coach Casey

We had three new rope climbers at the sessions today, and would have probably been a 4th if Bewick wasn't a pansy, so I figured I'd give them each their own post in the order they happened. The first is Coach Casey Colussi.

Yes you are seeing that correct; not only is he wearing the classic Brian Scalabrine's, but after relocating his body 15 feet off the ground for the first time in his life (also about 7 feet higher than his shoesake ever touched), he proceeds to remove not one but both hands from the thing that he used to get up there in the first place. I can't say I recommend that, but I can say that I'm very impressed! Just during Fundamentals around a month ago he could barely do the 3-second hang test from the rope. On the first attempt of the warmup he made it straight to the top with ease!

Great work Coach! The entire session was rocking with you on the way up. Now you got something on your entire family. I'm predicting Mallory is the next to follow...

New Graduate: Coach Casey

Last night right before Michigan took one in the chin against Villanova, Casey Colussi finished his last Fundamentals session. Helen has been the workout of choice on Day 7 for quite some time now, and Coach Casey timed out at 9:45 with 200m run, 12k kettlebells, and ring rows. It was his best session by far!

Coach Casey topped off a string of very enjoyable Fundamentals peeps during March. I can talk basketball with anyone who appreciates Don Reid and Terry Mills, so we naturally got along very well and often had to cut sidebars short so we could keep on track with the session. Over the course of Fundamentals, I noticed Coach was more of a strength-oriented athlete than a skilled one - meaning the timing for cleans, running, and kipping took him a bit longer to get than the positions for push-ups and squats. His flexibility is also rough, though we did see improvements in his hip range of motion as we progressed.

As with every case of Fundamentals, the physical stuff really doesn't matter; I just want to make sure they can come out of the sessions knowing how to do a push-up, jump, and run - the rest will come with consistent attendance. What I really look for is a fit to our culture. And Coach Casey - similar to the Bennis family - is a no-brainer. He's equipped with dad jokes and sarcasm, loves sports, hates working out, and has two kids already in the Champions Club that guilt him to coming in anyway. Sounds like a perfect fit to me! Congratulations big guy and welcome to the Champions Club!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: Mr. Carey with Mr. Auggie's flexibility

New Kid on the Block: Coach Casey

Casey Colussi started booking private basketball sessions for his son, Dylan, back in November if I recall correctly. Casey used to coach in high school (he actually was part of a State Championship staff at Avondale) and now volunteers to coach Dylan's travel team. For all the crap I write about private lessons and parents getting lost in the mix of things, Coach Casey "gets it," which is a huge relief for me. Soon after the basketball sessions began, both Dylan and his little sister, Mallory, were working out with our Babies session on weekends.

Dylan still comes in for basketball sessions about every other week or so with his dad taking him to every session, and recently I talked Coach Casey into trying out a group session. He finally agreed to come in last Friday in the morning and was not shy about writing his experience on the whiteboard:

Usually people who find themselves on the verge of throwing up do not come back to join, but Coach Casey is using that as motivation to get his health back on track. I can imagine it's difficult as a parent to keep in shape when all of the priorities immediately shift to the tiny living things running around your house. But Coach is on board now andis two sessions into Fundamentals. So far his jumping looks good and his hollow body position is almost perfect like all the rest of the dads in here. The conditioning is the limiting factor at the moment, along with shoulder mobility and strength, and still he has been nothing but a pleasure to coach so far. As usual we'll keep working on it and catch up with you guys after Day 7.