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Big ups to Josh Howey and Danielle Worden!

Josh finished 4th in the state for wraastling and Danielle finished 3rd in the state for powerlifting

Entries in first rope climb (64)

New Graduate: Noah

This morning after the workout, Noah said, "Chris show me how to do a rope climb!" I said, "Nope. Just do it." And he did it.

Well done Noah!

New Graduate: Evan

Apparently during the chaos and commotion of the Thanksgiving workout back in November, Evan Pugh somehow snuck in his first rope climb during the warmup. Being the self-conscious attention-seeking princess that he is (normal with all Sparty fans), everyone was expected to stop and salute his valiant effort. This didn't happen (mostly in part because nobody saw it happen), and was not even brought to my attention until this morning. Evan's first rope climb in the warmup looked pretty fluid - making it up about halfway before coming down - and I grabbed the camera in prep for the second round.

He climbed, climbed, and finally reached the top to the thunderous applause of the 8:30 am session.

In fact, the city of Madison Heights just informed me that the reaction to Evan's rope climb registered as a category 2 earthquake on the Richter (spelling?) scale.

With the deadlift last Friday and the rope climb today, it appears the beard is back to his top form! Keep up the good work my man!

New Graduate: Joel

This morning at the mobility session Joel and Jonah made up yesterday's back squat/rope climb leg burner. After the first set of back squats they jumped onto the rope and made it to the top as expected. Joel took a little longer than his brother and when he got down I asked him if that was his first time getting a full one.

He replied with absolutely zero emotion or ethusiasm, "yeah" and jogged back to his bar to start the back squats again.

Joel is my man and he's been doing a good job while only coming two days per week. Let's hope that picks up in the spring!

New Graduate: Schornack

This was a bummer because of how unexpected it was. Usually first rope climbs are cool to see at least from the halfway point. But during the warmup of yesterday's 4:30 pm session, Danielle Schornack started her leg wrap then kept climbing, and climbing, and climbing, until she suddenly found herself at the top! Shannon grapped her phone and caught the tail end.

Good work missy! Next up is your pull-up.


New Graduate: Mrs. Tara

Tara Colussi has been off-and-on so far this fall (usually more off than on) with having to cart the kids around and participating in a 6-week bootcamp her friends challenged her to. But rumor is her draft stock is back on the up-and-up. Yesterday's workout was a great showing for her, but the real highlight came during the warmup when she got her first rope climb!

Great job Mrs. Tara! I mean, Coach Casey did get his first rope climb like 5 months ago, but you keep doing your thing!

New Graduates: Alexis and Coach Casey

Two new Graduations to announce coming from yesterday. First up is Summer rookie Alexis Anthes. She started the workout yesterday by doing half-climbs and as the 20 minutes progressed, her technique improved. So I had her try a full climb and she nailed it!

Then later on at the 5:30 session, Coach Casey was one of the few athletes actually doing the warmup - like the dedicated athlete he is - and on his first pull-up attempt he got up there with ease. I did a double-take to make sure that was actually his first one, and it turned out it was. So I grabbed the camera and got one for the official records.

Keep up the good work both of you!

New Graduate: Josie

In the last of our New Graduates yesterday afternoon, Josie Junkin got her first rope climb at the 6:30 pm session. It was during the workout, and everyone stopped what they were doing to yell at her and provide the best peer pressure possible.

Josie is definitely the surprise of the Summer. She probably has better attendance than her entire family and is making herself right at home with the rest of the Champions Club. I know she's got a few more weeks left before going back to Michigan, so hopefully there's a few more highlights to come!