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Entries in first rope climb (45)

New Graduate: Natalie

Yesterday at the Babies session, Natalie got her first ever rope climb!

Natalie has been with us since the Summer and has seen a very noticable improvement in her overall athleticism - especially speed and jumping. She routinely out-races and out-jumps the boys in the contests we do, and, as the video shows, is closing the climbing gap as well. Great work Natalie!

Sunday Highlights + New Graduate

We had 13 kids at the "Babies" session today, and like 4 of them were over over 10 years old... so maybe we need a new name for the Babies session. Anyway, we introduced a few new contests and the favorite by far was the classic Throw The Med Ball Over The Coaches. Our system for the workouts have been effective too; three stations, 15 seconds per station, 3 rounds or so until they lose interest.

We also have a new member to the crew: Adam Demonaco, the younger brother of recent Fundamentals graduate Emma Demonaco (aka EmD, or Doc). He got his first rope climb this afternoon, and you can see it at the end of the video.

New Graduate: Mr. Auggie

Yesterday (or two days ago, by the time you probably read this) we had rope climbs in the warmup, and I begged, pleaded, and bargained as best I could, but Mr. Auggie refused to climb all the way up. I offered him a month of free passes on the rope if he hit the top for the warmup, and he wasn't budging. Today we found his weak spot: the other moms and dads.

Today during the warmup I told Mr. Auggie everyone could skip the warmup run if he did a full rope climb. We got it!

Congratulations on your first (and probably only ever) rope climb!

New Graduates: Kids Climb the Rope

This afternoon at the babies session (half of which aren't really babies any more), three of our athletes got their first rope climb all the way to the top:




Jacqueline has been talking about climbing the rope for the past year and a half, and today she finally got it! Miranda is Murley's cousin who just joined this month; she has a gymnastics background and found that useful today. Finally, JT is like 4 and surprised everyone in the gym by pulling his way up.

Great job kids! Especially Jacqueline, this was a long time coming!

New Graduates: Andre and Josh

Almost on cue with yesterday's introduction post, we had two graduations at the 10 am session this morning. After the workout we were practicing rope climb technique and both Josh Howey and Andre Saffar got their first one in the books!

Both kids have been progressing very well in their short time with the group. Hopefully this continues through the rest of the Summer as Josh goes into football and Andre goes into Cross Country.

New Graduate: Sophia

This morning we had a small 10 am session and were therefore able to fine-tune some coaching points on movements we don't always get to. One of those is the rope climb, and incoming 7th grader Sophia Dawkins got her first complete one on her first attempt. Check it out.

Keep up the good work kiddo! Be on the lookout for the 10 am intro post soon.

New Graduate: Mrs. Kroll

Sometimes peer pressure is the best way to get things accomplished. And sometimes it's just pain old trickery, deception, and manipulation. All techniques were on display yesterday at the 4:30 session when Mrs. Kroll got on the rope fully expecting to do a half-climb. Unbeknownst (spelling?) to her, her daughter was lying in wait wth the camera on record. Then peer pressure took over. Here's what we got:

Mrs. Kroll's first rope climb! Great job kiddo!