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Entries in mommies (45)

New Kid on the Block: Mrs. Demonaco

Our newest Fundamentals member is Pam Demonaco, the mother of recent Fundamentals graduate Emma Demonaco and new rope climber, Adam. Mrs. Demonaco talked to me on Wednesday about her interest in joining, and we promptly set up our first Fundamentals session for last Friday.

So far we are three days in and nothing but good reviews. She is not horribly inflexible, she has the coordination of a former athlete (volleyball and softball were her sports of choice), and, most importantly, she is doing a great job of putting her nursing background to the side once a session starts and comitting to being a student and learning new techniques. I will say, though, she was definitely shocked after Day 1 by how sore her arms were, so much so, in fact, that she tried to cancel Day 2. Thankfully she made it work and had a great session (double unders are coming soon...).

Like I said, so far, so good. So I'll check back in with you guys after Day 7.

Pics of the Week: Mrs. Fitz Spartan Challenge

Last weekend Mrs. Fitz was not at our weekend workouts because she was participating in a Spartan Race held in part at Michigan International Speedway. She said she was part of a team that grinded through the course, and her training in CrossFit helped her make it through the ropes, bar swings, and the overall running. Here's a few photos from the action.

Way to represent Fitz-O!

New Graduate: Mrs. Fitz's HSPU Chronicles

Reminder - don't forget you guys can still vote for Mel's thing here. I think tomorrow is the last day.


Yo kids, this one has been a long time coming, but Mrs. Fitz has been working on getting her first handstand push-up for at least a month. In fact, I even put the ultimatum down and said she couldn't get her Summer shirt until she got the hspu. Well, while I was coaching the 10 am session this morning, I heard a YELP from the wall behind me. Shakes and Mrs. Fitz both confirmed it happened, so the camera was retrieved and we got video proof.

Here's the mashup of all her attempts plus the final one.

One Year Anniversary: Mrs. Fitz

On this day one year ago Mrs. Fitz completed her first day of Fundamentals with me.

Mrs. Fitz is another one of those athletes who I had a good feeling about right off the rip when it comes to fitting in with the Champions Club. And the cool thing was she came in with a pretty good athletic base; she played multiple sports in high school and still tried to keep active. She dropped Conor off for the 80's Workout and I went to introduce myself to her. After some small talk, she asked me if I had a session for adults, so I invited her to the parents version of the 80's workout the next day. It was her and I partnered up going against Mr. Z and Reggie. Somehow after that odd workout in muggy late-July, she decided this was for her.

Over the course of the last year Mrs. Fitz had wowed her fellow parents with her workout performances - whether it's max effort deadlifts, a long running workout with rope climbs, or a quick, intense 7-minutes of burpees. And she had plenty of graduations to go along with her workouts...

She can even do a hollow rock with Katie Shakes balancing on her hands - which I'm not sure is more impressive for her or Shakes.

As with everyone in the gym who stays around a decent amount of time, it's never just about the workouts, and Mrs. Fitz is no exception. From very early on everyone could tell she would be a good fit in our community. She can talk trash to David Sap in one breath then talk about mom stuff to Mrs. Kroll and Mama V in the next, and has a very healthy rivalry with Conor. She even brought in Mr. Fitz, who should be back any time now. Mrs. Fitz might be the Mr. Z of the mom's crew, only with even worse shoulder range of motion. Although, she can kick up to a handstand now on a mostly-regular basis.

True, this one is a keeper, kids. Congradulations to Mrs. Fitz on your one-year anniversary, and I think I can speak for everyone else in saying I hope there are many more to come.

Theme Workout Announcement: Mother's Day

This Sunday will feature the return of our Mother's Day M.I.L.F. workout. The workout will be at 10 am instead of the usual noon time slot. We figured this would give you all more time to do your afternoon business. The traditional workout involves:

Med-ball cleans
I want my six-pack back Abmat sit-ups
Lunges
Front squats

We will probably adjust the reps this time around, but it should be a good one either way.

Original M.I.L.F. workout. Spring 2012 at Jarrod's.It will be a traditional team workout format with a few wrinkles in the mix. Hope to see you there. Sunday at 10 am.

Sunday at 10 am.

Sunday at 10 am.

Beast Mode: Moms at 5:30

Last Tuesday, we had the dumbbell clean/pull-up/box jump workout. The 5:30 session consisted of Arlene, Mama V, and Mrs. Carey. We kept weight light, boxes low, and substituted ring rows for banded pull-ups. In return they got to move faster than they normally would. Or, at least Mama V and Mrs. Carey did. Arlene just played air guitar to Prince and the Revolution (check the 2:36 mark). Please let me know if YouTube deletes the audio because of copyright stuff.

The form looked good to my eyes, though. Great job moms!

May Payment Revision + Pics of the Week

Hey kids,

I messed up on the May payment addition. For some reason I thought we did $15 bucks the previous years, but it was actually $10. So please add 10 bucks per athlete to this May's payment to cover through June 12. If you are: Pat, Mrs. Fitz, Conor, Crystal, Fry, and Mrs. Kroll please see me and I'll have 5 bucks to refund you. If you are the people above please do not:

a) say "nah, don't worry about it. Just keep it."

b) put that 5 bucks towards the Summer

c) root for LeBron

It helps for me book keeping if the payments are consistent, so please take the refund money. And invent curse words to shout at the Cavs if you have any free time.

Thanks

Chris


This week we have two notable pictures. The first was a Monday session that happened to feature three of the original mommies with their parents shirts.

We all assume, of course, they called each other this morning in between loads of laundry and watching Soap Opera television to coordinate their outfits.

Then on Wednesday, I thought I broke Jennifer while doing PNF pike stretch.

I did not break Jennifer. She is a drinking fountain, and water cannot be broken.