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New Graduate: Maddison

This morning, Maddison DeBattista finshed her last day of Fundamentals with an 8:51 effort on a modified Helen with a 200m run, 12k kettlebells, and ring rows.

As I mentioned before, Maddison came in with a great background from being a part of Shannon's cross country team. As she progressed through Fundamentals, she took a little while to catch on to kipping, jump ropes, and the coordination for hollow rocks. But much to my surprise, she had a great Pose running session, and picked up on unweighting very quickly as well.

Maddison finished up her cross country season last week, so she graduated from Fundamentals just in time for a good winter (and hopefully spring) of work. Look for her to be a good addition to our high school crew!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: and endurance(ish) version of EP

New Graduate: Shaka

On Thursday, Alyssa Sciacca finished her last Fundamentals session with a good effort on Helen - modified with 200m runs, 8k kettlebells, and ring rows.

Shaka, which as you can tell I am now calling her, ended things very well in her Fundamentals sessions. Like most girls who come in, she was more of a skill-oriented athlete than a strength one. This showed on the rope climb especially, where she was able to get two or three climbs up before losing grip strength (I think a full climb may be coming sooner than she thinks, by the way).

Her best session, in my opinion, was her last one. I was going in with very low expectations on unweighting and running, but she surprised me and took on to both very quickly. Not having previous coaching in either surely helps, as well as her background in dance. Shaka will finish out the rest of the month then see if she can make the 45-minute commute to the gym work for her afterwards. I definitely hope so! Either way, congratulations on finishing Fundamentals!

Ghosts of Champions Club Past: Alexis Hilliard.

New Graduate: Cory...maybe?

I have said it on here before, but Cory has done a great job since the beginning of the Summer. Coming back after a long hiatus is not easy, and Cory has been steadily making improvements - whether that's his first rope climb, or better running, or his shins staying pretty vertical on the thrusters tonight.

This evening during the 5:30 session, Cory took a crack at getting his first pull-up. Here's what it looked like:

Close call... does it count?

New Graduate: Emma D

Last night Emma DeMonaco finished her last Fundamentals session by doing a modified version of Helen - 200m run, 8k swings, and ring rows- in 6:59. She will now be joining our group!

Emma had been a pleasant surprise during Fundamentals. I saw her work out once or twice with her Cousino team that comes in here, and to be honest is didn't seem like she would be the coordinated type. But from the first day of Fundamentals it became pretty clear she had no problem picking up on the form and technique of everything. Her hollow holds/rocks and push-ups have also seen a nice improvement over the course of these 7 sessions.

The most promising thing, in my opinion, is how well she picked up on Pose running when we practiced it on Sunday. Hopefully she will be confident enough to use it for the remainder of her Cross Country season. The thing she probably needs to improve on the most is her jumping mechanics (squatting included). She has a history of ACL injuries, and we can definitely see the knee wobbles and such. Emma wants to play basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring, so you can bet the next few months of training with go a long way to helping her stay in good positions on the field or court.

Either way, we're glad to have you on board Emma. Welcome to the Champions Club!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: mixture of Old-weight room Murley and Elle Laurencelle's running

New Graduate: Danielle

On Sunday afternoon Danielle Worden finished her final day of Fundamentals with a fast time on a modified Helen; 6:40 with a 200m run, 12k, and ring rows. In retrospect, I would've had her do the full 400m runs each round. We'll know for next time!

Danielle had a very impressive Fundamentals program from my perspective. We ended up condensing the usual 7 sessions into 5 because of her background training with Coach T. The things she was having the most difficult time with was the skill aspect of some of the movements like kipping dips, kipping pull-ups, and Pose running. On the other hand, Danielle has a good base of strength and technique that will definitely accelerate her learning curve should her attendance stay consistent. She was also easy to coach in the sense that she asked really good questions and seemed genuinely interested in learning the "why"behind the material. The drive will definitely be a challenge, but if anyone can make it work it's Danielle. I have a feeling she'll be a great addition to the Champions Club.

Ghosts of Champions Club past: Amy Potter with Rachale Kroll's politeness

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.

New Graduate: Conor

Mrs. Fitz has been putting in some background work trying to get her first handstand push-up for a few days now. She had a few good attempts this evening at the 5:30 mobility session, and when Conor saw his mom get so close, he felt the pressure. After the session, he got his first handstand push-up!

While he got a minor bump on the graph for this, his mother still ranks ahead of him in athleticism. But still, keep the milestones coming Conor!