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New Graduate: Lindsey

Yesterday morning Lindsey Eason finished her 8th and final Fundamentals session doing a Helen in 7:59 with 200m runs, 12k swings, and ring rows. She will now be joining the group with her sister, Kasey, and is primed to have a great Summer.

Lindsey is one of the most pleasant surprises I have seen go through Fundamentals in recent memory. Being the younger cousin of Jesse and Jay, I naturally heard a lot of teasing directed at her (and Kasey, obviously) about her athleticism. But Lindsey proved to be a very quick learner throughout the course of our Fundamentals sessions. On Day 1, she could barely do a 10 sec. hollow hold, and yesterday she did 4 sets of tabata rocks without breaking one bit. Running, unweighting, kipping, squats, and jump ropes all progressed very quickly. The only weak point I noticed was upper body pulling strength. But it's nothing a little consistent attendance won't fix.

Lindsey also seems to be having a good effect on her sister, seeing as Kasey's attendance has improved since Lindsey joined. Hopefully we'll be seeing both of them around a lot. Welcome to the Champions Club Lindsey!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: Katie Shakes with Jennifer Banet's laugh.

New Graduate: Ender

Our babies session has been hitting for a few months now, and each week we try to emphasize one thing for each session. Yesterday, we spent a good amount of time on the ropes; no technique, obviously, just give them a chance to show off their climbing skills. Low and behold, Ender got his first climb!

Great job kiddo! Keep up the good work. Look out for Zeena's first climb soon...

Possible Schedule Adjustment + Pat Graduates Again

There is a good chance we will be moving the regular 8:30 am session back to 9:00 am starting next week, and the 11 am Saturday mobility/make-up WOD session up to 10 am. Check back on Thursday for confirmation; I may forget to change it on the Schedule/Fees page.


So Mr. Pat Luetz is becoming a thing now. He did his first rope climb on Friday, which was not a huge surprise considering how close he got in Fundamentals. But pull-ups, on the other hand, I thought would be a bit before he got that milestone. During Day 3 of Fundamentals, he could barely bend his arms while hanging. But yesterday right before the 6:30 pm session headed out for their run, he did not one, but two in a row!

Keep it rolling my man!

New Graduate: The Family Invades the Ropes

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to have some of The Family's 7th grade team in on a weekend they didn't have a tournament. We did our usual warmup of hollow holds, push-ups, squats, and jumping, then we did a mini-workout:

Complete as many rounds as possible in 4 minutes of:
10 sec. hollow hold
5 plate jumps
Sidewalk sprint.

We had a 2 minute rest afterwards, then repeated the effort to see if the kids could beat their score. Chris, Bryce, Kaleb, Charles, and Karston all did better their second time through than they did their first, and Chris's Dad, Jo, even jumped in and worked out with the group.

After the workout, we did a little bit of rope climb practice as a cool-down. Nobody in the group had climbed a rope before, so we went over the footwrap technique. After a few tries, Bryce Eaton completed his first climb to the top!

Good job Bryce and hopefully we see more of The Family's kids in here.

New Graduate: Pat Climbs the Rope

This evening during the warmup of the 6:30 session, new kid Pat Luetz got his first rope climb.

During Fundamentals, Pat made it about halfway up before getting caught with the footwrap part. With the help of long pants and a more secure hold, he made it up to the top.

Much like every single other dad we've had come through our doors, Pat has been wondering if he's up to par with the other parents who have been here for 7+ years. The obvious answer is no, but I have been impressed with how much Mr. Luetz's conditioning has improved. On the first day of Fundamentals, he had to cut the 3 rounds of 5 burpees/10 kb swings down to 2 rounds because he got dizzy. Now he is finishing full workouts with 400m runs and tons of squats. Plus the technique is steadily improving as well. We should expect more of these kinds of milestones for Pat coming very soon!

New Graduate: Pat

Yesterday before the team workout, Pat Luetz finished his 8th and final day of Fundamentals with an exhausting 11:41 effort on Helen modified with 200m run, ring rows, and a 12k kettlebell. That was his first workout over 10-minutes and while it challenged his conditioning quite a bit, he actually finished stronger than he started.

Mr. Luetz has been a pleasure to coach during the Fundamentals process. He asks questions, does what I ask, and seems to improve on technique as the session goes on. The biggest thing he had trouble with was the unweighting on Day 8; he's an engineer by trade and naturally over-thinks everything. But other than that, everything else went very well. Push-ups, kipping, and jump ropes all got much better. Now Pat is ready to jump in with the group. Expect to see him at one of the evening sessions. Congratulations my man and welcome to the Champions Club!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: Mr. Wonsil

New Graduate: Dominic

For those who have been sticking around on Sundays after the team workout, you've surely noticed we've been having populated babies and kids sessions. For the ladder, Mr. Dignan's baseball team has been the main event for the past year and some change. This season, they brought in a few new kids to the mix, one of them being Dominic.

Dom is the best runner in the group and has caught on very quickly with his squat and push-up form. He's been at every session I can remember and his technique shows it. On Sunday, he got his first ever rope climb during the workout.

Great job kiddo!