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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 new graduate (267)

New Graduate: Trinity

This afternoon Trinity Calhoun finished her 5th and final Fundamentals session doing the traditional Helen (modified to 200m runs and ring rows).

I think I've asked Trinity about 5 times whether or not she's ever done anything besides track. Gymnastics? Basketball? Dance? Cheer? Volleyball? Nope, just a part-time track athlete. The reason for my doubt is because she moves so freaking well and picks up new skills very quickly. She had good strength, good coordination, and good flexibility. As an 8th grader, that sets her up for a bright future. The odd thing that is off is her muscular stamina... she will make 1 pull-up look incredibly easy, then just fail on the next rep. Not sure how long that will take to improve on, but hopefully her attendance will be consistent - seeing as her mom is making the drive from Detroit. Either way, I'm excited to have this young gun on board here!

Ghosts of Champions Club Past: Jennifer Banet as a freshman

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: Coach Casey

Leaders are ones who forge ahead and make their own path where none have travelled before. Then there are those who wait for everyone else in the gym to get their handstand before doing their own. Thus Coach Casey at the 5:30 session tonight:


New Graduate: Mrs. Bennis

After weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks it finally happened today at the 4:30 session. Mrs. Bennis got her first kick to handstand!

New Graduate: Elmer VanWagner IV

Last night Elmer VanWagner IV finished his final day of Fundamentals, combining Pose running and unweighting into a short couplet of 200m runs and dumbbell cleans.

Elmer has been a fun kid to take through these Fundamentals session. Awesome name aside, Elmer did a really good job on kipping pull-ups, rope climbs, and push-ups. The biggest area for improvement lies in the coordination aspects of squatting and running. Luckily for him, strength doesn't seem to be much of an issue. Elmer is a former hockey player and came in through Katie Shakes, so hopefully we'll see a similar consistency from the new kid. In the meantime, welcome to the Champions Club!

Ghosts of Champions Club past: Sabal's voice with Cory's athleticism and Jesse's looks.