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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.

New Kid on the Block: Nick

A little late with this one, but about a week and a half ago, Erica brought in a co-worker from across the street at Henkel to check out the gym. His name is Nick Bewick, and after observing a session he decided to sign up for Fundamentals later that night.

So far Nick has made it through 5 Fundamentals sessions, and is scheduled to finish up this weekend. It's been very entertaining to coach him so far; his dry/sarcastic sense of humor makes me think he's going to fit in just fine. And yes, that picture above is his first day of Fundamentals in khakis.

Nick is a graduate of Shrine High School from the early 2000s and he signed up to help get his general fitness and health up where he wants it. So far the strength and endurance are the major limiting factors, but his coordination is not nearly as bad as he made me to believe. We'll find out for sure, seeing as his next sessions are running and Olympic lifts.

I'll check back in soon.

New Kid on the Block: Izzy

The Cousino connection continues with another member of their cross country team, Izzy Barone.

Izzy is a junior runner under Shannon and teammates with Avery, Emma D, and Maddison, and was also a standout on the volleyball court this fall in addition to her running. She started Fundamentals this week and has already made it through four sessions. By this pace, look forher to finish up some time next week and be a regular with the group. I'll check back in after the last day.

New Kid on the Block: Alyssa

Mr. Auggie sent me a text last week about a co-worker who wanted to try out CrossFit. Last Thursday that came to fruition when Alyssa Sciacca (pronounced "shaka") came through our doors for the dumbbell snatch and burpee workout. She liked it and signed up for Fundamentals shortly after.

Alyssa is a former dancer from Dakota high school and has joined up in hopes to get back into her high school shape. So far we have finished two days and the main thing we both notice that needs improvement is her midline stability. Her conditioning is not bad - especially considering her job keeps her sitting for hours on end - but her strength seems to be the limiting factor.

On the plus side, Alyssa appears to have very good coordination, which should speed up the improvement rate. Couple that with a great attitude and willingness to be coached and she seems like a great fit here. She does have a long drive to make it to the gym, but if people like Sabal, Kroll, and Danielle can make it happen I have my hopes up for Alyssa. I'll check back in after Day 8.

New Kid on the Block: Blake

Going into my 4th year coaching basketball at Groves, we finally got our first kid from that side of town. Blake Zalmer, a sophomore, just signed up for Fundamentals and finished his first session yesterday.

Technically, this could be counted as Blake's second session because he did a one-on-one with me in May some time if I recall correctly. I was hoping to get him on board for the Summer but a camp and other obligations kept him out. Now he's back in the swing of things with school and he's decided to jump on board with the Champions Club.

Blake played on the freshman team last year. This Summer he was playing with varsity and was one of the few non-returning players to really grasp our defensive concepts. Actually, let's face it, most of the returning players still don't understand what it means to cut off middle yet. Ugh! Anyway, Blake is one of the hardest workers we have in the entire program and so far it's been really fun to have the opportunity to coach him here at the gym. He's coordinated enough to pick up the technique, strong enough to not be too limited, and conditioned enough where we won't need to stop tha often. This could be a good one, folks. Stay tuned. I'll check back in after the last Fundamentals session.

New Kid on the Block: Emma D

On most Wednesdays, Shannon's cross country team comes in to either add in a workout into their running week, or mobilize to recover from a meet. After last week's session we picked up one of the girls to join the gym. Her name is Emma Demonaco.

Emma is a freshman at Cousino and teammate of Summer rookie Avery Maslowski. Aside from running Cross Country in the fall, Emma also plays soccer in the spring. She is coming off of two ACL surgeries suffered the past two years, and is very focussed on keeping her form good on things like jumping and squatting.

So far Emma finished two days of Fundamentals and is scheduled for another one later this week. So far she's done a good job digesting all of the technique and shows a genuine interest in learning to do things the Champions Club way. We also had a nutrition talk last night with her mom, and they both seem to have a good foundation in that area as well. Let's hope things keep going as well as the first two sessions. We'll check back in after Day 8.

New Kid on the Block: Danielle

The Coach T umbrella is spreading much further than Warren Mott now. We have another new kid joining Fundamentals; Danielle Worden is an incoming Junior at Utica Ford High School.

Danielle was a volleyball/soccer athlete up until recently, when she decided to stop both of them to focus solely on her school's Powerlifting team. As luck would have it, that team is led by none other than Coach T, himself. Luckily for me, Danielle is already coming in with some of the Champions Club's basic principles down; midline stability, loading order, and laws of torque are constantly reinforced every time she steps in a weight room with T. Considering this, we are doing a condensed version of Fundamentals. We finished a Day 1/Day 2 mashup yesterday and are scheduled to continue today.

So far, Danielle seems very eager to learn more about correct technique when it comes to lifting. If that stays the same, this could be the start of a great pipeline to another school. But either way, I'm excited to have Danielle in the Fundamentals mix! I'll check back in after the last session.