DAILY DOSE OF DOUG-
Although I love suffering through SUFFERFEST, today’s Circuits were a ton of fun to do with the campers. Energy and intensity was high as the groups cycled through the 15 exercises. Music was loud. Athletes were louder. Sweat was pouring off everyone. All with smiles!!! After circuits we split up for a rotation that included new, cool ski specific exercises done at slow motion. After three days on high speed, it was great to slow it down and focus on perfection and new movements.
As the campers watch the sport’s movie classic “Rudy”, I am planning on how to make SUFFERFEST the toughest yet!!!
MEMORABLE MOMENTS from the Staff-
After a long hike yesterday the kids still managed to be fully recharged and ready to go for today. They started the day with their normal run and stretch and after breakfast everyone reported to the RPC for circuit training. Three rounds and many different stations saw the campers doing everything from pushups to wall sits to banana roles (you’ll have to have them explain). After finishing there was a quick break and the kids broke into three groups: rock wall, obstacle course, and ski specific rotations. Ski specific rotations included fit light, physio balls, TRX, and a work out downstairs on the turf where I was stationed. The campers got to do a band workout, box jumps, bunny hops, and sideboards, a personal favorite for just about everyone. Lydia, Elsa, Emma, Molly, Cha, Jimmy, and Lilly all stood out on box jumps with powerful explosiveness and nice light landings while Ben and Annie excelled on the sideboards. We all broke for grilled cheese and tomato soup and then went right back to our rotations finishing up the final two stations that they hadn’t done before lunch. At dinner all came dressed in their unique superhero costumes. I had a lot of favorites but Cole’s and Peyton’s costumes, as well as whatever classical Austrian maiden attire that Ollie was wearing topped my list. The night concluded with limbo and ice cream, and the kids are all currently having a well deserved rest while they watch the movie “Rudy” in the gym. Tomorrow is sandpits and I fully expect the enthusiasm and energy to be just as high as it was today. We truly have an awesome group of kids this week!
– Alli Mac was super determined doing the TRX today. While we were doing forward plank extensions, she tried fully extending the first time and completely broke her hollow position and fell to her knees. She immediately got up and said, “I just want to be able to do it all the way!” Eager to improve, she grit her teeth and gave her best effort. By the end she was almost fully extended!
– Elsa and Zoe had great energy during the TRX session. While leading everyone through different leg, core, and upper body exercises, these two in particular had a super positive attitude the entire time. Each one raved about how cool, fun, and challenging each exercise was. It made my job much more rewarding and enjoyable!
Today my most memorable moment was working with the campers during the ski specific workout. At first the task of jumping up on, standing on, and tucking on a swiss ball seemed daunting, if not impossible. But after practice and progression work on the bosu balls, many of the campers found that they were able to eventually stand and squat on the swiss balls! Their looks of surprise and exhilaration leaves me with a great feeling as a coach.
– The rock wall can be challenging for many campers, but it’s also a ton of fun! Today, Molly was tackling the hardest wall when she slipped and had a hard time getting back on. Her teammates were awesome and wasted no time to offer encouragement and helpful directions. She was flying up the wall in no time!
– Justin: “This is my year, I’m going to make it to the top and write my name in HUGE letters!”
– Cha fast as a ninja over the marine wall. The rope slows him down so he just leaps over!
– Colter (Wall-e) managed to save a face plant off the hay bails and turn it into a graceful tuck and roll! Didn’t even lose a second in the obstacle course.
– Lily, Libby, Justin and Isak killed it during the circuits. Getting into every work out as if it were the last. I’M A BANANA! I’M A BANANA! I’M A BANANA! SO LOOK AT ME NOW! – Circuit Group!
Zoe making a ‘start ramp’ at the beginning of the obstacle course exhibiting grit and determination to succeed.
– Cole, Eric, and Reed W. worked really well together on the obstacle course today. They were a second behind the record time and really got hungry to do their best. It was awesome seeing them shave seven seconds off their own time and beating the record by six seconds!
– “The muffins last night were so good!”- Alli Mes.
– “My calves hurt too much from hiking! I can’t raise them.” -Abby F. during calf raises.
– “Molly, can you give Chauncey burpees? He said he would read me a bedtime story last night and he didn’t.” – Peyton
I’m not jumping- I’m falling out of my comfort zone. -Olivia Werling (on the physio ball).
What does it mean to “Jump out of your Comfort Zone?”
Alli Mac- To do what you think you would never think you could do.
Haley- To challenge yourself and push yourself to a point that you usually don’t go to. Push yourself harder and farther than ever before.
Lauren M- Do something you are not comfortable with.
Annie- It means to try something you usually wouldn’t do to push yourself to where you might not be comfortable.
Carly- It means to try new things, to take risks, and learn from your mistakes.
Elsa- To do something that makes you uncomfortable.
Abby F- It means to do things that you would not normally do. To try something different.
List three words that describe your day.
Alli Mac- fun, hard, crazy!
Haley- Fun, hard, sweaty.
Maya- Fun, exciting, tiring.
Lauren M- Fun, athletic, exciting.
Lea- Athletic, tiring, exercise.
Annie- helpful, fun, hard
Carly- tiredness, super awesome, SORE
Elsa- crazy, amazing, scary
Abby F- fun, challenging, sore.
Morgan- fun, tiring.
Cody- Rainy, muddy, fun.
Charlie K- Rainy, eventful, hot.
Alex P- fingers gripping, rainy & muddy, radical man.
Seth- Fun, intense, challenging.
Cole R- fun, tiring, daring.
Ben- awesome, tough, enjoyable.
Alex- Fun, more fun.
What training activity did you like best today? How did it help you become a better athlete?
Alli Mac- Fit light because it was fun and made my agility beter and I had to be quick.
Haley- I like the TRX training. It helps with body control and strength all over.
Maya- Fit light and standing on the yoga balls.
Lauren M- I liked the Bergundthal.
Lea- Slalom! Coordination, balance, speed.
Annie- I liked the Fit Light and the swiss balls. They helped me with my hand eye coordination and my balance.
Carly- I liked the TRX ropes. It made me become stronger in my arms!
Elsa- Dips. They made me stronger.
Abby F- I like the balance best because skiing is a ton of balancing.
Morgan- The TRX bands, it was a full body workout.
Cody- I really enjoyed doing rock climbing because it was very challenging and there were many other ways to push myself to make the climbs harder. I had to use my arms a lot so my arms are stronger.
Charlie K- I liked the rock wall the best today because it helped strengthen my forearms for baseball, and my legs for skiing.
Alex P- Rock climbing was a challenge on the “difficult” wall blindfolded. I was unable to make it to the top, but I pushed myself and was satisfied.
Seth- I liked the rock climbing because I got to write my name on the wall. It gave me a goal.
Cole- Rock climbing, as it made me push my limits.
Ben- Rock climbing. It works out your arms which makes them stronger.
Alex A- Rock climbing made me jump out of my comfort zone.
What was the name of your non-traditional Super Hero tonight?
Haley- Super USA Lacrosse Player
Lauren M- Glow Girl
Maya- Super Joey (inexperienced/bad skier)
Annie- Super Annie
Carly- Super Taco
Elsa- BANANA MAN!
Abby F- Blue Sky Guy
Morgan- Super Sport Fan
Charlie K- Shinguard Charlie
Alex P- Hippie Dude
Seth- Panda Man
Cole- Hydration Man
Ben- Captain Fuzzy Man
Alex A- Mexican Man