Headed into his third year of working with me, Charlie unwaveringly puts in the work. With a Cheshire smile, Charlie is understated and always stands ready with a funny story.
I still recall his ring rows and wall balls from two years ago. Where he was once swayed and pulled by gravity and momentum, he now has control. His core and glute strength serve him in plank-like ring rows and full depth squats executed with an upright chest. Likewise, four months ago his 500m Row was 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Now . . . he's nearly 30 seconds faster at 2:47.
Last week during a warmup, I looked over just as he was pulling himself up . . . and asked, "Charlie, did you just do your first pull-up?" Cheshire smile and a shrug.
And now for my Q&A with Charlie (in 7th grade, 12-years old):
Q: What's your favorite subject? What do you like about it?
A: Language Arts - I like the people . . . the class
Q: What’s your least favorite subject? What don’t you like about it?
A: Science . . . too much homework
Q: If you gained superhero powers, what would they be…and how could you use them to make your life, those around you, or the world better?
A: Flying -easy to get around
Q: If you had a money tree and enough rain and sun to keep it healthy, how would you spend it?
A: Give some to poor people and buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe & pancakes for me
Q: Provided all opportunities possible, what’s your ideal adult career?
A: Design video games
Q: Since beginning our kids fitness classes, what do you feel best about?
A: Improved running times
Q: What keeps you wanting to come to class again and again?
A: It's fun
Q: What’s your current skill goal that you want to achieve?
A: Get stronger
Q: If a friend was considering taking Kids in Motion, Kids Unplugged or Teens on the Move, why would you recommend they join?
A: It's fun
As I was saying . . . understated and geared towards fun.
It is my pleasure, Charlie, to have you as one of our clan.