6/30/10

Thursday, July 1

The first day of July. Summer is in full effect. Start the day off with a great WOD.
10=>1 Pullups/ 1=>10 Pushups. That means 10 pullups and 1 pushups, 9 pullups and 2 pushups...etc. Since the weather is heating up it's time to learn to swim. Remember that is the major summer assignment. Have you started yet Joe?

Wednesday, June 30

Handstand Practice
Work on your handstands for 12 minutes. Practice freestanding and against the wall.

6/26/10

Year's End

I must say that the last day of school was bittersweet for me. While I am excited about the time off being able to recharge my batteries, I enter the summer with trepidation for next year. In December, Fremont was scheduled for "reconstitution" which is a euphemism for getting rid of everyone who disagreed with the principal. At first I thought this would be great for the PE department as those teachers who were dead weight would not be back and only 4 of 13 are returning. The promises of collaboration and making things better have been thrown by the wayside for the decree of 'I don't really care what you think your opinion doesn't matter.' I have seen the true impact of the reconstitution and it's devastating both for the staff that remain and the students. Promises made to returnees to entice them to stay have been forgotten and the students are left to suffer.
I have had students some up to me over the past few weeks asking if I would be back next year and after giving them an affirmative reply they ask, "Are you sure?" One girl asked me this question on Friday was visibly relieved that I would return as at least three of her current teachers were not coming back. The relationships and connections made between teachers and students have been torn asunder.
I have been telling the kids that Buff Class would be back next year and there could possibly be two classes but now I really don't know. I don't know if the powers that be will grant my request and the desire of the students.
"It's for the kids"
This is often heard when speaking to District bigwigs and I don't believe it. Too much money has flooded the school in the past month. All of a sudden the graffiti is being painted over and scrubbed from the pavement, sprinklers are being fixed and numerous campus upgrades are happening but only to be finished in time for the "New Fremont" to open on July 6th.
For the first time while working in LAUSD, I am scared. Not about keeping my job did I sacrifice my morals and beliefs in staying to teach at Fremont. At the time I didn't think so but I am no longer sure of that. I may have made the wrong decision in staying. I felt early on that it was "wrong" to abandon my students and I chose to stay. I hope I am right. I made my bed. Now I must lie in it.

6/21/10

Final

Today we had our final. The choices were Murph or 1/2 Murph. Best time for Murph was 38:37 using an assistance band and 1/2 Murph top time was 24:50 using an assistance band. The class had a lot of energy after so it was playtime.


video


The Gun Show

This is only half the class as the seniors were at graduation practice.

6/15/10

Tuesday, June 15

Warmup
3 x 15 Tuck Jumps
10 Lateral Hop Burpees
5 Pullups

Focus
Snatch

WOD
Press
3 x 5

Monday, June 14

Warmup
3 x 7 Pullups
9 Pushups
12 Squats
Pushups and Squats were done for an 8 count, 4 down and 4 up.

Focus
Snatch, snatch and more snatch.

WOD
Cleans
4 x 3

After only a week of snatch practice the form is pretty good. I am very impressed.

6/9/10

Wednesday, June 9

More Snatch practice today. We worked all five skills of the Burgener warmup; up and down, elbows high and outside, muscle snatch, snatch land and snatch drop. I am impressed at how easy the progression is to teach and also how quickly the students have picked it up.

WOD
More testing today.
400m run
Broad Jump
40m shuttle run
Unfortunately I won't be able to use the data from the shuttle run since the course was different. I'm pretty sure the run was up to 5 m longer than what we used back in March. I am looking forward to see the results of the mile tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 8

Lots of Snatch work today and then some end of the semester testing.

WOD
Max Pullups
Max Pushups
1 min Situps
1 min Squats

6/7/10

Monday, June 7

The Focus of class was learning the snatch. We went through the first three stages of the Burgener Warmup; Dip and shug, elbows high and outside and the muscle snatch. We drilled over and over with PVC and we will continue to work on these and the rest of the progression all week.

WOD
Press
3 x 5

Friday, June 4

WOD
3 x 400m Run
15 Press/Push Press
15 Front Squats
Students were instructed to "go heavy" when choosing their weight(barbell or dumbbell).
We ran 2 heats of this WOD. The students were in groups of two. One doing the workout and the other one counting proper reps and insuring good form. This was challenging for both individuals. It is always difficult to judge your peers and some had a tough time calling a missed rep and some had a tough time understanding that close enough was not good enough in this case. Everyone said it was harder to workout with someone counting for you.

6/3/10

Thursday, June 3

Since yesterday's class was partially spent getting a few items from the shipping warehouse I will just focus on today's class

We introduced a new exercise today, the pistol roll, as a precursor to doing pistols(one legged squats). Using that as our warmup, we transitioned to 3 sets of 5 Deadlifts. It is nice to see the students progressing with their lifts. Then
WOD
With Dumbbells AMRAP 10 minutes
5 Deadlifts
5 Hang Power Cleans
5 Front Squats
5 Presses

Here are a few pics of the BuffClassroom.


6/1/10

Tuesday, June 1

Today was our Memorial Day WOD, a special way to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of others. The chosen WOD was "Murph." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_P._Murphy

The WOD as written is:
1 mile run
100 Pullups
200 Pushups
300 Squats
1 mile run

We modified it for our class to :
800m run 800m run
50 Pullups 35 Pullups
100 Pushups 70 Pushups
150 Squats 105 Squats
800m run 800m run

Most of the class opted for the 35 version but three did 1/2 Murph. I am proud of everyone who took on this WOD but especially Joseph. Part way through the workout it started to get the better of him. He had to go outside to get some fresh air and a bit of a rest though he wouldn't quit. He finished in just over 30 minutes and that was awesome. He could have stopped when he wasn't feeling well and that would have been OK but in the spirit of "Murph" he persevered and triumphed. Great work Joseph.