Where’s Everyone

July 29, 2009

The kids have been stepping up their training for Taekwondo, so as a result it’s been just the adults (except for Josh).  Tonight we did a Tabata workout with Mike (welcome back from Nationals), Tana and Renee.  A tabata round can be the longest four minutes of your life!

Tana reported that she is now down two sizes.  She has worked out three days so far this week.  And… yesterday I saw her do repeated DEEP squats, holding a kettlebell.  Great job!  Renee is getting strong, pressing the 16 k bell.  Wow! Josh is starting to make it look too easy.  Maybe it’s time to move up. Dexter has developed great form, and will be rapidly increasing his weight as well.  Jen is coming once a week.  Yoga, Taekwondo and driving the kids is taking up a lot of her time.  Nonetheless she is catching on fast.


Update – It’s been a while

July 23, 2009

Well, it seems like it’s been a while since I’ve actually added new content. Tonight we did a tough workout with Dexter and Jen.  Last time we did this one, I got the comment from Brittany:

“That workout we just recently did was fun, BUT very very tiring. For at least 3 days my legs were burning! OUCH. :)Don’t worry I will be ready to go again… I am ready for a challenge! Maybe I should not have said that :) Either way, Thanks for working me out and pushing me to my limits.”

We used the new timer to keep us one track – that thing is brutal!  I think the timer goes slow for the work rounds and fast for the rests!

I had a dinner at a work event last night so I left a workout behind for Tana and Renee.  I heard they did great!!!

Brittany, Lorin and Travis have stepped up their Taekwondo training for preparation for Brittany’s team trial event next month so I haven’t seen much of them.  I hope they can at least make it for some of our post workout swims in the pool before fall (we haven’t had much summer here in Minnesota).

We are getting close to moving into some real space soon!  I hope to be offering “real” classes starting September.  I’ve ready made several purchases for the space and can’t wait.  More on that later!

For now, keep it up Tana, Dexter and Renee (I’m amazed to see your improvements and strength increases so far). Keep coming Jen because you are sooooo close in form to move up in weight and really challenge yourself.  Kids (Brittany, Lorin and Travis) I hope to see you as you get time.  Kailee… once???? Come on let’s get a couple more in before you go off to college (best wishes!).  Casey and Chris, I hope to see you back again soon!


July 13, 2009

Here’s the photo.  Go get ’em at trials!

Congratulations Brittany

Congratulations Brittany


July 6, 2009

Congrats to Brittany for a Silver at the Taekwondo Junior National Tournament.  As a result of this exceptional accomplishment, Brittany will compete at a team trial event to qualify for the Junior National Team and represent the United States at the  Junior Pan American Taekwondo Championships.  Good Luck to Brittany at the August trials!!!!

As a result of her accomplishment, I began thinking of the Blackbelt Success Cycle taught to us as we began our Taekwondo Journey to Blackbelt:

1. Know what you want – this is a classic example of the need to set a SMART goal. S(specific) M(measurable), A(attainable), R(realistic), and T(timed).  In this example for Brittany her SMART goal will be to S-make the Junior National Team, M – Measured by success at the team trials, A – absolutely attainable because she has already qualified for the team trial event, R – realistic because she has trained for many years in Taekwondo, travels 30+ miles each way 3 days a week to train for sport taekwondo, travels 20+ miles each way a couple more days per week for traditional taekwondo, trains crossfit at 6 am one day a week and also has begun training with Core Fit ‘N Motion!  She is totally dedicated and the goal is very real!!! T – her timeline is the team trial event in August.

2. Have a plan and take consistent action – her plan is outlined in the SMART goal listed in #1 above.

3. Have a success coach – Brittany has many – her parents, her taekwondo instructors, friends, crossfit coach and also me. 🙂

4. Review your progress and renew your goals.  Over the next month and a half, Brittany will have to “check in” and make sure she is making the progress she wants to see to best position herself for victory at the end of August.

Good Luck Brittany!!!