- Created: Sunday, 14 January 2018 08:47
- Written by Kelley Lewis
Since 1991, ELITEAM has been teaching kids about Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition. But more importantly, it’s about having the kids discover their limits, and then try to push through them. Here is where you'll find our blog entries of daily activities, challenges, photos and fun in the height of the summer camp sessions.
Today at ELITEAM we … started the morning with our daily jog & stretch, which was badly needed as most of us have muscles that are starting to feel the effects of a big and busy week. Fueled with whole grain pancakes, scrambled eggs and fresh berries, we transitioned seamlessly into the dreaded, yet oh so loved "Sufferfest" workout. Campers tested their limits with 100 burpees, 100 push-ups, 100 box-jumps, hill sprints, rock lunges, rock twists, and hundreds of tires. The intense heat added to our suffering, but we ended our grueling workout with a refreshing river walk and fun duckie race. Following lunch, campers slipped on their sandpit shoes and got ready to dig deep and run fast through the sandy gates. After a careful inspection run and three practice runs, campers concluded that success on the course required quick feet, tight turns and a high line. We had many exciting runs this afternoon along with a few wipe outs. As usual, the sandpits did not disappoint. After sun, sand and grit, we enjoyed some fruit & veggie popsicle treats and a very refreshing dunk in our favorite secret swimming hole. The fun was back ON again by 6:30pm as the campers gathered for relays, jello-drop and their newly minted ELITEAM 2017 t-shirts. It's hard to believe we've reached the end of the week already. It's been another great week here at ELITEAM! We'll see you tomorrow at 10am for the ELITEAM Olympics.
What is the best part of Sufferfest and why?
Russell- The coaches because they are very encouraging and helpful.
Monty- Going into the middle of the circle and jumping on the big box because it was harder.
Will P.- The hill sprints because I love to run.
Nate M- How hard it was and how good I felt when I finished it.
Ford- The suffer and struggle because it makes me stronger.
Drew- The box jumps because last year I was super slow and this year I was much faster so it was cool to see my improvement.
Will S- That we suffered together which makes it more fun.
Grace- The rock workouts because it was fun and also hard at the same time.
Libby- The Riverwalk because it wasn’t unbearably hot.
Anna- The push-ups! I am getting better at them.
Blake - I liked the box jumps because they are fun.
What did you learn about yourself this week?
Russell- No matter how tired you are, you can always push yourself a little bit harder.
Monty- I learned that I could push myself way farther than I could.
Will P- That I can go farther than I ever thought I could.
Nate M- That I am a hard worker and that I can make it through the camp.
Ford- I learned that I am good at the Berg und thal.
Drew- I learned that I can push myself much farther than I thought I could.
Will S- My strengths and weaknesses and how to work on them.
Grace- If I don’t give up and keep working I will feel good after doing it.
Anna- I need to put effort into EVERYTHING to make it count!
Blake- I learned that pushing your limits pays off.
Russell- Something I look forward to every year. It is a place that inspires and teaches many. I love ELITEAM.
Monty- ELITEAM isn’t just a camp, it’s a lifestyle.
Will P- ELITEAM taught me to push my limits and then try one more time.
Nate M- One of my favorite camps.
Ford- A great experience that teaches you great skills.
Will S- Fun but hard at the same time.
Nate B- Taught me how to commit and never give up.
Cailin- A great camp. The obstacle course is full of power and fun.
Cha- Extremely motivational and helpful to me.
Julian- Critical for athletes who want to succeed.
Jackson L- So much fun, even when you have to do 100 pushups.
Jackson H- An amazing conditioning camp that not only makes you stronger physically, but also makes you stronger mentally too.
Ben H- It is the reason I love summer. It makes me push my limits and dig deeper.
Grace - Awesome
Libby: Awesome and without a doubt the MOST FUN EVER.
Anna- Amazing and about making it count!
Blake- really, really, fun
Coach Ben: It was amazing to see representatives from last year’s Europa Cup in this year’s sand pit final. Chloe transitioning seamlessly to WC by taking the win was a highlight as was seeing her smiling the whole way down.
Coach Zack: As Ethan ran by me in the sandpit slalom he screamed “Conor is going to run me over”. Fortunately Ethan torched Conor on the run.
Coach Tasha: Riley B’s shoe came off during the box jumps and she didn’t skip a beat. “Eliteam prepares me for the worst and the best of times”
Coach Sami: I loved hearing from Chloe that “so sad we only have one day left”
Coach Conor: It was awesome hearing Alex Krupa exclaim “once I do these rock curls i’ll have bigger arms than Zack!”
Today at ELITEAM we… started the day with a quick run, followed by stretching and core. We fueled up for a big morning of testing with breakfast sandwiches, french toast, fresh berries and melon. At 8:30 campers sat down for a notebook meeting and set their sights and goals high for the morning of testing. They would measure their abilities on the vertical jump, flexibility, broad jump, box jumps, push-ups, sit-ups, tires and Berg. As if testing wasn't enough, we jumped into circuit training, cranked the tunes and pushed each other to make it count. We all left dripping in sweat but full of smiles. A camp wide game of dodgeball marked the ending of the morning session. Following lunch campers broke off into rotations between a TRX workout, cooking and the woods obstacle. Campers baked up a pumpkin pecan pie storm jacked up with nutrients from chia seeds, raw honey, organic apple sauce, almond flour and apple cider vinegar. By 5:00pm campers were ready to roll in their 70’s flared jeans, disco tops, beads, and glitter. After dinner we were all treated to ice cream and the delicious-nutritious pumpkin pies they made earlier. The night ended with a movie (the Sandlot) and then straight to bed at 9:00!
Top moments of your day and why?
Ben H - Circuits because it was energizing and cooking because getting messy was fun.
Julian - Love the TRX because it was challenging, but not impossible. I liked the cooking because we used all natural ingredients to makes something that tastes so good.
Max - The Plyo was fun and you got to do a variety of exercises. I also liked cooking the pie that we get to eat.
Ian - Fitness testing was really fun because all my tests went really well. I also liked dodgeball because I had never played classic dodgeball.
Will S - The hula hoops in the circuit. The slideboard was also awesome.
Ethan - Circuits were non stop action. In dodgeball I got coach Zack out multiple times and then he targeted me the rest of the game!
Nate B - Dodgeball because I got Zack out. And cooking because the pies look so good.
How did today’s training help you become a better athlete?
Ben H - It made me feel better prepared for different scenarios.
Julian - I am learning every day and things like the marine wall were easier today.
Max - The Workouts today made me sore and I will be getting stronger later.
Ian - Although I cut myself in the obstacle I decided to still run and it taught me to push through my limits.
Will S - I realize now my strengths and weaknesses.
Ethan - The TRX helped my muscles.
Nate B - I feel stronger and more confident.
Coach Zack: Julian was supper supportive in the balance portion of the TRX rotation. He would cheer on his teammates in the one leg routine as he completed it.
Coach Tasha: I laughed when Cha said to Coach Chauncey “that really is a small dog on your head” speaking about his wig.
Coach Julia: I loved seeing how excited the kids got to make their pies and learn about the awesome ingredients we put in it.