Testing limits: Cross training building students’ muscles, endurance

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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STRONG TEAM – Jennifer and Brady Mann started teaching high-intensity physical training to VCA students in January. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Victory Christian Academy students are not only challenging their minds, but also their muscles.

Since January, VCA students in grades six through 12 have been testing their limits in a high-intensity physical training regimen under the direction of Brady and Jennifer Mann.

In the past three months, the Manns said they have seen a drastic change in the views of the students’ toward the demanding exercise routine.

“At first, they were like why are we doing this?” Jennifer said.

Brady added: “Now, they show up and are liking it. They like to compete and to go for times. They’ve gone from dreading it to looking forward to it.”

The high-intensity training includes a mix of lifting light and heavy weights and endurance exercises.

“We’re big into teaching the fundamentals of how to lift properly and to do the exercises correctly,” Brady said.

Doing the heavy lifting

DOING THE HEAVY LIFTING – Brady Mann shows proper form for lifting. He hopes for the school to become a CrossFit affiliate. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Brady has a degree in health and physical education.

The Manns’ goal is to get the program affiliated with CrossFit.

“You can affiliate a school with CrossFit and teach Youth CrossFit to run them through the high intensity training,” Brady said.

They could eventually hold competitions at the school.

Along with bringing in the Manns to teach the training, the school has upgraded its weight room equipment. Most of the metal weights have been replaced with safer and durable rubber plates. They also replaced many of the old squat racks with versatile stands that allow athletes to use them for bench press, squat and pullups.

The Manns said the entire experience over the last few months and seeing the hard work by the students has been rewarding.

“They are starting to smile when they come in. You see their competitive juices going, and they want to get better,” Brady said.

The training will continue not only through the rest of the school year but also into the summer. The Manns will hold a summer camp 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from July 8 through Aug. 1 at VCA. The cost of the camp for students grades six through 12 is $149.

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