The Barbell Bear Post Ninth Edition was released at the end of last week. The ninth edition of the post, which is a newsletter created by Shelbyville Strength Coordinator Royce Carlton, features columns written by junior Aidan Asher and sophomore Ava Wilson.
Read the columns below:
Aidan Asher (Tennis, Basketball)
Strength and Conditioning with Coach Carlton and Coach Zimny all started in 8th grade when my brother somehow convinced me to walk to the high school and get a workout in. I started off very little and brittle weighing in at around 120 pounds and benching a peak of about 95 pounds. It was a struggle seeing everybody doing much more weight than me, but when you have two of the top motivators, Carlton and Zimny, it makes it a lot easier. Zimny is great at getting you hyped and keeping your head up and is just the most positive person I know. I am not gonna lie, the weight room can be intimidating, but when you get talking to Carlton you realize how much he knows his stuff and how much he can help you.
Nowadays, Carlton compliments me during fitness and it just makes me happy with how far I have gotten and how far I can go. Both Carlton and Zimny have formed me into the person I am now. With all of their help I have been able to increase my size and strength to help me on the basketball court and off. I now weigh in at around 150 pounds and can bench 195 pounds. I am in love with the gym. I still have plenty of time left, and I am ready to see how far I can get.
Ava Wilson (Basketball, Soccer)
During my freshman year the first semester I wasn’t really invested into working out for 40 minutes during the day, but I realized it could be very helpful to my athletic future. Fitness and lifting has been a beneficial part of my athletic career. Having to be a student and an athlete makes it hard to balance my time efficiently. The weight room takes away my stress and it provides a place I can just relax and forget about stressful aspects of my life or just the anxiety school puts on me. Last year having fitness First Period helped me start my day off right, I felt it helped me a lot with my attitude and school work. Being a multisport athlete, it’s hard to focus and have time to improve on both sports, but being in the weight room helps me during the season and offseason to get stronger for both basketball and soccer.
Having a choice to have fitness built into the school day is beneficial to me because, a lot of the time, I don’t have time to get in a workout because of my work in school or practice. Coach Carlton always has workouts that are specific to my sports and workouts to help work on things I just need to get better at. Being able to workout has evidently improved my athletic performance and ability. As me being a freshman on the varsity basketball team playing against the bigger and stronger girls, it required me to be strong and not be scared to be aggressive. Being in the weight room helped. The weight room has made me a better person and player.