The Army is in the Gym
(Nov. 4-5, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) The fitness program at the high school, which is referred to as Blue Wave Fitness, was new to the 2015-16 school year and focuses on fitness. Blue Wave Fitness is designed to enhance personal fitness and is a core strength and conditioning program. The program is modeled after a modified cross fit program. The first two days of PE every week are fitness days. Students alternate between a series of fitness exercises.
In an effort to keep changing up the exercises in the Blue Wave Fitness program, the RHS PE teachers invited area Army recruiters to put their classes through a variety of fitness and team building exercises devised by the recruiters. In addition, the Army brought in one of their mobile units as part of the PE partnership this year.
Army recruiters put RHS students through a series of four exercises in their PE classes. One of the drills required students to get to the other side of a string obstacle course without ringing the bell in the center. If they touched the string and the bell rang, they had to stop and do push ups. Teamwork! The Army's EXTREME TRUCK team set up a tent with a number of sports video games in the courtyard behind the high school for students to enjoy during their lunch period.
Blue Waves Fitness Gallery
"We are constantly changing the exercises," notes PE teacher Maria Dounelis, "which keeps the program fresh and interesting. Because of the variety of exercises, lots of muscle groups are being worked. We also have the students keep notebooks so they can use their notes as a reference guide for working out at home, in the gym and hopefully throughout their lives. During their other PE times, we play games and teach skills, but this fitness program makes sure everybody is working out simultaneously and not just sitting and waiting for their turn to play. We really want to thank these local recruiters for working with us to keep our students healthy and fit."