CENTRAL FLORIDA—February 5, 2017… The 2017 Central Florida Youth Running and Conditioning Program is underway in the new year and it continues to expand on unique programming and fun training methods for youth!
A 2017 TRAINING HIGHLIGHT
Here are just FOUR of the many reasons youth are excited to join this program:
HEADLINE NEWS: CLERMONT, FL—-First Ever Indoor Rowing World Sprint Championships has TEAM AWINNINGWAY from Clermont, FLorida, largest US Team represented in the these first-ever world championships!!!
By: Alicia Weber
The first ever World Indoor Rowing Sprint Championship was held March 11-13 where 3,226 adults and 726 kids competed worldwide. The goal of the championship was to attract new athletes into the sport and compete on a Concept 2 machine from anywhere. As a Clermont event director, I made the goal of recruiting the most youth (age 12 and under) into this competition where I provided free training and a free race. I’m happy to say that I had the largest US team of indoor rowers (age 12 and under) representing the USA in this world championship.
I also competed and placed 26th in the world among lightweight women with my new best time of 3:50.3 for the 1,000 meter. My youth team came into this event with zero experience and my mission was to follow their success and see how they felt to do so something out of the ordinary. They learned how to row on a Concept 2 Machine and then competed in the 1,000 meter event all in the same day.
Hannah Bibby, 8, never competed in a sport before and she was our 2nd fastest girl on our Awinningway Team, our youngest competitor, and she placed 59th in the world for girls (12 and under) with her time of 6:42.3.
“This is phenomenal for me. When Alicia asked me if I wanted to learn to row and compete, I said yes because I want to take advantage of every opportunity. It feels good to exercise on an indoor rower,” mentioned Bibby who can now call a world championship her first-ever sport competition.
All the kids learned proper breathing and proper form for indoor rowing and they all exceeded their expectations and mine in their performances.
“This is awesome. I have more confidence and I like testing myself physically and this is a good physical test,” said the excited Nico Kurihara-Taylor after completing his row. He placed 82nd in the world for boys (12 and under) in a time of 6:27.4.
The kids watched each other race and cheered for one another. They are looking forward to their next event now.
“I feel like I am on top of the world,” said the uber-competitive DJ Belanoff who expected to do 10 minutes, but finished in 7:30.7 for girls (12 and under).
Aisha Hak, 11, was the fastest youth girl on our team with her time of 6:16.7, which placed her 53rd in world for youth girls (12 and under).
“It takes a lot of energy and strength. I am surprised I did as well as I did. It’s my first day to do it and I know I will only be getting better,” commented Hak after her race.
Andrew Powell, 13, was the only athlete on our youth team who had experience in an aerobic sport. He is also a cross country runner. He was able to get faster and finish his first-ever 1,000 meter in 4:45.7. He competed against nearly 400 boys upto age 18.
“I felt fatigue in the last 300 meters, but I pushed myself to finish strong because I am really motivated to do this event and try something new,” said Powell who was thankful for the opportunity to compete in this world championship.
“This event has been a great opportunity to keep kids active and off electronics. We appreciate having this opportunity for our kids,” added two parents of the athletes.
By Alicia Weber
Dedicated archers and well-rounded athletes, Indaya Byer and Kincaid Kobel, were longing for the Inaugural Bullseye Scavenger Hunt competition. They both won with overall most points in Clermont’s first event of its kind on July 26, 2015. It began with a 10 yard archery contest at the Sundance Archery Range. Then, participants and their families drove to Historic Downtown Clermont to meet and conclude the competition with a scavenger hunt during Downtown Clermont Farmer’s Market.
The archers were not allowed to use bows with sighting devices and the highest possible score was 100 points. Byer, 12, was the winning female with her score of 86 points. Kobel, 6, was the winning male with his score of 63 points. They have been training for several months and this was their first archery competition.
“It’s exciting,” said the uber competitive Kobel who has competed in soccer, football, and karate.
“Archery helps Kincaid focus. It is a good sport for him,” said Beth, Kobel’s mom.
“It feels amazing to compete in archery for the first time,” said Byer who has competed in swimming.
“Alicia has been a great teacher. Indaya keeps improving. She has become more focused in school due to the archery and I enjoy that,” said Ingrid, Byer’s mom.
The photographic scavenger hunt was a great opportunity to bring new people to the farmer’s market since all participants have never been there before. The eager participants searched for 11 items along Montrose Street and took pictures of their finds. Byer and Kobel finished at the same time to win.
“The scavenger hunt was athletic because you are in a rush to take pictures and look for the items,” said Byer who averaged finding an item every minute and 47 seconds.
The winners received prizes from Sweets for You and Let’s Tie 1 On. The items in the scavenger hunt peaked interest in the participants to continue shopping at the farmer’s market after the competition ended.
Sweets For You is an outdoor vendor located on the intersection of Montrose and 8th Street. They have lemonade, iced tea, cinnamon roasted nuts, boiled peanuts, and other goodies. Let’s Tie 1 On has a variety of bracelets, necklaces, pendants, straps, and wraps.
“It’s a lot of different choices especially the fresh fruit and vegetables. All the vendors are so nice and some have free tastings. It’s a wonderful summer morning outing to get to know Clermont,” said Ingrid Byer who experienced the farmer’s market for the first time and looks forward to returning.
My next Bullseye Scavenger Hunt will take place Sunday, August 23. Space is limited, but some space is still available. Children and adults are scheduled to compete. I will be offering a special prize to all participants. In addition, vendors will be giving prizes to the top male and female winners. Contact Alicia for info or to sign up for the August 23 Bullseye Scavenger Hunt at Awinningway@gmail.com.
Back on May 20, 2015, my team of archers trained five months to set the world’s first ever 7-archer Ultimate 3-D Relay for fastest time. The 7 athletes completed 6 stations of strict form exercises followed by barebow 3-D archery shooting at a 3-D deer target 10-30 yds away. Their combined archery score took time off their relay race to give a final score of completion in 4:38 for a new Recordsetter World Record.
Watch 7-Archer Ultimate 3-D Relay World Record
Join Alicia Weber’s Archery-Fitness Program or sign up for an upcoming event by contacting Awinningway@gmail.com
I have been setting physical fitness world records since 2008. Sports historians have referred to me as the Modern Day Jack LaLanne as a woman. This September 26, 2014, would be Jack LaLanne’s 100th birthday if he were alive.
He died in 2011 and will be remembered as “The Godfather of Fitness” after revolutionizing the health and fitness field. Just in time for his 100th birthday, I have now reached setting 500 world records, capturing 100 sport victories, and I completed what LaLanne considered to be his hardest strength feat of his career.
On August 13, I completed 1,000 pushups and 1,000 chin-ups in just over two hours as a tribute to LaLanne, one of my personal heroes. It was his hardest feat because his skin peeled off his hands.
I prepared for two years and I had no issues. In 107 days I set 100 exercise records up to one hour in duration, which is the world record.
LaLanne and I had different upbringings, but our careers run parallel. We were nonconformists who set our own standards. We were going to achieve our goals despite obstacles.
I grew up in Southwestern, PA, in a family of healthcare professionals where exercise and proper eating were instilled regularly, while LaLanne grew up weak and sickly from a junk food diet. His life changed at 15 when he heard a health lecture from pioneer Paul Bragg where he was “born again.”
I blossomed in middle school, while LaLanne blossomed in high school. I captured a dozen physical fitness records during middle school. I was off the charts in physical fitness and I competed with the boys for titles. These dozen middle school victories with my 88 overall career athletic wins covering 17 sports is where I get my 100 total victories to date.
“We have been friends since fifth grade,” said Karly Sammel, my classmate and long-time friend. “My first wow moment of Alicia was when I saw her do the flexed bar hang for a couple minutes in gym class. No one could do that. Then, people were making excuses so they would not need to compete against her.”
We had to go to stations and complete exercises in gym class. The boys would not let me on the pull-up bar so I pushed one off and did 35 consecutive pull-ups.
“I heard guys saying over and over ‘Oh my God’. The gym teachers’ eyes were popping out of their heads. The boy’s gym teacher grabbed her muscle and became more shocked,” continued Sammel.
It was like a dream. Nearly 100 students and faculty gathered to watch me compete against the boys in different events.
“Alicia surprised everybody. We watched her showdown the boys in a 600 yard dash. I just remember her blowing everybody away at everything,” recalled Sammel.
Everybody was talking about my athletics and my public speaking too. LaLanne developed into a motivational force and was a top public speaker and personality.
“Alicia demonstrated skills and competencies in writing and public speaking well beyond her chronological age. She presented an 8th grade career speech on marine biology that has been the most original, well-organized, and informative presentation I have encountered,” mentioned 8th grade English teacher, Karen Bucy.
By high school, LaLanne became a star football player and wrestler. He hid his bagged lunch of veggies and nuts, so no one would make fun of him.
I self-coached myself in track, triathlon, and cross country to a total of eight medals at National Championships.
“We were on swim team together our senior year. We had a losing streak and had a meeting to figure out what to do,” recalled Sammel. “Alicia just jumped up and started giving a motivational talk.”
The girl’s team began winning and kept winning. Five girls took top places at the State Championships.
“I think people needed her to inspire them to do their best,” expressed Sammel.
LaLanne went to college in San Francisco and earned a Chiropractic degree. He opened the nation’s first health and fitness club in Oakland, CA, in 1936, where he put fitness on the map.
I went to Duquesne University, then transferred to Florida. I earned a degree in Telecommunication, then pursued Biology, a doctorate in physical therapy, and became a licensed massage therapist. I held the first ever world record physical fitness day in Clermont on April 28, 2012.
I have guided seven athletes to world records in fitness and archery and all of us combined have set more than 400 records in Clermont giving the area international acclaim.
LaLanne set many “firsts.” Most notably, he had the first and longest running exercise show called “The Jack LaLanne Show.” He was the first person to perform strength and endurance feats. He was the first trainer to have both genders and all ages working with weights.
“Alicia breaks barriers,” mentioned Sammel.
I was the first woman to set and hold many strict form military exercises. Currently, I compete against men for titles at Recordsetter. I am the only woman inducted into the Official Pushup Hall of Fame. In May, all the branches of the US Military sought me out to provide guidance in preparing women to pass their pull-up test.
We inspire fitness in a fun way. LaLanne would sing, dance, and perform tricks with his dog. I perform fitness comedy. I have reached one million views on my 145 YouTube videos with this genre.
“The world needs more of Alicia to inspire them,” added Sammel.
Determined and passionate about running, she kept positive even though certain days she would have constant and severe leg pain. She would wear a knee brace most of the time. She sought help from doctors, but her problem was not getting resolved.
She never gave up. Quitting was not an option.
Ashley began a new training program this summer under the tutelage of Alicia Weber and she has dropped three minutes off her 5k road race time. More importantly, she is running pain-free.
Ashley said, “Even doing an 800m in track I was in a lot of pain. My best was 3:12. Now, I am running 3 miles at a time and I am totally pain-free.”
Ashley is very excited about the upcoming cross country season. She has been training throughout the summer with a number of races under her belt and new confidence.
On July 4, 2014, Ashley, competed in Track Shack’s Watermelon 5k where she dropped three minutes and ran the 5k in 29:38.
Ashley exclaimed, “I feel really good. My pain is totally gone.”
Alicia is a running and archery coach in Clermont, Central Florida and in Winter Garden, FL, where she holds summer sports camps and year-round archery. Contact Alicia for more info on the upcoming training camps at Awinningway@gmail.com
Alicia Weber, World’s Most Prolific Strength and Endurance World Record Holder (with over 600 WRs) and experienced fitness trainer is now offering archery! Alicia Weber offers private archery coaching, obstacle archery conditioning, and competitive archery opportunities in Central Florida. Alicia Weber is a Level 2 USA Archery Instructor and Recordsetter “Archercise” World Record Holder.
A group of athletes Alicia trained in “archercise” commented, “Fitness was never so much fun!”
Setting new year resolutions in fitness is very important and motivating. By the fifth day of the new year, I already set my third Recordsetter world record for 2014. Everybody big or small should have goals whether it be beginning an exercise program or taking on elite challenges. After all, only you can take charge of your health.
I Challenge my readers to personally email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below mentioning their fitness goal for 2014 and you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE entry into a 2014 Spartan Race.
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The best way to get healthy and stay healthy is by taking charge of your health. Now, a new and improved wellness program is available in Central Florida. Weber takes her education, over 15 years of work experience, and her athletics and formulates an affordable program. In addition, she takes her 16 sports she has competed on the elite level and over 350 strength and endurance world records and she designed a specialty sports program for all ages and ability levels. Discounted personal training, massage therapy and over 20 specialty programs are available at 15 percent off the regular price.There is no membership fee and no contract!!
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This comprehensive wellness program includes specialty programs in sports nutrition, multi-sport coaching, private swim lessons, paddle board, archery, and MORE!!
Alicia, an elite SUP Racer set her first paddle board speed world record on November 24, 2013. She offers paddle board fitness training (with board rentals available) at Clermont Waterfront Park in Lake Minneola.
Watch her set her first paddle board speed record on the 1k course on Lake Minneola, Florida.
Contact Alicia for questions and enrollment in the Weber Way to Wellness Program at Awinningway@gmail.com
In 2011, I did an extensive aerobic study on 30 people age ranging from 25-75 years old and both male and female. The goal of the study was to find the Top 4 Aerobic Exercises that produced the greatest gains in aerobic capacity wellness. Aerobic Capacity Wellness refers to the person’s peak capability for delivering oxygen to the muscles and how long they can hold at that peak speed. The higher your aerobic capacity, then the higher your ability to utilize oxygen and the higher your cardiovascular fitness levels.
In this study, there were 4 exercises that stood out from the hundreds performed. The 4 exercises were considered the most beneficial, challenging, and effective movements for increasing aerobic capacity wellness.
Now, these participants in this study performed rep based exercises that never exceeded 50 reps at a time. Although they normally performed 30-60 second all out bouts. I would describe their fitness levels as beginner to intermediate. All fitness levels greatly improved aerobic capacity wellness as well as toned and firmed their bodies.
The Top 4 Exercises with the greatest benefits for increasing aerobic capacity wellness (from 1 least challenging to 4 most challenging of the Top 4 Exercises discovered among hundreds) are the following:
1. Pushup Burpees with jump and overhead clap
2. Deep Squats with arms held out
3. Leaping mountain climbers
4. 1 leg Pushup Burpees with jump and overhead clap
Being a multi-exercise world record holder, the challenge was to stack these exercises for a total 400 reps, which would turn the routine into a speed-endurance exercise as I push for the fastest time with strict form and maintain a heart rate at peak speed. I call the event the 400 Rep Aerobic Capacity Wellness Challenge and I set the world record with Recordsetter! I set 205 world records in 2012 covering total body fitness and this 400 rep world record had my pulse reaching the highest maximum heart rate and it held it the longest (180 BPM for over 20 minutes, which is approx 95% of my maximum heart rate). No other record that I set produced these kinds of results, especially for an over 20 minute duration! So without a doubt, it is the most aerobic challenge record.
Alicia’s 2013 Valentine Day Heart Strength Test – 400 Rep Aerobic Capacity Wellness Test and NEW Record!
One year later, I have broken the 400 rep Aerobic Capacity Wellness Challenge Record by 32 seconds on Valentine’s Day 2013 where I celebrated by testing my heart strength! I once again kept my pulse at 95% of my maximum heart rate for over 20 minutes.
I would call my 2011 Aerobic Study a Success for the participants and myself. Remember to get in your Cardio Workout and have a strong heart not only on Valentine’s Day, but everyday year round!