Women's Gymnastics
Illini Ink: Women's Gymnastics Online Journal Week 4

Sophomore Allison Buckley
Sophomore Allison Buckley

Oct. 9, 2008

Get behind the scenes of Illinois Gymnastics with Illini Ink - the weekly women's gymnastics journal. In this week's edition, sophomore Allison Buckley talks about all the hard work being put in inside the gym, the team's new spinning class, and plans for Homecoming weekend.


Hey there Illini Fans-

It's so exciting to be writing to you all again. One reason I can say this is because we love all of our fans, but also because it means that we are back in the gym and preparing for another exciting and successful season.

In the gym everyone is looking really strong. We are beginning to put combinations together and adding a few new ones. We are also working on our strength and endurance. Last week, we began doing wind sprints on floor which involve some sprints, leaps, and tumbling. It is definitely hard, especially at the beginning of season, but everyone is pushing themselves to their fullest potential because they know how much it is going to benefit them during the season.

Outside the gym we are working hard too. We started a spinning class this year that everyone seems to be enjoying with our instructor Lesa. She is very enthusiastic and encouraging which is especially nice since our class is the first thing in the morning. Today our goal was to make 27 miles in the hour that we were spinning, and WE DID IT! It was a great goal set by Lesa and we all worked hard to achieve it. And I must say, it was definitely a Tour de France like Bob always says. :)

This weekend will be exciting for the team as we will be doing a lot of fun activities. We'll kick it off on Friday when we cheer on our swim team in their first home meet of the year. We are also going to be attending the homecoming pep rally for the football team on the Quad on Friday night. This should be a good time as I heard there may be some fireworks too! Saturday is our homecoming football game and as always, we are ready to cheer the team on to victory!

As we support our favorite Illini athletes we hope to remind our loyal fans to come support us at our annual Mixed Pairs exhibition. We have a countdown on the board in our locker room reminding us that it is only 60 days away...so join in our countdown and we'll see you all very soon. I hope everyone has a great week. Thanks for reading and GO ILLINI!