Testimonials: Student Athletes
The distance between your dreams and reality, is discipline.” Plainfield High School Senior Jack Beebe has been a part of the Unbreakable community on and off since 2013. He has a 4.45 GPA and is headed to Ball State University in the fall to continue his athletic and academic career studying sports management. Jack is a well rounded student and athlete. He is a Plainfield High School Ambassador, a member of the National Honor Society, FCA and St. Susanna and Plainfield Christian churches. Jack played football all four seasons of his high school career and ran track for two. In 2019 Jack held the record for most blocked kicks in a season. That very same year he also fractured his back. After his injury, Jack began training solely at Unbreakable. Doing only basic body weight movements, training and recovery looked very different for Jack for several months. However, he was determined and put in the hard work and conditioning necessary to not only regain the strength he had lost, but surpass his previous strength and endurance. He trained every day during quarantine and surrounded himself with like minded individuals and team mates with similar goals. His body weight increased from 179-215. He can squat 500 pounds, bench 295, and power clean 285. This past season Jack was awarded academic all state and all conference. He led his team in touchdowns, minutes played and tackles for loss. Jack is doing amazing things. We can’t wait to see where his discipline and hard work take him!
Clay Peters is an Avon High School alumni. He wrestled his freshman year and played football all four seasons, however rugby has been the sport he has fallen in love with. He played Rugby for Avon as a forward, number 8 and is continuing his athletic and academic career at Marian playing rugby and studying sports performance or exercise science. The Avon rugby team began conditioning at UAA and that is how Clay began training with us. Now he trains independently with another one of our student athletes, Jack Beebe. During his time with us at UAA, Clay has seen an increase in his strength and speed. He can bench press 365, squat 565 and deadlift 525. He really enjoys training and bettering himself mentally and physically. “Working out” is his main hobby. When asked what he enjoyed most about training at UAA, he responded with “Training with Jim. He is really funny and I enjoy his sense of humor. He inspires me to work hard and gives great advice.”
Hunter Hrbek is a recent 2021 graduate of Plainfield High School and has been a valuable member of the Unbreakable Athletics Community for the past 7 years. Hunter is an exceptional student. He was a member of NHS, and ambassador, as well as a member of FCA. During high school, Hunter played defensive back for the Varsity football team. When he was younger, Hunter played outfield but in recent years became a catcher for the Varsity baseball team. Hunter is the oldest of three boys, and his brothers and Mom Traci also train at UAA. During his time with us Hunter has grown and so has his strength, endurance, mobility and speed. Currently Hunter can bench press 285, back squat 405 and power clean 275. His fastest fly 10 was 1.04. “Some advice I would give a new athlete to our gym is to start training as soon as possible. If you want to be at your peak performance by the time you are in high school or college starting early is essential. My favorite part of training at Unbreakable is being able to train with other athletes that will push you to be better and make new friends.” Outside of training and sports Hunter enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors with his friends. Getting to know Hunter has been a privilege. He is a disciplined athlete who works hard and is extremely coachable. He is consistent in his training and has a positive attitude. He listens and encourages other athletes. Most notably is his humbleness. Hunter is strong, fast and a great kid. He did not want to boast about any of his accomplishments, but we can let the numbers and video do that for him.
Lindsey Romero will be a sophomore next year at Avon High School, and plays point guard on the basketball team. Lindsey has played basketball for six years, and began playing AAU. Outside of training and basketball she enjoys spending time with her friends, long boarding, exploring new places, and hiking. She began training with us in March and since then she has made vast improvements. Since starting in March: Her counter movement vertical jump (quick down/explode up): has gone from 14.3” to 20.6” in May when last tested. Her 4-jump (4 consecutive “pogos” for height) has gone from 12.4” to 16.9”. Her flying 10 yard sprint with a 20 yard build up has gone from 1.43 seconds (14.3mph) to 1.26 seconds (16.23mph) in early June. While all these stats are impressive, the countermovement jump and the flying 10 are most notable. Lindsey has gained over six inches on her vert, and she’s nearly 2mph faster- In the same race she beats her old self by 4 feet at the finish. Lindsey is consistent in her training. She shows up ready to work. She loves the environment at Unbreakable. “Everyone is so nice and encouraging even if you have never had a conversation with them before.” Lindsey is an excellent example that with hard work you will achieve the results you want! Small improvements and discipline add up to huge results.
Connor Maple has trained with us at UAA since Summer 2019. At first Connor was on and off and only training in the summer sessions in 2019 and 2020. He began to workout full time and consistently in December 2020. This coming year he will be a senior at Plainfield High School where he runs track. He is a sprinter running the 100, 200, and the 4X100 relay. Connor began running track in 6th grade and found a sport he excelled in and loved. In the future, Connor would like to go to college and study exercise science and get into sports training and lifting. When he is not training, Connor enjoys spending time with his family (he has 3 brothers), riding bikes, longboarding, running and spending time with his friends. Since Connor began consistently training with us he has seen many improvements in his overall strength and speed. He now has a max bench of 275, max squat of 375, and a max power clean of 245. His fastest Fly 10 is 0.95 and his fastest Fly 20 is 2.64. Connor is also close to holding two school records in track. His fastest 100- 10.89 (only .06 off the school record) and 200- 22.06 (only .09 off the school record) “My favorite part about training at UAA is definitely the atmosphere here, everyone is always here to push each other and reach new goals.” Most recently Connor began helping our coach TJ Gerking with the 13U summer training sessions. “What I enjoy about helping TJ with the younger athletes is being there to help them grow and to make the gym a place they enjoy but also a place they know to put in work.” Connor has consistently been working hard and showing up to training sessions ready to work. He is on time, listens to his coach, and is always willing to work hard. Because of this he is seeing amazing results! “Some advice I’d give to a young athlete joining UAA, is to push yourself to come in and notice the growth and benefits they’ll get not only in the gym but also in their sports.
Plainfield High School junior Lauren Ashby started seriously weight training at Unbreakable Athletics Academy for a unique reason. She had begun learning how to pole vault – but because her bodyweight was so light, she was unable to bend the pole underneath her.
Izzy Burr is far from the average teenager. The 18-year-old graduate of Decatur High School has already accomplished more in the last year than most of her peers – and she’s not stopping now.