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OWLs! Because hooooo doesn’t like bonus points!

By Tim! Wells | In Blog | on January 19, 2020

Welcome back witches and wizards! It’s time to learn about OWLs. In the Potterverse, the Ordinary Wizarding Levels were subject-specific tests that students took at the end of their fifth year. While we played with the idea of making our version a sort of pass/fail test that you could take, that didn’t really seem in the spirit of what we’re trying to do here (specifically, skill-building). Instead we’re presenting you with 12 Subjects that you can devote extra study time towards.

  • Handstand Push Ups
  • Toes to Bar
  • Pull Ups
  • Chest to Bar
  • Bar Muscle Ups
  • Core
  • Grip
  • Bi’s and Tri’s
  • Rings
  • Squat Mobility
  • Overhead Mobility
  • Double Unders

How it works:

First off, this is entirely voluntary. You don’t have to do any of this. This is all just a way for folks to get some extra direction for their skillwork, and to earn some extra points while they’re at it.

So, we’ve created a series of skill sessions/mini workouts (we’re calling it Homework) for each of these Subjects. Every Monday, you pick one Subject to focus on for the week. If you successfully complete all the Homework pertaining to your chosen Subject by Sunday at 4pm, you’ve earned yourself an OWL! OWLs are worth 25 points and guess what?! You get a sticker! A STICKER!! For you to put on your water bottle or your locker and proudly tout to your jealous friends for years to come.

An example of some Grip Homework:

    Accumulate 300' farmer's carry. Only rule is that you need two plates per hand.

Upon completion: 10 banded pvc wind-ups (5/2.5)

The fine print…

You can only get credit for one Subject a week, aka you can only earn one OWL a week. Which means the most you can get over the course of the Cup is five.

I’ve made a spreadsheet (surprise surprise) called the Study Guide. The Study Guide has all the various Homeworks for each Subject, all in one place. Find your Subject, pick some Homework and sign off on it when you’re done. This operates on the Honor System. Please don’t cheat. We’re all adults here.

Each Homework should only take 10-15 minutes tops. Some will be shorter, some will be longer. As always, if you’re not sure how to do a thing, find a coach or text me and we’ll help you out. All the movements that I thought might be weird come with an explanation.

*** Important rule though: you can’t do more than 2 Homeworks a day. Sorry friends, I can’t have 40 people showing up to Open Gym on Sunday trying to cram for their test at the last minute. Plan your week out. These shouldn’t be terribly hard to achieve with a small amount of initiative.

***Another rule: OWL Homework does not count as your 15 minutes of skillwork. You don’t get points for doing Homework specifically. You only get points if you complete all the Homework by the end of the week. If you have the time, do your 15 minutes for your Patronus and then some OWL Homework. Not everyone has the time, and that’s okay. Remember, this whole thing is optional.

Can you do the same OWL multiple times? Sure why not. Personally I’d rather collect a variety of stickers but if you want to hammer that HSPU skillwork I couldn’t possibly argue against that.

A final note…

Remember why we’re going this, friends: skills. Skills, skills, skills, skills, skills. Don’t just do this for the points. Think about what you’re doing as you’re doing it and incorporate these skills into your daily workouts and your daily routines. Happy OWLing!

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