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Open Field Practice Time, Fridays from 6:30-7:30pm

Any teams, schools, parents, or kids interested, see this post for details.


New Kid on the Block: Mr. Stein

This one has been a little over a month in the making. The standard for Fundamentals is I ask the person to send me a picture of their next meal. It usually stops at that.

Mr. Stein has sent me at least one meal picture every day since December 8 (his sons' first day), lost 20 pounds, and seen a good improvement in his blood-sugar level. Now he's finally on board for Fundamentals.

First day was this morning and I was pleasantly surprised by his mobility and coordination. He also retained a lot from watching Hunter and Zack go through their Fundamentals. Unfortunately this picture shows him in a highly fatigued state, and his squat form broke down a bit (ball of foot coming off the ground). Still I'm excited to have to opportunity to coach him. We'll check back after the last session.

My First Semester of Teaching, Part 3

Chris asked me to write a post about how my first semester teaching at Foley went, so here goes. Even though it was the start of my third year of teaching, I continue to joke that I am just repeating my first year for the third time. As I expected, returning to my alma mater was... nostalgic and awkward. I still refer to my previous teachers by their last names. Sitting in the staff lounge at lunch was a milestone too. Now I’m starting to feel more like I belong there, but it took some time.

Christmas Workout 2010

I didn’t take a lot of time to plan for this year, or at least not as much as I’d hoped. I taught for a summer school program at Wayne State, and that turned out to be a lot more work than I had bargained for. I prepped three science classes, and even though it was a half day program I often stayed until 3 or so getting labs set up or cleaned up. I am an introvert and a perfectionist, so teaching seems especially difficult and draining for me. I definitely need to spend next summer doing the farthest thing possible just to reset myself.

Without spending all that time in the summer planning, I work long days. If I can have all of my lesson plans for all of my classes planned more than a day in advance, I count my lucky stars. And in the back of my mind I also worry. Far too often, I’ve designed these ridiculous lessons that I think are sequenced and structured well, then they fall apart on the first day and I have to re-think everything anyway. I’m typically planning, re-planning, and grading until at least 5:30 every day, and I still feel the need to go in before 7 to make sure everything’s ready.

I’m a pretty bad judge of what is easy and how much time something will take. Especially when I can’t get some kids to stop talking. I seriously don’t think they’re capable. I ask them to stop talking to someone, and they start singing to themselves. Just to hear the noise? I asked my students once, and they actually said they can’t recall when they last sat silently– no music, no videogames, no phone, no talking – other than when being forced to during a test. Serene silence is lost on this generation apparently.

There were a lot of good things about this semester though. I really like working with Mrs. Sheehan, my freshman math teacher who I consider to be a rockstar. I have started asking her more questions and for more feedback, and it gives me a lot of insight into what she has seen over her many years of teaching. I also have some really good kids in my room. They let me make mistake after mistake and they just go along with it most of the time. And on rare occasions, when I actually do something right, I feel on top of the world. When the students get excited during an activity, or when I hear them say things like “I finally get it,” that’s all I need to know that I did my job that day. I’m hoping that those moments will become more common over time. For now, I am trying to cut myself some slack and focus on being patient, understanding, and as helpful as possible for the poor schmucks stuck with me.

Teaching for me has been mostly just trial and error, learning what NOT to do next time. I've never really experienced anything like it, but I think that once I finally figure it out (or at least narrow it down a little), it'll be the best decision I ever made.

From the Vault: Super Bowl Theme Workout

In the very first year of the Champions Club, 2010, we held a Super Bowl workout with a guest-appearance from Jarrod and a few of his peeps. The only thing I remember about it was my stereotypically motivated drafting of Jarrod, only to see him lose to Anita in the final sprint. I have never been so disappointed in him.

The most memorable Super Bowl Workout, however, came at the peak of The Freaks. February 1, 2014.

You can see Shannon, Erika, Elizabeth, Bubs, Murley, Ricky, and David Saporito involved in blatant cheating. Even Aaron I'm Going Be A Priest Augustyn cheated at the 1:30 mark. After the burpee waterfall, Bubs and Amy Potter's fury escalated and led into the most epic tiebreaking photo-finish in Champions Club history:

We still don't know for sure who won the bear crawl relay, but Team Sap/Shannon got the W on paper. Here was their post-game press conference.


We've been hit or miss on the Super Bowl workout and it usually depends on how the team workouts have been looking. It's not official yet, but I think we're going to roll with it this year. It would be 12 noon on Super Bowl Sunday. Anyone down?

Quote of the Week vol. 275

"The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities."

- Stephen Covey

Somehow, no matter what time of year, Lindsey, Shakes, and Nick always find a way to the Champions Club.

Doctors Treating Bad Lifestyles?

Hi everyone! I would like to share some things on the site with you guys. Most of this stuff will be what I learn from school, work, and even some softball and swimming stuff, too.   


     Last semester at Wayne State, I took a Sports Psychology class and there was a week where I was required to read a bunch of articles and write summaries about them. One of them made me think on a doctor’s perspective. This article was called “Physical activity may be good for you but we are not the key players.” Here are some main points on this article:

  • “Physical inactivity is a social problem”- Which we should already know. As a society, we are very immobile, inactive, and sedentary.
  • There’s not a medical prescription for inactivity and obesity. It is a “huge healthcare burden but, it does not have a medical solution.” One may get surgery, but unless they change their lifestyle to keep that weight off, they are most likely to gain that weight all back again.
  • “Efforts to increase physical activity through primary care have had limited success.”
  • “GPs believe that obesity is the responsibility of the patient and do not consider obesity management to be within their professional domain. Patients think otherwise. They tend to blame an internal control problem and would like a professional-based solution, but doctors favour a patient-led approach.” - The best treatment a doctor can tell you is to fix your lifestyle. Your doc may tell you to take more breaks during work, walk around more, take the stairs instead of elevator or escalator, watch what you eat, and so on. Your doctor can only do so much!

As I finished reading this article, I ended up talking to Chris about it when I went into the gym, well, it was more like me just talking and Chris nodding his head… But what was cool was that after I shared this with that brick wall, the CrossFit Journal posted, “CrossFit is amassing an army of doctors trying to disrupt health care”. My first article I read was saying it is not their responsibility, but the Journal one is saying physicians are “taking patients to the gym with them, or opening CrossFit boxes right in their hospitals.” This article addresses many things but talks about how CrossFit can be an extension to the health care system. About 20,000 US doctors do CrossFit and many felt “disappointed by their inability to prevent chronic disease and help patients change their behavior.” So, what do they do? Most become the doctor they have envisioned when they were little and help their client become healthy again.

Let me know what you guys think about these articles!


New Graduate: Mrs. Bennis

After weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks it finally happened today at the 4:30 session. Mrs. Bennis got her first kick to handstand!

Beast Mode: Jay

Last Friday we split up a pretty difficult main site workout into teams of two and modified the rope climbs heavily. The one person in our gym who didn't need to modify was Jay and he did the workout as rx'd at the 6:30 session. Here's what rounds 1, 3, and 5 looked like: