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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2016

See schedule here.

Quote of the Week vol. 146

"Never complain without offering a solution"

- Kanye West. Thank You and You're Welcome.

One of the easiest/least effective things you can do is think, "It's not my problem." It is also one of the things that annoys high-achievers the most.

There's always something you can do. You, personally, might not be able to fix the problem. But you can find some way to make the main problem-fixer's job easier.

Scrawny Boy Signs

Not-so-scrawny boy JZ is making the plunge. High school senior Jacob Zelenak will be continuing his baseball career close to home. Earlier this week he signed with Macomb Community College and got his photo snapped like the celebrity he is. 

Congrats JZ! Maybe now Mr. Anderson won't be the only visitor from Macomb, Michigan. 

The MJ Rule

I grew up listening to Motown, like most of us in this area did. So when I was 8 or 9, my favorite singers included Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and of course, Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5. By the time I was socially aware, Michael was in the news a lot for something that I wasn't quite sure about, but I knew it was bad. Now I know that MJ was going through a trial in which he was charged of sexual abuse of a minor. In the end, the King of Pop was ruled not guilty of all counts. Did he do anything? Maybe. Who knows. All I know is that when I found out Michael died at the halftime of a summer scrimmage, I didn't want to remember all of the bad stuff. I wanted to remember the little James Brown, the moonwalk, and the best Superbowl Halftime show ever. Why did I write off these serious allegations of one of my idols?

The reality is, we do this with a lot of people. Chris Brown still sells records even though he beat the crap out of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2008. Steve Jobs is hailed as a genius despite being one of the biggest jerks in tech. Greg Glassman is still seen as this awesomely rogue business man and may or may not have majorly screwed the Martins over. It might even be happening at the box, as some of us have experienced the general unpleasantness of an interaction with Chris. So my question to you guys is...why do we put up with this?

The answer, whether you like it or not, is because these people are good the best. At least, the best that people can get right now. No one else dominated pop culture like MJ, and so we force ourselves to reconcile our idea of this amazing person who might have done some not-so amazing things. Chris Brown is still making catchy music, despite all of the protests against him. Steve Jobs was at the helm of one of the most innovative companies in the US. No one else could offer us a CrossFit affiliate title besides Glassman, and (for now) Chris is the only person who most of us seem to be willing to train under. So while these guys aren't known for their sunny personalities, they excel at their craft. I leave you with one thought: is there a limit to the MJ rule? A line that can't be crossed? Can someone do something so crappy that we would turn their back on them regardless of talent?

Theme Workout Announcement: Shark Week/Hawaiian Mashup!

Since the Discovery Channel has changed their television scheduling again, we will be celebrating Shark Week with our 6th annual theme workout. We recently began combining it with the Hawaiian Zulu workout. Here's what the 2014 version looked like.

There is a good chance we will be headed back to the hill, but there has been chatter about hosting it here at the gym again with a more deadly sharking area. Stay tuned, but either way be ready Saturday at 11 am (and Sunday at noon for the parents.)

New Graduate: Hickey

This weekend's theme workout will be announced tonight at 6 pm.

Matt Hickey is steadily cementing himself as one of the most entertaining characters in the 11 am rookie session. This morning, he got his first rope climb.

Be on the lookout for the 11 am introduction post soon.

Poll: Prep to Pro

Last week the Bucks made headlines for drafting Thon Maker. The 7 footer isn't super distinguishable from the other NBA hopefuls other than the fact that he's technically a 19 year-old high schooler. Several players have made the jump to the NBA after high school, most notably Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. However, in 2006 drafting high school players has been prohibited by the new collective bargaining agreement, which requires that players who entered the draft be 19 years of age and at least one year removed from high school. Of course there's loopholes, like spending a year abroad or even taking a year off. What do you guys think about prep to pro players? Is there a place for it in the NBA? And what makes it different from other sports, like baseball?

Beast Mode: Reggie

Reggie Ellsworth has been patient in progressing his squat and deadlift due to mobility issues. As the range of motion increases, so does the weight. Last Friday, that weight turned out to be 225 lbs. for his 3 rep max.

So far this Summer, his consistency has really increased - along with Arlene. I see nothing but good coming for Reggie.