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Building a Champion pt. 9: Reflections of a Dropout in Sparta (A Short Story)

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: The Fires of Academia
Chapter 2: Least Ansing
Chapter 3: Monkey Bars in the Weight Room
Chapter 4: Friday Night
Chapter 5: The Opening
Chapter 6: I Miss Everything That Comes After The Opening
Chapter 7: Chaos In the Weight Room
Chapter 8: I Miss Lunch
Chapter 9: CrossFit Coaches vs. Strength Coaches
Chapter 10: In the Office with Coach Mannie
Chapter 11: “I’m going to clean the gym”


 

Chapter 1: The Fires of Academia

In his opening address on Friday night to the group of 200 coaches in attendance, collegiate strength and conditioning icon Ken Mannie said, "The first standard I look for is a Bachelor's Degree AT LEAST... and preferably a Master's Degree. I need to know your practices have been forged through the fires of academia."

In less than 12 hours Coach T and I were going to present some ideas to the crowd with Coach Mannie being our focal point, and I would be delivering the technical stuff. I heard him say this twice before during my research, but it still put me on edge a bit considering if I wanted to change any part of an icon's teaching, I hadn't even met his minimum credential. But then I thought, the Fires of Academia were put out at Marygrove College some years ago, so I doubt a degree from there would have carried much weight.

Anyway, as some of you know, Michigan State University holds an annual Strength and Conditioning Clinic that is widely regarded as the best in the nation. Their head coach, Ken Mannie, is considered at or near the top of his field in all of college athletics. He's been doing his coaching thing for 43(!) years. Every year they do this clinic, coaches from around the country come in to learn and build relationships. And every year they invite 5-6 coaches to spearhead this charge by presenting and sharing their knowledge. This year they invited Warren Mott's own and Champions Club part-time member/fan favorite/ambassador/shepherd Shauhen Tahrebandi, aka "Coach T." And this year, T cleared it with the Spartans to have me present with him. Unlike the Shepherd I have never done anything like this before; my stuff has always been coaching as I go, but this time we needed to do an hour-long PowerPoint presentation before we got to the good stuff.

The idea was simple and, like everything we do, something we borrowed from someone much smarter (this time Dr. Romanov): based on the observations Coach T and I have made over the past 3 years, there is a dire need for coaches and athletes to be held to movement standards. Strict, concrete, non-debatable movement standards. It just so happens we had three.

  • Midline Stability - no change in the spine while lifting
  • Loading Order - prime movers go first
  • Laws of Torque - flexion = external rotation, extension = internal rotation

As long as you and your athletes abide by those, you can follow Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Wendler 5-3-1, CrossFit.com, improvised baseball conditioning, or any other program involving any exercises you want. Our goal was also simple: reach Coach Mannie in a way that would make him consider implementing those standards to his training. This was Coach T’s idea – seeing as he is one of T’s idols. We started planning for it in June and it all came to fruition over the last two days.

Chapter 2: Least Ansing

I was cheating. This would not go unpunished by the holy book of Harbaugh. After a car ride of material prep with Coach T and former Fundamentals graduate and now-Las Vegas PE teacher Shawn Kijewski, we exited off some highway and arrived in East Lansing. There was no sign, but I could tell it was East Lansing because there was a guy skateboarding with a rope tied to a guy riding a bike. But then we got into what was for sure East Lansing. You could tell because God it was horrible; arrogant Spartan heads plastered all over the place, the inability to draw straight lines for main roads, gimmick theme names for things, nickel-and-diming us on meter parking, trying to short me on chicken at Chipotle. Heck, these heathens even had the audacity to color the grass green.

Then the dagger. As we roll down Shaw street at the direction of Bubs on the phone trying to help us find a parking spot, I saw the worst sight in my life – worse than Carter’s posture, worse than a flu shot, and (almost) worse than the last scene in The Human Centipede 2. We parked right in front of Spartan Stadium. I died a little bit.

Or, I thought I did, until I walked into the athletic complex right across the street; floor to ceiling with murals reminding us of little brothers of the past. There were some I really liked, you know, before I knew better; Charles Rogers, Drew Stanton, Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Mo Pete. But there was also that stupid TJ Duckett touchdown, or that stretch against an undefeated(!) Iowa. This was dying. It had to be. And then after wandering the halls we finally came to an interesting set of double-doors. I thought I knew what lied beyond, but I had no idea the scale of what I was in for.

Chapter 3: Monkey Bars in the Weight Room

There were monkey bars in the weight room.

Chapter 4: Friday Night

When there are monkey bars in a weight room, you climb the monkey bars in the weight room. It’s just something that has to be done, like touching a doorway you walk under or muting out Mama V. So I walked all the way to the furthest set, out of everyone’s way, and I climbed the monkey bars.

When I got to the other side I grabbed onto this attachable dip station only to find out it wasn’t attached. It fell down to with a WHAM and everyone in the gym looked at me. And that’s how I introduced myself to MSU’s associate head strength coach and his right-hand man/director of sports science.

After more time meandering around their weight room and connecting 120-yard indoor field, everyone rolled into the auditorium to start off the night. Standing at the podium was none other than Ken Mannie.

I have been brought up a Michigan fan by a father who raised his son the right way. The only way, really. As such, I hate Michigan State, and I always will. But I can honestly say that after hearing him talk, I will always be a Ken Mannie fan. He could have bombarded our brains with insight into muscle-fiber recruitment principles and war stories from coaching future millionaires. Or he could have bragged about turning down his own millions by declining jobs with Alabama and the Miami Dolphins (if Nick Saban likes you, you’re in elite company). But instead, his talk was directed at me.

Well, not Chris Sinagoga, but the dozens of Chris Sinagogas in the room at the moment; young coaches trying to make a name for themselves in the strength and conditioning world. The amount of quotables that came out that 30-minute speech were too many for my Marygrove academic fire to count. "Never underestimate the power of a hand-written letter,"and "call your elders 'Mr., Mrs., or Coach.'" Ken Mannie is about as good a motivator as there is – in the classic sense of the word, at least. I left there really taking pride in my profession and energetic for what the future holds.

After a loud ovation, we split into groups, alternated between three stations learning from the MSU staff about things like medicine ball drills, sprinting mechanics, a weird elastic band system called PerformX (more on that later), and new mobility toys. I got to try out a vibrating foam roller. To wrap up the night we were invited to the player’s lounge for all the Hungry Howie’s we could handle. Knowing what was coming in my presentation the next day, I reached into by bag of social skills all night in attempt to get to know as many people as I could. I volunteered for any demos the MSU coaches had, introduced myself to anyone who made eye contact with me, and challenged a bystander to a 6 v 6 Pokémon battle. One or more of those may not be true.

When Coach T, Shawn, and I got back to the hotel we were met by former MSU lineman and NFL player Chris McDonald (who trained under Coach T at Utica Ford awhile back). It was 10:24 pm; I remember this because Chris was complaining that he had to wait outside of the hotel room door for 24 minutes while we were driving back with the room keys. But once we settled in the rehearsal was on. Both Chris and Shawn played major roles in challenging our topics and keeping us on track. We set the alarms for 5:30 am, but Chris’s snoring would have been more than sufficient.

We were as prepared as we could be. We had the absolute best time slots to present (8:30 am to open the clinic and 10:30am for practical). And we had been granted the freedom to do whatever we wanted. In a few short hours we would throw ourselves to the wolves and see what happened.

Chapter 5: The Opening

*Brian Hassler officially trademarked the "put the cues in the suitcase" line

Chapter 6: I Miss Everything That Comes After The Opening

After giving my mic to the guy running the projector, I was greeted by some familiar faces – chief among them was Mr. Shiff. It was very comforting to see him in the audience and he seemed to enjoy sitting through the presentation just as much as we enjoyed giving it. My immediate need was to go to find the bathroom because I drank as much water as possible before speaking. But right after I talked to Shiff I got stopped by one of West Virginia’s strength coaches. Then the Central Michigan head strength coach was next, and that was cool because we got to talk about my cousin, Josh, who is currently on their football staff as Wide Receivers coach. Then I get stopped by a personal trainer guy. Then I finally make it out of the auditorium door and Northwestern’s head strength coach stops me. Then I turn the corner for the bathroom when the PerformX guy stops me. Then I finally take a piss and come back and stand in the back – half-listening/half-planning for the weight room portion that will involve full participation from the audience and live coaching two MSU grad assistants.

It was about this time when I saw Chris McDonald walking up the isle back towards me. In no uncertain terms, he told me that it would be in our best interests not to use the grad assistants for our demo. Whether he was genuine or simply wanted an excuse to show off his 315-lb. front squat will never be known, but it did make sense. While Coach T and I did try to be respectful as possible to the host school with our first presentation, it’s a hard line to walk when some of our theory directly contradicted conventional wisdom. The live-coaching was meant to be the icing on the cake – take the movement standards and actually hold athletes accountable to them while lifting. If, by slight chance, the specific grad assistants did not have good form by our standards, it might very well look like, through correcting them, we are discrediting the MSU strength program, and therefore Coach Mannie, himself. This was the opposite of our goal, so about 6 minutes before presenting time we switched the grad assistants out and replaced them with Chris and another coach (who happened to train with T under his old standards).

But that was not all, Coach T let me know that our presentation time had been cut down to 20 minutes instead of the 30 that I thought we were getting, so any planning on topics to cover went out the window and our mindset was simple: coach what you see. In conjunction with the time cut, Chris, T, and Shawn all doubted the idea of the mass group participation at the start. “At least scale it down to like 10 people” is what they suggested. But I was emphatic on this. From the feedback we gathered after the first presentation, these concepts were just as foreign for the other coaches as they had been for us when we first learned them.

Since July I told Coach T that the full-group participation was something I was not going to be convinced to alter, so I put it to the test.

Chapter 7: Chaos in the Weight Room

Chapter 8: I Miss Lunch

As soon as I handed the mic back to Coach T, and he finished coaching his last set, I couldn’t help but feel a rush of not only relief, but accomplishment. And I don’t think I’ve ever felt that as a CrossFit coach. We’re building a program at the Champions Club, and there is never a moment where I’m like yeah, I’m good where we are. But Coach T and I rehearsed our thing 5 times together before this clinic, and I rehearsed my specific part on at least 10 random occasions. And from what I felt, the way we delivered The Opening on Saturday went better than any practice run we’d done. And the weight room thing was mostly improvised on the spot, but also went better than either of us envisioned. In short, I think we did our absolute best in every sense of the phrase, and I would be perfectly fine if I never get better because I don’t plan on that being a big part of what I do. I remember standing on a bench holding the same attachable dip station that fell on me the night before, watching the next guy, Rick Mount from Maryland, prepare his station, and I felt satisfied. It was weird.

As with the first presentation, not a much time went by before I was immersed in a conversation with someone, this time it was a really cool PE teacher/strength coach from Windsor (I’m really mad at myself because I can’t remember his name). Then another coach grabbed my attention and asked about the difference between a hip hinge and overextension, among other things. Then I got to talking with a really cool high school coach named Monte who brought up tons of great questions. Before I knew it, the Maryland guy was done and everyone was gone from the weight room, already halfway through their lunch. So I grabbed a food box provided to us from Tropical Smoothie Cafe and made my way to the bathroom when I got stopped by the owner of Iron Grip Equipment (also a former NFL player), a strength coach at Eastern Michigan, and another personal trainer. By the time I got back from the bathroom, the next presenter (Eastern Tennessee State’s strength coach) had already gone well into his Powerpoint on Mental Toughness. So I got to catch the second half of that, as well as the final presentation of the day by the aforementioned Central Michigan strength coach, Jason Novak (an interesting one on kettlebell training). While that was the only presentation I experienced in full, I caught enough clips of the other guys to give me some rather strong thoughts.

Chapter 9: CrossFit Coaches vs. Strength Coaches

In the car ride to East Lansing, Shawn brought up a very interesting and enlightening point. "Now that I know this stuff, or at least somewhat know this stuff, it really makes me wonder what the hell I was actually doing while I was coaching before." In other words, if you are not actively coaching midline stability, loading order, and laws of torque, or something closely related, then what are you really coaching?

I have a theory, and I don’t know if it will ever get supported. I’m also not sure that I really care, although it would make my job easier. As a whole (I know there are outliers on both ends), I believe traditional high school/college strength coaches are far inferior to traditional CrossFit coaches. And it's difficult at the moment to put my finger on why exactly I think that way, but I think it has to do with the idea behind what CrossFit calls "Evidence-Based Fitness." Your effectiveness as a coach is directly proportionate to your ability to increase your athlete's work capacity across broad time and modal demands over the years. Those are concrete numbers with very sound principles behind them. This methodology has attracted literally the best coaching minds from around the world, and their conversations tend to follow Coach Glassman's "Data, Method, Narrative" framework.

College strength coaches are not operating under the same evidence-based fitness standard because there is another factor that takes the priority: their sport. In other words, a coach could go get the 5 best recruits from the rabbit fields of Florida and claim their practices are the best. It’s a lot easier to make your product look good when you have kids who can walk into your weight room fresh off a cozy nap and squat a truck (the same way, on a smaller scale, Biff can walk into T's classroom and demonstrate perfection).

However, that can also work against a college coach in the form of getting blamed for poor on-field performance. I was just talking to someone who knows the Tennessee strength coach very well. Actually, the former Tennessee strength coach – seeing as he was fired after this season when Butch Jones was criticized for having a soft team. Multiple sources claim Jones was given the ultimatum to clean house and keep his job, or stay loyal and get the boot. He decided he liked having a $4.1 million per year contract.

It also seems like technology is a major factor in these programs. The best equipment and facility outfitting is a heavy point of emphasis for most coaches and their routines rely on specific machines and such. In fact, there was a company there coaches were salivating over called PerformX that installed these elastic straps to platforms that could be hooked up to bars and such. (The same thing could be done with regular bands). Obviously these things never appealed to me much judging by the look at our gym, and I love how CrossFit is perfectly open with the fact that you can forge elite fitness with the bare essentials in a garage, but I can now see how being able to say you have all the newest equipment can make your program look good to potential recruits and parents. Then if you give your program a trendy name like Spartan Strength, Explosive Edge, or Speed School it makes you sound even better.

Goodbye mother, I'm off to Speed School

However, there is another aspect to coaching that cannot go unnoticed: motivation. And from my short experience in this world, high school and (especially) college strength coaches include some of the most effective motivators I have ever seen. The way they use quotes, change their tone, enforce team rules, set behavior standards, and create energetic environments is both creative and highly influential to players. In fact, from the people I have talked to, it seems that the prime objective for strength and conditioning is not necessarily to make an athlete stronger or more conditioned, but to build character and develop mental toughness. If that is the main goal, they are doing all the right things.

It is my belief, however, this needs to be the secondary goal; maybe in conjunction with the head sports coach, or a byproduct of the training. The bottom line is we are paid to help our athletes move better at whatever their specific “move better” means to them. It could be throwing a football, running, kipping pull-ups and thrusters, or lifting grandkids. If the main emphasis is not on the movements, then there is a gaping hole in the program. Luckily, my first impression in the strength and conditioning world came from a program that had just that focus.

CrossFit is great, man. And if it’s possible, I have an even better appreciation for it now than I did before the clinic. This was the first of its kind I ever attended, but most coaches there – especially the higher-ups – seemed very guarded to me. The exact opposite is true of every coach I have ever met at every CrossFit-related seminar except for the one guy who walked out of the Pose clinic last May when Dr. Romanov told him triathletes were not exempt from gravity.

Also, regardless of what specific expression of CrossFit you are looking at, they all focus on movement (the quality of that movement depends on the specific expression). When you really dig into it, real human movement is pretty black-and-white and supported by simple science, not necessarily complicated intramuscular factors. This gets reflected in most CrossFit coaches I have talked to in person and follow on the Journal and other platforms and it starts from the top guys.

Last Monday, I had an hour-long phone call with Carl Paoli discussing the theory behind the 3 Movement Standards. In January I had a 45-minute conversation with Jeff and Keegan Martin on Bench Press technique and deadlift setup. In August I had a 40-minute conversation with Dr. Romanov about how Nature sets standards for us. I know this is going to sound elitist, and even pompous, but a first grader could notice the difference in conversation quality between someone like Rick Mount/Allan Johnson and the CrossFit gods. Those guys are simply in a class of their own. And I get the opportunity to talk to them whenever I don’t feel guilty taking up their time. You have no idea how lucky I am.

When Coach Glassman told a group of aspiring Level-1 trainers, "you guys have the stuff to be the best trainers in the world," I now know what he meant.

Chapter 10. In the Office with Coach Mannie

During the last presentation by Coach Novak at Central (a very god one, mind you, about some interesting kettlebell exercises – he referenced our first presentation 4 times!), coach Mannie walked up to me out of the blue and told me “great job” on my presentation. I took this opportunity to ask him if he had time to discuss a point he made in the Friday night speech. He kindly accepted and we put the conversation on hold until the current presentation was completed. But no less than 1 minute after coach Mannie brought the clinic to a close with some inspirational closing marks I had a coach come up to me and ask about stance preference in the deadlift. Then another coach came up. Then another one. And by the time I knew it, it was me and three student-interns in the empty auditorium with scribbles on the whiteboard when Chris ran in saying “bro, T is about to leave us!”

We left and went back to the weight room to exit that way, but apparently Coach T was not quite as ready as we thought. Or maybe he was, who knows. All I know is right around that time Coach Mannie walked through the doors, saw me, and invited me into his office.

“Rest if you must, but NEVER quit.”

This quote really stuck with me from the night before and here’s why: I feel guilty any time I am “resting” and not doing something coaching-related. So I wanted to know from a coach who has withstood the test of time how often he rests and how he prevents himself from getting burned out. Coach Mannie gave me very good advice regarding that and I was ready to be on my way out.

Interestingly, he stopped me as I was walking out and said he wanted to go over something. After a brief side-tracking with some recruits in town for the weekend, he brought my attention to a drill he used with a dowel-rod. I held it flat against my back and tried to squat with it, maintaining all the points of contact. He discussed how this could relate to our topic of midline stability, and asked if his terminology of “neutral spine” is the same thing as our concept of “midline stability” and if cues were the same as standards. I didn’t feel like it was the right time to object with him so I just said, “more or less, it’s on the right path.”

However, I did take that opportunity to ask him for any critiques of our presentation topics, and he had none. Whether he was simply ready to wind down from a very busy two days or genuinely didn’t have any objections was not clear. But he summarized his thoughts with something along the lines of, “you guys had a great message: safety is crucial to a strength program and spinal position is the key to that.”

Believe it or not, that disappointed me a little bit; that was not the message we wanted to get across. We wanted to get coaches to hold themselves and their athletes to higher, universal standards of movement; ones we are all bound by. Coach Mannie’s apparent miss of this means we didn’t quite deliver it as effectively as needed. However, I think to deliver this message would have required us to be more aggressive in our approach, and that could easily risk adding more tension than there already was. After the conversation with Coach Mannie, I felt no tension at all and welcome in his home...

I'm cool leaving on that note.

Chapter 11. "I'm going to clean the gym."

One of the coaches who came up to me after the clinic concluded was Adam Shuldman. He’s a high school strength coach in West Virginia who also does some work with WVU if I’m not mistaken. He complimented me and I thanked him and all that. Then he said, “So what’s next?” I wasn’t really sure what he meant by that so I asked him to clarify and he said, “Like, what is next for you? What’s the next step?” I responded with the first thing that popped into my mind.

“I’m going to clean the gym.”

When thinking about it, it sounded kinda like Eminem at the end of 8 Mile. But it was true; the Champions Club is always on my mind. When T dropped me off at them gym, I sat down on the cheer mat and just observed how incomparably shitty this place was. It’s like when you’re driving down a nice, smooth paved road with vibrant lines that suddenly turns into pothole paradise when you cross the Detroit City Limits. I spent the last 30 hours in the Playboy mansion of athletic centers. And yet I can’t help but marvel at the rust, the second and third hand equipment, the 10 am Summer pictures, Friday’s low attendance on the board, and the leaking roof. We Love to Hate the Shakes (Place) We Love, and this was definitely one of those times that I was feeling the love, and also feeling how much work the Champions Club needs to become the best affiliate in all of CrossFit.

This clinic was a great experience for me, and definitely up there with the Day Care sessions and the San Francisco trip as far as significant learning experiences. More than anything, this confirmed in my mind that I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing, and doing it exactly the way I want. I obviously don’t have the credentials to be a college or high school strength coach, and I’ve never been offered a head job. But it doesn’t matter. Seeing some other athletes move and talking to the dozens of coaches this weekend has made me so proud of the Champions Club. I love it, and I love you guys, and even though these opportunities will probably come up in the future, my first priority will always be in Madison Heights at 32301 Stephenson Hwy. There is no “next step” in the coaching ladder for me. My legacy will always be reflected by how well Mrs. Carey moves, or how fun the Summer theme workouts are. The Champions Club is my team and luckily I can’t fire or trade myself. In other words, you’re stuck with me!

Not quite the wow effect of MSU but there's something about this place...

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Reader Comments (13)

"I got to try out a vibrating foam roller."

My valentines day was pretty lonely too.

February 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDaryl.

Nice job Chris, you look like a natural... Public speaking is a lot easier when you KNOW the material.

February 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Carey

...but there is one thing about this place. Yes. It is home and we are a family

February 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Kroll

>I have a theory, and I don’t know if it will ever get supported. I’m also not sure that I really care, although it would make my job easier. As a whole (I know there are outliers on both ends), I believe traditional high school/college strength coaches are far inferior to traditional CrossFit coaches.

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February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJacob
February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Jacob I had the same thought and its part of the reason the rest of the fitness community hates crossfit. Because they think that we think (and maybe some of us do) that we are better than them.

I watched most of the videos though Chris and I have to say I was pretty impressed. I've got some thoughts and commentary but I'm too lazy to remember them right now.

February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJack

I've been in CrossFit for over 10 years and while I have always thought highly of it and the coaches (obviously, and rightfully), this is the first time I can remember thinking specifically what I wrote. My experience leads me to think this, and other people's experiences lead them to think otherwise. As I said, doesn't matter that much to me either way at the moment.

February 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Ken Mannie is God, and certifiably insane. By any chance was there a coach Klein from UCONN there? (formerly minnesota) and did you meet him?

Regardless, the idea going in more aggressive wouldn't have worked and just would have turned people off more, as jack and jacob referenced above. What a football strength coach and a crossfit coach do are extremely different, and summer 2013 proved that, but also proved that there can be a happy medium between the two and a correlation in things. To undermine what they do as strength coaches because they get the best rabbit hunters from florida is flat out wrong. Yes they get amazing athletes, but to truly see what those guys become, especially with what they come from, even with movement standards, is amazing.

And second neutral spine is a common term i heard my whole NIU life, very relatable to your terms

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaust

Faust, I didn't see anyone with a UCONN shirt there

I agree there can be a happy medium, and those are people I would not consider "traditional" strength coaches because I have not personally seen many of them. I don't think the "undermine" is the right word, more like skew the reality of the program. Let's take Summer 2013 for instance, like you mentioned.

Within a 2 month span we got: Jacob back from break, DeJour, Josh, Cam, Buzz, Ray Pip, and you all join the gym. Our lifting numbers were more than they had ever been before. Did that mean I can claim our program churns out 400-lb. deadlifters? Nope. It just means Josh and Jacob were just good recruiters. That was more my point, and hopefully that got across.

Lastly, I would think if NIU held you to the neutral spine standard better then it would have shown in your lifts. Although I am just assuming that, so please correct me if I'm wrong. It should also be noted that neutral spine and midline stability are not the same thing. I didn't cover it in the video, but Coach Mannie is the one that shouted out that example when I asked, and it's not quite the same.

February 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Its not the same thing and HELL NO they don't hold to movement standards, mainly because they get a boner when a lineman puts 600 lbs on the bar and goes halfway to parallel; then male testosterone kicks in and screams. Where they merge together, IMO, my deadlift is a great example, which I despised coming into 2013, and end of 2014 was destroying deadlift, because the standard of movement was put in place, by you, and then from there it was treated more like a strength program in adding numbers. In strength defense though, we did many variations of standard lifts, such as bench with chains, bands, pause bench, floor bench, bench with the stack of 2×4's on your chest etc etc, I dont think I ever straight benched at NIU. Another area where they can merge and come together.

Second, if you get monkey bars at the CC, i would consider a return. GAME CHANGER

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFaust

Monkey bars are a must as far as I'm concerned. Before I die there will be monkey bars at the Champions Club. And I will claim it was my idea and my idea alone. Or Faust's idea. Anywhere but MSU

February 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Great job Chris, you and coach T.
You're not lucky, you prepare and set the stage for the people to perform in your life what you attract and need. To be great at what we do, we attract greatness, and greatness attracts us. You're proof of that to me. Just haven't realized that universal law yet, and don't have to. Just keep the passion of being to people what they need and providing what the can use to be better, and people will continue to come your way and do the same for you. Peace Starburst Kid

May 28, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJarrod

Thanks Jarrod. I just want the Champions Club to be the best! Hopefully that attracts the right people (like you).

May 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris Sinagoga

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