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Behind the Champion with Erica

See the interview here.


 

Poll: Team Workout Theme

I would like people to vote on the theme for the first team workout for the summer. The choices are:

 

80's Themed

Super Mario Themed

Pokemon

Post your choice to comments

GPP versus SPP

Perceptions may vary but the essence of the programming revolves around the fact that the Champion's Club is a GPP (General Physical Preparedness) versus a SPP (Specific Physical Preparedness) strength and conditioning regime. The heirarchy in the training pyramid goes GPP, SPP and then Sport. GPP work is necessary to develop a solid foundation in numerous categories that encompass the wide base that serves as the beginning of any training. The 10 areas that we define as important in completing this foundation of fitness are:

Cardiovascular &

Respiratory Endurance

Stamina

Strength

Speed

Power

Flexibility

Coordination

Agility

Balance

Accuracy 

(they can be remembered as CRESS SPF CABA and have been taken from the creators of the dynamax medicine ball)

Numerous authors recognise The Principle of All-round Development as one of eight interrelated principles in sports preparation. Siff and Verkhoshanky write, "This entails building a solid physical and mental foundation on which to found other specialised sporting qualities. All-round development involves strength, speed, flexibility, endurance, good coordination, strong will-power, and exemplary moral and cultural development. Psychological preparation involves persuasion, explanation, example, encouragement, group influence, self-motivation and adaptation to stress". (24) The similarity of the qualties of the two explanations above are no coincidence and are based on years of sound training experience and the knowledge gained from that work. (I highlighted a few of the qualties that may be deemed as intangibles but in the real world could be considered more important than any of the others)     

We are not hamsters in a wheel (okay maybe if the hamster had a 20lb weight vest and a stopwatch) that churn out met-con (metabolic conditioning) after met-con. There is method behind the mayhem of an AMRAP or a Tabata workout or a 1RM Hang Power Clean. 

According to Mel Siff and Yuri Verkhoshansky in their seminal work Supertraining, "The ability of an athlete to perform efficiently and safely in a given sport may be described in terms of three related factors: Work Capacity, Fitness and Preparedness". (32)  The GPP program that the Champion's Club provides for you hits all of the ten components listed above as a means to increase your work capacity, develop your fitness and get you prepared for any sport. If you disagree, while you are performing a couch stretch, I will detail a workout with wall balls to a 10 foot target, overhead squats, double unders and a sprint shuttle for multiple rounds (hmmm...that gives me an idea). On top of that we have records of various workouts that can show an increase in work capacity across broad time and modal domains (the definition of fitness set forth by Crossfit creator Greg Glassman); I mean we didn't buy that timer for nothing. If you think you are not prepared, well 3...2...1...go and figure it out for yourself. I'd be willing to bet you can handle it.

Next Time: SPP-practice makes perfect

Workout Schedule

In case you haven't read Brian's Twitter thing (which is very likely), I will be opening going up at 11:00 am tomorrow (Sunday) to get a workout in for anyone interested.

Monday's workout times: 11:00 am. 6:00 pm. 7:00 pm (mom's club).

Challenge #1

Every-so-often I will post a challenge for anyone to try. Haven't decided if there will be a prize yet. (Probably not, but knock yourself out.)

 

Girls: One (1) full range of motion handstand pushup

Guys: One(1) perfect L-rope climb from seated position

 

3...2...1...Go!

Bragging rights people

The Hard Routine

For those of you that are not familiar, we prescribe the Zone Diet to you as a means to greatly enhance your athletic performance. For more information on this, please talk to me or Brian (or Mrs Pip for that matter) at any point in time.

What's with this whole "Hard Routine" thing?

I'm sure you've heard Emma or Pip talk about it. Basically, it's just a distinct period of time where you go on a strict lifestyle routine. If I'm not mistaken, it was originally used in the military in the weeks leading up to a mission. There's no "rx'd" Hard Routine. It's just whatever is felt to be a point of emphasis at the time. So when anyone around here requests a hard routine, this is generally what our criteria consists of:

  1. 5 meals per day (3 main meals, 2 snacks). Strict Zone portioned. No cheat meals!
  2. Limit of 1 "unfavorable" carbohydrate may be included during the day (still in Zone portions).
  3. Drink a minimum of half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day.
  4. Take your fish oil. (preferably 3-5 grams per day)
  5. Do the MobilityWOD every day.
  6. Get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

Again, this is what we usually go off of, but we may add something in for the future. At this moment, there is a two week hard routine in the process, with Emma, Murley, and myself following it. Word on the street is that Sydni will be joining in as well.

The Hard Routine is designed for mental benefits as much as physical ones. For example, going two (let alone three) weeks without even a single morsel of Starburst is something I would never wish upon my worst enemy. But I know that if absolutely necessary, I can hold off (if you think I'm being too extreme, try the new Sweet Fiesta ones).

In the future be on the lookout for me or Brian (but usually me) to throw out a Hard Routine Challenge to anyone willing to join. This is a two-way street; Don't be afraid to throw down the gauntlet yourself.

Twitter

So I've been told that Twitter is now the cool thing amongst people with a social life (which obviously leaves me out). So I'm writing this to let you guys know that you can somehow link your Twitter account to this site and do whatever it is people do on Twitter. If you can't figure out how to do it, ask Brian.

In The Spotlight: Bishop Foley Track & Field

This past Saturday, the 21st of May, was a great day for Bishop Foley athletics and the Champion's Club. At the Division III regional meet at New Haven High School, 10 Bishop Foley athletes qualified for the state meet to take place June 4th at Comstock Park. The day started off with the 3200m relay team (4x800) of Mary M (fr), Nicole (jr), Marian (jr), and Abby (so) taking 2nd place to secure a trip to the state finals. Each member ran a sub-3 minute split for their leg, including Abby running a personal best 2:46 on a sprained right foot. It will be a first time trip for all four athletes.

Next up to reach the podium was the 400m relay team (4x100) of Alyssa B (so), Emma (so), Renee (fr), and Arrielle (jr). This fast Foley foursome had a sub 54 second time to take home the regional championship. Thanks to two flawless handoffs from Arrielle to Emma, and Emma to Alyssa, the team was in first place going into the anchor leg, run by Renee (who was, and still is, running with a cast covering her broken left wrist) who out-sprinted Livonia Clarenceville's anchor leg and won by a body-length. The team now looks to make some noise at Comstock Park. It is a return trip to Grand Rapids for Alyssa and Arrielle.

With little rest following her 1st place relay run, Emma destroyed the 400m field with a time of 1:03.2 to take her second regional title of the day. It is Emma's first year on the track team. She is a dual spring sport athlete who also contributes to the Ventures Varsity softball team.

The boys finally got on the bus to Grand Rapids when Senior Jake Corey ran a :22.4 200m to take second place and punch his ticket to the finals. This is Jake's first year running after transitioning from Lacrosse to Track.

A tactical decision to scratch Nicole in the 800m run played a small role in helping her to qualify in the 2 mile run but it was really her grit and determination that propelled her past the rest of the field. This was the first time Nicole had run the race. She is just one of many of the Champion Club athletes that have helped out the track team this year.

The last event of the day was also a successful one for Bishop Foley. The girls 1600m realy team (4x400) finished just ahead of the 3rd place team with a time of 4:30 to add to the bounty of medals and accolades. The last relay team consisted of Marian, Emma, Sydni (jr) ., and Alyssa. The team was in third at the half way point when both Alyssa and Emma ran great legs to push them into state qualifiying position. Marian ran a personal best split of 1:07, while Emma made up a lot of ground running her first sub 1 minute split. The quote of the day came from Marian, "I didn't even want to run the relay, but I wanted Sydni to make it to states too."

A great day and a great job by all. We wish all the athletes good luck at the state meet.