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One Year Anniversary: Avery

On this day last year, Avery Maslowski completed her first day of Fundamentals, along with her Cousino classmates Erik and Hadley Hopkins.

Actually, technically Avery Maslowski never started, because in her intro post I caller her "Waslowski". That is certainly embarrassing. Either way, Avery has been silently our most improved athlete of this calendar year by a long shot. Avery came in as a wirey freshman who never had any formal movement coaching and it showed. Holding a hollow position, squatting with control, and doing a handstand were very challenging at first. A year later and you can see muscle on her legs, push-ups without her knees, and deadlifts over one hundred pounds.

This Summer Avery was part of the 10 am rookie session and shined, using the opportunity to fine-tune her technique. Her consistent attendance led to a great cross country season this fall, where she set a pr in her final meet of the season, running a low-22 minute time.

Hopefully we'll see some big things from Avery in the years to come, but for now, it's this one-year anniversary we are celebrating.

Great job Avery!

Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Carey

This is not a CrossFit anniversary, but in fact their wedding anniversary. 27 years to the day, to be exact. Mr. Carey is a calm, kind, and patient man, and still nobody knows how he can put up with the constant nagging from the Mrs. Yet here they are, finishing yesterday's workout at the exact same time.

Congratulations to you both! And thank you for being a pillar in the Champions Club for the past 7 years... yes, even YOU Mrs. Carey!

Quote of the Week vol. 208

"It is important to be stubborn in your vision but flexible in your plan."

- John Maxwell

Mrs. Carey, Mrs. Pip, and Mama V celebrated their 7th year Champions Club anniversary last Thursday. My vision has always been for our athletes to be lifetime members. The plan on how to get to that has changed about a thousand times, and will continue to do so. I think we're somehwere in the correct trajectory, though.

One Year Anniversary: Mrs. Fitz

On this day one year ago Mrs. Fitz completed her first day of Fundamentals with me.

Mrs. Fitz is another one of those athletes who I had a good feeling about right off the rip when it comes to fitting in with the Champions Club. And the cool thing was she came in with a pretty good athletic base; she played multiple sports in high school and still tried to keep active. She dropped Conor off for the 80's Workout and I went to introduce myself to her. After some small talk, she asked me if I had a session for adults, so I invited her to the parents version of the 80's workout the next day. It was her and I partnered up going against Mr. Z and Reggie. Somehow after that odd workout in muggy late-July, she decided this was for her.

Over the course of the last year Mrs. Fitz had wowed her fellow parents with her workout performances - whether it's max effort deadlifts, a long running workout with rope climbs, or a quick, intense 7-minutes of burpees. And she had plenty of graduations to go along with her workouts...

She can even do a hollow rock with Katie Shakes balancing on her hands - which I'm not sure is more impressive for her or Shakes.

As with everyone in the gym who stays around a decent amount of time, it's never just about the workouts, and Mrs. Fitz is no exception. From very early on everyone could tell she would be a good fit in our community. She can talk trash to David Sap in one breath then talk about mom stuff to Mrs. Kroll and Mama V in the next, and has a very healthy rivalry with Conor. She even brought in Mr. Fitz, who should be back any time now. Mrs. Fitz might be the Mr. Z of the mom's crew, only with even worse shoulder range of motion. Although, she can kick up to a handstand now on a mostly-regular basis.

True, this one is a keeper, kids. Congradulations to Mrs. Fitz on your one-year anniversary, and I think I can speak for everyone else in saying I hope there are many more to come.

One Year Anniversary: Erica with a "C"

In July 2016, I read an old article in the CrossFit Journal about the success affiliates have had doing a "Corporate Fitness" class of sorts. Seeing that we are right across the street from a worl corporation, I figured I'd give it a try with one of the Henkel connections. A few days later, we had a decent-sized group of Henkel employees come in and try out a few sessions with things looking to be on the up-and-up.

And it turns out if you squint really hard towards the back of this picture you'll see a girl doing a ring row on the small pull-up bar that might look familiar to you. Her name is Erica Krueger Gibbons and she is the only person from the Henkel crew to stick around with us.

Now-a-days, anyone who comes to the 4:30 session knows Erica as the person with great technique on almost every movement, a hatred towards jump ropes, and an easy personality to get along with. She has officially been with the Champions Club group since October and we have seen her get married, come back after a brief job scare, and accomplish multiple graduations:

It goes without saying that Erica has been a perfect addition to the Champions Club since Day 1, regardless of what the Graph of Ability might say about her. Hopefully she enjoys her job across the street and will be with us for a long time to come.

Congratulations Erica! Thank you for sticking with the Champions Club!

One Year Anniversary: Nate Dogg

Again guys, I'm a little late on this one, but Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of Nate Archambeau graduating Fundamentals and officially joining the Champions Club!

If anyone remembers me from my Old Weight Room/Fieldhouse Days, you'll know I've come a long way in terms of having a filter. Still, every now and then I slip up and just say the first thing that pops into my mind. When Mama V brought her longtime neighbor in to an 8:30 am session, the first thing I said was not, "hi" or "what's up man," but instead I blurted out, "dang your hair is weird!" About twelve hours later Nate Dogg signed up for Fundamentals, and that's how I knew he would be okay here. And for that, we thank you.

Nate's got that wirey strength to him that has proven very beneficial for his first year in CrossFit. Pull-ups, cleans, deadlifts, handstand push-ups, and dips all come much easier to someone who is much stronger than they look. As a result, he was very quick to progress on all of those movements and we were able to add the intensity dose very early on. By the time Summer rolled around, Nate was in full swing and even made our Summer 2016 Dream Team. As with Dawson and Fry, we also noticed early on that Nate fit in to the community very well. He even got the opportunity to showcase another area of passion, photography.

Since the Summer months have ended, Nate's attendance has not been as consistent due to his school and workload, as well as his newfound affinity towards climbing. But in the end, our goal is to use CrossFit so people can be good at things outside of the gym. And from the sounds of it (and personal experience), Nate has been killing it on the rocks.

Hopefully we will get Jesse Junkin 2.0 back on the consistent streak soon. Until then, congrats on your anniversary and we're all glad you decided to make this place your home.

One Year Anniversary: Dawson Super Gump

I am a little bit late on this one, but on April 10, one year ago, Dawson Bielski graduated from Fundamentals and joined our group.

Dawson came to us a gump of a sophomore. Now it is one year later, and he is still a gump, but a much more polished, lovable, and (most importantly) athletic gump.

Sometimes I forget that Dawson came in to the Champions Club just weeks after a shoulder surgery. He spent the first few weeks doing a lot of one-arm movements and had trouble holding himself up on the parallel bars or hanging from the pull-up bars. Now banded dips and L-seats are common, rope climbs are a thing of the past, and he even got his first pull-up back in January.

Dawson is one of my absolute favorites of the New Generation, and it's really hard to put my finger on why exactly that is. He's not our strongest kid, or most coordinated, or fastest learner, but for whatever reason I just think he makes a session better any time he steps in through the garage doors. I think a lot of it has to do with his community involvement.

The first time I noticed this was during last Summer's Mario Theme Workout; he brought in a 4-ft. tall Mario doll and dressed up as well. It's always a slow process for new people to mesh into our tightly-woven group, and events like this tend to help with that. And the more his attendance remained consistent through the Summer, winter, and now the spring, the harder it becomes to picture the Champions Club without Dawson the Gump.

On a more serious note, Dawson will be going into his senior year and is looking for another big athletic jump into next football season. Judging by his commitment to in-season training and the prospects of another great Summer, I definitely expect to see it happen. He made the Summer 2016 Dream Team last year, so let's see if this year he can creep up a few more spots. Either way, we're glad to have Dawson Bielski and his 10 Tips on Love as partof our Champions Club family and folklore.