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Pics of the Week: Fantastic Beasts and What Happens When They Run Into Mrs. Pip

Last week Fry and Shakes went to see Fantastic Beasts and happened to run into Shannon and her sister Mackenzie.

It was a great movie and any Harry Potter fan not named Rachael Kroll would enjoy it.

In other news, Mrs. Pip murdered a deer over the weekend.

Whether or not she used both hands in the assassination is still unknown, but she did push presses with it after the ordeal was over.

Summer 2018 Final Attendance

This Summer's attendance turned out to be pretty accurate mostly in part to Jacob taking about 7 (maybe?) volunteer hours to help me sort the thing out. Since we had a lot of people join for either short amounts of time, or towards the end of Summer, I split it into two cateogries: Full-time and Late Registration. Here's how it turned out.

We should all know by now who was in first place for attendance!

Full Time

Name Attendance  Total       Possible      Percent
1Ashley Fry 73 73 100%
Cecilia 51 55 93%
Shakes 63 73 86%
Danielle 61 73 84%
Josie 60 73 82%
NickBewick 53 73 73%
Erica 51 73 70%
Lindsey  50 73 68%
Mrs. Bennis 50 73 68%
10Jennifer 49 73 67%
Mrs. Colussi 49 73 67%
Mr. Bennis 47 73 64%
Erika 46 73 63%
Ricky 37 61 61%
Elizabeth 44 73 60%
JessicaSuchta 41 73 56%
Mrs. Pip 41 73 56%
CoachCasey 40 73 55%
Kroll 40 73 55%
20Mrs. Carey 40 73 55%
Jay 39 73 53%
NuNu 39 73 53%
Emily Gurney 37 73 51%
Mr. Carey 36 73 49%
Mrs. Nevarez 36 73 49%
Mateo 28 58 48%
Mr. Z 35 73 48%
Mrs. Fitz 35 73 48%
Schornack 35 73 48%
30Dylan Colussi 34 73 47%
Emily Walker 34 73 47%
Abby Walker 33 73 45%
David Sap 32 73 44%
Jesse 32 73 44%
Kasey Eason 32 73 44%
Coach T 31 73 42%
Josh Howey 30 73 41%
Alyssa 27 66 41%
Conor 29 73 40%
40Murley 29 73 40%
Jen Ash 28 73 38%
Shannon 28 73 38%
Crystal 26 73 36%
Barry 25 73 34%
Mama V 25 73 34%
Suyaliam 25 73 34%
Cory 24 73 33%
Mrs. Bass 24 73 33%
Sam 22 73 30%
50Maddy 21 73 29%
AnthonySaffar 20 73 27%
Avery 18 73 25%
Olivia 18 73 25%
Angie 17 73 23%
Gideon 16 73 22%
Mrs. Kroll 15 73 21%
Dakarai 14 73 19%
Milo 14 73 19%
Ben Pauly 13 73 18%
60AndrewBaumert 12 73 16%
Devan 12 73 16%
Mr. Wonsil 10 73 14%
Andre 8 73 11%
Jalen 7 73 10%
Mr. Auggie 6 73 8%
Mr. Maslowski 5 73 7%
Cameron Byrd 3 73 4%

 

Late Registration

1Luke 32 35 91%
Ally 28 42 67%
Evan Pugh 25 45 56%
Noah 18 33 55%
Onyeka 12 25 48%
Reggie 20 43 47%
Alexis 16 37 43%
Owen 15 35 43%
Crawford 17 42 40%
10Arlene 12 42 29%
Amy 11 42 26%
JohnnyCohoon 10 40 25%
baby Alana 7 10 70%
baby Cassidy 7 10 70%
baby natalie 7 10 70%
baby Pierce 7 10 70%
baby Stano 7 10 70%
babyJacqueline 6 10 60%
baby Josh 6 10 60%
20baby JT 6 10 60%
babyConamora 5 10 50%
baby Zeena 5 10 50%
baby Ender 4 10 40%
baby Kayla 4 10 40%
baby Lily 4 10 40%
baby Mallory 4 10 40%
baby Ashlee 2 10 20%

 

Overall I think these really look good. Including the Late Registration list, we had 27 people over 50%. In 2013 we had 35 people at over 50, andin 2015 we had 37 (which, if you count the Babies for this year, we'd be at the same number.) We made up for some lower attendance percentage points at the bottom by sheer numbers, and this is what helped with multiple days of 50+ in attendance (also noting a few mobility days of 47). But having these numbers also means we can finally determine the results of the Draft.

The draft took place early in the Summer and pretty much excluded everyone on the Late Registration list. I did give each team two free agent options to pick up based on who they thought would end up joining. To factor this in, I figured since each team had 20 draft picks, I would count the top 19 (including the captain), giving the free agent choices a chance to factor in if they helped the team. I added up the total percentage points then divided by 19. Here's the results:

4th place: Team Jay

Notes. Despite being the prime beneficiary of Elizabeth's Darko Milicic selection and seeing Cecilia slide to him, Jay could not get over a sub-par drafting of our rookie class. I also believe he was counting on better outings from Mr. Wonsil, Baby Josh, and Baby Mallory. As a GM of infamous Mario Baseball Championship contender teams such as Orville Ridenbacher's Cock (Beaman Winter Classic - '09), Albino's Army (Michael Jackson Young Man' Spring Fling '10), San Antonio Sperm (NBA on TNT theme - '17), and Donkey Punch (Shrek theme - '13), Jay has been known for his conservative approach to drafting. He'll lock in a superstar or two, then bypass other high-level players to ensure he has enough cap room to keep the bottom of the order strong - which notably led to Dry Bones's breakout season in 2014. Look for Jay to make some trades next year to keep the consistency.

Grade. B-. Anyone in their right mind would have picked Mallory and Josh with the first Babies selections, just didn't take into account the weekend vacations. Also shame on him for only taking Jesse out of the Junkin/Eason family.

3rd place: Team David

Notes. The picture above is the top of a David Saporito air squat and is also a perfect representation of his Summer; he was focused on beating everyone else that he forgot to keep track of his own stuff. The team captain, first-pick-holding, and defending Athlete of the Summer managed to get the lowest attendance among the 4 captains. Yet somehow he didn't finish last and was only a few points away from 2nd place. David did not have any stars on his team but did manage to have a good middle-of-the-order group. Plus, by sheer blind luck, he drafted 4 of the top 5 highest-ranking rookies in the 10 am/5:30 classes - including fan-favorite NuNu. David, of course, didn't know half of the people when he drafted them, but I suppose some might call that intuition. Look for David to drop even lower in attendance next year but draft someone in the 90s to make up for it.

Grade. B. Lindsey with the second pick was very questionable at the time but it actually turned out good.

2nd place: Team Biff

Notes. As I mentioned above, Elizabeth somehow got away with passing on Cecilia in favor of Josh Howey - a 50(!) point swing in attendance - with her first pick and pushed her way to a top-2 finish. She made up for this in two major ways: drafting both AOTS contenders Jennifer and Erica in the early rounds, and picking up Evan Pugh (56%) as a free agent. Mrs. Bennis was also a steal in the 3rd round. Elizabeth has been known to panic under pressure - most notably diagnosing herself with athsma during a July 800m run workout. Her first stint as a GM continued that trend, and a better first selection would have put her right in contention for first place. Maybe she passed her prime in 2015, or maybe she'll bounce back like she's known to do and bring home the championship next Summer. Until then, we're just left to ponder that first pick.

Grade. C. Inexcusable, Biff. I would expect that out of Jennifer, but not you.

1st place: Team Shakes

Notes. You may notice that is not a picture of Katie Shakes, but rather a picture of Original Champions Club Diva Aly Baringer yawning in the middle of the workout. If anyone did not see Shakes winning the draft then, well, I don't know what to say. She pounced on the opportunity to pick Ashley Fry after David Sap took Danielle first overall, hit on the rookies with Dylan and Abby Walker, showed good judgement with Mr. Bennis and Josie, and picked up a great free agent in Reggie. Aaaand she was the only captain to finish in the top-10 for attendance. The only nitpick would be drafting Coach Casey over his wife, Mrs. Tara. Had to see that one coming.

Grade. A. Boring, no-nonsense A.

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So that's the breakdown. Considering some of the big names we lost this Summer (Sabal, Jacqueline, Jacob, Bubs, Mr. WA, Binno) I'm very happy with how things turned out. By the numbers, I would rank this as our 3rd best Summer - behind 2015 and 2013 - though we did have a thriving Babies session this time around, and one less session during the week as well. Our team workouts were really good this time around, but I'm still salty we only had like 10 show up for 80s (our parents made up for it though). I'll make sure to emphasize that one more next Summer. It's also noticable that we're missing the high school crowd; Danielle is doing her thing, but in the past we had like 8 Danielles, plus another 8 Conors - who was our only other non-rookie high school kid in the top 40 (Maddy came in at 50). This is due to a lack of recruiting on my part and is hopefully getting fixed as we speak. This thing really shines when we have a superstar high school crowd like in 2012-2015, so that will be my main point of attention as the school year goes on (which, hopefully, the turf project will help with).

As for the attendance draft: I really liked it. We always tweak things up - criteria for Athlete of the Summer and Athletes of the Week have changed over the years - but my plan is to hang a list somewhere of every proceeding year's draft champions. Maybe a trophy like the Little Brown Jug or something. I'll think on it. I updated the original post below to include percentage points by the names drafted.

Champions Club Summer 2018 Draft

There you go, Shakes. A picture.

Thank you guys again for a great Summer! It was kind of nostalgic that it opened on the exact same day (Monday, June 11) that we did our first ever workout in this building. Some time in July, I was sitting around with some of the leftovers of the evening session.

"You know Chris," said Mr. Carey, "I was thinking, and I really, genuinely like every single person in the gym right now. I literally can't name a single person I don't like... I really do miss Jacob and Faust, though," he added.

This got me thinking about two things; first, he's right. There are always people I don't really enjoy, but still respect and admire for their work ethic. But this time around, I really think we got it as close to right as we've ever come. More Shannon would have been nice, more David would have been nice, maybe a little less Lindsey, but overall the community was humming! Second, Jacob came back at the end of Summer with a different attitude than when he took a break in February (I think, maybe April?). This kind of place is definitely not for everyone. Not only that, but we're dealing with children (yes, you college kids are still children) and children have a lot of moving parts in their life: school, relationships, interests, jobs, sports, friends. Shoot, I can't remember the last time I genuinely made a new friend (a good point Jacob noted a few months ago). With that being said, if I'm committed to center our gym around kids, I have to accept that some will need to see what other things they like. It's tough in the moment, but better in the long run. I'm pretty picky about attitudes right now, and that's why we have a semi-closed-door policy for workouts and gatherings, but it's definitely not bolted shut. Just knock.

This Summer, I think and hope, provided us with a great base to build on moving forward. It usually does, and that's why I enjoy them so much. We get to simultaneously see in the future and past, while having a blast in the present. So for now, we'll pack everything up in the loft, where it will wait patiently until June 10, 2019, and see if we can hold the fort until then. I really appreciate you guys and, for once, let's keep the momentum going into the fall.

Challenge: Chris and Fry and the Ghost Pepper

The rumors were true and those who witnessed can finally see the video (courtesy of Coach Casey). Enjoy!

Shark Week/Hawaiian Theme Workout Recap

What a great workout this morning!

We started with a drizzle around 10 am while we were setting things up in the cars, but by the time we got to the hill all precipitation stopped unfortunately. Still, the soaked grass provided a great setting for the return of our Shark Week/Hawaiian Mashup. Other than the drizzle stopping, things fell perfectly for this workout. We had 20 kids on the dot, teams paired up really well, and the sharking zone was shrinked to keep the feeding frenzy as intense as possible.

The winning team this year came from the dynamic duo of Shakes and Fry!

The shark suit did not last the entire workout for obvious reasons, but Shakes was responsible for the most shark attacks during the sharking station, which surely helped her cause. And Fry is getting back into Fry form as well. Usually we do 4 rounds of this workout, but everyone was pretty emphatic that 3 would be just fine this time around, so we kept it there. Also, shouts to 10 am rookies Emily and Abby Walker, NuNu Diattara, and Noah Heide for participating in their first Champions Club Theme Workout!

Full results can be seen here.

Photo gallery can be seen here.

Video highights...

Next week's theme will be announced in the coming days. Great job to everyone and keep this Saturday momentum going!

Pics of the Week: Shannon, Sharks, and Geez Does Anyone Ever Go Home?

One of the business mentors things I follow says that you can rate your session based on the percentage of people still at the gym 15 minutes after your session was done.

We had 17 people at mobility session today that ended at 11:00 am. At 11:30 there were still 15 people in the gym.

Next up, Shannon DropBoxed me a few pictures from track season that are in both the May and July Daily WODs galleries, and she also included a picture from her vacation in Jamaica.

... so... yeah... you guys can marvel at that for a bit.

And lastly, I'm not sure from where or when this picture came from, but it was also included in the mass of DropBox content from the last few days. It also just so happens to be a nice sneak peek of what the Theme Workout might be this week:

Saturday Highlights: Jurassic Park Theme Workout

Yesterday marked the return of our Jurassic Park Theme Workout - which debuted back in Summer 2015 - and had a total of 17 in attendance! Two weeks in a row of great Theme Workout attendance definitely makes me less of a cranky elf. We modified this one a bit; changed clean & jerks to just cleans, and did 2 reps before rotating instead of just 1. We also did the full minute on the second rotation. Due to the numbers, there were short transition times after the dinosaur attacks to get us organized.

The winning team was Murley and Fry!

Danielle and Cecilia were close in second place, followed by a few other teams. We even got a surprise guest appearance from Pat! Overall it turned out pretty well given the complexity of this workout compared to, say, 80s or Disney. Big ups to everyone that showed up! I'll keep you guys posted on when the next theme is.

Check the results here.

Check the photo gallery here.

Our Bad Form is Your Good Form

In the latest version of "WOW MY FORM WAS HORRIBLE" we have Ashley Fry on her all-time pr 1 rep max deadlift at Saturday's Lifts 4 Gifts. Her previous pr? 225 lbs. What did she lift on Saturday, you ask? Oh not much really. Just 265 lbs., a mere 40 lbs. more than she maxed out 16 hours earlier.

The difference? She let her form slide. It was disgusting and broken and unlookable and looked like this...

...which is not really that bad.

One of our mentors and CrossFit Kids founder Jeff Martin (also an insane form Nazi) said, "small deviations in form should be seen at maximal weights or under extreme duress". Well this, for Fry, would certainly constitute a maximal weight. And even more importantly, this is what a "small deviation" would look like, and I have never been so happy to see someone round their back on a deadlift in my life.

Ashley is currently our strongest mover - meaning her position on strength movements like push-ups, squats, deadlifts, and ring rows is on point (skill movements are another story for the time being). She knows how to keep herself stable while she lifts, and she starts crying any time she loses it. For athletes like her, I wouldn't mind seeing a slight push past the realm of their Champions Club standard perfect form in order to see what's really in the tank. When Fry was testing out the lifts on Friday (or maybe it was Thursday, can't remember exactly), she made 225 without the slightest nudge in her spine. At Lifts 4 Gifts, she let the reigns off and lo it ended with a 265-lb. bar finding itself hoisted 3 feet off the ground by one Ashley Fry. Unless Lauren Higgins did more, I am going to guess that is the 3rd highest female deadlift in Champions Club history (Shakes being the highest, going one hundred pounds heavier on Saturday. Holy pants!)

The second reason why this makes me happy is because I have seen max effort deadlift look so, so much worse. When Coach T and I spoke at Michigan State back in February, we tried to hammer home the point about how important it was to have a standard. An actual, observable, universal standard. And the standard for deadlifts is your spine does not move, period. As luck would have it, we have a picture of Ashley meeting that standard:

This is what perfection looks like with regards to midline in the deadlift. Now go back and look at her L4G picture above. When we have a clear standard in place, then, and only then, can we make judgements on deviations. In my opinion, based on THE standard, Fry had a small deviation. A "mistake" in Dr. Romanov's words, as opposed to an "error". Her lower back lost tension and flexed, and it trickled into her upper back a tad bit. Repeated lifts like this over the course of weeks, months, and years will eventually catch up with her and cause injury. One or two lifts like this in the right settig will cause a pr to happen. That's okay. Now if it looked something like this...

...that would be a different story, as it could not be considered a small deviation. But when you guys practice and exaggerate with form that is as close to perfect as realistically possible, our bad form looks like Ashley's above.

And that is how we make our own standard. The Champions Club standard. Good shit kids!

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Dude, Katie Shakes lifted 365 pounds.