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Welcome Back: Carter

Yes, that Carter!

It's been a hot minute since we've seen the Blob in action, and after some subtle recruiting pitches, I think he's gonna be locked down for his senior year. Yes, he's a senior, though I'm not sure how at this point. Either way, Carter's my main man and, if anything else, adds great hip hop music selection to the mix!

Let's finish strong this year.

Senior Tribute 2018

by, Danielle Worden...

Jennifer Banet aka Jen

One of the most hard working athletes I know. She never gives up especially when it comes to breaking records. Off days you ask? Jen doesn't know what those are. Not only is she a top athlete but she enjoys what she does. Whenever I see her in the gym she never fails to have a smile on her face. She shines bright and inspires those around her. Overall she is an amazing person and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for her!! Good luck girl!

Jennifer's first day at the Champions Club - Summer 2014

Brendan Crawford

I honestly didn't know his first name until a month after meeting him; I only knew him as Crawford. Oh boy where do I start...besides calling everyone a "Jew" Crawford is a pretty good kid and actually quite intelligent, outside the gym. But in the gym he works hard until the work is done and from there on out it's all fun and games. He is definitely the goofball of the gym yet his dumb jokes never fail to put a smile on someone's face. The gym will be much quieter without him but overall his work ethic and personality will be missed. Good luck at Macomb and Lawrence Tech!

Crawford and his 11 am goobers from Summer 2016

...and Carter the Blob

Aaron Sexton

Aaron is one of the weirdest people ever. He can roast you and then be cool with you. A big part about what kept me trying to compete with the rest of the people in a workout is just to beat Aaron a brag to him(never beat him). He has this weird catchphrase that makes no sense whatsoever but is just so odd and catchy that Chris and I both say it. Holy potatoes Jim, its been awhile since you been in the gym.  (That rhymes, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it)

7th grade Aaron Sexton - Summer 2013

Dawson Bielski

I was hella impressed ever time I saw dawson play football and he'd be out on the field. Crossfit has worked wonders on him and from a perspective of a younger highschooler it was interesting to see someone built to be a jock be so chill and relaxed. I would always laugh when he pulled up with the purple Dodge Charger. That was so funny to me.

Super Gump in the flesh with his first double under. Summer 2016

Kenny Jensen

KENNYYYYY. By far one of the quietest people in the gym but that's ok. He works his ass off any work out I've seen him in. I remember the good ol' no on squad with Crawford, Kenny, and the little short kid(matt?mike? Something with an M). That was fun and I'm glad Kenny would be one of the few i tried to keep up with. He always gives his full and I'd like to see him back in the gym some day.

Kenny's death stare in his rookie class at Summer 2016

Quote of the Week vol. 168

Me: "We'll have Carter take the food home."

Carter: "Hell yeah! I'll take it. Just give me whatever you want and I'll eat it. Except the vegetables."

- The Blob in response to all the food left after the sessions yesterday.

I wonder what Carter would look like if he didn't work out.

Carter the Crane

Every inch your head moves forward from the rest of your spine it adds 10 lbs. of pressure to your neck. This is just at a resting position. Every time we jump, we are reaching anywhere from 2x-3x our bodyweight when we land.

And this was Carter on double unders yesterday. 

Given a rough estimate, his head weighs 60-80 pounds at this moment. Mr. Z in the background is the model student in this case; his ears are roughly lined up with his shoulders.

So here's the quick back story. As I was waltzing around the warmup of the 6 pm session contemplating death and football officiating, I heard the whipping sound of smooth, unbroken double unders. Eight to be exact. I looked up expecting to see Shannon when I noticed this was coming from Carter the Blob. Reggie and I exchanged looks like, did he just do that? But our eyes did not deceive. Carter was just as surprised as we were.

When the workout started, I had Carter do 30 double unders every round. I did this because when we are learning a new skill, it's usually best to just do it and let the mistakes happen. But once I determine the main motor pattern is developed, then we begin to fine-tune. With Carter, head position will be the first thing to be fixed.

We always look at movements more than just a pass/fail; rep complete or incomplete. There are always fine details that will ultimately make said movement more efficient in the long haul. In Carter's case, keeping his head in line with the rest of his body will put less strain on his shoulders and also help his overall jumping position. The less moving pieces when jumping the longer it will last. This is the difference with out-of-shape Murley and out-of-shape JZ getting 11 and 10 rounds respectively and Cap'n Jack getting 8. Just remember there's always something to fine-tune.

So Carter, good work on doing double-unders for the first time during a workout. Now let's tighten them up. We'll start with your unbelievable slouched posture!

From the Vault: Clean and Jerk Through the Ages

In my opinion, nothing we have taught has changed more than the clean and jerk over time. When I first started CrossFit I used to skip any workout with Olympic lifts because I didn't know how to do them and Brian wouldn't teach me. Then after we got a decent hang of them we tried them out on the Champions Club. Dip-Shrug-Drop-Stand was the method. But it rarely looked good unless a kid just happened to get a natural feel of it (aka, just Ryan Richard or Lauren Higgins).

Lauren. Fieldhouse - Summer 2011.

Then we tried to really exaggerate the drop so the kids would stop being afraid of getting under. This helped in that respect but often made position less than desirable.

Bubs. New Old Weight Room - Winter 2012.

After we moved out, I tried to simplify things into just JUMP and DROP... but mostly JUMP. Again, it accomplished an aggressive upward motion we were looking for, but the overall movement just looked choppy to the naked eye.

Tara. Summer 2012

So when Dr. Romanov's video came out we transitioned into the unweighting method we still use today. I notice a much quicker learning curve in the most difficult part of the lift: the core to extremity principle. In other words, let your hips do most of the work and your arms follow through.

Summer 2015. Kyle and Mrs. Anderson were rookies and Lauren's looks way different than 2011.

Now that I've seen this over the course of a few years, the positions need to be fine-tuned. So we have been introducing a lot of pauses at whatever pose we want to emophasize. To make matters more difficult, you guys are often required to alternate feet on the split jerk because you are humans and you have two of them.

Shakes and Blob. April this year.

As with anything, the specific variation and point of emphasis on the movement depends on the purpose for the day. It's always a slow, experimental process with lots of working parts. Hang with me!

Beast Mode: 5 pm Helen

For the second time in a row we had a surprisingly good turnout at the 5 pm session -which was much to Jack's dismay. This crew featured the usual Jack, Kroll, and Mikey, as well as Mr. Z, Mr. Carey, Carter the Blob, Nate Dogg, and out-of-CrossFit-shape JZ and Murley. Nobody used a band for pull-ups and the kettlebell rx'd folks included Jack, Kroll, Mr. Z, and Murley. I tried to emphasize a shoulder-to-ear standard on the swing, and it was off-and-on as expected. For people that didn't normally do pull-ups without a band, the range-of-motion was iffy on some reps. Sounds like more strict pull-ups are in the mix.

Anyways, here's how the whole thing looked.

New Graduate: Carter for the Trifecta!

After the team workout this morning, Carter was messing around with Shakes and Tim when they challenged him to kick up to the wall in a handstand. The Blob has been with us for over three years and has never been able to accomplish this mostly due to the general blobness of his shoulders. But much to my surprise, he knocked it out very quickly.

Naturally, things escalated quickly and he was challenged to a handstand push-up. The following happened...

Keep the milestones coming Carter!