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Beast Mode: 6:30 Session + PSA from Coach T

Two very difficult movement patterns cameup on Monday and it gave us the opportunity to nitpick on each. We've let burpee technique slide a bit since the Summer in favor of intensity, so we made these "strict burpees" with our best inperpretation of a push-up, and also kept feet together and vertical shins on the landing. On the snatches I really wanted to exaggerate loading order. You'll notice us sitting back after the landing if it was caught in a bad position. Our 6:30 session featured Coach Casey, Sam, Evan, Angie, Barry, Jay, and Jesse. Out of sheer boredom from lack of Josh Bennis in the house, Mallory jumped in as well. We also had a surprise appearance from 2016 rookie Matt Hickey in the middle of the video!

Good work crew!


And now a public service announcement from Coach T.

Good morning,

The Christmas season is approaching and I wanted to give an opportunity for those who want to help others and give back through community service. Below is a link to my Church's 2018 Warming Center for the homeless. We do this every year around Christmas. Basically, we provide shelter, warm clothing, food and a place to sleep overnight for the homeless. It takes a lot of selfless service and team work to have a successful night. There are two opportunities to sign up. One is for families to help with dinner service, registration and give away room/blanket distribution. The other is for adult men to provide security during check in and to keep the peace from 7:30-11:00 PM. If you are interested in helping, please click on one of the links below to see the days and times listed and to sign up.

Family Sign Up

Security Sign Up

Thank you and God Bless!

Coach T

Pop-less Pops

At first I was thinking of making this a challenge, then a poll, but finally I just decided on a shout out. It has been brought to my attention that two of our dads (one old school and one new school) are taking serious steps towards their health. Two weeks ago, Coach Casey decided to stop drinking pop. And less than a week ago, unaware another dad was doing the same thing, Mr. Carey gave up pop as well.

I'd also like to share a few thoughts on this. First off, I've always said that, despite its negative connotation, peer pressure can be an awesome thing. Holding yourself accountable is not always an easy thing (on Tuesday, I did the box jump/run workout by myself and only did 2 rounds), so having someone or many someones involved can really help. If there is a good way to do daily check-ins on this no-pop challenge, I'm all for it. Maybe start a Coach Casey/Mr. Carey column on the board and tally dates down? Too much?

Secondly, one of the most simple ways to lose weight is to stop consuming liquid calories. Seriously, pop, beer, juice, Gatorade, and lemonade are all plain old shit. Nature provided us with water for a reason. Milk is probably cool too.

Thirdly, with that being said, I am a big fan of moderation. Nature didn't provide us with Starbursts, but I binge through them any time I'm nervous during a Michigan game (which is always). I also can't say no to the cookie jar when I'm at my grandma's house. And nor should you. Mr. Carey and Coach Casey, from what it sounds like, have a daily habit of drinking pop they are trying to break. This requires a short-term destruction of all pop-related items in a 10 foot radius. But I hope this doesn't mean they'll never drink pop again - I just want them to have control when they do. If Coach and Dylan are watching March Madness together and Jordan Poole hits a prayer to beat Houston, I think they earned a 7Up as they sit back and enjoy the next game. If Mr. Carey is up north with the Andersons and Pippins and crew, nothing wrong with a Pepsi. If they built up a habit of good nutrition, the pop will taste glorious for about 3 minutes, feel like crap for the following 30 minutes, then remind them to get back on track until the next special occasion comes up.

I'm usually a fan of subtracting for improvement rather than adding. Coach Casey and Mr. Carey are making a choice that I think will pay off sooner rather than later. Big ups to both of you!

New Graduates: Alexis and Coach Casey

Two new Graduations to announce coming from yesterday. First up is Summer rookie Alexis Anthes. She started the workout yesterday by doing half-climbs and as the 20 minutes progressed, her technique improved. So I had her try a full climb and she nailed it!

Then later on at the 5:30 session, Coach Casey was one of the few athletes actually doing the warmup - like the dedicated athlete he is - and on his first pull-up attempt he got up there with ease. I did a double-take to make sure that was actually his first one, and it turned out it was. So I grabbed the camera and got one for the official records.

Keep up the good work both of you!

Poll: Who Wore It Better

I though Mr. Wonsil had the best 80's attire I've ever seen from a parent at last year's workout.

...and then Coach Casey came in for tonight's parents workout:

Who had the better 80's outfit?

Parents 80's Workout results are in Build a Champion and their photos will be in the 80's Gallery.

Does it Count: Triple Pull-up Edition

Yesterday we had quite a few New Graduates with Josie and Jen Ash's double unders, the entire 10 am session got their first rope climb, and in the afternoon we had three near pull-ups at the 4:30 session: Coach Casey (who is sometimes called ManCasey, Mrs. Tara (his loving and supportive wife), and Nick Bewick. Check it out!

Do they count? Is this just their way of showing their jealousy at Mr. Bennis and his lofty, resume'-worthy Athlete of the Week award? You guys make the call.

Quote of the Week vol. 242: Dad Joke Special

Coach Casey: "Didn't Craig Mack die, or something?"

Me: "Yeah, I think it was last year? Not sure how he died, though."

Coach Casey: "Hmmm... must have been an ear infection."

Me: "Yeah... what? Whatchumean?"

Coach Casey: "You know... with all that Flavor in the Ear."

Sunday Highlights: Handstand Practice

I always like doing video highlights of handstands or handstand push-ups; with the exception of Lindsey running on the sidewalk most of us have a pretty good sense of what we are doing when we are in the upright orientation, but when we are flipped upside-down things get a little tricky.

Yesterday at the team workout we did some practice with static handstand holds, and for the new parents this might have been their first time practicing this since Fundamentals. Here's how it looked.