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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018!

Entries in combating adulthood (68)

Champions Club Summer 2018 Official Signup

It's time kids! We're announcing earlier than usual this year in hopes to have things more organized (ha!) and give me a better sense of what numbers we're looking at. Some new things are detailed in this post, like assigned sessions, money stuff, a new parents team workout session, and our first-ever attendance competition. But the essentials are all set and the Champions Club Summer 2018 has the green light.


June 11 - August 31


$225 if paid before June 1, $235 if paid after. Exceptions will be made to families where parents are paying for everyone.

Session times

9 am

10 am (rookies)

11 am

4:30 pm

5:30 pm (rookies)

6:30 pm

How to sign up?

Email me at the session time you're committing to and bring in some form of money the next time you're at a session. Checks made to Champions Club Inc., cash, or Pay Pal are all cool. Chinese money (JAY!!) is not.

There are a few notable changes this time around.

Ten extra dollars, you say? Not really. Only applicable if paid after June 1. Last few Summers I didn't have a good sense of who exactly was in and who was out, plus I had to chase down some payments at the last minute. This is going to help me with session assignments (see next point), team workout times, and figuring out the coaching situation. As I mentioned before, there are exceptions. I don't expect Reggie, for example, to fork over 900 bucks (assuming James comes back) plus his regular May fee all before June, so we'll work out a payment plan there. Also if a high school or college kid is paying for themselves and doesn't have the money to front up right away, we can do a payment plan. But either way there will be some up front payment required. Be cool about it, please!

Assigned sessions. We are bringing back assigned sessions. Last two Summers were all over the place, and I think this will work better. Here's how it works: You pick a session time that works for you and other like-minded people and email me which one you choose. Then we try to stay on an 80/20 consistency with that one, meaning 80 percent of the time you hit that session even when it's a slight inconvenience, and 20 percent of the time you can give me a heads up if you need to wander. Again, certain exceptions with work or families will be made.

Let's say Coach Casey signs up for the 5:30 pm session with the rest of the parents and gets off work earlier than usual one day. The 4:30 session might have Shakes, Shannon, Murley, Jacob, and Craigen or something, and I'd want him to wait until the 5:30 to work out. Now if Coach has been good on attendance and finds out he's travelling on Friday for work, he can give me a heads up and come to a 9 am session before his flight leaves.

Having this kind of structure produces a better product both from me and you guys. A 30-minute inconvenience is a worthy tradeoff.

No-Pride Sundays Wednesdays for the Parents. The most anticipated addition to the Summer will be the return of the parents-only workout. Instead of doing it on the weekend, it will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30, right after the mobility session. I'm hoping we can catch better attendance and avoid the weekend travel conflicts we've had in the past. Parents are, of course, welcome to come to the mobility session before the team workout as well.

First theme workout is... Not sure yet, but it might be Spongebob. Either way, the kids team workout will still be on Saturdays. Time is TBD, but probably 10 or 11 am.

I thoroughly enjoy pitting you people against each other. To raise the stakes this year, everyone will be entered into an attendance contest. Basically you will be paired up with someone whom we deem as similar in expectations and whoever finishes with a better attendance percentage gets a prize. There's a few ideas in mind, and I'll finalize this before the Summer starts.

That wedding thing. Some kind of marriage is happening on June 16 involving two people from the gym. There will probably be some reduction of sessions around that time, but you can be assured the gym will still be open every day in some manner. Those days might not be counted against attendance. Not sure yet.

Possibility of two rookie photos on the loft? We've had anywhere from 9-19 kids at our Sunday middle school session. I would prefer to move away from the twice per meek option and have sessions for them every day. If the numbers look good, I'd definitely like to make another Rookie session time slot in the afternoon. Maybe 3:30 pm or 7:30 pm? Let me know! Update: it's looking like 5:30 will be an additional rookies session.

And don't forget about the Babies who aren't really Babies any more. On a similar note, we've had anywhere from 7-17 kids at our Babies session on Sundays. I'm going to keep them at 1 day per week, but might change the day if they need to. The 1 pm slot is still open. Price for that group will be $75.

Refunds. All payments are refundable before the start of the Summer. If you sign up for a session, then we take that session away or change it, or you don't want to work out next to Mrs. Carey (understandable), then you'll get your money back. Once we get rolling there are no refunds. The more you show up, the more you get out of the money paid. You have the potential to average paying $2.74 per session. Or you have the potential of paying $225 per session, which would be a very expensive session, indeed.

Summer at the Champions Club is awesome! With fewer distractions and obligations we've seen kids and parents really shine during these months. This is always my favorite time of year at the gym, and I have a feeling this time around is going to be another good one. We've had an influx of New Kids on the Block during the spring months, roaring Babies and Middle School sessions, and a steady stream of college kids coming back around. Remember, your attendance has a bigger effect than just your own fitness; you (yes, even you) being at the gym helps everyone else at that session. You are another athlete to compete against and complain with. You are a major point of support, without even knowing it, just by being there.

If you make the committment for the next 3 months to carve out one hour of your day to help yourself and the people around you, it is going to have an impact beyond expectations. This is where a parents form like Voltron and collectively combat adulthood. This is where a Rookie Class gets their picture on the loft and become household Champions Club names like Banet, Bromm, Crawford, and Carey. This is where Theme Workouts return. This is where The Freaks became The Freaks. This is where Shannon pr'd on Helen twice in a single day. This is where Kris Campbell climbed up the rope.

Dude... Kris freaking Campbell climbed up the rope!

Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018 kids. There is truly nothing else like it. I hope to see you on board.

Quote of the Week vol. 241/Mr. Auggie's Beast Mode

"Slow as f*** but I just finished a 5 mile jog (all running, no walking)... 20 laps around Madison. Even had enough to pick up the pace on the last lap and boost it again for the last half lap."

- Mr. Auggie on a text to me last week.

New Graduate: Coach Casey

We had three new rope climbers at the sessions today, and would have probably been a 4th if Bewick wasn't a pansy, so I figured I'd give them each their own post in the order they happened. The first is Coach Casey Colussi.

Yes you are seeing that correct; not only is he wearing the classic Brian Scalabrine's, but after relocating his body 15 feet off the ground for the first time in his life (also about 7 feet higher than his shoesake ever touched), he proceeds to remove not one but both hands from the thing that he used to get up there in the first place. I can't say I recommend that, but I can say that I'm very impressed! Just during Fundamentals around a month ago he could barely do the 3-second hang test from the rope. On the first attempt of the warmup he made it straight to the top with ease!

Great work Coach! The entire session was rocking with you on the way up. Now you got something on your entire family. I'm predicting Mallory is the next to follow...

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!

Pics of the Week: Mrs. Fitz Spartan Challenge

Last weekend Mrs. Fitz was not at our weekend workouts because she was participating in a Spartan Race held in part at Michigan International Speedway. She said she was part of a team that grinded through the course, and her training in CrossFit helped her make it through the ropes, bar swings, and the overall running. Here's a few photos from the action.

Way to represent Fitz-O!

From the Vault: Parents Partner Carry and Pigskin

Two years ago we had Sundays split; one kids session and one parents session. The latter proved to be one of the most enjoyable coaching experiences I've ever had, and once we get the numbers consistent again, we'll bring it back (more from the kids side than the parents).

Here are two of my favorite highlights from that group:

October 11, 2015

Mr. Carey: "I'm so scared right now!"


September 13, 2015

R.I.P. Ryan Anderson's free safety career and Mr. Z's hamstrings.

Be on the lookout for some fun team workouts this fall.

New Graduate: Mrs. Fitz's HSPU Chronicles

Reminder - don't forget you guys can still vote for Mel's thing here. I think tomorrow is the last day.

Yo kids, this one has been a long time coming, but Mrs. Fitz has been working on getting her first handstand push-up for at least a month. In fact, I even put the ultimatum down and said she couldn't get her Summer shirt until she got the hspu. Well, while I was coaching the 10 am session this morning, I heard a YELP from the wall behind me. Shakes and Mrs. Fitz both confirmed it happened, so the camera was retrieved and we got video proof.

Here's the mashup of all her attempts plus the final one.