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Entries in combating adulthood (64)

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.

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.

New Graduate: Pat (Again)

Reminder: Shark Week/Hawaiian Mashup workout tomorrow at 9 am!


Last night after max effort deadlifts Pat was messing around on the rings and ended up doing two legit ring dips in a row... his first two of his CrossFit career.

May Payment Revision + Pics of the Week

Hey kids,

I messed up on the May payment addition. For some reason I thought we did $15 bucks the previous years, but it was actually $10. So please add 10 bucks per athlete to this May's payment to cover through June 12. If you are: Pat, Mrs. Fitz, Conor, Crystal, Fry, and Mrs. Kroll please see me and I'll have 5 bucks to refund you. If you are the people above please do not:

a) say "nah, don't worry about it. Just keep it."

b) put that 5 bucks towards the Summer

c) root for LeBron

It helps for me book keeping if the payments are consistent, so please take the refund money. And invent curse words to shout at the Cavs if you have any free time.

Thanks

Chris


This week we have two notable pictures. The first was a Monday session that happened to feature three of the original mommies with their parents shirts.

We all assume, of course, they called each other this morning in between loads of laundry and watching Soap Opera television to coordinate their outfits.

Then on Wednesday, I thought I broke Jennifer while doing PNF pike stretch.

I did not break Jennifer. She is a drinking fountain, and water cannot be broken.

New Graduate: Pat Climbs the Rope

This evening during the warmup of the 6:30 session, new kid Pat Luetz got his first rope climb.

During Fundamentals, Pat made it about halfway up before getting caught with the footwrap part. With the help of long pants and a more secure hold, he made it up to the top.

Much like every single other dad we've had come through our doors, Pat has been wondering if he's up to par with the other parents who have been here for 7+ years. The obvious answer is no, but I have been impressed with how much Mr. Luetz's conditioning has improved. On the first day of Fundamentals, he had to cut the 3 rounds of 5 burpees/10 kb swings down to 2 rounds because he got dizzy. Now he is finishing full workouts with 400m runs and tons of squats. Plus the technique is steadily improving as well. We should expect more of these kinds of milestones for Pat coming very soon!