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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer!

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Beast Mode: 5:30 Handsome Gentlemen

As I have wrote about before, this has certainly been the reunion Summer, and our 5:30 session on Friday was a packed house with some big names from the past; leading the way was Jacob Augustine, Alan Wisniewski, Craigen Oster, and Steven Carey - four hunks who, with the exception of Jacob, last saw action at the Champions Club during our first Summer here at the box in 2012. Filling out the crew was Mr. and Mrs. Carey, Conor Fitzgerald, Ricky Carey, and Reggie and Josh Ellsworth.

This was a workout I wanted to let the reigns off a bit anyways, but due to the number of people at the session I was even more hands off than usual - only a few times correcting knees forward and such. But the crew looked great overall! Check it out.

New Graduate: Conor

Mrs. Fitz has been putting in some background work trying to get her first handstand push-up for a few days now. She had a few good attempts this evening at the 5:30 mobility session, and when Conor saw his mom get so close, he felt the pressure. After the session, he got his first handstand push-up!

While he got a minor bump on the graph for this, his mother still ranks ahead of him in athleticism. But still, keep the milestones coming Conor!

Shark Week/Hawaiian Workout Recap

For the 4th Summer in a row, we combined two classic theme workouts: Shark Week and Hawaiian. We had a small turnout this morning, and unfortunately is was an odd number, so I was forced into service alongside the uninspiring and unflattering attire of Chris Binno.

I have always thought this was the toughest of all the theme workouts, and the sharking relay is a main culprit. This year we followed the same format as 2016: one minute at each of the 4 stations (we added the push jerk/press to Limbo Lifts) and 2 minutes on the Shark Relay. For the second week in a row, Aaron Sabal came out on the winning team, this time with Conor.

No doubt Conor was counting by two's, but I guess that's what they gotta do to win. The full results can be seen here. We will still be having at least 2 more theme workouts coming for the rest of the Summer. Maybe more. Be on the lookout!

Coach's Corner: Goobers a Year Later

Last week we had a rough workout in the form of a 27-21-15 rep scheme; to make matters worse many of you did full cleans from the ground. Cleans and dips are always a tough combination and while this one was not nearly as intense as Elizabeth, it still proved to be very fatiguing.

One of the groups I was most impressed with that day was the 11 am session, which featured Summer 2016 rookies Josh Ellsworth, Conor Fitzgerald, Kenny Jensen, and Brendan Crawford. Normally they do cleans from the hang position, but during the technique segment I thought their form looked good enough to do them from the ground. In addition, they all did unassisted dips with a modified number (21-15-9) with the exception of Conor (switched to a skinny band after the first round). Here are some highlights.

You should notice that neither the cleans or the dips are perfect. On the dip, they had trouble keeping tension as they descended down, and on the clean they would sometimes miss Pose 2 and unweight too early. But I also wanted to emphasize position on this workout as well, and both their deadlift and front squat remained in tact. There will always be stuff to tweak but I think this was a good start for the goobers.

New Graduate: Conor

Hidden behind the goofy antics, habit of sleeping in, and quiet Panic-from-Hercules mannerisms, Conor Fitzgerald might be the most athletic kid out of our new generation of goobers. He was away for most of last week with wraastling camp, but this week he has been consistent with his attendance.

Yesterday at the mobility session, we were practicing some muscle-up progressions before the session started, and it turned into this:

Great job Conor! Keep up the good work! Be on the lookout for his repulsive short shorts at this Saturday's 80's workout.

Pics of the Week: Conman on Cars, Babies on Books

Mr. Fitz sent me a picture earlier this week with the caption:

"Valid excuse for not making it to CrossFit AGAIN. Fixing his car.

My guess is Conor just posed for this picture to make it look like he was doing something, and Mr. Fitz actually did most of the work.

Secondly, I invited a special guest to the gym for the Babies session yesterday. I have known Mrs. Debbie Cormier since I was in Kindergarten at St. Dennis, and most recently from my time working at the Day Care. When it comes to working with the little rascles, she's about as good as it gets. After I did my thing in their "fitness classes", I would often sit in the library and watch her take her groups through story time. Ever since then, I wanted to have that as part of the Champions Club Babies session. Now that we have a consistent group, we made it happen for the first time yesterday.

She rocked it! Thank you Mrs. Debbie!

Beast Mode: Goobers Gone Good

On Friday's 3 RM Back squat, we had Summer 2016 alumni Conor Fitzgerald, Josh Ellsworth, and Kenny Jensen in attendance at the 5:30 session. They all had a great day squatting and topped out their 3 RM at 135 lbs.

Remembering what they looked like in the Summer, I was really impressed with how they did on Friday. Keep up the good work kids!