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Summer 2018 Final Attendance

This Summer's attendance turned out to be pretty accurate mostly in part to Jacob taking about 7 (maybe?) volunteer hours to help me sort the thing out. Since we had a lot of people join for either short amounts of time, or towards the end of Summer, I split it into two cateogries: Full-time and Late Registration. Here's how it turned out.

We should all know by now who was in first place for attendance!

Full Time

Name Attendance  Total       Possible      Percent
1Ashley Fry 73 73 100%
Cecilia 51 55 93%
Shakes 63 73 86%
Danielle 61 73 84%
Josie 60 73 82%
NickBewick 53 73 73%
Erica 51 73 70%
Lindsey  50 73 68%
Mrs. Bennis 50 73 68%
10Jennifer 49 73 67%
Mrs. Colussi 49 73 67%
Mr. Bennis 47 73 64%
Erika 46 73 63%
Ricky 37 61 61%
Elizabeth 44 73 60%
JessicaSuchta 41 73 56%
Mrs. Pip 41 73 56%
CoachCasey 40 73 55%
Kroll 40 73 55%
20Mrs. Carey 40 73 55%
Jay 39 73 53%
NuNu 39 73 53%
Emily Gurney 37 73 51%
Mr. Carey 36 73 49%
Mrs. Nevarez 36 73 49%
Mateo 28 58 48%
Mr. Z 35 73 48%
Mrs. Fitz 35 73 48%
Schornack 35 73 48%
30Dylan Colussi 34 73 47%
Emily Walker 34 73 47%
Abby Walker 33 73 45%
David Sap 32 73 44%
Jesse 32 73 44%
Kasey Eason 32 73 44%
Coach T 31 73 42%
Josh Howey 30 73 41%
Alyssa 27 66 41%
Conor 29 73 40%
40Murley 29 73 40%
Jen Ash 28 73 38%
Shannon 28 73 38%
Crystal 26 73 36%
Barry 25 73 34%
Mama V 25 73 34%
Suyaliam 25 73 34%
Cory 24 73 33%
Mrs. Bass 24 73 33%
Sam 22 73 30%
50Maddy 21 73 29%
AnthonySaffar 20 73 27%
Avery 18 73 25%
Olivia 18 73 25%
Angie 17 73 23%
Gideon 16 73 22%
Mrs. Kroll 15 73 21%
Dakarai 14 73 19%
Milo 14 73 19%
Ben Pauly 13 73 18%
60AndrewBaumert 12 73 16%
Devan 12 73 16%
Mr. Wonsil 10 73 14%
Andre 8 73 11%
Jalen 7 73 10%
Mr. Auggie 6 73 8%
Mr. Maslowski 5 73 7%
Cameron Byrd 3 73 4%

 

Late Registration

1Luke 32 35 91%
Ally 28 42 67%
Evan Pugh 25 45 56%
Noah 18 33 55%
Onyeka 12 25 48%
Reggie 20 43 47%
Alexis 16 37 43%
Owen 15 35 43%
Crawford 17 42 40%
10Arlene 12 42 29%
Amy 11 42 26%
JohnnyCohoon 10 40 25%
baby Alana 7 10 70%
baby Cassidy 7 10 70%
baby natalie 7 10 70%
baby Pierce 7 10 70%
baby Stano 7 10 70%
babyJacqueline 6 10 60%
baby Josh 6 10 60%
20baby JT 6 10 60%
babyConamora 5 10 50%
baby Zeena 5 10 50%
baby Ender 4 10 40%
baby Kayla 4 10 40%
baby Lily 4 10 40%
baby Mallory 4 10 40%
baby Ashlee 2 10 20%

 

Overall I think these really look good. Including the Late Registration list, we had 27 people over 50%. In 2013 we had 35 people at over 50, andin 2015 we had 37 (which, if you count the Babies for this year, we'd be at the same number.) We made up for some lower attendance percentage points at the bottom by sheer numbers, and this is what helped with multiple days of 50+ in attendance (also noting a few mobility days of 47). But having these numbers also means we can finally determine the results of the Draft.

The draft took place early in the Summer and pretty much excluded everyone on the Late Registration list. I did give each team two free agent options to pick up based on who they thought would end up joining. To factor this in, I figured since each team had 20 draft picks, I would count the top 19 (including the captain), giving the free agent choices a chance to factor in if they helped the team. I added up the total percentage points then divided by 19. Here's the results:

4th place: Team Jay

Notes. Despite being the prime beneficiary of Elizabeth's Darko Milicic selection and seeing Cecilia slide to him, Jay could not get over a sub-par drafting of our rookie class. I also believe he was counting on better outings from Mr. Wonsil, Baby Josh, and Baby Mallory. As a GM of infamous Mario Baseball Championship contender teams such as Orville Ridenbacher's Cock (Beaman Winter Classic - '09), Albino's Army (Michael Jackson Young Man' Spring Fling '10), San Antonio Sperm (NBA on TNT theme - '17), and Donkey Punch (Shrek theme - '13), Jay has been known for his conservative approach to drafting. He'll lock in a superstar or two, then bypass other high-level players to ensure he has enough cap room to keep the bottom of the order strong - which notably led to Dry Bones's breakout season in 2014. Look for Jay to make some trades next year to keep the consistency.

Grade. B-. Anyone in their right mind would have picked Mallory and Josh with the first Babies selections, just didn't take into account the weekend vacations. Also shame on him for only taking Jesse out of the Junkin/Eason family.

3rd place: Team David

Notes. The picture above is the top of a David Saporito air squat and is also a perfect representation of his Summer; he was focused on beating everyone else that he forgot to keep track of his own stuff. The team captain, first-pick-holding, and defending Athlete of the Summer managed to get the lowest attendance among the 4 captains. Yet somehow he didn't finish last and was only a few points away from 2nd place. David did not have any stars on his team but did manage to have a good middle-of-the-order group. Plus, by sheer blind luck, he drafted 4 of the top 5 highest-ranking rookies in the 10 am/5:30 classes - including fan-favorite NuNu. David, of course, didn't know half of the people when he drafted them, but I suppose some might call that intuition. Look for David to drop even lower in attendance next year but draft someone in the 90s to make up for it.

Grade. B. Lindsey with the second pick was very questionable at the time but it actually turned out good.

2nd place: Team Biff

Notes. As I mentioned above, Elizabeth somehow got away with passing on Cecilia in favor of Josh Howey - a 50(!) point swing in attendance - with her first pick and pushed her way to a top-2 finish. She made up for this in two major ways: drafting both AOTS contenders Jennifer and Erica in the early rounds, and picking up Evan Pugh (56%) as a free agent. Mrs. Bennis was also a steal in the 3rd round. Elizabeth has been known to panic under pressure - most notably diagnosing herself with athsma during a July 800m run workout. Her first stint as a GM continued that trend, and a better first selection would have put her right in contention for first place. Maybe she passed her prime in 2015, or maybe she'll bounce back like she's known to do and bring home the championship next Summer. Until then, we're just left to ponder that first pick.

Grade. C. Inexcusable, Biff. I would expect that out of Jennifer, but not you.

1st place: Team Shakes

Notes. You may notice that is not a picture of Katie Shakes, but rather a picture of Original Champions Club Diva Aly Baringer yawning in the middle of the workout. If anyone did not see Shakes winning the draft then, well, I don't know what to say. She pounced on the opportunity to pick Ashley Fry after David Sap took Danielle first overall, hit on the rookies with Dylan and Abby Walker, showed good judgement with Mr. Bennis and Josie, and picked up a great free agent in Reggie. Aaaand she was the only captain to finish in the top-10 for attendance. The only nitpick would be drafting Coach Casey over his wife, Mrs. Tara. Had to see that one coming.

Grade. A. Boring, no-nonsense A.

...........

So that's the breakdown. Considering some of the big names we lost this Summer (Sabal, Jacqueline, Jacob, Bubs, Mr. WA, Binno) I'm very happy with how things turned out. By the numbers, I would rank this as our 3rd best Summer - behind 2015 and 2013 - though we did have a thriving Babies session this time around, and one less session during the week as well. Our team workouts were really good this time around, but I'm still salty we only had like 10 show up for 80s (our parents made up for it though). I'll make sure to emphasize that one more next Summer. It's also noticable that we're missing the high school crowd; Danielle is doing her thing, but in the past we had like 8 Danielles, plus another 8 Conors - who was our only other non-rookie high school kid in the top 40 (Maddy came in at 50). This is due to a lack of recruiting on my part and is hopefully getting fixed as we speak. This thing really shines when we have a superstar high school crowd like in 2012-2015, so that will be my main point of attention as the school year goes on (which, hopefully, the turf project will help with).

As for the attendance draft: I really liked it. We always tweak things up - criteria for Athlete of the Summer and Athletes of the Week have changed over the years - but my plan is to hang a list somewhere of every proceeding year's draft champions. Maybe a trophy like the Little Brown Jug or something. I'll think on it. I updated the original post below to include percentage points by the names drafted.

Champions Club Summer 2018 Draft

There you go, Shakes. A picture.

Thank you guys again for a great Summer! It was kind of nostalgic that it opened on the exact same day (Monday, June 11) that we did our first ever workout in this building. Some time in July, I was sitting around with some of the leftovers of the evening session.

"You know Chris," said Mr. Carey, "I was thinking, and I really, genuinely like every single person in the gym right now. I literally can't name a single person I don't like... I really do miss Jacob and Faust, though," he added.

This got me thinking about two things; first, he's right. There are always people I don't really enjoy, but still respect and admire for their work ethic. But this time around, I really think we got it as close to right as we've ever come. More Shannon would have been nice, more David would have been nice, maybe a little less Lindsey, but overall the community was humming! Second, Jacob came back at the end of Summer with a different attitude than when he took a break in February (I think, maybe April?). This kind of place is definitely not for everyone. Not only that, but we're dealing with children (yes, you college kids are still children) and children have a lot of moving parts in their life: school, relationships, interests, jobs, sports, friends. Shoot, I can't remember the last time I genuinely made a new friend (a good point Jacob noted a few months ago). With that being said, if I'm committed to center our gym around kids, I have to accept that some will need to see what other things they like. It's tough in the moment, but better in the long run. I'm pretty picky about attitudes right now, and that's why we have a semi-closed-door policy for workouts and gatherings, but it's definitely not bolted shut. Just knock.

This Summer, I think and hope, provided us with a great base to build on moving forward. It usually does, and that's why I enjoy them so much. We get to simultaneously see in the future and past, while having a blast in the present. So for now, we'll pack everything up in the loft, where it will wait patiently until June 10, 2019, and see if we can hold the fort until then. I really appreciate you guys and, for once, let's keep the momentum going into the fall.

Beast Mode: 9 am Fight Gone Bad

Welp everyone, it doesn't get much worse than this. Fight Gone Bad is the hardest workout I have ever come across in my 12 years of CrossFit, and you guys put up really good numbers.

Our 9 am session featured two Banets, Cecilia, Div, Alyssa, and Olivia. Here's how they looked:

How does FGB rank on your list of toughest workouts?

Beast Mode: Cecilia, David Sap, and Luke

Last Friday we had a brutal mix of heavy squats and long distance running, repeated for a long duration. CrossFit has always been avid about blurring the line between strength and conditioning. So was this a strength workout? Was this an endurance workout? Who knows. In real life and sport, you always need both existing at the same time. So for this workout, we did 800-meter runs then 3 heavy front squats (without the rack, so athletes had to perform a heavy clean as well). The barbell stuff was interesting to watch and see how fatigue affected athlete's squat form. For the 9 am crew of Saporito, Cecilia, and rookie-but-Coach-T-kid Luke, it didn't seem to shake them too much. Here's their last sets of 135-lbs. (Cecilia), 225-lbs. (Div), and 155-lbs. (Luke).

For the 29th minute of a 30-minute workout, and already 5 (or in Div's case 7) rounds in, this form looked great!

Campus Improv Workout - Danielle in South America

This morning at mobility, David Saporito let it be known that Danielle is on the trading block based on 1) her being in Coasta Rica and 2) him watching The 72 Most Dangerous Animals in South America special on Netflix. But from the looks of it, Woorden is doing just fine on her school trip.

Before she left, I told her to make it a goal of doing 7 workouts over the course of the 10 days she was there. But the catch was it only counts as a workout if there was no formal exercise - meaning it can't include things like push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, or presses. It had to be informal, natural movements like hiking, trail running, moving stuff, swimming, etc. Here's a picture she sent yesterday of her playing soccer with some elementary school kids.

Gyms and fitness centers were invented only once the picture above and other activities like it stopped becoming common in our daily lives - and notice the word daily. Play, even at adulthood, should be an every day thing. If it was, the Champions Club would be out of business.

I think I have said it here on the site before, but if the most athletic thing you do during your day is a deadlift, you did not have a very productive day. We spend so much time in our little bubble of strength and conditioning that we often find it hard to create workouts that don't involve push-ups and air squats. If you cut the grass with a push mower, you worked out. If you laid down some mulch, you did a workout. If you played a game of pickup basketball, you worked out. The more of these little things we can add to our lives, the more effective our gym workouts become; instead of just trying to undo all the sedentarism (is that a word?) throughout the day, we can then actually add to our fitness.

Danielle is a competitive powerlifter, and her job is to focus on very robotic movements. And it turns out she's probably top-20 in the state of Michigan at it. But the picture above gives her a chance to showcase what that formal stuff has done for her. She's in a pistol shape right now. Her foot is not pointed straight forward. Her shin is not vertical. And both of her shoulders are slouched forward. That is perfectly okay for the time being! The more she practices those safe principles in the controlled environment of the gym, the less likely they'll be a problem outside the gym. In the meantime, she gets to work on her coordination, change of direction, reaction, and strategy. In other words, she's developing her athleticism. Controlling the soccer ball coming at her - even against elementary school kids - is way more athletic than anything she's done in CrossFit or Powerlifting. A good balance of both is what we need!

Champions Club Summer 2018 Draft

I know, I know, it happened about 3 weeks later than I was hoping. But Div was being a butt, and Jay works a normal job. So there was a little bit of inside information present, but I did not share anything other than the injury reports.

Without further ado, here are the official Champions Club Summer 2018 teams:

Team David (44 lol) - 844 total - (44%)

  1. Danielle Worden (84)
  2. Lindsey Eason (68)
  3. Mrs. Kroll (21)
  4. Mr. Carey (49)
  5. Rachael Kroll (55)
  6. Avery (25)
  7. Mrs. Fitz (48)
  8. Conor (40)
  9. Olivia (25)
  10. Maddy (29)
  11. Mrs. Bass (33)
  12. Mrs. Nevarez (49)
  13. Dakarai (19)
  14. Mateo (48)
  15. Emily Walker (47)
  16. Nunu (53)
  17. *Lilly (40)
  18. *JT (60)
  19. *Adam Dem (0)
  20. *Amy Potter (26)

Team Shakes (86) - 918 total - (48%)

  1. Ashley Fry (100)
  2. Coach Casey (55)
  3. Mr Bennis (64)
  4. Josie Junkin (82)
  5. Coach T (42)
  6. Jen Ash (38)
  7. Kasey Eason (44)
  8. Danielle Schornack (48)
  9. Crystal (36)
  10. Andre Saffer (11)
  11. Dylan Collousi (47)
  12. Sam Butcher (30)
  13. Abby Walker (45)
  14. Anthony Saffer (27)
  15. Devan Coates (16)
  16. Charlie Baumert (0)
  17. *Jacqueline Asmar (60)
  18. *Ender (40)
  19. *EmD (0)
  20. *Reggie (47)

Team Elizabeth (60) - 848 total - (45%)

  1. Josh Howey (41)
  2. Jennifer Banet (67)
  3. Mrs. Bennis (68)
  4. Erica Krueger (70)
  5. Mrs Pip (56)
  6. Mama V (34)
  7. Alyssa Jabara (41)
  8. Shannon Marchant (38)
  9. Mr Malowski (7)
  10. Mr Auggie (8)
  11. Suyaliam (34)
  12. Barry Brunke (34)
  13. Jessica (56)
  14. Emily Gurney (51)
  15. Andrew (16)
  16. Ben (18)
  17. *Conamora (50)
  18. *Zeena (50)
  19. *Evan Pugh (56)
  20. *Matt Fecht (0)

Team Jay (53) - 843 total - (44%)

  1. Cecilia (93)
  2. Nick Bewick (73)
  3. Mrs Tara (67)
  4. Erika Banet (63)
  5. Mrs Carey (55)
  6. Mr Z (48)
  7. Ricky Carey (61)
  8. Mr Wonsil (14)
  9. Cory (33)
  10. Jesse (44)
  11. Jalen (10)
  12. Milo (19)
  13. Angie (23)
  14. Cam (4)
  15. Gideon (22)
  16. Johnny (25)
  17. *Josh Bennis (60)
  18. *Mallory (40)
  19. *Murley (40)
  20. *Myron (0)

Follow-up post coming soon...

Announcing the First Official Champions Club Summer Draft

We are raising the stakes on attendance for the Summer this time around. I am excited to introduce the Champions Club Summer Draft. Here's the layout:

4 teams, each with a captain. This year, the captains are:

David Saporito

Jay Junkin

Elizabeth Banet

Katie Shakes

In a pre-Summer meeting, each captain will draft the Champions Club athletes they want on their team in a serpentine fashion until everyone is off the board. Everything is based off attendance percentage, not workout results or anything else. The team with the best overall attendance average will recieve a grand prize at the end of the Summer and some kind of recognition in the gym. Here's a few more specifics:

  • The Babies % are out of 1 day per week.
  • The parents % are our of 6 days per week.
  • Parents who go to both the mobility and parents team workout sessions will get extra credit attendance.
  • Going to a session you didn't officially sign up for still counts, having to come in during off-hours does not. For example, if Alyssa can't make it at a regular session and needs to come in at 1:30, it won't count as an official day in the standings.
  • Attenance starts June 11 and finishes when fall sports begin.
  • Weekly leaderboard will be posted in the gym.
  • Jay drafts Donkey Kong and Funky Kong with his first two picks.

Last week three of the captains were at the evening session and discussed some of their pre-Draft strategies...

Check back soon to see which team you got drafted on!

Beast Mode: Linda at 9 am

Yesterday we took on one one of the most notorious workouts in all of CrossFit: "Linda." The full workout requires 3 separate bars (which is also why the workout is known as the 3 Bars of Death) and is a lot of volume at heavy weights. Due to equipment and strength levels, we modified this workout heavily, doing heavy(ish) deadlifts, slow push-ups, and dumbbell cleans. Our 9 am session looked good yesterday. Check them out:

As usual, we were looking for the form on the round of 1 to look the same as it did at the start of the workout, and I think they all did a great job of that.