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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018!

Entries in dodgeball (9)

Goon and Goblin Resurgence 9/12

This one comes from Jacob the Goon.

What is your favorite non-mainstream sport (ie. not football, baseball, or basketball) to both watch and play?

Mobility Day Highlights - Dodgeball Mashup

Last Wednesday I left halfway through the mobility session as usual to help Matt with his basketball camp at the Warren Rec center. When I talked to Shannon after, she said the kids stayed an extra half hour to play dodgeball. Apparently Mr. Fitz got the entire thing on camera and did a trippy mash-up. Check it out.

Aaron Sexton was obviously prepping for the upcoming baseball season, seeing as he left giant welts on Katie Shakes and Elizabeth that are not going away any time soon.

Memorial Weekend Dodgeball Tournament

Reminder that there is no 3:30 session today. We have 11 am, 5:30, and 6:30 pm sessions still on as usual.

We had 16 people at the team workout yesterday, and as luck would have it, we were evenly split with 8 kids and 8 parents. So we did two teams of 4 with each group, then the kids winner played the parents winner.

Here's how it looked.

Play Time: Mom's Club OGs

At this Wednesday's moblity session, Mama V and Mrs. Carey were the lone members of the Mom's Club. Before they hit some intensive running form rehab, Chris decided to let the group play dodgeball for a bit. Check out the video below for southpaw Mrs. Carey's trash talk and one of the more...unconvential catches we've seen in a while.

Freestyle Connection and Movement Faults

Remember that the ultimate goal for our training is not just to have a perfect push-up, or an immaculate squat, or a PR on "Helen." The goal is for you to improve your movement and be able to transfer that movement to the real world. We hope that the positions you practice in a controlled workout environment will eventually become your default positions when you're free to move however you need to. One of the ways we can test to see if your movement ability is transferring is to put you in this scenario and see what happens. In other words, we let you play.

What positions do you see Sabal, Jennifer, Emma, and Erika adopting as they play dodgeball? Notice what happens to Erika's back leg and her arm as she prepares to throw, and compare that to Jennifer's positions. They look very different, even though when we train a lunge position or a press, we know their positions will look almost identical. Part of the reason for these deviations is freestyle, or the ability to adapt movement patterns you've learned formally to a new experience. But another part of the deviations is that in this high-speed environment, movement faults become more and more noticeable. 

If you think about the stable positions the shoulder can adopt, you see that Jennifer has both of her shoulders back in a pretty good position whereas Erika is internally rotated in her non-throwing shoulder and her other elbow is pointed way out. What other things can you see? If you can see the connection between the things you practice in the gym and the things you have to do in your sport, it will help you train smarter and become a more technically sound athlete. This will directly improve your performance, as we see when Jennifer dominates the dodgeball court over her older sisters.


If you were at the team workout either of the past two Sundays, you got to experience plastic balls to the face it rapid and repeated fashion.

Dodgeball is a good warmup and it's much more fun and entertaining than the normal three-rounds-of-what's-on-the-board routine we do during the week. But there is one main reason why it's been involved in the curriculum as of late. Throwing.

Throwing is something that everyone should be able. It's one of the most fundamental movements in the world of sports (and something I'll probably write about in the next Day Care Diary unless someone else pulls the Fire alarm). Even though it is highly technical from a joint and global position perspective, it's something that we all do instinctively. Or at least, we have the ability to do it instinctively - as seen at the Day Care. When people stop playing ball sports at a young age, they lose that precise motor control over time. I'd like to try to bring it back in some way. So unprompted and unannounced I wanted to see how people look when they throw. We don't do throwing progressions. We don't scale the movement. We just throw.

Now I also think catching is just as important as throwing, but since we are firing the balls from about 10 feet away it makes it incredibly difficult. So until we take up th rest of the warehouse, we'll have to figure out something else to work on that skill. But in the mean time, dodge, duck, dip, dive, and... dodge.


Sunday Highlights: Dodgeball

Today we had a different type of workout - invloving much more coordination, balance, and athleticism. I'm talking, of course, of the age-old game of dodgeball. It doesn't get much better than taking out your anger by ganging up on Carter, Murley, or [insert Banet here]. Some call it bullying. Some call it childish. But in reality, it's the Champions Club at its finest. Here's our highlights from today.

Believe it or not, there is actually quite a bit of depth behind why I decided to put dodgeball in the warmup/workout for the past two days. I will be saving that for another post. But in the meantime, enjoy the highlights.