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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018!


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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.

Athlete of the Summer FYI

Before the Summer 2011, Brian decided that we should do an Athlete of the Week for every week of the Summer to highlight a kid who put on a good showing. That tradition still stands during the Summer, but at the end we also did an attendance wrap-up with a mock Athlete of the Summer.

For our first Summer in this new building I thought it would be cool to formalize it a little bit more - making it an actual award and not just a Franklin Lama nomination because he was the coolest kid in the club. So Bubs got our first ever vote for Athlete of the Summer, then I retroactively gave it to Frankie in 2010 and Nick Prys in 2011. In January 2013, an addition was made that gave the award some new juice:

Like rafters in high school gyms of state champions and record holders, we added our own to our place to emphasize everyone's favorite time at the Champions Club. And since then, each Summer would contain a few athletes with the unspoken goal of seeing their name go up in the rafters, starting with Katie Bromm's perfect Summer 2013, right up to last year's Summer of Div.

How do you get the award, you ask? Well, there are two main criteria:

  1. Top 10 attendance
  2. I have to vote for you
Yup, that's it. Equal parts objective and subjective. We keep track of every attendance day right up until fall sports start (mobility days included) to condense the list down to 10. Then I pick whoever I think earned it the most. That's probably the part that sucks the most; it's not a committee, or public poll. It's my choice.
In 2011, for instance, Katie Shakes was by far the most improved athlete in a stacked field, and had 99% attendance - good for 1st overall. And by August 31, Erika Banet was probably the fittest person in the gym, Jennifer was the most skilled, Lauren was lifting trucks... and Elizabeth got the award.
In 2016 I thought Murley was in the best physical condition I've ever seen from a girl at the Champions Club, and in 2017 I thought Jacob had the best showing out of anyone. In Murley's case, she didn't have the consistency of Katie Shakes and Jacob wasn't in the top-10 attendance.
Awards are always subjective, and when it's being decided by one person that's magnified even more. If Athlete of the Summer is something you're going for, just know that there's one part you can control and one part you can't. Even though hip hop conversations and Starbursts bribes get you a long leash with me for just about everything else, they won't have a bearing on AOTS. All you can do is show up and hope Katie Shakes gets stuck in traffic permanately about 20 times this Summer.
There is something genuinely wrong with David SaporitoIn the end, it's just an award. The real thing that's happening is fitness and health like you guys never imagined in a way that can be sustained through a lifetime. But every now and then it's fun to put the long-term binoculars away for a bit and be good now. That's what Athlete of the Summer is about; who was the dopest person in our gym at that time? The 9th banner will be going up in 3 months (assuming I spell the name right), and it will serve as a landmark to remember what Summer 2018 was like. I can't wait to see who it will be!
Recomended reading: the Athlete of the Summer Feature Series

Quote of the Week vol. 238

"That is unacceptable."

- Rachael Kroll after Elizabeth last night

So since a strong comeback from her foot surgery in the Summer, Kroll kept things going through the fall and early winter with prs and Beast Modes. Now she is in her last semester of college and finishing up her teaching stuff before being placed in a classroom to student teach in the fall. She is also working all the time, aaaaaaannnndd she's also prepping for surgery to debunionize her other foot at the end of this month. As such, she's only been able to hit the Champions Club twice per week if she's lucky. Yesterday on Elizabeth it showed, as she was the last to finish at the 6:30 session and struggled after the rounds of 21. When I went to give her a high-five after she finished, she refused and said the quote above. And this is why I love Rachael Kroll.

There is no reason for her to be happy after that workout. Shoot, even when you pr there is no reason to be happy after that workout. Elizabeth is the Dementor's Kiss of CrossFit when done truly for intensity. Kroll did not show as well as she had hoped, and there is no reason for me to try and make her feel better.

All I'm saying is: How many college-aged girls wish their "out of shape" was Rachael Kroll's "out of shape"?

When the time is right for Kroll to dedicate 5-6 days per week of training like her Athlete of the Fall self, she'll have a good base set up for her to do so, no doubt fueled by her "this is unacceptable" mindset. In the meantime, she'll have to settle for only being able to do 8 dips in a row instead of 15. What a shame!

Recommended reading: Case Study: The Z-Axis (and no Arlene, my Case Studies do not need to have cited sources and can use first person pronouns because like 65 people check the site and probably only 12 of them actually read the articles)

Pics of the Week: Planet Rock

As part of Sabal's going-away... we can't really call it a "celebration", but maybe a memento... Katie Shakes organized a Planet Rock field trip with some of our regular crew, and they even ran into Nate Dogg (who works there now), and Pierce and Cassidy from the Babies session.

Bonus footage of Jay and Shakes attempting the 50-ft. rope climb was even caught on film.

Beast Mode: Banets Fatigued

Last week we did the CrossFit Open workout 18.2 with the slight stipulation that some overtime was allowed on the cleans if need be. For most of the kids who did it, we either allowed 15 minutes instead of the prescribed 12, or 5 attempts regardless of time. The purpose was to use fatigue as a way to challenge their clean technique and positions.

Jennifer and Elizabeth Banet both performed really well in both segments of the workout, but especially the cleans. More than anything, I really loved their failed attempts because of how little they deviated in their form. Check it out.

It's one thing to have good form on max effort days when you have full recovery between sets, but it's a completely different story when you are breathing heavy and your body is screaming at you. Jen and Biff did a great job of calming themselves before every lift for a brief moment. This helped them keep the movement looking consistent.

 

Kroll's Birthday Reactions + Banetfight

It was Rachael Kroll's birthday yesterday and she sent in a workout for us to do today. Last night I showed the 6:30 pm session and they had interesting reactions - including one from Mr. Wonsil that is not safe for men, women, or children. There is also bonus footage of a Banetfight - which probably happens often with 8 kids in their family.

Enjoy!