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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018!

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Senior Tribute 2018

by, Danielle Worden...

Jennifer Banet aka Jen

One of the most hard working athletes I know. She never gives up especially when it comes to breaking records. Off days you ask? Jen doesn't know what those are. Not only is she a top athlete but she enjoys what she does. Whenever I see her in the gym she never fails to have a smile on her face. She shines bright and inspires those around her. Overall she is an amazing person and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for her!! Good luck girl!

Jennifer's first day at the Champions Club - Summer 2014

Brendan Crawford

I honestly didn't know his first name until a month after meeting him; I only knew him as Crawford. Oh boy where do I start...besides calling everyone a "Jew" Crawford is a pretty good kid and actually quite intelligent, outside the gym. But in the gym he works hard until the work is done and from there on out it's all fun and games. He is definitely the goofball of the gym yet his dumb jokes never fail to put a smile on someone's face. The gym will be much quieter without him but overall his work ethic and personality will be missed. Good luck at Macomb and Lawrence Tech!

Crawford and his 11 am goobers from Summer 2016

...and Carter the Blob

Aaron Sexton

Aaron is one of the weirdest people ever. He can roast you and then be cool with you. A big part about what kept me trying to compete with the rest of the people in a workout is just to beat Aaron a brag to him(never beat him). He has this weird catchphrase that makes no sense whatsoever but is just so odd and catchy that Chris and I both say it. Holy potatoes Jim, its been awhile since you been in the gym.  (That rhymes, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it)

7th grade Aaron Sexton - Summer 2013

Dawson Bielski

I was hella impressed ever time I saw dawson play football and he'd be out on the field. Crossfit has worked wonders on him and from a perspective of a younger highschooler it was interesting to see someone built to be a jock be so chill and relaxed. I would always laugh when he pulled up with the purple Dodge Charger. That was so funny to me.

Super Gump in the flesh with his first double under. Summer 2016

Kenny Jensen

KENNYYYYY. By far one of the quietest people in the gym but that's ok. He works his ass off any work out I've seen him in. I remember the good ol' no on squad with Crawford, Kenny, and the little short kid(matt?mike? Something with an M). That was fun and I'm glad Kenny would be one of the few i tried to keep up with. He always gives his full and I'd like to see him back in the gym some day.

Kenny's death stare in his rookie class at Summer 2016

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.

Beast Mode: Jennifer Setting Records

Champions Club senior Jennifer Banet had herself a weekend for the ages over the past four days. She started things off right on Friday by running a 2:45 split in the 800m relay at the Macomb County Championship meet.

Then on Saturday, her and Danielle spontaneously made up Helen from last Monday after our mobility session. Jennifer hit the girls rx'd version at 9:04, which is a Champions Club high school girls record.

Finally, Jen opted for Murph yesterday and finished with a time of 37:17, whick broke her sister, Erika's, record from 2015 for fastest for a high school girl.

Technically Jennifer will still be in high school for another few days, so we'll see if there's any other records she feels like breaking. But for real though, great job kiddo!

Beast Mode: Jennifer + Champions Club Track Gathering

I would like to take this post to give a special shout out to Jennifer Banet. Known as the drinking fountain from her 2015 Athlete of the Week post, and also as the forgotten Banet from just about everyone in the gym, Jennifer might also be known as the most athletic female we have in the Champions Club. This was on full display during the last two years.

Jennifer was a lifelong softball player in the spring, and even started on Mott's varsity as a freshman and sophomore. Then last year she decided she didn't really like softball. It was kind of boring and since she wasn't playing with her sisters any more, she'd try her hand at track and field. Over the last two seasons, she's been our most diverse female runner, trying everything from pole vault to the 2-mile. This year she really stood out!

She hit a pr in the 1 mile run last week at Regionals with a time of 6:06 - which was only 1 second away from qualifying for the Macomb County Championship meet. Then on Tuesday she pr'd in the long jump at the MAC Blue League Championships meet, jumping 14'2 on her final attempt, and finishing in 3rd place overall. She also hit 3rd place in the mile with a time of 6:08 at Leagues.

Today will mark the last meet of her high school career and I just wanted to give a shout to one of the favorite high school girls I've ever coached. I'm really proud of how she was able to apply her athleticism to 5 different sports through high school and end it on a good note. Jennifer will be running in the 4x800m relay, so try to catch her!

The Macomb County Track and Field Championships are tonight at Warren Mott High School (don't worry about the time, these meets literally last forever) and as luck would have it, there should be quite a few Champions Club peeps gathered. We'll have Jennifer Banet running in the 4x800m relay and Conor Fitzgerald running in the 110m and 300m hurdles for Mott, with Shannon coaching on the sidelines. Then we'll have reigning Athlete of the Winter Danielle Worden - a state qualifying powerlifter - running in Utica Ford's 4x800m relay. Izzy Barone will be doing the mile and maybe something else for Cousino. Robert Kroll is set to run the open 200m and a few relays for De La Salle. And finally, Marathon Matt Fecht is coaching at Cousino.

I'm headed to Mott after the 6:30 pm session if anyone wants to carpool. Should be a good group!

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.