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Pics of the Week: Parking Violations and Pickup

Is it against city regulations to take up 4 parking spots in a public lot with your RV camper thing?

Barry doesn't give a flying you-know-what about city regulations! He's going to drive whatever he wants to the 5:30 sessions.

Yesterday morning we played some handball and soccer with the moms in the morning for the warmup. Before any of that, Mrs. Kroll wanted to catch some buckets while I was shooting around.

Beast Mode: Mrs. Kroll

I was really considering skipping the max effort deadlifts yesterday because I didn't think it would look good. Man was I wrong. Coach Casey, Evan, Schornack, Barry, Angie, Erica, and Jesse all flipped the script and turned out excellent form even though I was not expecting as much. And we also saw some very impressive numbers.

Mrs. Kroll has been quietly having a fantastic fall of CrossFit training hiding out at the 8:30 am session. Yesterday she topped out at an impressive 155-lbs. for her 3 rep max! I think that is actually more than her previous 1-rep max. Check it out.

Beast Mode + Workout Notes

The workout on Friday was probably the first time in a while that I felt like I really messed up at the sessions; we needed to do the back squats from the racks so we could go heavier. But this really got me thinking a lot about barbell strength and lifting heavy weights. This is a topic that I ponder and has been covered on this site a handful of times - most famously in the editorial What is Strength? from the glory days of 2015. This topic also popped up in my head while watching college football over the weekend and seeing players continuously tap their helmet to ask for a sub, and also at our basketball open gym while noticing how much more our kids complained about getting fouled when they were tired. And also watching Planet Earth II.

I really, really think CrossFit hit the nail on the head with how they approach building strength. If you can do a 400-lb. deadlift then big ups to you. If you can do a 300-lb. deadlift in the middle of a brutal workout with running and pull-ups mixed in, then you are a different breed of beast.

Strength, in real life, is very, very rarely expressed at full rest. The ability to be strong, - in as many varieties as possible, while being tired is something that I need, you need, my grandma needs, baby Josh needs, and Shea Patterson needs. (Chase Winovich seems to have that covered.) A lot of attention was given last year to Saquon Barkley cleaning 400-lbs.

This is absurd. I would also love to see what his capacity would be doing Elizabeth (even if he needed to up the weight to 155 or 185 pounds). I think most coaches and programs will be blending strength with conditioning sometime in the future - probably when the younger coaches move up in the ranks - but until then it's mostly theoretical, though backed with some good anecdotes.

As far as our gym goes, it's tough to judge purely by numbers because of the variety of athletes. Alexis Anthes is a high school sophomore with 3 months of CrossFit experience and an average strength base coming from Coach T. NuNu is an 8th grader who's feet might well have never both been off the ground at the same time before joining in May. Jay is Jay. Mrs. Pip is Mrs. Pip. Saporito, Elizabeth, and Cecilia are all back in college. I would say Katie Shakes has a perfect capacity of being strong while tired, but then I'll watch her do a push-up in Cindy and reconsider.

Mostly, I judge things based on my gut feeling. We had to get our technique on point at the end of the spring/start of Summer, then we needed to build some stamina in the legs and feet. Now I really think it will help us to feel some heavier weight in the workouts. I don't like it. And Murley/Shannon might not come back until we're through this phase, but I think it's a big part of getting a great effect from workouts like Friday or today. I don't really want any 500-lb. deadlifters, or 300-lb. cleaners, but I would like to see what kind of capacity we can develop with heavier weights within the confines of a workout.

What does this look like? Well as luck would have it, our 8:30 am session did a nice job of showing us this morning.

Normally, Mrs. Pip would have been at 65 lbs., Schornack at 25 or 35 lbs., and Mrs. Kroll at 35 lbs.; here they were at 85, 45, and 55 respectively. Not huge increases, not a weight that would be a big sick of injury, just a little extra something that might require them to slow down a bit and really zone in on the lift. I thought the technique was really good considering it was the third round. Yes, it was technically supposed to be a power clean, but as long as the squat position looked good I wasn't going to mention anything; they already had enough on their mind. Either way, all three were able to keep their positions pretty well with a weight heavier than usual.

More to come!

Beast Mode: Moms in the Morning

This morning we had Mrs. Kroll, Mama V, and Mrs. Pip take on the rope climb/squat workout. In between a warmup consisting mostly of chatting about laundry and other mom things, they put in a great session of work. Here's their highlights:

Beast Mode: Mrs. Kroll

Over the weekend, Mrs. Kroll participated in the Run the Plank 5k in Macomb, finishing with a time of 36:44. She said she had to alternate between jogging and walking a bit, but - unfortunately for her - she had my voice in her head talking about "lean" and "pull the feet" and ended up strong on the kick. Since I doubt she's ever gone 36 minutes without a potty break, I would assume we can factor those in the mix as well!

For real though, this is a great accomplishment Mrs. Kroll! Let us know when the next one is and we'll try to make it out and cheer you on.

New Graduate: Mrs. Kroll

This morning Mrs. Kroll was the lone ranger at the 8:30 session and we got a lot of quality work and experimenting done that I'll surely pass on to the evening sessions later today.

But the bigger news was during our warm-up, she got her first ever double-under after 4 attempts!

Mama Kroll is coming up on her 3-year anniversary and for her to commit to a nearly hour drive to come out our way I really appreciate and am thankful for. I expect within a few months we'll be getting a first pull-up post as well. But in the meantime, good work Mrs. Kroll!

Pic of the Week: Whiteboard Mixup

On Tuesday we all got to experience some heavy deadlifts and box jumps and were sore in places we weren't expecting. I jumped in the morning session, and while Mrs. Kroll and I were gasping on the floor after the workout, Katie Shakes was nice enough to write our times and weights down. Only I didn't notice until the 4:30 session...

...when Mama V was like "Dang Mrs. Kroll was doing a lot of weight this morning!"