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New Kids on the Block: Marines + MLK Sessions

The 8:30 am session on Monday will be moved to 10:00 am so you lazy high school kids can sleep in a bit. Other sessions will go on as scheduled.

While I was meeting up with a prespective athlete and her kids last week, I heard the door open and saw two fully uniformed Marine officers walk in. Not really sure what to expect, I greeted them, and they told me they were in charge of a group of young Marines in training based out of Madison Heights, and they needed a place to work out once a week. So we settled on Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Yesterday was their first day.

Izzy, Erica, and the rest of the 4:30 crew were shocked when they walked in to see this crowd before their workout, but it was definitely cool to watch. I think we have our routine figured out with them, so I think this is going to be a thing for the next few months at least. Also, we might see a few of them trickle into our group classes if they can't make their set time on Thursdays. So be on the lookout for that as well. The two guys in charge - Sgt. Keller and Sgt. Woodside are really cool dudes so hopefuly you'll get a chance to meet them and the rest of the crew at least once while they are calling the Champions Club their home.

New Kids on the Block: Troy Lax Bros

If anyone remembers last year we tried to get the Wayne State club lacrosse thing going, and it ended up fizzling out after the athletic board cut all(!) club sports, not just lacrosse. Luckily, I kept in contact with coach Matt Kassa (who works with Shannon's husband) and it turns out he's coaching the varsity lacrosse team at Troy High now. So what does that mean? Welp, it means 19 lax goons in our gym every Wednesday night.

Last night was their first workout at the gym and I thought it went really well. They have a very good blend of joking around and then getting serious when they need to. As a coach, this makes things very fun. The challenges mostly came with trying to figure out equipment and space, but the team workout at the end went smooth after they got the hang of it.

We went over the 4 building the house movements yesterday - hollow hold, push-up, squat, jump - and they picked up very well. Lastly, I also wanted to give a shout to Coach Matt. I have been in on a lot of high schools, and the one thing I never see is the sports coach actually put his words to the test and work out with the kids (the exception being Coach Kim from back in the day). I think it's really important that Coach Matt is right in the middle of the session, getting his form critiqued, sweating, and learning just like everyone else. Oh how I with this was the norm.

Hopefully there will be many highlights to keep you posted on. Looking forward to next session kids!

New Kids on the Block: Cousino Kids pt. 1

As Shannon spent this fall coaching the Warren Cousino Cross Country team, she managed to recruit a group to come train at the gym with us. This is what we believe is the first wave with a second one hopefully soon to follow. Here we have Avery Waslowski and Hadley and Eric Hopkins.

Avery is a freshman at Cousino and was teammates with Hadley, a senior. When Hadley decided to join, her mother persuaded her brother Eric to tag along as well. So far the trio has finished four Fundamentals sessions. The main thing I have noticed with all three of them is their lack of midline strength in most movements - which is unfortunately common for most runners that I've seen come in. But surprisingly their coordination and mobility is pretty good and they are obviously coming in with a solid endurance base. They all picked up on the skill side of their movements.

While all three of them run (Eric track and Hadley/Avery cross country), they are all soccer-first athletes from what I've gathered so far. That athletic background has definitely helped them so far in Fundamentals. I'll check back in after Day 8.

New Kids on the Block: Wayne State Lax Bro's

Through a connection with Shannon, we are now housing Wayne State's new club lacrosse team once a week for a dose of CrossFit.

Shannon and I went out to their practice last Wednesday to observe for a bit and take them through a mini-workout on their practice field. After some discussions with their coaches, they agreed to come out to our gym for the weekly workouts.

Yesterday was our first session and we had 9 kids in total (with more supposedly on their way next week). They went through the normal Day 1 of Fundamentals with hollow rocks, push-ups, burpees, and kettlebell swings. In fact, you can see their workouts results in yesterday's Build a Champion section. We are not necessarily going to follow the normal Fundamentals schedule as usual but it won't be too far off. Next week we'll probably go over squatting and deadlifts.

Their goal is to ultimately transition from being a club team to an official NCAA Division II team along with the rest of the Wayne State Athletic Program, so hopefully we can play a role in making that happen. Either way, we are glad to have these kids on board and hopefully you all will get a chance to see them around the gym.

New Kids on the Block: Reggie and Arlene

There is a certain random nature aboot our favorite Canadian gazelle Shannon Marchant that seems to play to her advantage when it comes to popularity. There you are in the middle of winter freezing your butt off in this crummy warehouse after a long day at school or work when in strolls a timid, smiling Shannon - acting like she didn't take the last 7 months off from training.

Then within the first day, she brings us people. Three, as a matter of fact.

Arlene Ellsworth works with Shannon and decided to bring herself, her husband Reggie, and their 8th grade son, Josh in to Thursday's 6:30 pm session. Despite the fact that their arms were fried, Arlene and Reggie decided to sign up for Fundamentals while Josh went in with Murley's middle school group. More on Josh in a later post, but so far Fundamentals have been going well for the couple.

Reggie and Arlene finished Day 2 yesterday showing good form on everything we have done up to this point. Push-ups are not the easiest thing for Arlene and neither is feet-together jumping for Reggie. But they are both easy to coach and should see improvements in both areas in no time at all. I'm excited to see how the rest of Fundamentals goes. We'll check back after Day 8.

New Kids Crew Starting This Sunday!

It's been a long time since we've had a consistent group of younger athletes working with us, but we're hoping that is about to change. Here's what you need to know:


Champions Club Kids and Teens Groups

Ages 8-14 (will be split into two groups, ages 8-11 and 12-14, based on who shows up)

Weekly Schedule: Monday and Thursday at 7 PM, Sunday at 1 PM

Ages 8-11 expect sessions to last 30-35 minutes, Ages 12-14 expect 45-50 minutes.

Cost: $35 per month (plus sibling discounts)

Kids crew from 2013 - featuring baby ElleKids crew from 2014 - featuring a little older baby Elle and baby Maria10 AM from 2015 - where you people at??? 

Sessions start THIS SUNDAY AT 1 PM. Bring your younger siblings or kids or neighbor's kids or anyone who fits the criteria of an 8-14 year old human person.

PSA re: New Kids

Hey kids, as some of you have witnessed, we have been getting quite a few New Kids as of late. I just thought you should know that I am very happy with how you guys treat them when they come in. From Aaron Sexton and Katie Shakes playing basketball, to Mr. Carey's "hope to see you in here soon," to JZ taking people through the warmup, to Mama V's classic biology pick-up line, taking your time to talk with these new people plays just as much of a part to bring them in as any coaching or workout I can provide.

In fact, many of you would not be here now if our people were not so outgoing towards you in your first days. If things go right, we will be having many more New Kids on their way in the coming weeks. While the new person may not always be the exact person you want to talk to at the moment, one little conversation can turn the Kavanaughs into our Kavanaughs, or the Andersons into our Andersons.

Keep being yourself!

Faust and Mama V. Two of the most social beings on this side of the MIssissippiRecomended reading: The Mama V Rule