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Lifts 4 Gifts 2017, 9 am Sat. December 16 @ The Champions Club

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Lifts 4 Gifts Recap

Well kids, Lifts 4 Gifts 2017 happened this morning.

In between the laughs, jokes, fudge, and hot chocolate, we saw a lot of great lifts go down. We had 24 participants between the two gyms, as well as guest appearances by Binno, Tim, Matt and Shea, and Kayla, who is a member of Utica Ford's powerlifting team with Coach T. Our spectators and helpers included Tam, Michelle, Murley, and the Lala/Giorgio troublmaking duo.

Big shouts to Jacob for helping set up the deadlift ladder, Jay for transporting weights around, Jarrod for being Jarrod, Katie Shakes for doing a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that goes unnoticed, Fry for grabbing some spoons before the session, and Wendy for bringing the Fudge!

The final results can be seen here.

Photo gallery can be seen here.

Thank you guys again for a great event!

Thanksgiving 2017 Recap


Thanksgiving 6.0 was a chaotic workout for sure. It's not often when The Babies being at a session don't require the most attention, but reigning Athlete of the Summer David Saporito is back for the weekend and holy pants he's like the most hyperactive 5-year old with orange spraypaint in his hair. And of course he instigates everyone else, so Big Kris (his partner) the 3x Banets, Sabal, and even Danielle were thrown into the mix of constant chatter that made giving instructions nearly impossible. But somehow, the workout still happened and it went pretty well. The whiteboard shows some discrepancy with who actually won the workout, but according to the numbers on the board Sabal and Elizabeth finished with the highest score.

Whether or not they were counting by 2's will always be a mystery, but I'm sure David will hold a permanent grudge. We totaled 26 in attendance, which included The Babies making an appearance as a test-run of sorts for the Christmas Workout Spectacular.

When it comes to the holiday/theme workouts, I would gladly put up with some mild chaos in favor of having a great turnout, and this was easily the most people we've ever had at a Thanksgiving workout. Big ups to you all for making the trip this morning, and hope to see you the rest of the weekend.

Thanksgiving 2017 Photo Gallery

Thanksgiving 2017 Workout Results

Army Workout Recap

Earlier this morning we brought back the Summer 2014 Army Theme Workout with a few twists in the mix. First, we had an even group of 12, so we did teams of 4 instead of 5. As such, we took out the ring dip station in an attempt to keep the rotations even. Next we took out the partner deadlift because Coach T's monster sandbags are not here any more and added a bar swing in place, we subbed a medicine ball run for the double unders, and last but not least, Binno came up big for us and brought some 60-lb. logs from his house we could use for the cleans in conjunction with the tire flips.

After people got the hang of it, it seemed to go pretty smoothly.  The playlist was also very interesting; Binno managed to find an Army Cadence station on Spotify, which sounded exactly like you would imagine. The winning team consisted of Elizabeth, Murley, Saporito, and Ricky. You can see the full results here. And I managed to snap a few pictures that can be seen in the August '17 Daily WODs photo gallery.

Great job to everyone today, good looks to Elizabeth for bugging me over and over to bring this one back, and I think we might have room for one more theme workout between now and Harry Potter. So be on the lookout.

Lego Workout Recap

I think the Lego Workout will go down along the lines of the Mario Workout; a great idea, not bad on execution, and a few tune-ups. But I think it is definitely one we'll bring up again.

The winners for the kids were Jennifer and Ashley, who kind of bent the rules a bit in their favor...

...and the winners of the parents workout was the team of Mrs. Carey and Mr. Carey, who won not because of any skill, but due to them spending only 3 minutes unnecessarily building their base (unlike scoutmasters Mr. Wonsil and Mr. Warthman, who spent the entire time on a solid base).

The cards proved to be very interesting for the kids group as well. Sap and Sabal had to redo an entire round, Jennifer and Ashley had to glue burpees to most of their box jumps, and Kris and Shakes had to carry each other on the run. The picture says it all...

All in all, I liked the idea. Brian helped a ton with the planning. Jay did a test-WOD with me on Friday night. A few adjustments to the format and flow and look for this one to be a regular. Thanks to everyone who showed up.

Check the photo gallery here.

Check the results here.

Mother's Day Workout Wrap-up

After a hiatus of a few years, we decided to bring back our Mother's Day Theme Workout. This year we switched med-ball run for med-ball clean, then we bumped up the reps. It looked like this:

Med-Ball Run, 14 reps
I-want-my-six-pack-back sit-ups, 80 reps (partner style)
Lunges, 250 reps
Front squat, 150 reps

We split up into partners and divided the work however strategized. Only this time we had a few new faces join.

Babies session standouts Conamora and Zeena participated, as well as their mother, Mrs. Regine. We also had Abby Fitz - the most athletic offspring in the Mr. & Mrs. Fitz household. I was pleasantly surprised with the workout and it seemed like it was challenging to you all.

Full photo gallery can be seen here.

Workout results can be seen here.

Mario Workout Wrap-up

We took our second attempt at the Mario Workout we tried in 2014 this morning at the 11 am session and it went pretty well. We actually had the perfect number - twelve - in attendance, which meant that we did not need to insert any extra stations in the obstacle course. In addition, we got to add coins and actually enforce when people got hit. I liked how it turned out.

Katie Shakes and Tim won the workout with Kenny and Tyler coming in a close second. The full results can be seen here. I also managed to snap a few pictures which are included in the July '16 Daily WODs - complete with a surprise guest appearance from Jarrod.

Thanks to everyone who came out today for following directions and making this another great Theme Workout.

80's Workout Recap and Photo Gallery

Another year, another classic 80's Theme Workout at the Champions Club. We had a group of 14 this year and it was hot as blazes in the gym and out on the parking lot. It was 10 exercise stations with one partner doing 80 seconds of work, then the other partner doing 80 seconds; one time through for total reps. The only change this year was we added in two water breaks after the 4th and 7th cycle. Shannon and Murley took home the victory this year, followed closely by Elizabeth and Jennifer.

See the full workout results here.

But everyone knows the workout comes secondary to the dress code. This year, newcomer Conor Fitzgerald stole the show with these ridiculous shorts.

It still pains me to look at that. But you can see the rest of the photo gallery here.

Thanks again to everyone who came out today. Be ready for the next theme workout.