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Welcome to the Champions Club Summer 2018!

Next Theme Workout: Shark Week/Hawaiian Mashup - Saturday at 10 am!

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SpongeBob Theme Workout Recap

Our first Theme Workout of the Summer was definitely worth the wait, as we had 19 people in attendance this morning for our first ever SpongeBob Theme Workout. A workout video mashup will be posted tomorrow most likely, but in essence we split the group into pairs, with each pair belonging to one restaurant: The Krusty Krab or the Chum Bucket. They went through three stations at 3 minutes each, then three relay races to cap it off. Whichever team's pairs had the highest/fastest scores for each segment wins the workout and the Krabby Patty Secret Formula.

The winning team this year was the Krusty Krab!

While they did not get perfect synchronization on the Dutchman's Treasure Hunt, they managed enough reps to beat Shannon and the rest of the Chum Bucket's crew.

Like I said, the workout video mashup will most likely be posted tomorrow, but we did manage to get a lot of good pictures. And the workout results will also be updated, but are posted.

SpongeBob Theme Workout Photo Gallery

Battle for the Secret Formula Workout Results

Binno also made a special guest appearance to the workout today, rocking a mustache worthy of any of those Overly Manly Man memes. But it was great to see him around again.

Lastly, due to the great turnout today, I will watch one episode of SpongeBob this weekend. So which one should I watch?

Christmas Workout Results, Highlights, and Photos

Welp, this morning the Christmas crew set a Champions Club record for the most athletes in a single session. With a total of 36 in attendance (37 if you include Mrs. Fitz on the Marc Pro), we had a packed house for our 9th annual Christmas workout.

Sabal bounced quick, and is not pictured

The Thanksgiving workout proved to be a good testing grounds for the Babies crew, because they came in today calm and collective and at complete ease with our big crowd. They modified the wallballs, trading them for plate jumps, and alternated rounds on the twelve days of burpees. Otherwise they did everything as prescribed. On the big kids side of things, we had a return of Bromm, Big Kris, Lindsey, and Erika Banet. Rookies Nick Bewick, Danielle Woorden, Josh Howey, and Emma Demonaco all made their first Christmas appearance. And Erica freaking Krueger/Gibbons drove in from an hour away just to work out with us.

Speaking of the workout, we modified things a bit for the Magi Mile and Twelve Days of Burpees. For the Magi Mile, we did 30 mountain climbers instead of 45 - partly due to the even number/simplicity of it, and partially due to the mountain climber fiasco "recovery" workout from last Sunday that left the hip flexors of all 10 in attendance served medium rare (mine are still sore). And we skipped on the running and mountain climbers for the Twelve Days of Burpees and had each partner do each number of burpees.

The winning team this year was Ricky Carey and David Saporito.

With sit-ups that barely constituted "touching bands" and knee push-ups from Slick Rick, it's no surprise they pulled out the victory over Jacob and Jay. The final standings and full photo gallery can be seen below.

Christmas Workout Spectacular 2017 Results

Christmas Workout Spectacular 2017 Photo Gallery

And for good measure, we have highlights from the Twelve Days of Burpees.

Thank you guys so much for the turnout today! It really makes my day, and probably week, to see our family mesh like this. We had people like Mama V, Bubs, and Mrs. Carey in attendance who were around for the very first Christmas workout, lots of other Champions Club veterans and rookies, and including the Babies session adds a lot to the energy in the building. On top of all this, I think a special shoutout is necessary for Katie Shakes, who has done more behind the scenes to make this event run smoothly than you guys will ever know. She's the real deal, kids.

Thank you again, and tomorrow is at 11 am for anyone wanting to mobilize or make up a workout they missed. Hope to see you there. And to keep tradition, here's some happy trees and titanuim white for the soul.

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.