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Beast Mode: 5:30 Handsome Gentlemen

As I have wrote about before, this has certainly been the reunion Summer, and our 5:30 session on Friday was a packed house with some big names from the past; leading the way was Jacob Augustine, Alan Wisniewski, Craigen Oster, and Steven Carey - four hunks who, with the exception of Jacob, last saw action at the Champions Club during our first Summer here at the box in 2012. Filling out the crew was Mr. and Mrs. Carey, Conor Fitzgerald, Ricky Carey, and Reggie and Josh Ellsworth.

This was a workout I wanted to let the reigns off a bit anyways, but due to the number of people at the session I was even more hands off than usual - only a few times correcting knees forward and such. But the crew looked great overall! Check it out.

Athlete of the Week: Ricky Carey

"Chris, I've decided to be the Athlete of the Week this week."

- Ricky Carey at last Sunday's mobility session.

Ricky Carey is a ladies man, he's a visual cue on Olympic lifts, he's the wackywavinginflatablearmflailingtubeman, and now he is a Seer worthy of an O in Professor Trelawney's class. Or we have just sunk that low... apparently all you have to do is tell me you're going to be the Athlete of the Week and I'll cave in if it's August. Either way, Ricky was on point all week.

On Monday Ricky posted a good time while doing the double-up climbs each round. On Tuesday he looked every bit as good as Sap on the torturous slow front squats using 145 lbs. On Thursday Ricky surprised everyone by doing unassisted pull-ups and topped it off by doing full-ROM GHD sit-ups. His best workout of the week, in my opinion, was at the 5:30 session on Friday's thruster/double under workout; he finished in 14:48, showed great form on double unders, and probably should have been bumped up to 95 lbs.

As a cherry on top, Ricky's team won the Army Workout today!

Ricky is definitely one of those kids that flies under the radar here, and has been since he joined in 2011. Think about it: this is Ricky's 7th Summer with the Champions Club. His high school career was marked by a very drastic uptick during the Winter of the Freaks (2013-2014) that continued through his senior year, and since he's gone away to college he's still managed to keep a steady increase in his fitness. He's training for a half marathon in October, so hopefully he finishes the Summer strong before heading back to Central.

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.

Spray Paint and Ink Pens

First off, shout out to my dad for helping me pick the color and texture of the paint, as well as doing most of the skilled work when it came to actually painting the floor.

Secondly, I thought it would be a cool idea to let you guys spray paint your name or something similar in a small spot on the floor. We have a couple of bottles left from the scopes and such, but I don't know how long they will last. Especially since The Freaks and Fry used up a decent amount last night.

As of now, it's available to mark your territory after the 9 am session or after the 6:30 pm session. Just ask permission.

Beast Mode: College Freaks

The Freaks are in college now, let that sink in for a minute.

Ricky Carey and crew just finished their first collegiate year and are now back at the Champions Club for the Summer. The 9 am session from last Tuesday featured Slick, Elizabeth Banet, David Saporito, Katie Shakes, and Mrs. Fitz. They put in a great performance on the wallball/box jump ladder. Check it out.

Pics of the Week Go Waaaaaayyy Back

You may be wondering what caused Ricky Carey and Elizabeth Banet to burst out in uncontrollable laugh on Thursday...

Well, earlier in the day my dear mother was digging through some old boxes and found a envelope of cards that were made for me. Apparently when I was a freshman in high school we had to do a service project every Wednesday by going to visit different schools in the area and helping the kids read and do math stuff.

I was stationed at Guardian Angels and as luck would have it, there were some familiar names in the mix.

Other names in the card mix include Elizabeth Banet, Hannah Kimmel, Connor Moore, and Austin Richard. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw these and thought about the fact that I had no idea who these kids were at the time.

From the Vault: Father vs. Son

Two Summers ago the 7 pm session saw Mr. Carey and Ricky going head to head in a running and push press workout. Mr. C put the heat on his son at the start, but after a few rounds Ricky pulled away.

Running and push presses are a sneaky combo, especially when done at a high intensity. In fact, they should be coming up soon...