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Quote of the Week vol. 232

"Will this matter in 5 years?"

- Ben Bergeron

March 2013

Often times I'll find myself in a bit of a trench, throwing my reasoning at the oppositon while they hurl their back at me. Or I'll try to hold my ground on a movement or behavior standard against some little houligan who just broke up with his girlfriend before basketball practice, or a dad who just got off a late shift at work. Maybe I miscommunicated on a payment with a family and I feel like they owe 100 more dollars than what they paid, or a different athlete was a few hours late on their monthly dues. Will those things matter 5 years from now? Maybe, and maybe not.

The picture above was from 5 years ago. And I can't remember a damn thing about that workout. It looks to be some kind of push press and front lunge couplet. Maybe some burpees or box jumps, considering the tire is out? I know the faces perfectly well, obviously, and at the time I was trying to build habits that could make us the best possible versions of ourselves that we can be. Nothing has changed in my goals since then, but it's also important that I don't get caught up in the specifics too much. There is usually a "next time" in which things can be corrected and lessons can be learned. So if it won't matter 5 years from now, consider being patient and letting things unfold the way they are at the present time.

Theme Workouts from the Vault

Around this time of year, the Champions Club has traditionally done two of our school-year theme workouts: Super Bowl and Valentine's day. For the second year in a row, we did not do the Super Bowl workout, but once we get the numbers back up we will be sure to bring it back. It will be difficult, however, to top the classic 2014 Super Bowl workout during the prime years for The Freaks. We had a crazy tiebreaker, a fishing battle, a chick-fight with Amy and Bubs, and the only sin Aaron Augustyn has ever committed was caught on video.

Later that month we did Anita Partyka's Valentine's Day Heartbreaker - a workout where teams are given cards to play on their opponents. Highlights from the last round can be seen below.

This one is not out of the running yet for this year. Stay tuned..

New Year's Eve Workout Poll

In the past we have done a New Year's Eve Workout starting at 11 pm and ending right as the crystal ball drops. If we can get enough for it, we'll do it again.

So post to comments if you are available to do a workout on Sunday, December 31 @ 11 pm. If we can get a group of about 8 or so then we'll do it.

Note: there will also be a regular team workout session earlier that day, as well as a regular workout the next day.

CFJ Feature: Me (Again)

So as Mel posted on the side, I was featured in a recent CrossFit Journal article where they interview affiliate owners about a preset list of questions ranging from their best desicions, worst decisions, free time, and surprises. I gave this back in late-September and thought is was going to be left on the shelves, but over the weekend I glanced at a picture of The Freaks in the parking lot and knew that was it.

10 Questions with CrossFit Athletic Group

Notable mentions:

  • Mama V, Mrs. Pip, Mrs. Carey
  • Brian the Trainer
  • Shannon
  • Coach T
  • The infamous "raising my rabbits" excuse

Also, credit to Nate for sending me the original files of the pictures. Besides the one above, his were featured and a main reason why I was allowed to conduct an interview in the first place.

Goon and Goblin Resurgence 9/18

This one is sure to draw some chatter, and again comes from Jacob.

Who would be in your all-star session? You can pick anyone from any era in Champions Club history, yourself and 5 other athletes.

Couple notes:

1. This is not necessarily based on how athletic the people are, just who you would like to be in a session with the most.

2. You cannot clone yourself Reggie.

3. This is obviously all in good fun. If you are thinking of getting offended from being left off a list, think again. There's stiff competition. Any time you are pitted up in a popularity contest against Mrs. Pip you will lose. Unless, of course, you are Mrs. Pip.

From the Vault: Filthy Fifty

Summer 2013 was definitely a great one in Champions Club history; lots of faces we should recognize as grown-up and college-bound by now. One of the highlights of the Summer was the Filthy Fifty in mid-August. We did a group video mashup of all the sessions. Check it out.

Never know when these benchmark workouts will come up...

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.