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

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Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule

Just an update for this weekend's session times:

Today, Tomorrow



10 am

5:30 pm

*this will be a mobility session, or makeup workout if your're a college kid back home


8:30 am - Thanksgiving Workout 7.0

*A few of The Babies are coming to this one as well, like we did for the Christmas one last year


10 am

5:30 pm



Get your belly ready for an updated version of Plymouth Hollow Rocks on Thanksgiving.

Theme Workout Announcement: Thanksgiving 2017

With a lot of new faces around this year, I wanted to make sure everyone knows about our traditional Thanksgiving Morning workout. This year's edition will be at 8:30 am, same as last year. All are invited, especially the college kids back in town. The schedule for the rest of the weekend will be posted sometime next week. Just remember the basics:

Thursday, November 23

8:30 am

Thanksgiving 2016Also, Jarrod and I are talking about the specifics of Lifts 4 Gifts. And when I say talking, I mean I left him a funny message, he laughed at the fact that we are procrastinating this yet again, and now we actually remember that there is a thing called Lifts 4 Gifts that we are in charge of.

So stay tuned, because there might be an official announcement in the next week or so. Or maybe not. Who knows. But you guys know the drill. Middle of December(ish). Probably my gym. Lift heavy things. Go home.

Organic Roasted Seaweed

Halloween was, is now, and will always be my favorite holiday. Disney's Halloween Treat was a nightly viewing, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown was an after-event tradition, and the McDonald's Halloween cassette tapes would be in heavy rotation after school while I played football in the front room. And lord have mercy... the Starbursts would roll in! Then we started to do the Halloween workout with our CrossFit group in 2010 and it has been good ever since.

I would love to say The Babies' Halloween Theme Workout tonight was awesome. I would love to say that is was a success because they practiced deadlifts with kettblebells and looked good, or they actually knew that your elbows are supposed to be in when pushing a weight over your head. And I would love to say that they were able to uphold one of the oldest and most noble of traditions once a year: an incredible sugar buzz and surefire boost in the revenue of local dentist offices. Then I binge on the leftover candy at the gym and pretend that I won't be feeling the effects of it tomorrow. Tried and true this system; one that is not to be tampered with, ever.

But of course, it has to be. PC Principal has struck down with vengence. And now I will have to explain to next year's Babies and parents how, yeah it's fun and cool, but some horrible, horrible person is out there giving out this...

... to Conamora. If I was in the English mood, I would use this as some kind of metaphor to represent the end-of-summer hope for the fall gym attendance, only to be stuck around 20 people per day, or a lens to view the current hip hop scene that has stripped much of the musical instrumentation and in-depth lyrics for repackaged, bland mumbling. Or I could write another Dr. Suess poem. But I'm just mad, so I'm not.

For the first Halloween of my life, I feel defeated, unappetized, and drained.

Good night, sweet candy.

Theme Workout Announcement (maybe): Halloween 2017

In the past we have done a Trick-or-Treat workout on Halloween, where the kids (college included) head around the neighborhood at around 6, bring in as much candy as possible, then do a workout based on the candy they got. And the costumes...

Yes, Aaron Sexton was a taco.... welp, there were costumes.

So I know some of the Babies were thinking about doing it. If we get a good enough group of kids to Trick or Treat on Halloween (next Tuesday) around 6 pm, then work out at 7:30 - Conor, Crawford, Danielle, etc. - then we'll rock it. Note, the "I'll work out but not Trick or Treat" is not an option, seeing as the workout is dependant on the candy collected. If you can make it, please post to comments!

Quote of the Week vol. 206 + Labor Day Schedule Update

"Solve your problems with aggression"

- Don Brown


Just to recap on the post from Monday, our weekend schedule will be as follows:


11 am (Harry Potter workout)

5:30 pm (Harry Potter workout)


9 am (mobility/makeup workout)


1 pm (team workout Bigs and Littles)


11 am

5:30 pm

Tomorrow also starts the new payment program. Please check the schedule/fees section for a visual and talk to me in person if you have any questions.

Finally, today is officially the last day of Champions Club Summer 2017. That means the Dream Team and AOTS will be announced tonight. Stay tuned! It's a two-person race at the moment.

Theme Workout Announcement: Harry Potter/Bigs and Littles

The final theme workout for the Summer actually comes this Friday. As everyone knows, September 1 is the day the Hogwarts Express departs Platform 9 3/4, taking dozens and dozens of young witches and wizards to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

To celebrate this event, we will be hosting the Harry Potter Theme workout on Friday, instead of the usual weekend. Also, there is a good possibility this will be an individual workout as opposed to a team workout; that is still TBD. The session times for Friday are:

11 am

5:30 pm

Those have been the most populated sessions as of late, so we're just going to hold those two on Friday (and Monday, though there is no theme for Monday other than exercise to make yourself feel less guilty about eating a ton of Aunt Jeanne's cheesy potatoes).

Then this weeks starts the trend of Sunday team workouts instead of Saturday. The official time during the school year is still TBD, but for this Sunday, we will be doing a combined session with the Babies and the regular kids/parents crew (the babies parents will also be invited). We did this on Mother's Day and it turned out really well in my opinion. This time around, we will be going on Sunday at 1 pm for the Bigs/Littles Mashup.

If this is confusing to you, then it's probably because I'm all over the place with it right now. But there will be a weekend schedule post coming out tomorrow to finalize it. Here's a visual:


11 am (Harry Potter Theme)

5:30 pm (Harry Potter Theme)


9 am (mobility/make-up WOD)


1 pm (babies/bigs mashup)


11 am

5:30 pm

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.