A – Power Snatch EMOM 6 x 2 (70%)
B – Deadlift 3 x 5 (55%)
3 Position Power Snatch Complex (High hang, Hang, Floor)
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
10 Wall Balls (20/14)
15 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1 pood)
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This time last year… Dane made us New Plyo Boxes.
I arrived in Chicago in November of 2010. I was a just starting to get serious about Crossfit in my hometown of Brighton, MI when I was transferred out to the Windy City. As a guy who has played many sports, I was not a stranger to the weight room. But the structure and community of Crossfit is something that really pulled me in. After leaving several phone messages, I finally got an e-mail back from Kelly to come in and do the base line workout. I rocked it (except for the row, of course) and my career at CFC was underway.
Like an idiot – I started regularly attending the 6 AM classes three times a week.
Back in Brighton – there was maybe a handful of athletes that would beat me in the WOD’s (and all of them ex-NHL or semi-pro hockey players). At CFC, I had to bust my butt on a regular basis to finish in the top 5. I’ve always been a competitive guy…and I’ve gotten my ego checked on a weekly basis. There have been two defining moments for me at CFC that have really pushed me to take it to the next level.
#1 – seeing the “Member of the Month” plaque for the first time. I remember looking at it and seeing “Carp”s picture there when I was still doing my 6 AM routine. I remember thinking “I wanna be on that.” So I committed myself to trying to beat Carp in every workout and catch and surpass him in weight. This started a long line of CFC athletes that I would benchmark myself against (Matt Jones, Brett Raz, B-Dub to name a few….Alex obviously being the unicorn you’re never going to catch).
#2 – absolutely killing myself to ensure that I finished a workout before Elisabeth Akinwale. I beat her (by like two seconds) only to look over and see that she had 10 more pounds on her bar than I did. Ego = checked….and then checked again…and then again.
Somewhere around the time that Kelly asked me to defect to the Noon class, I thought it would be funny to post a quote from the late great Randy “Macho Man” Savage on the blog along with my regular weight/time post…I think it was because I started wearing the shirt I made at Strange Cargo to the box. Rudy was the one who called for me to make my moniker “Cream of the Crop” (a quote used in my favorite promo) and the rest, as they say, is history. You want to talk about someone picking up that moniker ball and running with it? I wonder how many times I’ll have to explain why I have “COTC” embroidered on my shoe (in pink).
I had big plans for CFC in 2013. But my employer had other things in mind. And so I have to say goodbye to all of my friends at Crossfit Chicago. I can truly say that there is nothing that saddens me more than leaving this community. There is not one person I’ve met at CFC that I didn’t like. And it gave me a place where I felt so at home – that I was able to bring back a certain side of myself that most of the world doesn’t get to see. I’m sorry if I got on some of your nerves with the way I carried myself at the box – I was just trying to make it fun.
Oh…and I never made “Member of the Month”…
So I’ll try and close this eulogy up by giving you all a big THANK YOU. Thanks for the memories…thanks for the lessons in humility…and thanks for putting up with me these past two years. Who knows? Maybe I’ll find my way back here someday…and never forget: Space is the place, sky’s the limit! Ohhh yeeeeeeah!