Strength: Power Snatch – 7×1 (warmup, then build up to a heavy single completing 7 total reps)
Metcon - 12 Minute AMRAP:
5 Deadlifts (75% of 1RM)
10 Pistols (Alternating)
30 seconds rest after each completed round
All of us at Steve's Club National Program want to congratulate one of our athletes, Kevin, on a major life accomplishment: He's graduating from High School!
Kevin moved to the United States in 2005 from Puerto Rico, and has been working out with Steve’s Club Camden since 2011. His neighborhood reflects some of the challenges we see many Steve’s Club athletes facing. Kevin says:
“My neighborhood is kinda violent. Every now and then there is a robbery and drug related problem ... Steve’s Club has been a positive thing in my life by keeping me off the streets.”
“Kevin is a good example of why Steve’s Club is important. He was getting into trouble at school, got into a few fights, and it seemed possible that he’d let the attitude of his neighborhood prevail.
“Now he comes to Steve’s Club and is excited to share things that happen in school, as well as new PRs in the gym. His successes in CrossFit carry over to a feeling of pride in himself and his accomplishments.“
Steve's Club isn't just about the Sport of Fitness; it's about bringing the values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to everyday life. What we see in the gym is often a reflection of what happens in the outside world.
Kevin is no exception.
Discipline: Work hard, be dedicated, commit to excellence.
“On most days Kevin walks to Steve's Club which is about a 45 minute walk from his house,” Steve says. “This really says a lot about the person Kevin is and shows his commitment, drive and dedication to Steve's Club.”
“As a result of his hard work and determination, he can now do advanced exercises such as rope climbs, handstand pushups, ring dips, pullups and muscle-ups. I have seen Kevin make a major transformation both physically and interpersonally.”
Kevin’s accomplishments didn't come easy: according to Lee, he came to Steve’s Club early, stayed late, and did the work necessary to reach his goal. In the span of one month, Kevin went from being unable to do a single pull-up to doing thirty chest-to-bar pullups during the 2012 CrossFit Open thanks to his self-starting attitude and willingness to put in the daily work.
Other Steve’s Club kids look to Kevin as a role model. His great attitude, Steve says, can turn negatives into positives; and he inspires others to work hard in school, at work, and in life.
Kevin and Steve's Club Teammate CJ
One of Kevin’s mentors, John Costa, is a member of CrossFit Tribe (which shares space with Steve’s Club) and sees Kevin as “the hope other at-risk teens need. Other teens need to see kids like Kevin and understand there is more than just the streets. He has shown many athletes who are now part of Steve’s Club a different way of life; one full of determination – which is followed by success.”
“Kevin's progress spans past a set of rings and a barbell.”
We are so proud of Kevin's work both inside and outside the gym. Check out his athlete profile below, along with the video of his first Muscle Up!
Steve's Club Athlete Profile
Name: Kevin A.
Local Steve's Club: Steve’s Club Camden/CrossFit Tribe
Date started CrossFit: May 2011
Favorite WOD or exercise: Muscle Ups, Deadlifts, Clean and Jerk
Grace Time: 4:48 rx’d
What are the proudest CF moments you’ve had so far?
The proudest CrossFit moments I’ve had so far are my first muscle up, getting a PR on my deadlift (365 lbs) and doing “Grace” in 4:48.
Which one of the Steve's Club Values is most important to you?
Teamwork is the most important Steve’s Club value to me.
Tell us about your school goals and your CrossFit goals. Did you achieve them?
My goal was to graduate high school, and my CrossFit goal was a muscle up. I’m proud to say I achieved both in the same week.
What are your new goals?
My personal goal is to go to college and get a major in computer engineering. My new goal in CrossFit is to get butterfly pullups.