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Feedback for InkBlot 5 and InkBlot 6 will be posted over the weekend of August 24-25 once all participants have gone.
Note: Typo in “Balanced” column should say within 40 points of your average.
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Official 2018 Modification Index
APRIL MOTHERBOARD [updated 4/1]
Updated as of 8:00pm Friday Feb 23
2018 Winter Games
(Idea and basic format submitted by Carla Nelson from Turf SCS)
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March Mayhem 2018 Workouts (SOME MINOR CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THESE OUTDATED VERSIONS LIKE SLOPE AND GRAMMATICAL REVISIONS. PLEASE REFER TO MARCH MOTHERBOARD FOR UPDATED VERSIONS!)
BROWNSTOWN – 447 HARRISON – 352 SCS – 203
SHELBY – 196 ROYAL OAK – 133
BROWNSTOWN – 50 HARRISON – 39 SCS – 23
SHELBY – 22 ROYAL OAK – 15
BROWNSTOWN* – 640 (-19) HARRISON – 703 (+121) SCS – 712 (+96)
SHELBY* – 650 (+69) ROYAL OAK** – 614 (+22)
*Without Finals Scores **Pool Play Only
BROWNSTOWN – 45 HARRISON – 30 SCS – 27
SHELBY – 19 ROYAL OAK – 18
When I’m on the turf explaining a new circuit, or even on social networks following the buzz about the day’s workout I’m often faced with the question:
Where did the idea for THAT circuit come from?
That question is usually followed by some playful jab at my sanity, or lack-thereof. So be it!
But it is important for you, the Junkie, to understand how some of these patterns were created as they will often help you recall them next time you see them on the board.
Nearly ALL circuits originate from one of the of the following four categories of inspiration:
Logical – These patterns are the ones that molded Syphus. Think MTN, Reptilian, Centaurs and Gauntlets. While today these circuits seem pretty basic, in the beginning stages of Syphus, these progressions were pretty novel in that no other fitness concept really performed workouts (or even sets of reps for that matter) in that fashion.
Generally these circuits contain basic patterns, checklists and multiples that vary in length. That’s really it!
Adaptive – Eventually, coming up with any new Logical circuits became a very difficult, so we tried combining two different circuits the Centaur and a MTN: The Hybrid was born.
Using that logic opened up a trove of new possibilities. Quickly we were creating new, mutant-like circuits! Other examples would be Ceptilian, Mt. Neverest, Vertex and Zenith.
Where the Logical and Adaptive circuits get their names from the progression’s pattern and the picture they illustrate, the Thematic and Abstract circuits below START with a thought FIRST and then the numerical pattern is formed.
Thematic – Thematic circuits are not actually new patterns by nature but they take different feel that allows them to be categorized separately. Generally a Thematic circuit will be an entire workout comprised of either Logical and or Adaptive circuits to convey a certain event or activity.
Workout and circuits like Judgement Day, Golf, Barn Burner and Gone Fishin’ are all examples of Thematic formats.
Abstract – Eventually the Adaptive circuits also became harder engineer and Thematic workouts don’t really jive with our scoring system: Usher in Abstract circuits.
These are my favorite to develop as they allow for the most creativity. In actuality, I view dreaming up circuits like these as almost Brainteaser Puzzles.
The inspiration may come from the most random place or thing, but is most cases, I will think of a situation or scenario, particularly where an action is being performed, and try to articulate that in numbers.
Make sense? If not, read that last part again because sometimes it doesn’t initially make sense to me either…that’s the fun in it!
Let me give you an example: The circuit we know as Cavity (and Filling) came as you might imagine.
I’ve played hockey throughout my life into adulthood and in doing so I’ve had my share of dental procedures. One day, while I was sitting in the dentist’s chair awaiting a double-root-canal my mind started to wonder and NO – it wasn’t the laughing gas!
“How could express the procedure of a tooth extraction or a filling in numbers?” I thought.
Using my mental database of Syphus circuits, I flipped through patterns like Reverse, Expanding and Shrinking MTNs thinking they would be closest.
Close. But not quite.
“Instead of a Shrinking MTN getting smaller by the outsides,” I thought, “Why not have them diminish from the interior? Bingo!” And just like that Cavity was created. And, out of necessity, Filling was formed as it is the inverse pattern; something almost every circuit has.
Other examples of Abstract circuits and their inspiration:
EL Cycle (a poem about the Circle of Life), Equalateral (The Fibonacci Sequence brought to mind by Lateralus a song by the band Tool), Playing the Field (Expression of Syphus runs in circuit-form), Dark-Side (Pink Floyd…not Star Wars), Jacob’s Ladder (DNA/Double Helix), The Hive (Honeycomb shaped architectural back splash), Ripple/Tidal/Undertow (A day at the beach watching water currents and waves), Hunter Gatherer (The simple thought of what Hunting and Gathering looked like to me…this one may be more Thematic), MACH-V (Machiavelli, with the base circuit idea suggest by a Mothership-er) and among others, Veneer (a facade/front facing layer).
In end, what’s most interesting? Virtually anything can be expressed in a Syphus Training circuit one way or another, you just have to be preoccupied with the thought long enough to see it through. In fact, many times I will simply come across a word I like and I will jot it down somewhere I can see it daily and continue to contemplate how to turn it into a routine until it does…sometimes months later.
Fair Warning: Look out for The Bluff.
Ever have a question about the inspiration of a specific circuit? Just hit us up on Facebook (either the Corporate page or my personal page) or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to answer!
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Press Release: August 21, 2017
Syphus Training, LLC is proud to announce they have secured their first out of state license to Trevor Carroll-Coe to operate Syphus Training workouts in Los Angeles, California.
Carroll-Coe, originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, will be bringing the Syphus Training methodology to California with the intentions of officially offering classes some time in late 2017. On his first impression of Syphus, Carroll-Coe elaborates, “I knew after my very first workout that Syphus was something that I needed in my life, and the West Coast needed it too.”
The addition of Turf Los Angeles marks the fifth independently owned and operated Syphus Training for the brand with aspirations to secure more licensing deals in other major metropolitan areas across the country. Their sixth location in total includes their corporate flagship location in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Founder and CEO of Syphus Training Mike Hackett explains his excitement for the future, “This deal represents a lot for the brand and the Syphus community as a whole. It’s our first crack at displaying what Syphus has to offer on a national stage. I have no doubt that it is in the greatest of hands with Trevor. He will gain quite a following out there.” Hackett continues, “Once folks on the west coast get a chance to experience Syphus, their eyes are going to be opened to a whole new genre of exercise that’ll spread Junkie-Nation at an incredible pace.”
As Turf Los Angeles begins to ramp up interest, you can search them on Facebook and other social networks for updates. Details on Turf Los Angeles including location, contact info, class times, rates and grand opening date will be released in the coming weeks. Prospective licensees, interested in opening up a Syphus Training Turf, or offering classes in an already established facility are asked to email inquiries to email@example.com.
Carroll-Coe, who is also celebrating another milestone this weekend in being wed to his long time fiancee adds, “It’s a really exciting time in my life in all aspects!” In regards to Syphus, “I’m looking forward to bringing the hardest workout in the Motor City to the fitness capital of the world!”
More questions and answers from our Brand Ambassador Susie R. This week’s question:
Are there any areas of your life that has Syphus Training helped improve off the Turf?
Susie R.: Syphus Training has had a huge impact on me in many ways. By far the most important is the realization, that when I’m on the turf, there is something bigger out there giving me strength. I have been able to get where I am today by letting go of fear and doubt in my abilities. My mental resistance loses its grip on the turf and this is such a free feeling! I’ve learned that I can conquer the impossible by trusting inner strength that can only come from above. It’s often this little reminder in Philipians 4:13 that gives me that extra push I need to power up mid workout.
Syphus is so humbling but I’m dedicated to keep trying to master the tasks. This takes dedication through solid form, focus, persistence, and faith in the process. Every time I’m on the turf I am a work in progress, climbing and stumbling along the way. It is with each new try up these mountains I become that much stronger.
Every Syphus workout gives me a sense of accomplishment and confidence. I can keep up with my kids and my body feels strong and healthy as I go about everyday life. I am full of energy and vitality. There is no doubt I am physically and mentally stronger because of Syphus Training.
Syphus has given me a purpose to continue to inspire and lead others to healthy lifestyle changes!
Syphus Training offers a valuable tool that is able to track all the different parts of your workout. This creative scoring system, or ROQ, has many purposes including showing you your current state of fitness. Once a newbie gets that first score their eyes are opened to a whole new concept and motivational push like no other!
Junkies can take the workout to the next level by diving into all of the Syphus statistics. I think each and every one of us can get something out of following the scores and stats.
I like to keep a close eye on my 30 day boulder and my daily score. I also pay attention to the daily scores of those in my weight class and around my same fitness level. I use these numbers as a gauge to push and challenge myself.
I check out the plus/minus stats to see the averages. This is one way to see what was going on within the workout that day. If I’m in the red I review the tasks and circuits again to gain clarity. This is where I tend to learn the most about myself and my strengths and weaknesses within the workout. It helps me to think and strategize for the next workout. I also like to factor in what kind of day I was having. Stress, nutrition, sleep, and class energy all play a role in my personal score. It makes me think and I like that about this workout. You can’t just come and go.
Its also fun to review the highs and lows of your career boulder to see how far you’ve come. There is so much more to discover within the statistics page if you keep digging!
We all want to improve, bump up our score, and increase our fitness level. I think that’s one of the many reasons we come back to a Syphus workout vs something else.
What I have learned through the years is that The Syphus ROQ is more than a just a number. These scores and stats help you find out a lot about yourself, the most important being integrity and patience.
Ultimately the score tends to lead to a deeper quest of mastering ourselves and the tasks within the workout. Some days we get glimpses of what we are truly capable of. During competitions it’s amazing to see the different turfs work together for the greater good.
There’s nothing like that feeling when you finish the board or jumped 100+ points. Thanks to the Syphus scoring and statistics these times are documented for you to learn and grow from.
For the next few segments we’ve asked specific questions to our Brand Ambassador Susie Rahaim to get her insight and perspective.
This week’s question: How do you make time for Syphus, or any mode of exercise, priority in your life?
Exercise is a priority in my life because I make it that way. It doesn’t magically happen and it doesn’t come easy. I am busy and wear many hats including being a mom to 4 kids ranging from ages 2-12. Some days take more planning than others but I know that I am 100% responsible for my own health. I have a mentality that if I don’t exercise I’m going to pay for it down the line. If you can’t make this connection between exercise and your overall health it’s really hard to stick with it.
You have to view exercise as you would getting quality sleep or drinking enough water. It’s a daily necessity that can’t be overlooked. You have to make it a part of you and who you are, NOT something you begrudgingly HAVE to do.
My kids inspire me tremendously and by making exercise a priority it teaches them to care about their own health and wellness.
Exercising in the morning is the ideal time for me. It never fails; as the day gets going, excuses pile up, work loads get heavier, and plans change. I make my workouts happen by planning my times for exercise on Sunday before the week starts. It also helps to tell your spouse, family, or friends your exercise schedule. This holds you more accountable and ups the chances you will get it done!
Have an “I can and I will” attitude when it comes to exercise. It also helps to have a “why”. Finding YOUR “why” is a powerful motivator.
Before I started Syphus Training 4 years ago I had tried every exercise class from Zumba to CrossFit. Syphus was different and I was hooked. In sixty minutes you work EVERY.SINGLE.MUSCLE. in your body plus cardio, body-weight, and weight training combined. For this busy mom who only has sixty minutes max a day to commit to daily exercise it’s ideal! Plus it’s fun and highly motivating chasing a higher score with solid form. You CANNOT get this complete package anywhere else!
I see Syphus Training as an investment in my health. I am determined to make it work because I know it’s ultimately savings in the bank of my long-term health and longevity! The health benefits are well worth the monetary cost. The workout lives up to every promise it makes. And then, some even call it “The Fountain of Youth!” If you haven’t experience it yet, it’s time for you to get to Syphus Training and invest in your health.
We’re excited to release our full workouts for this year’s Syphus Survivor competition. Print them off. Study. Visualize. Best of luck!
SATURDAY JULY 17 – JULY 29TH 2017
Week 1: Monday July 17th through Saturday July 22rd [3 possible workouts]
Week 2: Monday July 24th through Thursday July 27th [3 mandatory workouts]
Finals: Saturday July 29th at Turf Shelby; Times TBD
Your seasonal Boulder will determine your division (seen below). In Week 1 each participant must compete in 2 competition workouts but can do 3. The top 2 scores from these workouts will determine the competition average. At the end of Week 1 each Turf will determine the 3 top averages (both male and female) in each division. These 3 participants in each division (or 30 total individuals from each turf) will advance to week 2.
In Week 2 each participant must compete in 3 competition workouts. The top 2 scores from these workouts will determine the competition average. The 3rd workout will be used in the event of a tie. Each Turf will send 1 male and 1 female representative from each division to compete in the Survivor Finals.
Tiebreakers – In the event of a tie, the additional workout will be factored into the average and the highest average will advance.
Weight Classes – This competition is not based on weight class, but rather gender and divisions. Divisions may have competitors using different weight classes competing against one another. Competitors must compete at the weight they consistently use and must have 14 or more workouts with this weight from May 1 – June 15. ALL workouts from June 15th on MUST be at the weight class the competitor is going to use during Survivor 2017. There is no dropping down in class to improve one’s score for the sake of an unfair competitive edge. Likewise, there is no jumping up in weight class to be the ONLY representative of your gender in that weight class.
Divisions – All based on 2017 Seasonal Boulder
< 475 [CONTENDER DIVISION]
476– 599 [JUNKIE DIVISION]
600 – 725 [GLADIATOR DIVISION]
726 – 874 [OLYMPIAN DIVISION]
875 + [TITAN DIVISION]
Ultimate Survivor – The division winner with the highest difference from their seasonal will be crowned Ultimate Survivor.
Awards – TBD. To be discussed by Turf Owners.