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New Graduate: Bubs

For the last four years and some change, Champions Club OG (Original Grunch), Athlete of the Summer 2012, and overwhelming fan-favorite Mariah Fielder (aka Bubs) has been rotting away at Michigan State with the rest of her Sparty crew, wondering what to do with after they escape the hell-hole they are trapped in.

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But I digress, lately, Bubs has been debating between what graduate program to enter. Her initial idea was to go into some kind of medical field (P.A. if I am not mistaken). But recent volunteer hours and internships made her change her mind at the last minute, and she decided to switch to Physical Therapy. Since she was kind of late on the train, she was worried about her chances at getting into a good school.

Welp, worry no more. Bubs was informed earlier today that she was accepted into the University of St. Augustine, which I'm told is one of the top rated graduate schools for health sciences. Unfortunately for us, this puts Bubs in Miami, which is not exactly within driving distance of the Champions Club, but somehow she always makes her way back around to the gym more often than we expect.

Hope to see you soon Bubs, and congratulations!

CFJ Feature: How to Come Back to CrossFit

Usually I write a summary for articles, but this doesn't need one. Everyone here, I think, has brought somebody in to try out a workout at one point or another. A few have stayed, a few didn't come back again, and a few joined for a bit, only to leave for one reason or another. Mike Warkentin's latest CrossFit Journal article is just for them.

How to Come Back to CrossFit

Have a "Bubs" at your gym is not listed because there is only one Bubs.

Athlete Profile Update #1

If you have been with us for awhile, you'll surely have noticed that there are a few things about this site that have been lacking lately. One of them is the Athlete Profiles section.

This was started when Brian and I first made the site as a section to feature our high school kids and give them a quick reference to show any of their coaches the work they've been doing in the weight room. This was, and still is, a great idea. Keeping it going has been difficult, as you can imagine, because of all the new faces that come around, and the old faces that came, left, and came back again. Div and Stev, that's you guys! And, of course, how can we exclude the parents? And the college kids?

So like I said, this is definitely a time-consuming thing to do - especially with the current Squarespace 5 website settings - but I still think it is worth the time once we simplify it a bit. Thankfully, Bubs has been doing a ton of work behind the scenes to update all of the numbers and format the pages. The only thing that needs to be done is link all the videos from around 2016 till now. Once we figure out where we've left off then we'll get rolling on it.

We also talked it over and agreed that it would be cool/fair to have you guys link your profile on any or all of your social media accounts. It would really help with getting our name out there and it would definitely make me more eager to keep them up to date.

I'll let you know when they are done. In the meantime here are two things you might need:


  1. Find your favorite picture of yourself on the site (use the Photos Search on the left) and let me know so I can use it as your profile picture.
  2. If you are a college kid and don't have one, the rule in the past was that after one year, write up a testimonial in the Testimonials section and you'll get one. Unless you're Rachael Kroll, then I make you wait 5 years because I am a bad person. Sorry again Kroll!


Bubs and Rachael have been in the Champions Club since the Old Weight Room, and June '17 is the first time I have taken a picture with them together. How?

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..

Beast Mode: College Kids on New Years

We had a small New Year's Group of College Kids come in and work out. And it was about then I realized that the original College Kids aren't really in college any more, so I may need to adjust their collective name. Anyway, we took the opportunity to use some equipment we don't always put to use, mainly the rower and the bike. It was originally going to be 4 rounds of 1:30 on a "cardio" station, :45 on dumbbell thrusters, and :15 on pull-ups. But Bubs came in 20 minutes late, so we added an extra round and sit-ups into the cardio rotation. Here's how it looked.

Pic of the Week: Bubs at Brand X (Almost)

So I got this picture last night from Bubs; it's a classic handstand vacation one, but the more the better.

Of course I asked where it was, and it was then I remembered she already told me she was going to California for something or other. But nevertheless she responded with "Potato Chip Ridge". When I asked where in California that was, she replied:

"Ramona, right by San Diego"

I nearly jumped out of my seat in excitement; Bubs was minutes away from one of the best strength and conditioning facilities in the country and our boss gym, Brand X. After a few texts back and forth between Bubs and the Martins, she was all set to go to the 9:45 am class this morning. She even woke up 3 hours early to make she she wouldn't be late. Welp, she was late. About 2 hours late. Why? Because in true Bubs fashion, she typed in San Diego to the GPS instead of Ramona, and her phone took her to some random house I think.

But also in Bubs fashion, she made the drive anyway and meet up with Keegan, his wife, and Mikki. Bubs said they were all really nice and welcoming, and had great things to say about the Champions Club. So while Bubs didn't get to show off her good form in a session, she still represented the Champions Club well. The bad news is she might never come back. Apparently she has the California bug and is in love with the scenery. We might have to send the troops to retrieve her. Stay tuned.

Pics of the Week: Bubs Being Bubs

Coaches will always have favorites because human beings have favorites and coaches are humans. My favorites fall into two categories: 1) are very low-maintenance or 2) play basketball.

The second criteria is an obvious bias, so whatever. But the first is, to me, the best kind of athletes to have in the gym. Bad stuff happens to everyone; the ones who don't whine and complain and extend their misery to ethe people around them are athletes I want on my Champions Club team. Luckily, we have a lot of them. But since 2010, I can't think of one non-parent who has been more low-maintenance than Bubs.

And this is why Bubs is Bubs...

She makes the best out of whatever situation she happens to be in at the moment. We have quite a few athletes with injuries at the moment. Follow Bubs's example and you will be in good company. In fact, I'm sure Kroll will have a similar post sometime next week...