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Pics of the Week: Baby Josh, Big House, and Brains

The Benni are now back from their vacation and they sent in a few pictures, most notable of which is this one where he got to swim with dolphins.

Next up, Jesse and Josie (and Jesse's girlfriend Shannon) ran in the Big House 5k this weekend. Out of 7,300 people running, Jesse finished in 140th place with a time of 21:08. Josie got 25:00.

Finally, as you all know, Mrs. Fitz offered free MRIs last week. I went, Angie went, and so did Mrs. Pip, who, among other things, got her head scanned because... well... it's Mrs. Pip. So for the sake of not having a lot of website content, here's the innards of Mrs. Pip's head.


Beast Mode: 6:30 Session + PSA from Coach T

Two very difficult movement patterns cameup on Monday and it gave us the opportunity to nitpick on each. We've let burpee technique slide a bit since the Summer in favor of intensity, so we made these "strict burpees" with our best inperpretation of a push-up, and also kept feet together and vertical shins on the landing. On the snatches I really wanted to exaggerate loading order. You'll notice us sitting back after the landing if it was caught in a bad position. Our 6:30 session featured Coach Casey, Sam, Evan, Angie, Barry, Jay, and Jesse. Out of sheer boredom from lack of Josh Bennis in the house, Mallory jumped in as well. We also had a surprise appearance from 2016 rookie Matt Hickey in the middle of the video!

Good work crew!


And now a public service announcement from Coach T.

Good morning,

The Christmas season is approaching and I wanted to give an opportunity for those who want to help others and give back through community service. Below is a link to my Church's 2018 Warming Center for the homeless. We do this every year around Christmas. Basically, we provide shelter, warm clothing, food and a place to sleep overnight for the homeless. It takes a lot of selfless service and team work to have a successful night. There are two opportunities to sign up. One is for families to help with dinner service, registration and give away room/blanket distribution. The other is for adult men to provide security during check in and to keep the peace from 7:30-11:00 PM. If you are interested in helping, please click on one of the links below to see the days and times listed and to sign up.

Family Sign Up

Security Sign Up

Thank you and God Bless!

Coach T

Beast Mode: Jesse

This weekend Jesse Junkin ran in the Officer Collin Rose Memorial race in honor of Veteren's Day. Held in Clinton Township, this race featured over 150 racers competing in a 5k, and our third-favorite Junkin managed to get himself a first place finish!

Jesse and his lady friend Shannon (whom has had the pleasure of sitting through multiple Mario Baseball tournaments)

His official time was 18:49 and came the day after a ton of GHD sit-ups and lunges. I'm not sure if he has any other races in the works, but we'll keep you posted. Great job Jesse!

Coach's Corner: Loading Order

Loading Order is one of the three things we coach at the Champions Club. When the hips and shoulders do most of the work, things tend to go well, and they can only do most of the work if they bend first.

For the lower body, we exaggerate this by doing box jumps, squats, kettlebell swings, and lunges with our shin vertical. Again, in real life it will never be that perfect, but we hope the more we practice it that way, the closer we'll get to the standard.

Cleans, especially ones from the ground, pose a pretty difficult challenge for Loading Order; the weight is usually heavy, you're tired, the movement is relatively fast, and there are a lot of moviing parts. Depending on the workout I am either very strict about the landing or somewhat strict on it.

Yesterday I was somewhat strict because I wanted to keep the weight on the heavier side while also trying to reinforce the timing going from the ground. Here is what Jesse looked like on his first rep, set of :20, 3rd. round.

I would call this okay for Jesse. We know he's been working on this a lot since he came back from a 4-year hiatus this Summer, and it's my fault for not coaching this as much in his early years. Shins are not vertical by any means, but you can tell there is some semblance of hips loading back. For yesterday's workout, I can live with that.

Two reps later...

Not so much. Imagine if he needed to immediately push this rep over his head; which body shape would give him better leverage to do that?

Remember, the one thing we want to avoid is dead-end positions and movements. The squat position Jesse shows in the second picture is never good for anything. So keep working to reinforce the good shapes, and slowly but surely they will become the default.

Behind the Champion: The Junkin/Eason Family

One of the things I enjoyed the most this Summer was having the entire Junkin and Eason family as part of the gym. As soon as Kasey joined in 2015, I had a feeling we would get Lindsey and Josie to follow at some point. Jesse, Jay, and Josie have been my neighbors my entire life, and Kasey and Lindsey woudl find there way around the house to disrupt our Mario Baseball tournaments. This was very entertaining for me to read, and hopefully you enjoy it too! I emailed them the questions separately and they replied with a few revisions. Not sure if they discussed matters internally or not.

Either way, we present Behind the Champion: The Junkin/Eason Family!


What is your first memory from a family party?

Jesse: Hard question. I would say in general Survivor nights. The family meets every week to watch the show Survivor. This goes back many years, as the show is now on its 37th season. In general, Thursdays (now Wednesdays) were always dedicated to watch Survivor.

Jay: Family Reunions at my cousin’s farm house. We had epic water balloon fights, messed with chickens, and stayed up all night playing Sardines.

Lindsey: I don’t remember the earliest memory but the latest memory is the family reunion we just had in Sutton’s Bay at the end of June. We hung out and had family time together that doesn’t happen very often. 

Josie: Our other cousins used to live on a farm, and I just remember all the older kids showing me how to chase the chickens down and hypnotize them.

Kasey: I don’t know what my first memory is, but I do know that whenever the cousins get together it’s a good time.

What is your first CrossFit memory? (That could be in the gym, or your first time hearing about CrossFit)

Jay: That time you had me do Kalsu when I was 13 and I died. I’m still upset.

Kasey: I ended up at the gym for the first time as a result of a dare. The night before I was on my third piece of pie and Jay told me I wouldn’t survive at the gym so of course I had to prove him wrong. I don’t remember what the workout was, all I remember is not being able to move properly for a week afterwards. I still don’t know how y’all ever got me to come back.

Jesse: 2011 at Bishop Foley, max rep pull ups in the gym. This was back before Jay decided to become a freak and I had a chance to beat him, so there was always that competition.

Lindsey: Jay and Kasey had taken me to my first workout in I think the end of April and the workout was a back squat, deadlift and run in the cold April rain. No idea why I even came back but kind of happy that I did.

Josie: I remember Jay having to borrow my Harry Potter robe one year for the theme workout, which I thought was pretty cool.

If you could sum up Lindsey’s personality with one event from her life, what would it be? Lindsey, you can answer this too.

Kasey: She’s going to hate me for telling this story, but one time we were at a restaurant and trying to figure out what to leave for tip and our friend got out her calculator and said that tip should be $8.50. Lindsey then asks if she should leave a $5 bill and say “keep the change”

Jesse: One time we all went to the Pistons game in Auburn Hills. Lindsey volunteered to drive, and there was no argument from me. Until we were going 30 miles faster then everybody in the fast lane and my girlfriend Shannon is scared for her life. Kasey, in the passenger seat, says its much more fun if you close your eyes and put your hands up like you’re on a rollercoaster. Shannon still will refuse a ride from Lindsey if at all possible.

Josie:  We all went skiing one time, and after spending the majority of the day failing on the bunny hill with Kasey and I, Lindsey decided she was suddenly ready to go down the biggest mountain. Well, when she was about halfway down the hill she veered to the right and slammed directly into a shed that was lifted off the ground on cinder blocks. Her skis went underneath and there was nothing there to stop her head from going straight into the wall, which we think may have led to an unresolved concussion.

Jay: When Linsey was little she fell of a swing set in our back yard and cracked her head open. The doctors put a few staples in her head and said that everything would be alright. But in my opinion, she’s been a little loopy ever since.

Lindsey: I have no idea what anyone else is going to say but just remember I am deaf in one ear and that shouldn’t be held against me.

Bonus story supplied by Kasey: One time, after a Lions game downtown, we were walking back to car and Lindsey was turned toward us talking and was not paying attention at all. She then walked straight into a street sign full force. She bounced back so far that the person behind her had to catch her and the sign started swinging back and forth. For the rest of the walk back the people around us kept shouting "watch out! street sign ahead" or "careful! don't fall down the curb"

Who has the worst taste in music? Explain.

Lindsey: Don’t listen to the others I have the best taste.

Kasey: Lindsey – she goes through all of these weird phases. Currently you’ll find her listening solely to Broadway musicals.

Josie: Lindsey. As of lately, she exclusively listens to Broadway.

Jesse: Kasey. When you can sing every word, know every subtle punctuation, and can do every dance move to the High School Musical soundtrack, you know it has been on repeat for a couple years.

Jay: Josie. She has this on her iPod:

Who would win Harry Potter trivia between Josie, Lindsey, and Kasey? Who would win a neutral-site, standard two-star game of Mario Baseball between Jesse and Jay?

Jesse: Josie. Jesse for sure.

Lindsey: I would love to say I would win in Harry Potter, but Kasey would probably win. Jesse would probably win even though I have never seen them play because honestly who cares J

Jay: Kasey. Jay. Harry Potter Trivia would be competitive. Mario Baseball would not be.

Kasey: Me 100% - I’d beat anyone at Harry Potter trivia. Jesse

Josie: Kasey and Jesse

Who has the weirdest eating habits?

Josie: Jay. At least once a week, he’ll mix tuna fish, mayo, onions, and horseradish in a giant bowl for dinner (which it then takes the rest of the week to air out our house, and get rid of the smell.)

Jesse: Jay. Tuna fish mixed with mayo, onions, and horseradish is a daily snack. Makes the house REEK.

Lindsey: Josie definitely, she has a fear of mayonnaise.

Jay: Josie. She was the pickiest eater growing up. I think she went a few years straight of eating nothing but bread and butter for dinner. I’m not sure how she’s still alive.

Kasey: I can’t decide between Josie and Jay. Although as an honorable mention: Lindsey and Josie used to dip sausage links in butter.

If Jesse found a wallet on the ground with $180 in assorted bills, a 7-11 gift card, and a driver license, what would he do?

Jesse: Find the person and give it back because I’m a good person.

Kasey: Find the guy and negotiate a reward (the 7-11 gift card would be non-negotiable)

Jay: He would throw away the license, buy a few video games with the cash, stock up on Monster energy drinks with the 7-11 gift card, and lock himself in his room for a few weeks.

Josie: He’d call the guy on the license and negotiate a reward for returning it.

Lindsey: I have no idea, he would probably ask Shannon (his girlfriend) what he should do. Probably return it without the 7-11 gift cards

Who had (or has) the most annoying phase?

Kasey: We’ve all had them. Jay when he thought he was too cool for everyone. Josie and Lindsey used to wear skirts over their jeans. Jesse’s are once every hour.

Lindsey: Jay and Jesse both went through the phase of refusing to be seen with their family out in public. It was really annoying but everyone else is probably going to say my fangirl days.

Jesse: Josie. She always threw a fit and threatened to run away from home. Even when we were on vacation in Florida…

Josie: Me. I won’t deny it, I used to turn off the GameCube in the middle of Mario Baseball before they could save their data. With that being said though, Jesse and Jay would exclude me from stuff as I was the youngest, so by being a brat, I got my revenge.

Jay: Josie was a F****** B**** from about the age 8 to 10. Her primary goal at all times was tormenting Jesse and I. Anytime anyone else came around she would act like a precious little angel. But as soon as they left and it was just us, her voice would drop, her eyes would turn red, and devil horns would poke out of her head.

If a workout consisted of AMRAP in 20 minutes of 400-meter run, 20 push-ups, and 20 kb swings, how exactly would Kasey cut the reps?

Josie: She’d skip the push-ups entirely.

Lindsey: She would start doing only 10 push-ups after the first ten minutes.

Kasey: Well I’m not doing the full 20 push-ups, that’s for sure.

Jesse: Kasey keeps her count at what she thinks she deserves, not at what she is at. If she gets the run and 10 pushups, she has no problem going with the flow when others are transitioning to KB swings.

Jay: She wouldn’t be there. She would have gotten a text from Lindsey earlier in the day saying that the workout has running in it and would conveniently make plans to go out with her work friends instead.

Describe a short, funny story about someone else and see if we can guess who it is.

Anonymous: This person decided they were so hungry that they attempted to eat three Big Macs, and succeeded. This was followed up by a night of puking in the sink and clogging up the drain completely. This led to a parent doing intense plumbing work at 3am to remove the smell from the home.

Anonymous: I took drivers training with this person and when it was their turn to drive the first thing they did was back the car into a dumpster.

Anonymous: Just recently, we were all together for our annual cousin reunion and for a quick lunch we made two frozen pizzas (which aren’t that big to begin with and mind you, there are 10 of us there). I hadn’t eaten any yet and saw there was only one piece left and I got mad and started yelling at people asking how much they ate. Most people said “one or two slices”, but this person had the audacity to eat six. After destroying four breakfast burritos that same morning.

Anonymous: We were taking a catamaran out to go snorkeling, when one of the boys realized their “bathing suit” wasn’t really a bathing suit and didn’t have lining in it. So, as a solution, he begged me to let him wear my jean shorts (which are way too small for him) underneath.

Anonymous: This person was trying to throw a rock off a cliff and had the momentum to get it the farthest out of all of us but didn’t let go in time and it hit the ground right in front of the said person and sprayed sand everywhere. (it was a funnier in person)

What do you like to get at el Patio?

Jesse: A large frozen margarita and enchiladas with jalapenos. If there is not a jalapeno with every bite, it’s not enough.

Lindsey: Never been there. Probably nachos or chicken quesadilla. I’m a plain girl.

Josie: Chicken quesadilla.

Kasey: They don’t call me Quesadilla for nothing.

Jay: Never been.

 On a scale from 1-10, how many words come out of Jay’s mouth through the course of an average day?

Kasey: 5-6

Josie: 6

Lindsey: Maybe 3 on a normal day but get a few beers down him and probably 6.

Jesse: Depends what people ask him. If nobody asks him anything I would say 0.

Jay: No comment

What is the preferred method of getting rid of pimples?


Jay: I always try popping them before they’re ready. They don’t pop, end up looking way worse, and I hate myself for being impatient.

Jesse: Have facial hair to hide them.

Josie: Face wash.

Kasey: You gotta pop ‘em.

What is the most memorable instance of someone getting into trouble in school?

Jesse: Jay drew male genetalia in the agenda of a female classmate in 7th grade. He was suspended for it. I think the only one out of us 5 to ever get in moderate trouble at school.

Josie: Jay got suspended in middle school for drawing genitalia in some girl’s agenda.

Lindsey: Jay when he drew a penis and got suspended in middle school.

Kasey: Jay drawing a man’s private parts in an agenda and getting suspended.

Jesse: See above

Jay: ;)

If you were hanging from a cliff and had to rely on either a dead tree branch or Josie’s arms to pull you up, which would you pick?

Jesse: Tree branch. I would rely on myself to figure it out over Josie trying to save me.

Jay: Don’t like either option. Dead tree branch.

Kasey: Tough choice, but I think the tree branch offers more support.

Lindsey: I believe in Josie but also at the same time she would probably pull a Scar and let me go. (MAY MUFASA REST IN PIECE)

Josie: A dead tree branch.

How would you describe the progression of how you all have gotten along throughout your life?

Jesse: Family is family.

Kasey: This is a trick question- nothing has changed. We still fight and annoy the crap out of each other, but at the end of the day, they’re my ride or dies #retweet.

Jay: I think we’ve gotten along pretty well for the most part. Josie and Lindsey have had some serious beefs throughout the years. They seem to get under each other’s skin a lot. Kasey’s usually in the middle of it, or swings one way or the other based on the argument. Jesse and I are just there to commentate and make fun of their drama.

Josie: We all had stupid fights growing up that got blown way out of proportion (except me and Lindsey, those were real.) We all get along for the most part now-a-days though, unless it involves a board game.

Lindsey: We are all older but not really that much more mature. Josie and I still fight about once every time we see each other, we have cut that from 5 times but Jay instigates about 4 out of 5 fights.

What is the most memorable fight over something stupid you've had with someone?

Jay: I don't get in fights with anyone. I'm too nice. I could write a book about fights that Kasey, Lindsey, and Josie have been in though.

Lindsey: Every fight I have had with Josie.

Josie: About 10 years or so ago, we were camping and Lindsey left her chair to do something else. So, following the rule "move your feet, lose your seat," I sat down. Well then Lindsey got really mad saying it was her chair, but I was too stubborn to move. Eventually, the yelling at each other turned into a tug of war contest, and the chair broke. Then, as she was even more mad at me, Lindsey stormed into the camper and slammed the door shut, which too ended up breaking. It was a very dramatic day.

Jesse: This doesn’t involve me but it’s worth telling. Kasey and Lindsey once wore the same exact dress to a wedding. They were so upset with each other that they didn’t enjoy it and pouted the entire time.

Kasey: Lindsey and I fight about something stupid every single day. Jay's most memorable fight of ours is probably when Lindsey bought the SAME EXACT DRESS AS ME to wear to our cousins wedding. Like dude, get your own style and I bought mine first.

Rank you five in terms of "personality" with 1 being best and 5 being worst, and "personality" having as subjective of a meaning as possible.

Lindsey: This is hard because I feel we all have good personalities and we are all so different. So i am refusing to answer this

Jesse: 1- Jesse 2-Lindsey 3-Josie 4 – Jay 5 – Kasey

Jay: T1) Jesse, Jay, Josie, Kasey, Lindsey

Kasey: 1. Jesse 2. Josie 3. Lindsey 4. Jay 5. Me lol

Josie: 1- Josie, 2- Jesse, 3/4- Kasey and Lindsey are tied, 5- Jay.

Pics of the Week: Parents at the Hill and Junkin Jive

Our first candidate for Pic of the Week is one of many taken from the parents team workout at the hill on Wednesday.

The full array of pictures taken can be found in the July '18 Daily WODs gallery.

Lastly, we are blessed this Summer with all 5 Junkin kids in attendance, and we had them at the same session on Friday.

Athlete of the Week: Jesse Junkin

We are officially at the halfway point of Summer 2018, our our Athlete of the Week this time is Jesse Junkin.

Jesse is coming off a 4-year hiatus from the Champions Club, where he spent his time working and not doing much of anything in the terms of physical fitness. He came back this Summer and I honestly was not expecting much in terms of consistency. But I have to say Jesse has been the biggest surprise to me. Aside from about a week and a half, he's been doing 5-7 days per week and it looks to be paying off.

The other tough thing for Jesse being gone for that long was the adjustment to new movement standards and such. Luckily he seems to be adapting very well and is patient. This week was a great example.

On Monday he finished with the second-best time at the 6:30 session while looking solid on the floor press. Tuesday was a great day for him, as that 6:30 session was packed and most people were left on their own to squat. I wanted to keep an eye on his squats, but from the empty bar all the way up to his max his form in the hips and kness never deteriorated. Thursday was another good one for Jesse, as he proved his double-under game was as strong as it was back in 2014. Then Friday he did 8 rounds with 55-lbs. on his cleans, never letting his knees come forward, and today he ran with the fast group at the hill, out-lasting one of our Mott track runners.

Our gym is tough to get along with. Every few years we change our mind on what is good form and what is not. This makes it hard for college kids and the like to keep up with everyone when they come visit. Jesse's first two weeks back were pretty rough from a conditioning perspective, and a technique perspective. The conditioning comes with attendance, the technique is part attendance and part patience. Jesse has been one of my favorite people to coach this Summer and now that he's back to his normal form, I'm excited to see where he finishes up and hopefully we can continue this through the school year.