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Josh finished 4th in the state for wraastling and Danielle finished 3rd in the state for powerlifting

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College Kids Power Rankings: Winter 2018




So with this being the last day most of the College Kids will be around until the spring, I thought it would be fun to do a little ranking based on how they performed over break and the kind of shape I think they'll be in come Summer.

1. Alyssa Jabara

Highlights: 285-lb. deadlift at Lifts 4 Gifts, good kipping pull-ups

Lowlights: still can't do double unders

Notes: Alyssa seemed like a girl possessed this winter. She was in almost every single day and did not seem to lose as much from a good Summer as I thought she would. I also noticed a serious tone to her that I had not really seen before. She's headed into her junior season on the softball diamond at Concordia and she's got that starting catcher spot locked in tunnel vision now.

2. Noah Heide

Highlights: Filthy Fifty, that sleeveless hoodie thing, kipping pull-ups

Lowlights: that deadlift/box jump workout, and the thruster/burpee one after

Notes: Due to some kind of witchcraft, Noah has habitually suffered lower back pain every winter since 'Nam. We had a brief stint of that after his first workout back (that deadlift/box jump one that made everyone sore), but we've seen him recover well enough to the point where he's at full strength now. He also routinely stays after the morning session is done to work on footwork, throwing, and other quarterback drills. Missing the Christmas workout cost him the top spot, but he will also be in for this next week, so he gets bonus points.

3. Josie Junkin

Highlights: Filthy Fifty, running jump ropes, overhead squats with the 15-lb bar

Lowlights: when she tried to add 5's to that OHS bar, allowing those hooligans to wrapping-paper the basketball hoop

Notes: The Josie Junkin I've seen the past two weeks almost made me completely forget about the headaches she caused Jesse, Jay, Jacob, and I during our adolescent years. Almost.

Josie was a quiet addition to the Champions Club this Summer who all-of-a-sudden finished in the top 5 for attendance. After some digging, I found out that she had done virtually nothing while away at Michigan to keep up the fitness she gained during the Summer and I was worried things would regress. Well they did, but not nearly as much, and not nearly as long as I though. In fact, yesterday she had one of the best Filthy Fifty times out of anyone in the gym. And the tequnique on things like overhead squats and push-ups looked good. She even let two spotters hold her upside down for about 7 seconds in something that resembled a handstand.

4. Ally Kauzlarich

Highlights: attendance, handstand walks

Lowlights: feet still can't stay together

Notes: Ally is literally always at the gym. But she is by-far the most quiet in our group. In fact, I've decided to do the next Behind the Champion on her, so be on the lookout for that. She's one of those people who's always good to have back, even though you don't really know a lot about her. I have zero complaints for Ally over the past few weeks, and that is about the highest compliment one can receive.

5. Lindsey Eason

Highlights: all of Lifts 4 Gifts, cheering on everyone working out

Lowlights: every time she walks into the gym, Taylor Swift radio on Pandora, please take down my picture from your mantle

Notes: As much as I hate to admit it, Lindsey is quickly becoming one of those Shakes-types that just makes things go during a session. She's fit enough to where she won't lag too far behind in any workout (or she'll just cut reps), and she talks to anything that moves. So best bet is to stay completey still and she might ignore you. 

6. Luke Heide

Highlights: Filthy Fifty, kipping pull-ups, longsnapping, running wasn't horrible

Lowlights: cheating in Spike-ball

Notes: I'm not gonna lie, I was not expecting Luke or Noah to retain much from the Summer. But I was pleasantly surprised to see their form didn't look too bad. Luke rounded his back on deadlift set-ups early on, so I yelled at him and he fixed it. Unfortunately he was gone for about a week, which is why he's so much lower than his brother on the rankings, but he's got an extra week too which helps place him ahead of...

7. Cecilia Steinwascher

Highlights: running/thrusters, running/overhead squats, running in general

Lowlights: cheating in Spike-ball, that weeklong vacation

Notes: Cecilia got off to a really good start on her return, but like Luke, the vacation let the likes of Lindsey, Ally, and Josie crawl ahead of her on the power rankings. She also wouldn't let us hear the end about how sore her calves were after box jumps. Still a useful couple weeks of workouts for the soccer star.

8. Ricky Carey

Highlights: snatches, the double-unders on the Filthy Fifty

Lowlights: attendance, sit-ups on the Christmas Eve Workout

Notes: We got to see Slick Rick for only about a week this Christmas break, but it was an entertaining one nevertheless. He missed out on Lifts 4 Gifts and the Filthy Fifty, but Ricky is always Ricky; he'll be ready in whatever shape he needs to be in should the desire come his way.

9. Kris Campbell

Highlights: gracefulness on box jumps, kipping pull-ups, bringing in the Spike-ball thing

Lowlights: stretching out my hoodie, that deadlift/box jump workout, forgetting the Christmas Eve workout was on Christmas Eve

Notes: I was not aware that the Air Force football program does not believe in doing deadlifts (true story), and the last time Big Kris deadlifted was Summer 2017 here. So in retrospect, 70 deadlifts at 225 may have not been a great idea on my part. After a few days of being sore, he was back at it. Wish we could have seen him more, but always good to have the Big Fella back in any capacity.

10. Brendan Crawford

Highlights: brought in that bite-sized cheesecake thing for me

Lowlights: continues to allow Sweet Dreams to get in the way of him being a strong girl one day

Notes: Crawford is Crawford, and I will defend him to the death. That's my man 50-grand, and the Champions Club is always better when he's around. Definitely was hoping to see more of him over break, but his running background should keep him in pretty good shape for the Summer.

11. James Willis

James pictured behind CrawfordHighlights: the attention he pays to his new smart watch, seeing his car parked in his normal spot when I pulled in on my way back from Stoney Creek

Lowlights: not seeing it much more after that despite him working AT THE SAME FREAKING BUILDING NICK AND ERICA WORK!

Notes: You're right there dude. Literally right there! You don't even have to make a turnaround. Straight across Stephenson.

12. DIV

Highlights: those two workouts he was here

Lowlights: form, technique, he still has my Steve Jobs movie

Notes: pissed

13, 14, 15. The Banets

Highlights: still look and move like Banets

Lowlights: conditioning is down a bit, Biff is working through a hip thing

Notes: They're the Banets. They'll be fine. Summer 2019 should be fun!

Honorary mention - Bubs

...for having the audacity to choose a grad school not withing driving distance of the Champions Club. We miss you!

Honorary Mention II - Rachael Kroll

All you need to know about Kroll is this was her med ball for the Run 400 meters, 50 squats workout. Ol' Floppy, sad and depleted and not meant to be squatted to.

Pics of the Week: Woorden and Josie

Senior Danielle Worden had her school's homecoming dance last week, and she submitted a picture.

Next up, Josie was somewhere on Michigan's campus and ran into Jordan Poole and Isiah Livers. She asked for a picture with them, but Livers took her phone to snap it, so he's not included. But still, Jordan Poole!

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.

Bye Bye Josie + Behind the Champion Sneak Peek

Today marked the last day of the Summer 2018 for Josie Junkin - the last of the Junkin/Eason clan to join the gym.

Josie was definitely the surprise of the Summer in terms of attendance and physical improvement. She's still got stiff shoulders and hips, but we saw her work around that and perform well in movements like cleans, deadlifts, and even kipping - which are all things she's never done before.

Josie would also routinely stay to hang out with any other post-workout stragglers and helped add to our community. She was a very important addition to the gym and I hope she can find her way back from Ann Arbor for a few weekends out of the school year.

Thank you for everything Josie!

In related news, we have our latest addition of Behind the Champion in the works set to be published this week. Instead of one person, this will be on the entire Junkin/Eason family. Here's a snippett:

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

A: 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.

New Graduate: Josie

In the last of our New Graduates yesterday afternoon, Josie Junkin got her first rope climb at the 6:30 pm session. It was during the workout, and everyone stopped what they were doing to yell at her and provide the best peer pressure possible.

Josie is definitely the surprise of the Summer. She probably has better attendance than her entire family and is making herself right at home with the rest of the Champions Club. I know she's got a few more weeks left before going back to Michigan, so hopefully there's a few more highlights to come!

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.

Double Graduates: Jen and Josie

This morning at the 9 am session, we had two kids get their first double-under.

Josie Junkin came in early to get a head start on her up north trip for the weekend, and during the warmup she got her first double-under.

Minutes later, Jennifer Ashley was messing around with the split rope and found a rhythm that looked like it would be good for a double-under. So we gave her a red rope and she got it!

Great job kids!