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Senior Tribute 2018

by, Danielle Worden...

Jennifer Banet aka Jen

One of the most hard working athletes I know. She never gives up especially when it comes to breaking records. Off days you ask? Jen doesn't know what those are. Not only is she a top athlete but she enjoys what she does. Whenever I see her in the gym she never fails to have a smile on her face. She shines bright and inspires those around her. Overall she is an amazing person and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for her!! Good luck girl!

Jennifer's first day at the Champions Club - Summer 2014

Brendan Crawford

I honestly didn't know his first name until a month after meeting him; I only knew him as Crawford. Oh boy where do I start...besides calling everyone a "Jew" Crawford is a pretty good kid and actually quite intelligent, outside the gym. But in the gym he works hard until the work is done and from there on out it's all fun and games. He is definitely the goofball of the gym yet his dumb jokes never fail to put a smile on someone's face. The gym will be much quieter without him but overall his work ethic and personality will be missed. Good luck at Macomb and Lawrence Tech!

Crawford and his 11 am goobers from Summer 2016

...and Carter the Blob

Aaron Sexton

Aaron is one of the weirdest people ever. He can roast you and then be cool with you. A big part about what kept me trying to compete with the rest of the people in a workout is just to beat Aaron a brag to him(never beat him). He has this weird catchphrase that makes no sense whatsoever but is just so odd and catchy that Chris and I both say it. Holy potatoes Jim, its been awhile since you been in the gym.  (That rhymes, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it)

7th grade Aaron Sexton - Summer 2013

Dawson Bielski

I was hella impressed ever time I saw dawson play football and he'd be out on the field. Crossfit has worked wonders on him and from a perspective of a younger highschooler it was interesting to see someone built to be a jock be so chill and relaxed. I would always laugh when he pulled up with the purple Dodge Charger. That was so funny to me.

Super Gump in the flesh with his first double under. Summer 2016

Kenny Jensen

KENNYYYYY. By far one of the quietest people in the gym but that's ok. He works his ass off any work out I've seen him in. I remember the good ol' no on squad with Crawford, Kenny, and the little short kid(matt?mike? Something with an M). That was fun and I'm glad Kenny would be one of the few i tried to keep up with. He always gives his full and I'd like to see him back in the gym some day.

Kenny's death stare in his rookie class at Summer 2016

Senior Tribute 2017

by, Brendan Crawford

So every year our Champion Club seniors are being released into the adult world. This year's seniors are Erika Banet, Kris Campbell, Kaleb Diana, Hadley Hopkins, and Emmanuel Myles. Each one of them are a great addition to the gym community. Although they're maturing, each one of them has their own comical traits that anyone at the gym would recognize at a moments notice. From crazy dance moves to a big ole' blue pick-up truck, we are proud of their accomplishments.

Summer 2013, a few days removed from 8th grade

Erika Banet, one of many Banets, I have heard she has been apart of the gym for quite some time now and has definitely made a name for herself. She's generally really nice and funny and you can catch her doing either basketball, soccer, or working out at the Champions Club.


Big Kris - Day 1 of Fundamentals. May 2014

I've known Kris Campbell for quite some time and he is a pretty funny guy and a hard worker. One of my favorite memories of him is when him and Chris tried to wrestle and Chris went down in less then 10 seconds. It was a Kris on Chris pancake. Wrestling aside, he is a great leader and will prove to be a greater one in the future.

 

Everyone knows when Kaleb pulls up because of the big blue truck with the American flags. I've know this guy for 4 years and I know for a fact that he is a hard worker and some of the stuff this guys says is the funniest I've ever heard. Another name you may know him as Kaleeb-Cabob as the cross country team made his nickname or from me screaming it XD.

 

I don't know much about Hadley but I have run into her at a few sessions and although our schools are rivals, she seems to be a great athlete and never showed any annoyance with any workout. I know she is recovering from a knee injury, so hopefully we'll see her back with the gym soon.

 

Emmanuel Myles, or as I know him as a crazy fast sprinter, hasn't been introduced to me until I met him in class this year but from his air drumming in class to his dance moves at the gym, he's a pretty funny guy.He is probably the best sprinter I've ever met and when you see him run, man he is haulin.

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Congratulations to our seniors and thank you for helping make the Champions Club so great! Good luck in college and I will be happy to see you all back at the gym.


Senior Tribute 2016 - by, Erika Banet

by, Erika Banet

It is that time of year again when all of our high school seniors graduate and become big boys and girls.  After years of being part of the Champions Club, I have become acquainted with most of the people here, but especially with the Class of 2016 (all eight of them!) mostly because my own grade consisted of Master P and myself for the majority of the time.  (For the record, Ricky only had to write about two people so I definitely already beat him HA).  But without further adieu, here are some congratulations to our seniors, the Class of 2016…


Ricky (Rick, Slick, Slick Rick, Richard, etc.)

The Chunk and Chris - October 2011

Ricky joined the Champions Club as a little chunk (literally like that little guy from the Goonies) far before most of us even knew it was a thing. You could probably find Ricky snatching heavy weight with his insane shoulder flexibility or partaking in weird obnoxious conversations with myself or anyone in the gym for that matter.

 

Aaron A

Ion - December 2011

Aaron has also been here before my time.  You will always know when he is in the box based on the music that is playing aka he probably has one of the best playlists out of all of us.  He also sets the bar for being one of the nicest people at the gym.

 

Hannah Kimmel (Lil Kim)

Lil Kim - April 2012

Hannah Kimmel will probably go down in Champions Club history as being one of the sassiest 9 am’ers.  I will always remember walking into the 10 am session of my first summer here when we would have to wait for the 9 am session to finish up their workouts.  All that I would think was how impressed I was of their workout, especially Hannah!

 

Pudge

Pudge - first day at the new building. June 2012

Abby (or Pudge) is definitely just like her mom when it comes to her personality at the box.  She’s always very sweet and very easy to spark a conversation with, no matter who you are.  The Champions Club atmosphere is definitely a lot different when she’s around!

 

Alyssa

Alyssa - February 2014

Alyssa Jabara seems to have been a prodigy of sorts… Alyssa Jabara doing Alyssa Jabara things.  From the day Alyssa started during the Mott rush, she seemed  to have fit like a glove (pun intended) with the community. Even with the workouts from the start, she stayed on top of her game with great numbers.

 

Collin

Collin - July 2013

Whenever I think of Collin, he is always “the Baseball Kid”. At the box, I always see him wearing his uniform or coming straight from practice to mobilize (or get out of workouts cough cough).  There are the people at the box who dislike max efforts, and there are also those people who absolutely love max efforts, and Collin is definitely one of them.  He seems to always PR or do something big with lifts.

 

JZ

JZ and Jacqueline before "JZ and Jacqueline" - September 2013

In all honesty, when I first went to write this I forgot JZ was even a senior. I genuinely thought he was older so I guess that is a compliment to him in a way. But JZ is also lowkey sassy and by lowkey I actually mean highkey. He is definitely right up there with Hannah. He is also one of our baseball kids at the box that comes from his games and practices to just hang out (lazy, I know).

 

Elizabeth

Biff - Summer 2013. Katie Bromm was the superstar this year, but Elizabeth was two years in the making

Last but not least is my sister Elizabeth aka Biff.  Biff is definitely one of the most disciplined people I have ever known.  She is always super hard on herself both in workouts and in school, or even anything else for that matter.  And if anyone hasn’t seen the video of her lip syncing to Kelly Clarkson, I strongly recommend. That one totally beats all of her extreme workout videos on the site.  

 

It will definitely be very different with these seniors leaving for the first time from the box, not only because of the amount of them, but also because of their known personality as a group.  This group is definitely one of the closest-knit group of seniors at the box, but  it is obvious that when they all get together again at the box, it will be as if nothing has changed (just that they all have a significantly small amount of money in their bank account in comparison to before).  Congratulations to all the Champions Club Seniors of 2016!

Erika and her crew. May 2014

Senior Tribute 2015

by, Ricky Carey

The end of the school year is basically here which means it is time for graduations and goodbyes. We will be forced to say goodbye to two important people to this gym who will be graduating and leaving us to begin a life on their own. SInce it is time to say goodbye to our seniors, it is also time for our senior tribute post. Last year Katie Bromm was asked to write it for the 8 graduating seniors and this year i have been given the task to write it for ALL 2 of the seniors. So here we go…

Summer 2012

 Katie Bromm: This shy and strange ginger came into our gym during the summer of 2012. Throughout the years here she has morphed into talkative beast. She has done so much for her school and for this box. Katie won athlete of the summer in 2013, she is salutatorian, and has made it to states for track multiple times. She was able to do all these things while playing a sport every season, sometimes two, and being a part of student council and many other organizations. Katie has a special ability to make anyone laugh, although most of the time it is at her… But when the timer starts for a workout no one will be laughing at her as she turns into a beast and destroys the workout. Katie will be attending U of M in the fall to study pharmacy and while we all give you crap at gym (mainly me) you will be dearly missed.

Summer 2011

Joe Wonsil: Joe started crossfit before we considered it crossfit. While his attendance at the box has been spotty sometimes we always know when he is here, he will work his hardest. When most of us think of Joe we think of a rower who has made it to states twice and is ranked nationally, but he is also an eagle scout, V.P. of National Honor Society, a member of the Knights of Columbus squires, and so much more. Joe is able to row, be part of all these groups, and do crossfit all while excelling at school. His time at crossfit has benefitted him in his rowing and his two week hikes for eagle scouts. Joe has benefitted all of us at the box by pushing everyone to go harder during workouts or by using his sense of humor, which is surprisingly similar to Mr. Wonsil’s, to make us all laugh. I only got to know you better throughout the recent months but I and everyone else wish you the best at college it will be sad to see you go.

These two seniors have given so much to the box and it will be impossible to replace them. Both Katie and Joe have gained so much from highschool and crossfit here, but now it is time for them to use what they have learned and apply it to the real world. I know you both will kill it at college and give the champions club a good name. Whenever you guys come back from school you better come visit ready to talk AND workout. Good Luck!

 

New Graduates (x8) - Senior Tribute

By, Katie Bromm

As summer quickly approaches, it’s also a big time for our seniors – the greatly anticipated graduation. This can also be known as the time when the sentimental and lovely senior tribute post is released. When I got asked to write this it literally made me so happy. I’ve learned a lot from all of you guys, so hopefully this post will do you justice. Without further ado, I give you the Class of 2014!

Lauren Higgins joined crossfit before half of us even knew what crossfit was. Then she went away for a while, but blessed us with her presence and returned last summer. Lauren is a freak at basketball and makes crossfit sexy. Even though she’s the only one from her school here, you would never even have guessed because she fits in so well here. You are going to kill in basketball in college! Make sure to give us your game schedule so we can catch your games!

Lauren from her Fieldhouse days

Mariah followed next and can be known as Bubs or Ducky. I was so scared of you for the first year I knew you, but you are basically the living definition of crossfit. You inspire me so much as an athlete! I’m so happy I got the chance to play volleyball with you this year and bless you for all the rides you’ve given us. From track relays to volleyball rants, I can’t imagine not going to school with you anymore! I’m so so happy I got to know you better this year!

Amanda and Alison came next and joined together. They also may be the cutest crossfit best friends out there! Classic 9AM’ers with a distaste for running, love for country music, and have the occasional complaints to Chris about workouts.  I’m pretty sure you guys combined have every Lululemon that exists. I’ve known you guys since GA, but I’ve loved getting to know you guys even better through here!

Amy, aka PAATTER, has done many different things for our gym and crossfit has never been the same since she joined. Without a doubt, she has the best walking handstand in the gym AND one of the best at people at pissing Chris off. We miss you girl and can’t wait to see you back here from surgery stronger than ever!

Bubs and Amy arguing at the Super Bowl workout this February

Jacqueline is the definition of a beast. When she’s not busy winning homecoming queen or best body, she always puts everything she has into the gym. Pretty sure I speak for all when I say she has the best squat here and we are all forever jealous. 1:30 session last year was great, and I’m even more excited for this summer! We’ve been partners countless time for team workouts and I can’t wait for us to kill it some more!

Erica joined a few months later as the summer was winding down. EP can take a lot of crap from people sometimes, but she does a lot she that she receives little credit for – rides, food, Panera, whatever you name it. It’s insane how much weight you’ve lost and I’m sure you’ve become an inspiration to a countless amount of people. Before you, I did not know that tennis was really a sport, but you can take anyone in our box any day! You’re definitely a state champ in our hearts!

Jada joined a little but later. I’ve never gotten to talk to you that much, but you’re a really sweet girl! We’ve missed having you around and can’t wait to have you back soon.

Whether you joined crossfit to better your sport, hang out with your friends, get in shape, or to just give yourself something to do, it doesn’t really matter. Take the things you’ve learned here and use them! No matter where you are going, we expect you guys to visit whenever you can! Obviously that will be more for some than others, but if you disappear for too long we will find you. You guys have all brought so much to the gym and it would never be the same without you. Have fun, be safe, learn a lot, and always remember that wherever you go, you will always be family here. To close, I give you the typical graduation quote. As Aristotle said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”

Senior Tribute Preview

This year's Senior tribute is titled New Graduates (x8), and is written by the one and only Katie Bromm.

The post is set to be released Tuesday at 8 pm.

New Graduates: The Seniors

Before I begin, I want to extend my congratulations to the track team for an awesome job at regionals with PR's across the board! And now, on to the main event...

 

Warning: The following editorial is highly metaphorical in nature and may also be completely cheesy.

 

In CrossFit, we have a series of positions that we transition between using skill and strength. We use progressions to develop that skill and strength until we are ready to express our movement to its full capacity. I see the same patterns in life. 

To the seniors,

Four years ago, you were starting high school as freshman. You were just learning how to navigate your way through the halls of Bishop Foley, meeting friends and earning new responsibilities. This was your starting position. Let’s say, metaphorically speaking of course, your starting position was in the bottom of a squat snatch. You learned how to deadlift and squat in elementary school, but a squat snatch is probably the hardest movement that we see in the gym. So you did progressions to improve your lift and beat your personal record.

Once your body and mind were prepped for high school, things started picking up speed as you encountered more difficult classes and positions of leadership in your extra-curriculars. The workload was probably much more than you were used to, and it was only getting harder. Going back to the squat snatch metaphor, by the time you were a junior you reached full hip extension, and it was time for the all-out effort of transitioning to the bottom position: full squat, shoulders stable, arms locked out.

That’s when senior year hit. Some days it didn’t seem like you were going to be able to stand up with all of that weight overhead. It can be hard to balance school, work, sports, and clubs, especially when you throw CrossFit into the mix. But the three of you pulled it off. You made it through a year of the dreaded “senioritis” and were able to stand up out of that bottom position. You graduated. It’s a new personal record.

Now that your high school days are over with, you can’t stop moving. You can’t stop progressing and challenging yourself to improve. So what’s next? Well, I’d say you’re in a position of pretty high stability right now. There isn’t any more of that pesky schoolwork to deal with, and the spring sports seasons are coming to an end. But movements in life aren’t really separated like they are in a workout setting. They usually follow in line, where the finished position of one of life’s big moments becomes the starting position for the next movement. For you grads, that means you’re already starting to transition into college life.

In some ways, college isn’t all that different from high school. The workload might be a little more demanding, but coming from someone who’s been there, I know all of you can handle it. One thing they got right at Foley is College prep. In other ways, however, college is different. It’s kind of like a wall-ball. High school is the first squat, in which you are able to maintain torque and stability throughout the movement. Once you throw the medicine ball up to the target, you have to prepare to catch the falling weight by somehow arriving in the bottom of a stable squat. During the summer, your medicine ball will be travelling through the air, waiting to drop in the fall when you’re immersed in college life. There is no connection between high school and college in the sense that you will start the process of meeting friends and navigating classes all over again, in a completely different setting. You are prepped to handle this type of movement, just mobilize and have some confidence that you will be able to throw that medicine ball back up.

Keep the mentality of progression with you in every aspect of your life. Don’t expect to get a muscle-up overnight, and don’t expect to walk into your first semester of college without a second thought. But on the other end of the coin, don’t be afraid to take risks when you find yourself in a new setting. You have the incredible opportunity in college to completely reinvent yourself. Don’t miss out! Try a new club or practice a new skill, and you might find that you really enjoy it. Over time you will know exactly where you belong and what your future progress will entail. Don’t be afraid to go back to the basics. And on your rest days, come home to the Champions Club to share your new movement knowledge.

 

Go out there and get that PR.