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Trying to explain my love for the Champion’s club is like trying to describe the best day of my life. Except that day would have been over and over for the past 3 years.

Looking back at it, it is nothing short of a miracle that I stayed with crossfit. Why did initially join? I had 0 interest in anything fitness related. Lifting weights intimidated me and somehow even the 15lb bar felt heavy. I actually did not have a healthy mindset when I joined crossfit. I was very self conscious about my body and was not happy with what I saw. My plan was to get fit for the summer and quit when school started again.

Lol at how that worked out.

The first few weeks were very intimidating and I didn’t have the best start. I rolled up to the building expecting anything but what I saw. Boxes and miscellaneous items were everywhere except for this tiny area cleared for people to work out. Not a single machine was in sight. I was thrown into a session of these people who called themselves the handsome gentlemen and everyone seemed to have a general idea of what they were doing. I was intimidated by everyone from Chris to Jacob to even Rachel Kroll. I had never squatted in my life and was astonished and how people were knocking them out while I struggled to do two or three in a row that were even at parallel. My only friend had stopped showing after a week and I had little hope for how the summer would work out.

Yet I kept going...Mostly because my dad had already prepaid for the summer and I didn’t have the guts to quit so soon. But have no fear! After a suggestion from Chris to join the 9 or 10am session, I tried out both and decided to stick with the 10am. I began to speak while I was at the box (just a little bit) and re-friended my track BFFs from middle school (aka Ricky and Jason.) After that life was looking up!

I had to fight with my parents to convince them to let me keep going in the summer, but it was in that moment I knew I was hooked. I fell in love with running (sometimes) and rope climbs and became happier and happier here as I met more and more people.

Over 3 years later and I am still in love with this place. I don’t come here to just workout, but I go for the community. Whatever is going on in my life is pushed to the side for an hour and, I don’t know, feeling jacked is kind of cool too.

Thank you for being the place I looked forward to every single day. You have all helped me in so many different ways without even knowing it! You were some of my biggest support, helped me to battle mental illness, and at the very least always had me smiling. I know it is because of this place that I was motivated enough to become salutatorian of my class and complete my dream of qualifying for states for track and field individually, but I don’t consider either of those my greatest accomplishments. My greatest takeaway from this place is the self-confidence I have gained and the lesson that if you really want something, you’re going to get it through hard work and nothing else.

High school really was the best four years of my life - except it had nothing to do with high school at all. It was because I was blessed enough to spend the past 3 years with all of you. As long as I have my summers spent here, I am confident that everything in life will be okay. And of course, go blue (:

September 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterKatie Bromm

If anyone were to ask me what CrossFit was before the spring of 2014, I would tell them I wouldn’t know and that it would be like another type of gym. Thanks to the Banet’s for talking about at softball (24/7), I knew what it was and decided to try it out. CrossFit is the best thing I have ever joined and I thoroughly enjoy it! I have done movements that I thought I would never do: Rope climbs, deadlifts, handstands, and soon pull-ups! :D

The wide variety of athletes and workouts makes each day enjoyable. There's never a grey day here. The coaches all know what they are talking about and coach us well. Form is number one here at the Champions Club and its run through our head before and during the workout. Good form will prevent injury. Chris will be on you if your feet are not straight and I have gotten into the (good) habit of putting them strait, and it’s now hard to look at somebody whose feet are turned at ten or one o’clock.

So many good stories happen here and many more to be written. I feel like peter pan when he doesn’t want to grow up. Well, I never want to leave the Champions Club because it is now in my blood.

September 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Shakes

This has been a long time coming...

I actually wrote a testimonial a long while back, but something happened with my computer and it didn't end up getting posted. Anyway...

You could say that I've been around the block once or twice when it comes to crossfit. I started doing it in January of 2011 when I saw Chris Binno doing free-standing handstands at the rec center of Wayne State University. I immediately went up to him and asked him to teach me how to do that. From there, he'd attempt to teach me and put me through Fran soon after. So began my journey of crossfit...

Fast forward about 3.5 years. I have been to two other boxes and I have graduated from Wayne State. I was looking around for a new box that was closer to my new apartment. I must have checked out at least 10 different boxes, and none of them seemed to fit the bill. That's when I got a text from Chris Binno recommending that I check out the Champions Club. I did that after a few days of putting it off for a closer box, and honestly, I don't think I could have made a better choice...

As a medical student, I am constantly stuck inside studying and doing other academic related matters. One of my favorite parts of my day is leaving school and heading to the gym. The minute you walk through that big, blue garage door, you become part of a whole different family you never would've thought to exist outside of your own blood relatives. Saying the people here are friendly would be an understatement. I can't remember the last time I met a group of people that were so readily accepting of an outsider. Yeah, many of them are younger than me by 6 or more years, but the interactions are no different than they would be if I were talking to someone my age. I am always able to be myself, and that makes my experience here all the better.

We are also very fortunate that, at the Champions Club, we have access to world-class coaching. This isn't your standard crossfit gym where they want you to go HAM on the workout while completely disregarding form. Yes, they want you to go HAM on the workout, but they only want you to push yourself to the point that you can maintain good form. These people care about how you move, and it shows in the way they coach and teach. This is the major difference that I have noticed between the different boxes. Even after several years of crossfit, thinking I had great form (because the other gyms had lower standards), I was still not able to meet their standards of movement. On top of that, in the past, I've had some issues with shoulder and knee pain, most likely because of my faulty movement patterns. Since joining the Champions Club, I can't remember the last time I had pain.

So, when you look at us, you may ask yourself if this is the right place for you. The answer is YES! Without a doubt, this is the best gym I have ever come across, and I think you'll come to agree with me when you come and give it a try. See you there!

July 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Sabal

I started CrossFit in 2008 after I saw Chris Sinagoga following CrossFit programming in the Bishop Foley weight room. I spent the next half decade of my life drinking the CrossFit cool-aid, doing competitions, judging competitions, visiting CrossFit gyms wherever I went, going to the games and spending countless hours on CrossFit affiliated websites. Six years later, here I am finally home from school for one summer and I made the obvious decision to workout with Chris and his gang at the Champions Club. I confidently say that CrossFit Athletic Group is one of the most competent gyms(CrossFit, weightlifting, globo, or any other style of gym) currently open for business. I say this because this gym teaches an athlete how to move. Human movement is an awesome thing, and learning the correct way to move has allowed me to behave like an athlete(something hard to find in a CrossFit gym). I can apply this to every physical activity I undertake. The family here is more than welcoming and the coaching is spot on. I can always count on the coaches to let me know when my movement deviates from the expected. I had encountered injuries and tweaks in the past, but since I've been at CrossFit Athletic Group, my injuries have subsided and my fitness has noticeably increased.

July 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeans

I've been here for a year now and joining the Champions Club was by far one of the best decisions I've made. When I made that first check for fundamentals I thought this better be worth it. It sure was and month after month I kept coming back. Every time I would walk in I'd be so excited to find out what the work out was and praying to God that there wouldn't be running! I would keep surprising myself time after time. I thought it would be several months before I got my first rope climb and years before I got my first pull up. Clearly I was wrong. There would be no way I would be where I am today if it wasn't for crossfit and our champions club family. Every single workout someone is always cheering and supporting one another. I know there was no way I could get through some of those summer workouts without the support of my fellow 9amers. During this semester it really hit me how dedicated I have become. I don't even care that I have to wait in bumper to bumper traffic for over an hour to get to the 7:00 session. My mom always tells me that it's okay if I miss a day of crossfit. I always respond by saying "mom, you don't understand, I can't not go to crossfit." This past year has been a blast and I'm looking forward to many more to come!

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin Kav

When I was applying to MSU for next fall, one of the essays asked me to write about a passion of mine. The first thing I could think of was crossfit. I just passed my one year mark at the Champions Club and my only regret is why I didn't start earlier. This has probably been one of the best things I've done for myself in a very long time. Looking back about a year ago, I was terribly out of shape from starting college and ending all of my high school sports. I didn't realize how lazy I had been since the summer until I started fundamentals. I remember telling Chris the second day of fundamentals how sore I was after the first day and his response was "you'll get used to it". (The first day of fundamentals was barely even a workout lol) I did get used to it, and now I love it.
The Champions Club is a one of a kind crossfit gym. Everyone there can vouch for me on that one. In November I got a free month at Jarrod's gym in Detroit and I thought it would be nice to save some money and gas since it was a lot closer to school. Although I liked it there and I got great workouts, it wasn't the same as working out with the Champions Club. It's a kind of experience that no one will understand unless they witness it themselves. Whenever I talk about crossfit with people outside of crossfit, they all just roll their eyes and make fun of it. It doesn't bother me one bit because I know I have a whole family behind my back; the Champions Club.

February 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Kav

Well since I have left to come to East Lansing I have had 3 snow days and only been able to work out at Spartan Crossfit twice. And although I still love it, its not the same at all I had so much more fun and was able to push myself so much harder with Chris and everyone pushing me. They do not correct you if you have bad form they wont correct you which is a little annoying. But they do encourage al lot. The past three weeks of crossfit at the "building" as Aly calls, was amazing and pretty much saved me from boredom and I had so much fun doing it. I have been doing Crossfit for about 2 to 3 months and until Aj recommended me here I was doing "wrong" according to Chris. But after i let my pride go I tried to be as coachable as possible and it seemed to help a lot in only 3 weeks although I am not at the cardio shape I want to be I am in okay shape. I was able to complete a 1000m row 50 thrusters (in okay form) with 7 pull ups OTM in 10:58. SO HA JASON and SAP. Even though I know you would beat it. I will try and come back as much as possible, but with the weather as bad as it is but I cannot make any promises. And although I don't know if my athletic career is over or not I do know crossfit will be a big part of my life for the fore seeable future. And I have Aj, Chris and everyone at the Crossfit Athletic Group to thank for that.

January 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJack

As I sit in bedroom I want to write my testominial so I don't forget what I have said when I do another one in two years. Let's go back two years ago when I was in eighth grade and I was 12 years old. The reason I started cross fit because I need to become fit because my parents told me to workout but I was like whatever I don't want to workout. I could not go to a regular gym like life L.A fitness because i was to young. My two best Ricky Carey and Connor Moore start doing cross fit and they said they enjoyed. So I said what the heck I will give try to see if I like it. I remember walking into the field house with connor moore watching the 3:15 session doing a workout and I was thinking to myself what the heck I'm getting to. Then I met one the coolest person on earth Mr. Chris Sinagoga. I remember doing motives like gorilla back. I had another friend there was a trainer Sydni Golfin since I knew her when I was little. Then we move to the weight room in foley. I another cool trainer named Mr. Brain Hassler a.k.a one of the strongest guys I known besides Chris Sinagoga himself. Then my sister joined and her friend joined to. Then more of friends joined like Jason Withorn and Hannah Kimmel. So we had lot of fun times there. I had another cool trainer named Nicole Murley. I got my first jump in the weight room. I forgot to say I am not the most athletic/flexible person on the earth. So then foley kicked us then we went to Jarrods place for a while so we could search for a new place to go. Mrs. Pip found a place so we moved to our own box. If I were to die I would give all my money to Chris Sinagoga and the champions club. Last year Carl Paoli visit us. It was great year for the champion club. Then summer of 2013 came by and I have made so many cool friends like Master P, the Skorupski, the banets, and Lauren Higgins. I love cross fit it has made me a better person and you guys are like my family. You guys are so nice and caring and funny and special. I have become stronger because cross fit because you guys push me everyday and you never gave up on me.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAaron Augustyn

I must say I could go on and on and on about the summer of 2013 at the Champions Club, and I do back here up in Midland to anyone who wants to listen. I showed up to the box knowing nothing of crossfit besides the man himself Rich Froning, and left a completely different athlete than I came in. Going into my 6th year of college football i've been around the block, and after being under a d-1 and d-2 strength coach I can give the Champions Club credit for putting me in the best overall athletic shape of my life. For the first summer of my collegiate career I didn't get hurt and or have an MRI, my flexibility is through the roof and best of all I absolutely loved going to compete everyday at 5pm after work. I want to thank chris first for accepting me and teaching me, I'm not your typical kicker and or athlete, but he worked with me, taught me a ton, and credit goes to you for a lot. I also want to thank everyone I met, from Jacob to AJ to Jas to my teammates to Aly, who kindly told me she thought I was a huge dick the first day I walked in. Working out with AJ everyday was a privilege and we fed off each other competitively and pushed each other farther than i think we both thought we could go. Barb was a treat at the 5pm also, and everyone who i ever worked out with was great. I loved everything about this box, and the challenges it put me through I will never forget. Its changed the way I eat, sit, walk, stand and workout and it will stay that way for the rest of my life. I've caught the crossfit bug, and as long as they dont send me to China or Europe you may just see me back at the ole' box next fall. I truly miss you guys more than you know and can't thank everyone enough for making my summer so great and extending my collegiate athletic career one more year (man i'm old). I hope I left some type of impact on the box that will last whether its my useless facts or competitiveness, in some way shape or form you'll hear from me again. And chris i promise when i have enough money im going to donate and install a shower for the box, so kids like me can answer their phone during a workout, shower and go to a tigers game or bon jovi concert not sweaty in their beautiful clothes.

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Faust

I’ve been waiting a long time now to write another testimonial and it looks like tonight is the night whether I’m “ready” or not.

I just read “Building a Champion pt. 6: A New Standard” and I went to type my comment and realized I was hitting the backspace more than any other keys. There were so many different things I could say in so many variations that I couldn’t pick. Now, I’m not sure if this is obvious or not, but I’ve always been a pretty shy person. I was the kid that sat silently by my parents at family parties as the other kids ran by playing. I also NEVER came early or stayed late for any practices unless I absolutely had to – why would I stay and soak in the awkward silence (as if I was exclusively the only one who endured awkward silences – but that’s a different topic).

The point I’m trying to lead up to (but can’t do as eloquently as Chris so effortlessly does) is that I actually have things to say now.

When I first joined, I practiced my normal habits showing up on time and leaving on time. In my mind I was doing everyone a favor not sticking around listening to their inside stories, forcing my eyes extra wide at the supposed interesting parts. Then smiling at the supposed funny parts with only the muscles of my closed mouth…. yeah I know – not a comfortable situation (nor an easy thing to explain I’m learning now, I hope that makes sense).

(For this next section pretend that the "can"s have "strike-through"s through them, it wouldn't copy and paste that way. I know anti climatic but whatever.)
But now I can walk in hours early and stay hours after and look at the clock surprised (this time my eyes genuinely getting wide realizing I’m late for whatever I was supposed to get to). I can gladly say hey to whoever walks through the door. I can introduce myself to newcomers without a shake in my voice.

I can talk.

Well it needs work, but it has definitely progressed at high speed since joining the Champions Club and has translated to life outside of it as well. This is why I feel so passionate and am forever an advocate for the Champions Club and CrossFit in general – it’s more than a workout.

It’s a place where “on time” is a gray area.

….And I’ve only been here two years, who knows what’s in store for the next two and after that.

August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan (Murley#2)

Two simple words to describe Crossfit for me is: Life Changing. Becoming a part o the Champions Club has been the best experience! I started only 8 months ago, around mid November. I looked for a Crossfit gym all summer. My parents didnt think I was that serious about wanting to do Crossfit. My powerlifitng/gym teacher showed me a YouTube video of Crossfit back in the school year, I thought it was the coolest thing ever, and had my name written all over it! My passion is working out. If I could lift, run, stretch, etc. all day, 24/7, I would. So I texted Emma Wonsil. I texted her on a Saturday and went into my first session that Tuesday. Pudge walked me though my first warm-up. I remember thinking "this is about to be so fun!" I was a little confused but it was something new, and I knew I could get a hang of it! I was told to grab a PVC pipe. We went over either the deadlift or a snatch.. Can't remember. After the end of that session I talked to Chris, as would anyone else. I started my first fundamental session Wednesday. I feel like it took me forever to get through my fundamentals! My first 3 sessions I remember thinking "this guy has no idea what he's talking about, based on everything I've leaned before" but as the sessions went on I realized I was the one that was taught wrong and Chris knew exactly what he's talking about! One thing I learned while in fundamentals was how non-athletic I really was. I never new i had that many faults with my body (mobility wise). But in no way did any Of this horrible form, lack of internal rotation in my hips, and extremely inflexible shoulder stop me. The only thing it made me do was keep coming, and improve myself. It was the Challenge that I liked the most. One thing that added to this love of Crossfit was the people here at the Champions Club! Right away I felt involved and apart of something. Everyone has always been so welcoming and supportive. I have never walked in here feeling out of place and not welcomed. I'm pretty sure the only person I still have not talked to is Jacob. My at most 2 words.
With only being here for 8 months, I feel like I'm part of a family. It's my home away from home. That is the best word to describe our box: Family. Although I wasn't with everyone through the move from Foley, to Jarrods to our box now I still feel like I have contributed to our box. I wish I could have been there, but I'm truly thankful for everyone pushing through it all, and getting here where we are today.
There is never a day that I come in dreading a workout. I'm always looking forward to walking into our "it's not much" box. The past 2 1/2 months have been my favorite. Chris has thought of me as a future coach. I never thought that could happen or that I was even up for that. I have thought a lot about that. And I know that I defiantly enjoy coaching and helping people just a little bit more than I do being a participant in the WODS. I am more than thrilled for 3 things: Freestyle Connection with Carl Paoli, Crossfit Cert, at Hyperfit, and for Kelly Starret to come!
As Chris would say "I'm reeled in". When people ask me about Crossfit, I respond with "I'm in love with it!"

Excuse my horrible grammar and writing in general!

June 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

CrossFit is fun, CrossFit is cool, and CrossFit sometimes makes me drool. The one lesson I have learned is that love is a funny thing. It’s like quicksand, the more you fight it, the deeper it pulls you. Without CrossFit and the Champions Club, I would be at Anytime Fitness standing in the corner making fun of the people trying to work out while I do 40-ounce curls. After a long hiatus, I’m ready to comeback and the most exciting part is to know that everyone is still there and excited to see me. Never will you meet another group of genuine, fit people willing to share in your inevitable success. I just wish I had embraced it earlier. Get excited for a summer full of hilarious jokes from Tara and I, visits from flat Ellen and some pretty awesome exposed arms.

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnita

CrossFit is family. It has given me the confidence, skill, athleticism (because God knows I wasn't born with it), and drive to become more physically and mentally tough. I joined the Fencing team at UDM this year and I would not have done it in a million years if i did not have the CrossFit background. I was able to believe in myself enough to try it despite the 7 am workouts with the trainer and my lack of knowledge of fencing in general. I now know I can do anything if I am determined, and CrossFit has taught me that. I could never thank Chris enough for everything he has done to help motivate me to do more than I believed I could, and CrossFit has truly changed my life. I miss it everyday, but CrossFit is still my family:)

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterC. Powers

OK, it's time I finally sit down and write this. I started working out with CAG the summer going into my first year at Grand Valley. I was convinced by Chris to workout in hope to drop some time on my running and hopefully walk on to the track team. I was expecting something a lot different to be honest. I was expecting an extension of my track season where I put on a lot more miles and having some competition on the track. It turned out to be completely different then what I expected. There was no competition.Just kidding. It was much more weight work then I was told.

If you haven't known me or seen my around this time, I was the definition of two words, skinny and gumpy. Weights weren't my thing, and that is why I ran. So it went on all summer, doing Crossfit workouts almost every day. Throughout time I actually saw improvements. It wasn't in my mile times although like I hoped, it was my whole body and health. I started to see improvements in everything about me, and I didn't hit the "wall" where I was stuck. I realized that if you put in the work with the weights and actually learned what Chris had to offer, you could change everything about you. My body started to look "normal" and not bones. I really changed this summer, and got the body I wanted to for college.

My body isn't the only thing that changed. I met so many cool and genuine people from working out with the group. There is a major difference between this group and others. It's more of a family setting around the gym. I cannot think of anybody in this group that I don't like. We all became really close and I can't wait to see them on most days. The fact that we have been through so much change makes it that much better in the long run. Moving from the field house, to the weight-room, to Jarrods and now the box makes it that much more rewarding. The fact that this group survived through so much neglect makes us stronger then anything.

So now, the one thing I look forward to most about this Summer is working out with the group. I will be athlete of the summer this time, but first I needed to get an athlete profile. Step 1 is almost complete, so now I just need to wait til this summer to show everybody up. It was really great meeting everybody and I hope that this will last as long as possible. I cannot wait to pick up the weights again and see where it will take me.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

If asked to describe the Champion’s Club in one word, I would say FAMILY. Walking in for a workout is like walking into the bar on Cheers, everyone knows your name. It’s personal, unlike being another nameless person at other gyms, you’re not just a number at CAG. Being a proud member of this gym, I have grown not only in physical strength but in family members as well. Going to a session is often the highlight of my day even after getting my butt kicked in a WOD. I’ve been with the Champion’s Club since the beginning with a little hiatus and I know first hand no matter how long it’s been you can always come home and feel like you belong. It has been awesome to watch the little gym that could grow and expand and I’m excited to be a part of its future.

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTara

A few recent words from some CrossFit Celebrities:

"...but what really made the trip special was a quick stop by the Champions Club. I had heard about the Champions Club and knew that they were big fans and huge supporters, but going in there I had really no had no idea what to expect. What I found there was the biggest group of teens I've seen who train together because they're dedicated to improving their fitness, their athleticism, and their performance. And not just for themselves, but they're also influencing their brothers, sisters, and even parents to participate too. Their attitude was amazing and their work ethic inspires me. Take a moment to check out their site and their story, and give them a high-five for being awesome. They are the future!"
- Carl Paoli, San Francisco CrossFit, GymnasticsWOD, Naka Athletics

"Drop a barbell in a parking lot and its impossible to know where the ripples will go. The Champions Club is a legit group of dedicated High school athletes back east who will ultimately make the thinking we do look pedestrian."
- Kelly Starrett, DPT. San Francisco CrossFit, MobilityWOD

January 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Man, I just realized two days ago was the 6th month mark that we have been in the building. I can't thank you guys enough for sticking this thing out.

I was talking to Emma and Jarrod about this the other day. People always ask me "how's the business going?" or "what's business been like?" I always reply with one word (unless I stutter):


This whole thing is just an unbelievable amount of fun. That's the only way I can put it. And the scary thing is, this isn't even close to the finished product - as demonstrated by the abundance of boxes piled in the loft. Thanks to everyone in the Champions Club/CrossFit Athletic Group. I learned from my AAU coach that it's not about who's coaching the team, it's about the players. And you guys are what makes this box "The Future". Thank you sincerely! I can't wait to see what things will happen in the next six months.

Life is Good!

December 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterChris Sinagoga

Testimonial no. 26

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSyd

So I figured I would write another testimonial because I have been working out for nine months now. (Boy does time fly) and I am sitting in my dorm room putting off doing chemistry homework. If you would have told me a year ago that I would have been waking up early every morning this summer to go work out, I would have said you were crazy. Who in their right mind would do that? I did, almost every day this summer and I loved every minute of it. (Except for that first minute right after my alarm would go off.) I got up every morning because I loved seeing my family at Crossfit and experiencing whatever endeavors we had to face together. I saw all of the coaches and people I work out with more than I saw my other friends. We saw each other enough to become good friends and even form our own group. Shout out to the 9 am’ers. I loved knowing that I had accomplished something. That’s more than most of my classmates could say, because they would have still been sleeping. The more I came to Crossfit, the more it become a way of life for me.
I really started to catch the Crossfit bug. And now I am planning on trying out for rowing, which I have crossfit to blame. Anyways, I started eating zone for at least 3 meals each day this summer, and I started to notice the changes it made. When I found out we were doing the Filthy Fifty I decided to eat only zone for the four days leading up to it. My mom didn’t understand why I said no to Jets Pizza or getting a slurpee those 4 days. I described it to her as comparing the Filthy Fifty to a race. If you know you are running a race in a few days you want to do everything you possibly can to run your best time in that race. Filthy Fifty was the same way. On days that had workouts like the Filthy Fifty, Fran or Fight Gone Bad you are really able to see the community we are in .After those kinds of workouts you collapse on the ground and see a mom or a dad or a middle schooler collapsed on the ground too because they worked just as hard as you did.
I have never experienced such a group that have had different experiences, different times in their life, worries and goals. But no matter what each person is dealing with we all share the same experience which bonds us together. This is the only place I know where a freshman in high school is paired up with a freshman in college, or a mom or dad is paired up with their child’s best friend during a team workout. It is the only place I know where even if you are the final person to finish the workout, it isn’t considered last place and make you the loser, because you have a whole group of people supporting you and cheering you on to finish those final reps.
We are so lucky to have the amazing coaching staff that we have who really care and want to see you succeed, whether its on technique for the workout and reaching that pr. Between the unbelievable coaching staff and the always inspiring members our crossfit is one that isn’t matched by any other. There aren’t enough words to describe what we are besides family, and I am truly honored to be a part of this family.

That was really long lol. You can tell I really didn't want to do my chemistry homework :)

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne

Well 2 years in and I'm still here. I'm still here complaining about the warm-up run, getting told by Chris how awful my clean form is (it IS awful), spending way more time at the building than any sane person would want to, and building amazing relationships with people I otherwise wouldn’t have met (especially Marianne, my 9’am partner in crime). More importantly than all of that, joining Champion’s Club (CAG) is still one of the best decisions I've ever made. Last summer I needed this, now I really want it, too. I've chosen my morning workout over sleep, sleep, and even late nights with my friends. But it doesn't feel like I'm sacrificing anything: I have friends at the building after all, and who needs sleep. This summer I even got to help with the preschool babies session, which was basically the best thing ever (I mean, haven’t you seen them do tabata tantrums?).
Last summer I wrote an essay for college about Champion’s Club, this summer I spend more time thinking about CAG than college. Champion’s Club CAG is such a big part of my life now. CrossFit is the best kind of friend: it’s there for you no matter what happens, pushes you to be your best, and always makes you feel better (well maybe not physically). My time here has replaced every bad memory from high school with ones I’ll never forget, and I know Chris and the Champion’s Club CAG will still be here for me in college.

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAly

Twas the summer after senior year of high school, and all I was worried about was taking my pre-workout supplements and getting absolutely jacked in Foley's weight room. I remember seeing the Crossfitters in there and wondering to myself, "What the heck are these guys doing? They look absolutely ridiculous doing their cheating pull-ups and they're taking up all the space in my weight room!" Eventually, I somehow had a change of heart and decided to give Crossfit a chance (albeit against my brother's wishes. I recall him saying something along the lines of, "Dude you're going to be one of THEM?" ).

The first Crossfit workout I tried was tabata squats. This was not a difficult workout at all, so I figured hey maybe this won't be so tough after all (although my form was probably horrendous). I was in for a surprise though as the workouts for the rest of the week kicked my butt. It was especially embarrassing that I had to use bands to assist me on my pull-ups. I ended up joining the Champion's Club that summer, but I didn't take it as serious as I do now.

Fast forward to today, and it's amazing the way the Champion's Club has evolved. For one, Chris's teaching has vastly improved, especially through the teaching of the hollow body movements. Also, the way the Champion's Club community has become such a close group of athletes is awesome. I never would have thought I would be working out and becoming friends with moms or kids still in grade school. The vast group of people in the Champion's Club just goes to show how Crossfit can be scaled and that anyone can do it if they are willing to put in the time and dedication.

People that are on the fence about Crossfit should honestly give it a shot here at the Crossfit Athletic Group. The trainers here are amazing, and really focus on your form so that: 1. You can be very efficient in your lifts. 2. You won't get hurt. 3. You'll be able to perform better. You may think you're doing your deadlifts correctly now, but I'm sure there is something in your form that could be improved so you can get better. Some other places may have nicer equipment and flashier buildings, but here you will get a great community, trainers that focus on helping you to improve, and you'll be in the best shape of your life. I know that joining the Champion's Club was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

August 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMorrow

Well here goes nothing..

Before i was finally convinced to try crossfit this summer i was a very typical punk-a** High School age athlete that thought he was way better at everything than he was. With this attitude came the assumption that my way of training was not only the best way, but the only way. I had spent a good amount of my highschool career in the weightroom doing 5x5 squat based style workouts, and while the strength gains were satisfying i was quickly humbled by the first day of basketball conditioning my senior year, I had completely forgone muscle endurance and had been training myself like i was some kind of Russian power lifter (i wish).

Anyways Chris had been trying to convince me to give crossfit a chance, and threw me an email about summer registration this year. While it has only been a few months i find myself with mixed feelings. I absolutely love crossfit and the Olympic lifts/compound movements that most workouts are based on. But i am also extremely upset that i allowed the Internet's opinion on the program to persuade me to put off trying it for so long.

The people here are simply awesome. I constantly find myself in awe of the trainers' attention to detail and their ability to coach complex movements. The common perception that crossfit values quantity >quality couldn't be more wrong.

While i am by no means "elite" in any facet of athleticism, i feel as though, with the help of CrossFit, i am improving everyday.

CrossFit provides a positive hardworking environment in which teamwork and efficiency is put on a pedestal. I couldn't be more happy with the program.

July 20, 2012 | Registered CommenterJacob

This isn't my testimonial yet, but this is for the new About Us section and hopefully this will help Chris create our new one.
What sets us apart from other crossfit facilities is that other people actually do want me to succeed. When I say that I mean that people are happy and excited when someone else maybe gets their first pullup or pr's on a workout. People that workout here aren't only concerned with what they are doing and are caught up in themselves. It's kinda like what I put at the end of my paper. You do crossfit because you want to better yourself and you want to feel good about yourself; you see something about yourself and you work to improve it and find that strength to continue to work. But Champions Club is that and more. The environment that's been created is that people want all of that for themselves and everyone else there around them. We've made that bond were people aren't caught up in just improving themselves. Its not just getting a pity clap if you're the last person working out; people are clapping for you because they truly do want to see you succeed. That's what makes it so much easier to go to workouts. You never dread going because you know that you're surrounded by your friends and in that moment it might suck working out but you'll be laughing about how sore everyone is tomorrow.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAb

So I figured since ive been doing crossfit no no no CHAMPIONS CLUB for over a year now it would be appropriate to write one of these little thingies so here goes it:

so as a freshman i was fortunate enough to be on jv volleyball where i met emma and ab who were always talking about crossfit. this sparked my interest and i joined that fall. the first week of crossfit was awfulll i was soooo tired it was ridiculous but i started going reguraly and then that kind of went down during the winter and spring. but when the summer came i tried to go as much as possible. in the summer i got my first pullup (actually two) and first double under (also two) which was possibly the greatest day of my life i didn't know getting a pullup could get me tht it excited but ohh it did! i had gone from a green band in the fall to my first real pull up in the summer and now i do pullups with no band...yesss even in workouts. Now i come pretty regurally because its easy to do something you love :) Crossfit has gotten me in much better shape and also alottt stronger. (all thanks to CHRIStian and Brian ) even my running has gotten better . well a little. Not only has crossfit gotten me in better shape it has given me lasting friendships. I can pretty much garenttee you if i hadnt of joined crossfit i wouldnt be very good friends with Ryan, Jack, Jackie, Pip, and Megan and Marianne who dont even go to foley! (and thats only to name a few) But my favorite part of Champions club would definatly be that during workouts we can be so competivtive with one another but once its over its back to cheering others on. I definatly consider Champoin Club my family and i dont know what i would do with out it.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterducky

This isn't my second testimonial yet, but more of a shout out to everyone in my Champion's Club family. You are all amazing people and I'm happy to be a part of something that helps people to improve in every aspect of their lives! I benefit and grow every time I step into the weightroom to share in the sweat and effort everyone gives. Champion's Club has become an extremely significant part of my life, and thinking about what I'd be without it, I'm glad I drank this amazing, family-making, value-growing Kool-aid!

March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAly

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