ChaNel H. Murphy, IV joined Performance Fitness in 2015 for our 12-week Get Sexy Project. She stuck around, becoming a founding member when we moved into our new studio. She’s now fit like she was when she played college basketball, and she’s lost inches and gained strength. Kettlebells are the first thing that ChaNel thinks of when it comes to Performance Fitness, and she isn’t such a fan of Taylor Swift when it comes to the boot camp playlist. She loves that we don’t judge and that our studio feels like home.
Keep reading for fun facts about ChaNel, including favorite hobbies and how she got her name.
Name: ChaNel HoneyBunch Murphy, IV
Where are you from and how long have you lived in this area? North Philly, but I’ve lived in Merion Station since high school
Occupation: I work in procurement for Amtrak and also own a landscaping company, HoneyBunch Landscaping and Hardscaping, LLC
Pets: Giuseppe – 5-year-old Morkie (a Maltese and a Yorkie)
Hobbies? Playing in a dodge ball league, building stuff – like patios (a hobby that turned into a business), cooking, and scuba diving (she’s certified)
Sports? Besides dodge ball I played basketball for 14 years. I’m also in a Fantasy Football League.
Favorite Magazines: EP Henry, Architecture Digest
Favorite radio station: WDAS and 97.5 (sports)
Favorite Movie: The Color Purple
Favorite quote: “Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel.” –E. E. Cummings [Editors note: We’re glad to hear it’s not Murphy’s Law (ha ha!)]
Favorite book: The Color Purple
Favorite way to treat yourself: Massage or travel
If you had to choose three words to describe yourself, what would they be? Ambitious, caring, and fun
Fun/interesting fact about you that most people don’t know? A lot of people don’t know that I scuba dive and that my dad was a master diver. Also, some people don’t know how I got my name. How I got my name – my grandfather’s name is Roscoe Bunch Murphy, Sr. My dad is Roscoe Bunch Murphy, Jr, and my brother is Roscoe Bunch Murphy, III. Since I was my dad’s only girl, he said, “You’re my honeybunch,” and he dubbed me the IV. Another fun fact – I swam before I walked.
How long have you been training with Performance Fitness? Since March 2015. I started with the 12-Week “Get Sexy Project” and then became a founding member when the studio opened.
First word that comes to mind when you hear Performance Fitness? Kettlebells
3-5 must have workout songs: Songs by Pitbull, Bruno Mars, Bob Marley
Least favorite song played at boot camp? Anything by Taylor Swift
Coolest side-effect from working out? I can run and not be winded when I have on boots and a whole bunch of winter gear.
Bacon or ice cream? Bacon
What are your 3 big goals for the next 3-6 months?
- Tighten up my mid-section.
- Do 5 unbroken strict pull-ups.
- Do handstand push-ups.
If someone asked you about Performance Fitness what do you tell them? You feel at home and comfortable here. You’re not judged when you walk through the door.