Client Spotlight – Meet ChaNel HoneyBunch Murphy, IV


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?

  1. Tighten up my mid-section.
  2. Do 5 unbroken strict pull-ups.
  3. 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.


  1. ChaNel HoneyBunch Murphy IV on January 2, 2016 at 3:28 am

    What an amazing person! I I have to say it’s really interesting reading about yourself, it still geeks me out every time. The first time I read an article about myself was the Metro newspaper titled “city kid learns how to sail with Phildelphia Sail Club” wow I was astatic and I am again. Thank you Michelle And the rest of the coaching staff for a wonderful gym I can call home.

    • michelle on January 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      You rock and we’re so happy to have you as a part of our home!

  2. Terri Way-Thornton on January 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Why didn’t you tell me about the write-up babysis? I’m googling your company and what do I find?? You are so humble and modest… For the readers, ChaNel is my youngest sister (she hates that I always mention that) LOL I am so proud of her many accomplishments! She is a dedicated, committed, loving, caring, and adventurous woman! All the qualities of a leader. She’s a great person to have on your team! She’s been encouraging me to join the club, but I don’t think I can hang with the workouts (I’m old and obese) nor do I live in the area. Anyhoo, I agree with Michelle, babysis YOU ROCK! xoxo

    • michelle on January 24, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      This is fantastic, Terri! We think your Babysis is amazing. Feel free to stop in with her if you’re ever in the area.