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Lift Heavy Things! Do Yoga! Ganbatte!!! - Erae

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“Lift heavy things. Do yoga. Ganbatte.”

- Erika Rae Theobald-Grant



On March 31, 2014, we lost a beloved member of the Crossfit Ganbatte family. Erika Rae Theobald-Grant, our beloved yogi, fellow athlete, and dear friend passed away unexpectedly.

Erika, known as ERae to her friends and students, was one of Ganbatte’s first and most loyal members. She met Coach Jade while working as a bartender at Timmy Nolan’s in Toluca Lake more than three years ago. Jade noticed her energy and commitment and persuaded her to try Crossfit. Though she had been weightlifting since high school, she was immediately impressed by the challenge Crossfit provided. Within weeks, she was the walking, talking embodiment of “Ganbatte,” “Do your best” was more than a mantra to her. It was how she lived her life.


A lifelong yogi, ERae was eager to give back to a gym that carried a message that resonated with her. What began with simple acts of selflessness and volunteering – cleaning up weights after class and offering to lead a group stretch or warm-up – quickly evolved to a weekly yoga practice for the Ganbatte community. With her energy, free spirit, determination, and loyalty, she modeled the Ganbatte ethos each and every day. Her love of yoga and good health – and her desire to share both with each and every person she met – was evident in her walk, talk, and laugh. Yoga teachers aren’t known for their affinity for heavy weights, but ERae was walking proof that athletes can be strong, centered, balanced, and an absolute riot.


Rarely have I met a spirit more joyful, or more selfless.  ERae lit up our box with her charisma and fearlessness. She was more than a gifted athlete. She was an integral part of our family.


Erae's passing reminds us of our commitment to one another. Joining Ganbatte means more than signing up for a membership. It means being welcomed into a sprawling, boisterous, fun-loving and kooky family that is eager for challenges, lifts heavy things, and yes, does yoga. Those closest to her, as well as those who just shared space in the box with her, mourn her loss.


In recognition of ERae’s generous spirit, and honoring the requests of her family, Crossfit Ganbatte will host a memorial workout for her on  to raise funds for a charity near and dear to her heart. ( to be announced).  Join us for a celebration of this special member of our community. Do your best in her honor.  She will be sorely missed. 








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