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1. What brought you to ganbatte and what keeps you here?

I discovered and fell in love with the world of Crossfit while still living in NYC and so when I moved to LA the first thing I did was to look up local Crossfit boxes. I checked out a couple of these but didn't feel like it was a good fit as Crossfit to me is just as much about the community as it is about getting a great workout in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Ganbatte was on my list and so I checked it out on a Sunday which coincided with Kristin Winn coaching Open Gym that day. After talking to her for just a few minutes I knew I had found my new Crossfit home!!!
I've now been coming to Ganbatte for close to 2.5 years and everyday I love it just a little more. I love it for its awesome coaches who often understand our limits better than ourselves and are able to challenge us appropriately; the fun programming that has been really effective in improving strength and conditioning; for its friendly and supportive environment; and last but not least for its members so many of whom inspire and encourage me everyday.


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2. If you were to make your own bench mark work out what would it be?

I love WODS that incorporate the bar but in my humble opinion the most challenging functional movements are those that are based on body-weight workouts.
So my benchmark WOD called 'Wonder Woman" in honor of all the wonder women out there who are the archetype of femininity i.e. beauty (inner and outer), brains (intellectual and emotional) and brawn (don't mess with mama bear!)

'Wonder Woman" (3 rounds):

200m run
40 air squats
30 push ups
20 walking lunges
10 pulls ups
5 pistols
1 rope climb


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3. What skill do you want to master during your zombie invasion?

Definitely handstand walks. Zombies will be very confused when they see me walking on my hands with my baby strapped to my back and will decide that we are some inedible alien species (just so you know, they only eat living things that walk on feet and have one head)

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4. What is your proudest Ganbatte moment.?

Oh man there are so many of them (and a few not so proud moments as well!!!). Like a lot of others my proudest moments mainly consist of those where I was able to break past a plateau or finally achieve a move I'd been working on: like the time I was able to finally do a handstand push-up or string 7 strict pull-ups in a row, oh and definitely the time I finally figured out how to do DU's!!! But most importantly for me right now is being able to continue to Crossfit through my pregnancy while for the most part maintaining my strength (though def not my flexibility or grace!!!) with the support and encouragement of my Ganbatte fam!



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5. Ganbatte as a verb and how would you enact on it?

My personal mantra (passed on to me by an Irish catholic nun when I was still in secondary school) is 'if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well". Thus 'ganbatte' really resonates with me as it is about doing your best not only at the gym, but in all other aspects of life be that at work or at happy hour doing karaoke!


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1. What brought you to ganbatte and what keeps you here?

I originally came to Ganbatte for a structured class environment that was close by, that had an early  morning class, and a shower. Ganbatte had all of these things, so I signed up for an intro class. After having that initial contact with JP, I thought it might be a good fit. I started going to Red Eye the next week and stuck with it. That was back in August of 2013. I stay there because going to Ganbatte in the morning is the best part of my day, besides coming home to my family. I'm greeted with friendly smiles and silly jokes as I stroll in 6 to 8 minutes late for each class. Everybody is supportive and pushes each other. We have a really good time while working hard. I can't really imagine going anywhere else, so when I moved more than ten miles away, I still found a way to make it work. The people at Ganbatte are the best, I am thankful that I've gotten to know so many great people at the gym. 


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2. If you were to make your own bench mark work out, what would it be?

Mile Run
20 Power Cleans @ 135
50 Wall Balls
10 Burpee Pull Ups
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3. What skill would you want to master during a zombie invasion

Muscle up, easier to get away and jump over high walls to escape the zombies.  


4. What is your proudest ganbatte moment?

Winning clean eating challenge a few years ago. Took a ton of discipline to stick with a strict paleo diet for 60 days. Was well worth it. 



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5. Ganbatte as a verb and how would you enact on it?

Ganbatte is the absence of making excuses. Find a way to achieve your goals. Can't make it to the gym, go for a run around the neighborhood. Can't run because you sprained an ankle, go to the pool. Make the best of the hand you've been dealt, try and do it with a smile.  



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