What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

After a lifetime of sitting on the sidelines, I decided to join Ganbatte. I grew up with “You are going to get hurt if you do… ANYTHING!” So I joined the high school band! Yeah, I know! I then developed an eating disorder and you can only imagine what that did to my confidence and life. Soon after, an autoimmune disease kicked me in the butt and I spent eight years looking for the right balance for my health and life! Nothing ever worked! I had a high stress job, no energy, no strength or direction. Fortunately, my better half joined Ganbatte and I immediately saw what it did to his life.

I joined Ganbatte on October 5, 2011. I remember specifically because my entire life shifted on that day. The best part of it all was that after an eight-year struggle with my disease, I stopped hurting. My body just makes sense with Crossfit! That is the best way I can describe it! I immediately felt balanced and was able to sleep, eat, and rest.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would be able to function and actually run a half-marathon, compete, and even workout while pregnant.

I choose to continue this journey with Ganbatte because it is my safe place. At Ganbatte I don’t feel judged or criticized, which is what led me to an unhealthy life style in my teen years. At Ganbatte, I feel strong enough to fail, because my Ganbatte family truly believes in my potential. Ganbatte has changed the lives of my husband, one of my closest friends, and my brother. Plus, I am now a mother and NEED for my little one to experience this safe place with me! Why would I ever go anywhere else?  




If you can make a benchmark work out what would it be?

“35-er” – Because turning 35 will feel this good!!!

7 rounds (favorite number SORRY!)

10 deadlifts

10 backsquats

10 pull-up

5 burpees over the bar




What skill would you like to have mastered in time for a Zombie Invasion?

Ya’ll need to go to church! But, if I had to…  “Armless rope climbs” because they’re going after these guns first!!!




My proudest ganbatte moment?

Too many!!! I want to say that getting the courage to workout while pregnant was a proud moment in itself.  With my health issues, I was scared to put my body through any kind of “extra stress” during pregnancy. I soon learned that I was already too mentally and physically strong to stop working out during pregnancy. I pulled through up until a week and a half prior to giving birth and I honestly felt like such a badass! I think that’s why my kid is such a badass herself! She really is!!!




Ganbatte verb and how do you enact on it?

I truly believe in Ganbatte and “doing my best” because since I joined, I have focused on doing my best in all aspects of life, not just at the gym. I am blessed to have a husband that lives and understands Ganbatte and we hope to transcend this lifestyle to our dearest C-Rae. ;) It is important for her to engage in whatever activity she chooses whether it be, dance, basket weaving, baseball, marching band (I really hope not!) as long as she enjoys it and can Ganbatte!!! 


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Sam Front Squat


What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

The first time I heard about Crossfit was through a close friend. At that time I wasn’t in the best of shape and I’d express to her my willingness to get back in the gym. However, I wanted to try something more challenging than 24 hour fitness. So when she told me about this sport I only had one question, “What the “F” is Crossfit? The best way she explained it to me was, “It’s an intense workout, you do intense stuff, it’s just really intense, you’ll like it!”

Since I like to think I have the quality that defines intensity: great energy, strength, concentration, sexy, handsome, and attractive, I wanted to try this so called sport called Crossfit right away.

The gym or Box my friend was going to was non responsive to my voicemail and emails, but being so intensely impatient I went on Yelp to search for the top Crossfit Box with the highest rating. There I found Ganbatte. I called but as we all know, the phone kept ringing and ringing….and ringing. I also followed up with a voicemail for this place called Ganbatte. But the difference between the other Box and Ganbatte was the response time. Not too long after, I received a message from the owner, JP. His promptness was the sh*t! JP definitely gave me the genuine impression that he cares. Therefore when he proposed the free trial the same day, I took up his offer and that’s how I ended up at Ganbatte.

What makes me stay at Ganbatte is a long story that involves Anthony Moreno talking, talking and talking just like the nonstop phone ringing at Ganbatte, but I’ll keep it short. What keeps me at Ganbatte? Well it’s the Friends you come to make, the Support you receive, the Accountability you get, the Community you join, and finally the Family you become a part of. Crossfit Ganbatte has changed my life in many positive ways and this box truly does promote doing your best.


If you can make a benchmark workout what would it be?

The benchmark workout I would create involves something Kemer can’t beat me in, running!

It would be called “Pound for Pound”

1 mile run

10 Power Clean (135lbs)

10 Shoulder to Overhead (135lbs)

20 Push Ups

30 Air Squats

40 Sit Ups

50 Double Unders

1 mile run

Sam Group


What skill would you like to have mastered in time for a zombie invasion?

Sword fighting, archery, and the ability to fly.


My proudest Ganbatte moment?

Mastering double unders, learning to bar muscle up, lifting heavier than the big boys and going out to Korean BBQ with the boyz.




Ganbatte as a Verb and how do you enact it?

I give credit to Jade my first Crossfit coach in teaching me this. Since joining Ganbatte, I’ve learned doing your best is important but it’s also if not more important to doing things the right way.

So Ganbatte to me means, doing your best the perfect way.

 “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” –Vince Lombardi-

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