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June 2015 - November 2015



What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

An injury brought me back to CrossFit. I was playing a game of pick-up soccer and sprained my ankle pretty bad on a routine defensive play. One of my old soccer coaches used to belt out during our conditioning drills that “you get injured when you get tired.” Rolling my ankle was completely a fatigue injury. I was nowhere near game shape.

I had CrossFitted at another box and knew that I needed a group and programming to stick with a fitness plan. I googled some boxes in the area and dug the size and the facilities at Ganbatte. I also dug the photos of big groups of people who had been members for a long: it meant people liked the programming and stayed.

It sounds cliche, but the family atmosphere keeps me at Ganbatte. There are no egos and everyone from the coaches to Games competitors to Boston qualifiers to I-slid-my-body-off-the-couch athletes are all super welcoming and friendly. All of the coaches make time to give individualized attention to each athlete and are incredibly

knowledgable: the programming is super on point. 


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

Endurance Fight Gone Bad - ha! It’s a variation of one of my favorite benchmark workouts:

Six Rounds:

1 Min Wall-ball, 20 pound ball, 10 ft target (Reps)

1 Min Sumo deadlift high-pull, 75 pounds (Reps)

1 Min Box Jump, 20" box (Reps)

1 Min Push-press, 75 pounds (Reps)

Run 800 meters 

So it’s like FGB with a 5k sprinkled in.


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

Ha! I feel like climbing would be important. So effortless pull ups and muscle ups. Zombies can’t climb, right?


What is your proudest Ganbatte moment?

My proudest Ganbatte moment is completing my first half marathon. A year ago, when I started, I would never have thought I’d have the interest or ability to complete a Half let alone in under 2 hours. It felt pretty good to set a goal and work and work and work on it for months and then accomplish it. Like Phebs says, “no one can run my miles for me” which takes a fair amount of dedication: 7am long runs on Sundays, putting in 10 mile runs on my vacation. Now I have to fight off the pressure to run a Full Marathon; I’m sure I’ll cave at some point. 


Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?

Ganbatte as a verb to me means to carry the spirit of the community; to actively do your part to pass on your favorite parts of the gym. That could be by reaching your hand out and saying hi to someone you don’t know or is new to the gym, it means supporting the athletes as they finish their workout, asking how their race or competition was, putting back someone else’s weights or wiping down their pull-up bar while they're glued to the floor panting from finishing their WOD — anything that helps someone feel part of a team. Sharing technique tips, supplement sales, equipment experiences. Throwing out ample compliments however seemingly small. Not sand bagging a single workout so that everyone pushes harder. Representing the Ganbatte way outside the box during competition.


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Thank you so much coach Pheby for getting me to my goals and keeping me on point!

BigBear Hike



What brought you to ganbatte and what keeps you here?

Tim started crossfit first at another box and I remember he would talk about crossfit ALL THE TIME. I may have tuned him out a few times. (Love you honey) After about 4 months, I agreed to check out a class. And what do you know…I liked it and joined.  After 6 months or so, we both weren’t feeling the vibe of the gym and wanted to leave. We found out JP was opening his own gym and we decided to make the switch. It was the best decision ever! I stay because of the community and the authenticity of Ganbatte. Plus, have you seen my boys? Probably not, because we don’t bring them very often. But…their tiny little bodies are filled with so much energy. Seriously, where do they get that? I need to stay fit just so I can keep up with them. 

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

For time

7 muscle ups

then 3 rds of 
400m run 
12 toes to bar
10 overhead squats 95/65

Finish with
15 sandbag getups (Turkish if there aren't enough sandbags)

What skill would you like to have mastered in time for a zombie invasion?
Well after researching this topic extensively for the past 4- 5 years by watching The Walking Dead, I would say:

•    Endurance – you don’t know how long you have to be on the move.
•    Muscle-up - you got to get to higher ground.
•    Knife/ Katana skills –enough said.

What is your proudest Ganbatte moment?

Clara: I think the most memorable for me is crossfitting through both my pregnancies. Knowing my pregnant body was still capable of being strong, I felt like a total BA. 


Tim:  It's pretty recent actually.  Having the encouragement and support of the coaches and members when I completed the Goruck Heavy.  The programming was awesome, but receiving all of the encouragement really helped me get my mental game right (the most important part) when I was doubting my physical capabilities.

Ganbatte as a verb

Being intentional -   I think that in order to capture the essence of Ganbatte (trying your best) that you really have to be intentional about your life.  It transcends to other areas but when applied to fitness it includes things like setting goals and carrying them out.  That way you stay motivated to keep moving forward even if it is in small increments.  


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