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What Brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

A childhood friend of mine would post her daily WOD's on Facebook.  I contacted her and asked her about these crazy workouts she was doing daily and she introduced me into the world of crossfit.  Driving home one evening I spotted the crossfit sign on San Fernando Road.  I wrote down the name and decided to look into it.  Six months later I finally called and was told to come in and see JP for the intro classes.  The morning after my first intro class I experienced a level of soreness like never before.  I called my friend to ask her if this was normal.  She laughed and said yes and the best part is that you will grow to love it.  She made me promise her that I would return to my second intro class and I did.  Signing up was the best decision I have ever made.  What keeps me at Ganbatte is the atmosphere and the coaches.  I've made some great friends here and no matter how good or bad my day is going I always look forward to my 7:30pm class.

 

 

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

  

Conquering the girls -   A combination of my favorite girl benchmark workouts  

  5 rounds  

 10 deadlifts

20 pull ups 

20 push ups 

15 weighted sit ups 

10 wall balls

 

 

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

Since I'm so short definitely the wall climb, rope climbs and endurance... Gotta keep moving so the zombies don't see me!!!

 

 My proudest Ganbatte moment?

 

I have two moments that I'm extremely proud of.  The first would be participating in my first crossfit competition.  I was so nervous going into it but ended up having a great time thanks to my workout partner, fellow athletes and family.  My second proudest moment was when I did my first strict pull up.  I was just so thrilled, I've worked really hard for that one pull up .

 

 Ganbatte as a Verb and how do you enact it?

Ganbatte to me is about being present, showing up and giving 100% physically and mentally.  Not only at the box but in life.  When I'm at work I give 100 %.  When I'm at home with my family I give them 100% of my time. When I commit to something I give 100 % of me.  I tell my son's everyday to decide, commit and succeed. 

 

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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!

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