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What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

 
Jesse was interested in bringing strength training back into the exercise regiment and was curious about Crossfit. She tried out a few crossfit gyms in the area and chose to visit Ganbatte because of the endurance runs mentioned on the website. Jade greeted her at the garage door as she stared with apprehension at the WOD in progress and said, “It’s not that bad. It’s fun!”. Steve tagged along for the second intro class, left feeling like he’d been in a car accident, and the rest is history. We were Ganbatte family. We keep coming back because the coaches constantly help us become better at the prescribed movements, the EWOD programming is effective at amplifying our endurance, our fellow Ganbatte peers are our friends that  join for a weekend outdoors running / cycling / working out, and of course, the showers are A+.
 
 
If you can make a benchmark workout what would it be?
 
“The Sleeper”
 
5 rounds
15 cal row
400m run
5 push presses
5 front squats
10 strict pull ups  - kipping =  no rep
 
 
 
What skill would you like to have mastered in time for a zombie invasion?
 
 
Rule #1: Cardio
 
After that it depends upon the zombie invasion we’re suffering. Walking Dead we’d go for 100 strict pull ups but something like World War Z we’d have to say at least 30” box jumps.
 
 
 
What is your proudest Ganbatte moment?
 
Two moments stand out for me (Jesse). The first was a Family WOD one week before giving birth to Senna. I was 41 weeks pregnant and was so happy to be still working out thanks to the Ganbatte classes that kept me strong and the coaches who helped me navigate exercise throughout pregnancy. Second was almost exactly one year later as I crossed the finish line of Ironman Wisconsin. It was a tough journey starting over again after childbirth and working out around an infant’s schedule but the coaches and community were my backbone of support - always encouraging and inspiring me to do my best each day. I enjoyed every moment of the race (ok, maybe not the swim mass start) and finished feeling strong. 
 
My (Steve’s) Ganbatte moment occurred during the LA Marathon.  After training the previous months with the running crew, I was trying for a Boston qualifier.  Training was going well, but a qualifier was within my reach only if the stars aligned on race morning.  Good coaching by JP convinced me to go for it, and I started the race strong, running my prescribed pace as soon as the crowd thinned.  Things were looking great until the sun came out around mile 18.  I was not well hydrated enough to handle the increase in heat and ended up cramping horribly.  I could have/wanted to quit right then and there, but decided to give it my best to finish the last 8 miles the best I could.  While I still struggle with this failed attempt, I am glad that I ended the race the way I did, doing my best and finishing with a PR.  
 
 
 
Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?
 
Ganbatte as a verb is something that we enact in everything we do.  Whether it’s performance at the gym, putting in the training miles, raising our daughter or being a partner in our marriage, we give it our best. It’s easy to get confused between Ganbatte and perfection, but they’re not synonymous. The trick is to realistically define what is “your best” at that moment in time.  It’s both the equanimity of mind paired with the beautiful balancing of effort - not coasting, nor pushing so hard you break.   

 

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What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

A really good friend of started doing CrossFit in Pasadena.  He's a pretty thorough guy and not really the type to follow the latest trend so when he wouldn't shut up about it, it piqued my interest. At the time I was going (donating) to a gym out in West Hollywood and just kind of sitting on the machines for awhile.  I'd push some weight every once in awhile if I felt like it was getting me sliced. It was a chore and I convinced myself it was a great deal because they had mouth wash and I could blow dry my hair after I showered.

I remember getting a call from JP while I was shopping at Gelsons.  

"Can you come check out the gym in an hour?" 

"Not really"

"It'd be best if you came today. In an hour."

"Um"

"See you soon."

And thats pretty much how it went down. 

I was immediately challenged, sweaty, out of breath, but felt accepted by the community. And honestly that's what keeps me coming back. Fitness goals are great but being surrounded by friends that keep you accountable, challenge you, and make you laugh while you're doing them is what I've most connected to.

 

 

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

"The Stanky Leg"

35 min time cap

5 Rounds

400m run
9 Hang Cleans
8 Front Squats
7 T2B
6 HSPU
30 DU's

 

 

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

Probably fully opening up my hips on my heavy squat cleans.  I feel like thats something they'd be pretty critical of.

 

 

What is your proudest Ganbatte moment?

Either ripping my first callous or doing Frogman.  Probably Frogman. It was my first competition and was so outside anything I'd done before. Swimming was never something I'd taken seriously so getting to do that with a team and learn a new skill was pretty cool. The competition was humiliating but at the same time so much fun. I drank a lot of chlorine and accidentally swam diagonal across 3 or 4 lanes while getting called out by the MC. And I honestly can't wait to do another one.

 

 

Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?

CrossFit can be intimidating at first. I haven't experienced many other boxes but somehow a motto like "do your best" creates a more inviting environment for newcomers like we all were at one time. Ganbatte as verb empowers you to be in control of your health and fitness. It puts you in the drivers seat to reach practical, attainable goals.  I love how we all come different places and kind of melt together under one roof.  Like literally melt because its so damn hot.  Am I right?

 

 

 

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