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What Brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

Back in 2012, I really wanted to get back into an exercise routine, but I always had excuses “oh, it’s expensive! Oh, my work schedule is too inconsistent for me to commit!”. Then I got a temporary promotion at my job with steady hours and I realized I had no more excuses! I’d heard good things about Crossfit in terms of results, and I started looking around. I studied Japanese in high school, so a gym that was called “ganbatte” stood out to me and suggested a friendly and encouraging community. I stopped by the same day my promotion started and while everything we did totally kicked my butt (especially the squatting), I felt strong in a way I hadn’t felt since I did boxing back in high school. My promotion ended in November, but I was enjoying Ganbatte so much, I kept coming! And a little over two years later I’m still here!

I stay with Ganbatte because there’s always something new for me to learn! I know even if I can do a hand-stand push-up, or back squat 200 pounds, there will be another skill I can work on. I did my first gymnastics class last Sunday and it was fantastic! 

 

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

Battle Tendency 

500 Meter Row Buy In 

5 Rounds 

Wall Climb then run to the Gate and Back 

20 weighted sit-ups 

15 Kettle Bell Swings

7 Clean Jerks 

 

What Skill Would you like to have mastered in Time for the Zombie Invasion?

A strict muscle-up sounds like a good, practical skill to have in terms of hauling myself to safety. 

 

What is your most proud Ganbatte Memory?

Squatting is one of the hardest skills for me. It still is. I’d set a goal that I wanted to be able to back-squat my boyfriend’s weight. He’s a skinny guy, so maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot, but I remember starting at Ganbatte and not being able to do a 1 rep max of 90 pounds. So to get my back squat rep up to his weight was a really really rewarding experience for me, especially ‘cause I’d worked and struggled so hard at it. I got so excited, I left the gym that day ad forgot my day-clothes! Woops! 

 

What is Your Current Goal and What is Behind it?

I went on vacation back in February and just felt really really out of shape. I am all for body-positivity and it’s more important that you’re happy and healthy with yourself than what a scale says, but for me, I just wasn’t happy with my body anymore. I came back home and decided- no, resolved I was going to lose weight. I decided to lose 20 pounds and see how I felt. Well as I’m typing this, I am down 26 pounds with my new current weight loss goal, 30 pounds! It’s a really amazing feeling to have people at the gym say they didn’t recognize me for a second! I feel so much better, and not just ‘cause of the weight loss, but because how hard I worked for it. I worked my butt off (literally!) so to see such progress is a really wonderful experience. Once I hit that weight goal, I also want to keep it! That will be the hard part I’m sure! As for other goals, squats squats squats! My new back squat weight goal is my boyfriend AND dog’s weight combined! 

 

 

Ganbatte as a verb. How do you enact it?

When I first started Ganbatte, one of the coaches told me that when it all boiled down, the only important person I was truly competing with was myself. That was really good advice to hear so early on,  and shaped my outlook at Ganbatte. There are people who can lift more than me and do Fran faster than me, but I need to say to myself “Hey. Remember last year when you couldn’t run a mile without stopping to walk? Now you can run 5K!”. 

I currently work for an animal outreach program and I always tell the kids that;  no matter how weird or slimy or scary an animal looks, it has something to offer (even spiders!). I apply that philosophy to my time at Ganbatte as well. “Find what you have to offer and do your best at it!”   

 

 

 

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What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you there?

 

Honestly, I didn't have any real intentions of joining Ganbatte. Living on the West Side, I'd would have preferred to workout closer to home. I tried out just about every gym close by there. After randomly discovering Ganbatte, I dropped in mostly just because they offered me a week free, while I was loosely shopping around for a new box.

From the moment I walked in the door, every-single person I encountered was incredibly welcoming and friendly. I could tell there was something truly special about this place. I instantly felt at home. I instantly fell in love. 

As a drop-in, you're either overlooked for the paying members, or showered with attention to the point where it feels like one big sales pitch. 

It sounds silly, but it's really simple: Ganbatte just treated me like a member of the family. 

 

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

The Midline Masochist

For Time:

Buy-In & Cash-Out: 100 Double-Unders

5 Rounds

20 Thrusters 95/65

20 GHD

 

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

Wicked fast rope climbs. 

 

What is your most proud Ganbatte moment?

I'm relatively new to the Ganbatte family, so I don't have a lot of milestones under my belt since getting there just yet.

One thing that stands out in my mind though is that I almost didn't participate in the Open this year. I was frustrated being fresh off a shoulder injury... and not anywhere close to full strength. For whatever reason, I ended up doing it, and I'm glad I did. I hadn't lifted anywhere close to my maxes in about 4 months. I was amazed when during 15.1A, I hit a Clean & Jerk PR!!! I remember going into it with a strategy to try to hit maybe 80-90% of my max. I guess I was feeling the adrenaline that day. I used every last second on the clock, and I remember almost everyone else who was there that day crowding around me in a circle. As I cleaned the weight from the ground, it felt like it was sitting on my shoulders FOREVER as everyone was yelling, screaming, and cheering me on as I finished the lift. I hadn't felt a rush of excitement from a PR like that in a very, very long time! 

In general, I'm just proud to be part of such an awesome group of people who are always supportive and inspiring.

 

Current goal and what is behind it?

I have a few different goals.

Overall, my biggest goal is to stay humble. I've seen CrossFit feed a lot of ego's in a negative way. I don't ever want to be that person. I think it's fun to compete against friends and also to push those around me. But I never want to put so much pressure on myself that the fun side of working out goes away. 

I also feel like this answer *should* probably be, "rehab." Last year I partially tore my rotator cuff. I took some time off, but apparently it wasn't quite enough. Both a blessing and a curse, I have a really high tolerance for pain. Which is good, because I can work through a lot of problems. The bad part is that I work through a lot of problems. 

I like competing a lot. I don't think I'll ever be at a high-level... or really want to anymore. But I enjoy the environment of smaller competitions. I enjoy having a goal to work towards. Especially  in the team or partner setting. It's a lot of fun to push people around you, and feed off their energy to push yourself. You feel like you're responsible to someone other than just yourself, and you don't want to let anyone down.

So, with that in mind... I'd like to get faster in general. I've always wanted to be that athlete that throws around heavy weight. People are impressed by that. But I realize that's not really where my biggest strength lies. I have a pretty good endurance gas tank, so any additional speed could really big a big asset. 

 

Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?

The coaches at Ganbatte are constantly reinforcing how Ganbatte means to, "Do your best." 

To me, it means "Do your best, at *every* opportunity." 

There is always an opportunity.

 

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