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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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What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you there?

I used to think crossfit was for other people. People tougher than me. I came to Ganbatte because I was in a rut with my other fitness options. And I generally find gyms boring. But, Ganbatte is more than a gym. It’s a social network of great people who together aspire and push past our perceived limits. 

I stay because I love the ideals of Ganbatte and I love being a part of this community. Training with friends and family, sweating, striving, brings us closer together. But also, I like to have what I called bonafide fun—these are experiences in which I get lost in the moment, forget about time and forget about being self conscious. Whether it’s a WOD, e-wod, Goruck, Ragnar, gladiator run, running with my teammates, or doing competitive events, I have had so much fun. And I have been able to achieve a new level of fitness and self empowerment. This is due in part to my own grit, but also for sure because of the collective spirit around me everyday at Ganbatte. 

 

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

This workout has the element of a race against the clock. Technique and focus matter here. And sprinting to the finish is literally a sprint. All of these factors are perfect hallmarks of the new comfort zone that I find everyday with Ganbatte.

"The New Comfort Zone"

5 rounds for time:

10 pull-ups

6 Turkish get ups

10 thrusters

400m run

 

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

I bet climbing trees and scaling walls are important skills during zombie invasion. I had better do more pull-ups. Throwing is a skill needed for zombie invasion. You never know when you might need to peg a zombie the old fashioned way. Need to throw that medicine ball more and play more dodge ball too. 

 

What is your most proud Ganbatte moment?

I’ve had so many moments this past 3 years, where I felt really proud of even the smallest accomplishment and had a totally awesome time doing it. Being able to do wall walks made me feel pretty good too! Best moment lately has to be running the LA Marathon. It was my first marathon, to which 45 days earlier I said there’s no way I’d ever run 26.2 miles on purpose. But due to spot on training for the previous several months from JP and Pheby, I not only ran my first half marathon, but I ran my first marathon and placed in the top 10%. I came out on the other side invigorated, lighter and bolder—and a better version of myself.

 

Current goal and what is behind it?

I’m planning on running my second marathon. My crossfit and endurance training will also assist me through my longest backpacking trip to date in the Sierra Nevadas. And of course strict pull-ups is a goal.

 

Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?

Ganbatte as a verb for me means show up, be humble, try hard, push harder, be happy with who I am.

 

 

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