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1. What brought you to ganbatte and what keeps you here?


I found myself plateuing after working out for quite some time at LA Fitness. I heard of Crossfit many times and was always curious about it, but hesitated to try it out. ( It seemed too intimidating). I finally got the courage and started  browsing around on yelp for Crossfit gyms around my area and stumbled upon Ganbatte. I was immediately addicted after my first session with JP. He had such a welcoming energy and deameanor about him that I did not feel at other Crossfit gyms. After a few classes I was hooked and became a member in no time. The members are kind, helpful, and always there to keep you motivated. It really is like family to me, and I've met some great people at MY "box"!


2. If you were to write your own bench mark work out what would it be?

Crazy 88

Buy in 1 mile run

88 Sit ups

88 Walking Lunges

88 Push Ups

88 Air Squats

88 Double Unders


3. What skill would you like to master in time for a zombie invasion and why?

Probably running as I'm not the fastest nor is my endurance the greatest and wall climbing.


4. What is your proudest ganbatte moment?

There are so many, as every time I accomplish a movement it's a proud moment.  (Strict pull ups, Handstand push ups, heavy back squats, cleans ,  rope and wall climbs )

However, I would say when I finally got my double unders, after whipping myself so many times would be my biggest accomplishment. It entails a lot of coordination and timing.


5. What were your goals and  what did you do to get there?

Learned that CONSISTENCY and PERSISTENCE is key in reaching my goals. My goals were to shed some fat ( get cut) and still PR on my lifts. I wanted to feel good and move well.

JP and I had a deal/bet that in 3 months he could get me to where I would want to be, or at least pretty darn close. So for 3 months I did more work (“extra credit”) , was super strict on my diet, and took pictures of everything I ate and my work outs.  This made me accountable to my coach. He was my voice in my head and I didn’t want to disappoint him.

The goal wasn’t to lose fat/ weight quickly. (which I always look for, a quick fix) The goal was to create good habits.  We started with identifying WHY this is important to me, and used that as a motivation / fuel for my goals. 

3 months after. I have trimmed down, lost some fat. I move better around the gym. My handstand push ups and pull ups have tripled. ( I didn’t have to reset each time, would bust out multiple reps.) I PR’d on my lifts ( I’m lifting heavier).  My energy around the gym and throughout the day is so much better. I move better,  but most of all, I have disciplined myself to have better habits.  AND! Its summer time! I can rock my sports bra and swimwear with tons of confidence.


6. What was your diet like and what would you recommend to other people?

I always try to keep to a Paleo diet about 85-90% during the week, and have a cheat meal here and there on the weekend. I'm not a big drinker but I do have a major sweet tooth and a huge foodie so I try my best to balance everything, without depriving myself too much. I would recommend food prepping at home. You have control of your food. Keeping it clean and portion control, which was key to my progress. If there is one thing that stuck to me and really worked during the 3 month challenge with JP was  food intake vs work capacity is what JP would always emphasize. He would also say, you are what you eat.  I know I’m not recovering well or I’m not performing well on my lifts during my cheat days.

I also added cardio in my work outs.  Jp, would program some interval workouts ( run, row, or bike) -  I only ate what was necessary. I ate for fuel. The key was to always portion everything. I love my fitnesspal app (for counting calories), and would always food prep at home.


7. Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact on it?

Ganbatte is something I try to practice everyday. It’s a lifestyle . My mantra. My everyday. #bodybyganbatte #ganbattedmybody


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What brought me to Ganbatte and what keeps me here?
It was a dark moonless night, quiet except for the distant sound of a dog barking. As I walked up the street usually frequented by joggers or the occasional couple taking their dog for a walk I noticed I was alone. No cars, no people, even that dog's barking I was beginning to find annoying had now left me. I was alone in the silence except for the eery feeling I was being being watched. I grew cold and scared. I started to walk faster. Before I knew it I was was running. "What was that?!" I screamed in my head as it sounded like someone was running after me. But those weren't feet I heard. It sounded more like clapping, but coming from where? I was too scared to look back. Without losing my stride I looked down and to my horror saw that . . .
NOPE, no monster! It wasn't anything scarier than my gut clapping as I ran. But that's pretty scary itself. This story may be an exaggeration, but the gist is that I noticed I was out of shape and wanted to do something about it. A fraternity brother of mine, Jorge Soriano, told me I should check out Ganbatté and so I did. What keeps me going is the community of people that makes Ganbatté. We were made to be in community and what a great place to do it! I am able to safely push myself with great coaching and with other members that are always willing to give advice and encouragement. 
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If you could make a benchmark workout what would it be?
500 M row
10 thrusters
20 pullups
10 thrusters
30 situps
10 thrusters
40 KB swings 
400 M run 
​**​any break during an exercise costs 10 pushups
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What skill would I like to have mastered in time for a zombie invasion?
Smashing a zombie skull with my barehands would prove pretty useful. Not sure how we could practice that skill unless some of our M.D. members could get their hands on some cadaver skulls for us. There's probably some health code against that however. So I'll say muscle ups would be a good thing. We all know zombies can't climb . . . . that is until they find their own box; then we're kind of screwed.
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My proudest Ganbatté moment?
Today when Jp asked if I would be the member spotlight is my proudest moment. I have always seen the spotlight members as members that push themselves to be their best and thereby inspire others. Check out the past spotlights and you'll see what I mean. So when I was asked I felt very honored and hope that I have earned it by inspiring others like other spotlight members have done for me.
Ganbatte as a verb and how do you enact it?
Ganbatte or "Do your best" is something I contemplate at the end of each workout. It's not do better than that other person; it's doing MY best. The only person that truly knows if I did my best is me. We're all at different levels of fitness and excel or are challenged by different exercises. So even though I may get competitive with those that post certain numbers or times close to mine regularly, at the end of the day it's about knowing I did the best I could do, safely and correctly. Some days there are some impressive numbers I am able to have written on the board. Other days, not so much. But what matters is that I did the best I could. And you know what, the numbers get erased every night. So every day is another chance to do my best. GANBATTE!!
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Vega won 3rd place on our RP nutritional challenge

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