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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



What brought you to Ganbatte and what keeps you here?

After a lifetime of sitting on the sidelines, I decided to join Ganbatte. I grew up with “You are going to get hurt if you do… ANYTHING!” So I joined the high school band! Yeah, I know! I then developed an eating disorder and you can only imagine what that did to my confidence and life. Soon after, an autoimmune disease kicked me in the butt and I spent eight years looking for the right balance for my health and life! Nothing ever worked! I had a high stress job, no energy, no strength or direction. Fortunately, my better half joined Ganbatte and I immediately saw what it did to his life.

I joined Ganbatte on October 5, 2011. I remember specifically because my entire life shifted on that day. The best part of it all was that after an eight-year struggle with my disease, I stopped hurting. My body just makes sense with Crossfit! That is the best way I can describe it! I immediately felt balanced and was able to sleep, eat, and rest.  Never in a million years did I ever think I would be able to function and actually run a half-marathon, compete, and even workout while pregnant.

I choose to continue this journey with Ganbatte because it is my safe place. At Ganbatte I don’t feel judged or criticized, which is what led me to an unhealthy life style in my teen years. At Ganbatte, I feel strong enough to fail, because my Ganbatte family truly believes in my potential. Ganbatte has changed the lives of my husband, one of my closest friends, and my brother. Plus, I am now a mother and NEED for my little one to experience this safe place with me! Why would I ever go anywhere else?  




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

“35-er” – Because turning 35 will feel this good!!!

7 rounds (favorite number SORRY!)

10 deadlifts

10 backsquats

10 pull-up

5 burpees over the bar




What skill would you like to have mastered in time for a Zombie Invasion?

Ya’ll need to go to church! But, if I had to…  “Armless rope climbs” because they’re going after these guns first!!!




My proudest ganbatte moment?

Too many!!! I want to say that getting the courage to workout while pregnant was a proud moment in itself.  With my health issues, I was scared to put my body through any kind of “extra stress” during pregnancy. I soon learned that I was already too mentally and physically strong to stop working out during pregnancy. I pulled through up until a week and a half prior to giving birth and I honestly felt like such a badass! I think that’s why my kid is such a badass herself! She really is!!!




Ganbatte verb and how do you enact on it?

I truly believe in Ganbatte and “doing my best” because since I joined, I have focused on doing my best in all aspects of life, not just at the gym. I am blessed to have a husband that lives and understands Ganbatte and we hope to transcend this lifestyle to our dearest C-Rae. ;) It is important for her to engage in whatever activity she chooses whether it be, dance, basket weaving, baseball, marching band (I really hope not!) as long as she enjoys it and can Ganbatte!!! 


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