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

I wanted to find a gym closer to home. I saw the Ganbatte sign as I was driving and looked it up. After discovering they have a parking lot and tons of street parking, I had to check it out. I'm from Kauai so I never learned to parallel park. When I showed up to the intro classes, everyone was so nice and welcoming. I could see the regular class working really hard and knew I wanted to do what they were doing so I signed up. When I walked into classes with coaches I hadn't met before, they were already prepped with my info, knew to expect me, and they were prepared to give me extra help since I'm new. They’re great at ensuring we have proper form and that we’re doing the movements safely. The supportive community keeps me here. Coaches and members here bring out the best in each other. The 7:30 p.m. Last Call class is the best part of my day.





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

Teams of 4

800 meters alternating whenever the team feels like it:

  • Person 1: Burpee Broad Jumps (team must stay together; do not pass the broad jumper)
  • Person 2: KB Farmer Carry
  • Person 3: Rest
  • Person 4: Overhead Plate Carry (35 lbs minimum)




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

Running! If I have to run for my life, I would die. I’m at turtle speed right now, but I’m getting less terrible at it since I’ve been doing Silverlake Reservoir runs with Coach Pheby.




4. What is your proudest Ganbatte moment?

Finishing my first 5K!




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

I try to do my best. Ganbatte coaches teach with a growth mindset. I’m trying to get out of a fixed mindset that previously held me back. I still suck at running, but I’m working on it and improving. I’m learning skills like double unders, swimming, and riding a bike. The training and hard work is paying off and I’m starting to get faster and stronger.




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