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CFMG Athlete of the Month

Name (or nickname on the board):
Jeremy / Jer-Bear / Amanda / Mama Panda

Member Since:
November 2011 / January 2012

Age:
31 / 32

Profession:
Structural Engineer / attorney at Aguirre Allen Law

How long have you been a member at CFMG?
2.5 years / 2+ years

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, duties at your job, and/or level of fitness?
CrossFit has changed my life, for sure. I have always been a really active person, always playing sports or up in the mountains hiking/camping/backpacking. However, as many do, I got a little lazy for a few years in my mid-twenties. I became busy working, eating too many sandwiches, and not working out like I used to. So CrossFit was just what I need to get my ass back in gear, and I will never look back. I can’t run like I used to, but sure can squat a lot more. Sorry to say, considering I sit at a desk pretty much all day, CrossFit hasn’t really changed anything for me at my job other than I am much more aware of the perils of being in a seated position so much.

For the record, I wanted to join CrossFit before Jeremy. I was an athlete in college. I played softball at UCLA and won two national championships. In law school, I was on the club triathlon team. I missed competition and feeling healthy. I convinced Jeremy that CrossFit was worth the money when I made him watch the 2011 CrossFit games on ESPN.  CrossFit has reminded me of who I am and who I want to be.  Just recently, I started by own solo law firm because I was reminded through CrossFit that I know how to be a leader, kick ass and take names. I also like to live a healthy balanced life. Being in control of my own schedule will allow me to continue to do that and be an attorney. I love practicing law and helping people grow their businesses and overcome difficult issues.  I also had a baby – as you know, the CFMG water is tainted with super fertility drugs!  Jasmine is a part of our CrossFit family. She has been going to the gym since she was 6 days old.  A family that CrossFits together stays together!

What is your athletic background?
I played basketball, soccer, and baseball until I was in high school, and then I just concentrated on basketball. I played ball up in North County at La Costa Canyon, was on the all county team and walked on to the basketball team at UCSD. However, and I am still not sure I have a really good reason for this, I decided to quit my Freshman year before things really got started.

I played Div. 1 Softball at UCLA and won two National Championships. I love love love UCLA. Did I mention I love UCLA?

Favorite WOD:
Anything short and heavy. And oddly enough, Fran, because it is over in under 3 minutes.

A Metcon with a medium to heavy barbell. I love Olympic lifting.

Favorite Lift:
Back squat, and clean & jerk (probably more clean than jerk).

Cleans!

Least Favorite WOD:
Hi-rep bodyweight movements…especially Diane (I suck at hand stand push-ups)

Overhead squats and since I had Jasmine, toes to bar. As Coach Kelly put it, there is a black hole where my abs used to be.

Least Favorite Lift:
A while ago I would have said the snatch, but I have gotten better. So I will go with strict pressing…another weakness of mine.

Squat snatch! Ahhhh!!! My mind says “drop under,” but my body says “hell no!”

What are your proudest CrossFit achievements?
The second time I did Fran, I improved by almost 3 minutes…I guess at the time I didn’t realize I had improved so much.

Best WOD ever: pushing a baby out of you-know-where in a water tub in a full squat! Sorry TMI, but it was awesome and incredible and I was strong enough because of CrossFit! Keep squatting all you preggos!

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?
Always looking to improve my lifts…I think a 300 lb clean and jerk is around the corner (clean is there, jerk is getting close).

I want a muscle up…for the love of bacon, please 2014….I want a muscle up!

Do you have advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started?
Don’t be intimidated! It might be scary and hard at first, but stick with it and be willing to work hard and you will learn to love it. There will always be something to challenge you at the gym.

Dive in, check your ego at the door, and focus on quality of movement not weight when you start! And number 1 rule – have fun.  I prefer dancing before the wod, but whatever floats your boat.

Favorite Food/Restaurant:
Sandwiches & burgers…and beer. Can’t really pin down a restaurant, but if you can cook a good burger, I am there.

Sushi and red wine.

Favorite Pandora Station:
Whatever.

Lady Gaga.  What can I say…I live for the applause.

Where do you find inspiration (book/quote/person)?
Don’t really know how to answer this without being super cheesy or boring…so here is the boring answer: I look at what people are doing that are successful and find inspiration from that. Easiest example is CrossFit, the top dogs are definitely an inspiration, especially those who are not professional CrossFitters, since they are more like the rest of us.

I find inspiration from anyone showing up every day and giving 100%.  My favorite quotes are from John Wooden. I love the pyramid of success and one of my favorite quotes is “Do not mistake activity for achievement.”  That is to say, just going through the motions means nothing, but really laying yourself out there, committing over time to  be great, that is achievement.

What is one thing that we might not know about you?
I have torn 4 ACL’s and a meniscus. The ACLs were all from playing basketball the meniscus was torn throwing a Frisbee. And since a Frisbee can take me down you won’t see me doing anything where twisting of the knees are involved.

Hmmm, my husband is the hairiest man on the planet. Haha. Not sure. I’m an open book.  You might be surprised to know that I am half Mexican. Let’s get that straight…I’m MexiCAN not Mexican’t!