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CFMG Athlete of the Month

Name (or nickname on the board): Renee

Member Since: 2012

Age: 56

Profession: Dental Hygienist

How long have you been a member at CFMG? 3 years

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, duties at your job, and/or level of fitness? CrossFit has improved my strength and endurance. It has also helped me to step out of my comfort zone and build confidence. I’ve been able to participate in challenges that I might otherwise shy away from, for instance, climbing Mt Whitney, skydiving with my son and actually competing in the Open.

What is your athletic background? I don’t really have an athletic background.  I have never been involved in any organized sports through high school or college.  If I worked out in a “traditional” gym I would always stop short of any workout, I don’t think I even broke a sweat! I knew I needed to be challenged…then I stumbled on to CFMG!

Favorite WOD: Cindy

Favorite Lift: Deadlift

Least Favorite WOD: Karen

Least Favorite Lift: Snatch

What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? My proudest achievement is placing second in the scaled Masters Open for Southern California.

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I would like to do the Masters Open next year RX.

Do you have advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? Have Fun. Your coaches will guide you into being a stronger person not only physically but mentally also.  You will build confidence in your ability to work hard. There is no such thing as an easy WOD but you will be surrounded by friends sweating through it with you, before you know it you’ll be part of a CrossFit family and a community.

Favorite Food/Restaurant: Kings Fish House

Favorite Pandora Station: Andrew Duhon

Where do you find inspiration (book/quote/person)? My children and granddaughter are my inspiration.  I want to live a long healthy life to be able to enjoy all our adventures together.

What is one thing that we might not know about you? I am a native of San Diego and I have 9 brothers and sisters.



Name (or nickname on the board): Patrick, or if I’m in one of coach Dan’s classes I’m known as “Trick”. One morning there was like 3 or 4 Patricks in the class, and “Trick” just seemed to stick.

Member Since: August of 2013

Age: 22

Profession: Server at Snooze in Hillcrest. Come on in and visit one day!

How long have you been a member at CFMG? I’ve been a member at CFMG for about a year and half now

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, duties at your job, and/or level of fitness? CrossFit has been a total game changer for me. I was in a total rut before I showed up at CFMG. But that changed quickly as I immediately fell in love with the place. It was different, challenging, and exciting. Honestly, the best part of my day is when I get to come in for my daily WOD. I feel myself improving and getting stronger each and every time I step foot into the box. One of the biggest changes that CFMG has “forced” me to do is clean up my diet. If I’m not eating the right way, I find myself sluggish and really struggling with the workouts. It really does make a difference. As you come in on a daily basis, you begin to learn the names of the people that are suffering beside you. Everyone starts to welcome you into the family, into the community. And as I begin to notice new faces I do my best to be welcoming and helpful to them as well. This is something that I do my best to do in my daily life outside of CFMG. Everybody needs a friend, right?!

What is your athletic background? I played baseball for a number of years (from about 5 until 18). During that time I didn’t really need the use of a gym, but after I stopped playing, I found myself struggling to stay fit. I jumped around from bootcamps to “Globo Gyms” until I finally walked into CFMG.

Favorite WOD: Benchmark/The Girls: Helen or Jackie, Hero WOD: Riley (This was programmed one day and I even did it with a weighted vest on. I felt SO accomplished afterwards. Absolutely dead, but accomplished).

Favorite Lift: Snatch, Snatch, Snatch

Least Favorite WOD: Diane

Least Favorite Lift: Strict Press

What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? Completing a Hero WOD as prescribed with a weighted vest (Riley). DOUBLE UNDERS! It took about a year for me to finally be able to do them well. Also, competing in multiple Crossfit Competitions (Rumble in Paradise, and Cupid’s Revenge).

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I just want to be as strong as Coach Ian one day… but seriously, I just want to keep getting better and stronger at this thing we call CrossFit.

Do you have advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? I won’t lie and say that its going to be easy, because it's definitely not. This is one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life, but it is also one of the most rewarding. Hitting those new PR’s or completing a workout RXed is a great feeling. And to amplify that, you have all of you friends beside you, cheering you on, giving you that last little bit of motivation you need to finish the workout. Get ready to get your ass kicked, but know that in the end you’re going to come out a better person.

Favorite Food/Restaurant: Snooze, DUH! Breakfast is one of my absolute favorite meals. There is just something about eggs and bacon--you can never go wrong with that. But the Great Maple, and Cucina Urbana are right up there next to Snooze.

Favorite Pandora Station: Chet Faker radio, Young the Giant Radio, or J. Cole Radio

Where do you find inspiration (book/quote/person)? Coach Dan’s quotes on the board do it for me on the daily.

What is one thing that we might not know about you?

I’m a total nerd; I love comic books, super heroes, video games, etc. It’s weird because I wasn’t into it too much when I was younger but then all of a sudden I became an undercover nerd.



Name (or nickname on the board): Adeile  or Del or DellyDel

Member Since: May 2013

Age: 30 years YOUNG! J

Profession: Children’s Center Clerk

How long have you been a member at CFMG? I have been a member of CFMG for a year and a half.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, duties at your job, and/or level of fitness? Crossfit has changed my lifestyle immensely!!!  I have become a gym rat in a sense and absolutely love it. The camaraderie, the workouts, the continuous push to get out of my comfort levels, and especially the results have kept me motivated to continue this journey with crossfit.  I have tons of energy throughout my day and have made tons of “gains” since I’ve started.  I talk about crossfit with my buddies and I’m sure they hate it, but until they try it out for themselves, they won’t ever understand!! I have made crazy strides and the day I got my first UNASSISTED kipping pull-up I knew my level of fitness has definitely improved and I can only get better!

What is your athletic background? I was a two sport athlete growing up. I played softball since I was 10 and I joined volleyball my freshman year in high school.  I fooled around with basketball, but running up and down a court wasn’t my thing.  I played softball until I was 24 and I’ll play slow pitch every so often if my schedule allows me to and for the past 6 years I have coached middle school and high school volleyball.

Favorite WOD: Nancy, Grace, anything with a barbell complex! J

Favorite Lift: SNATCH

Least Favorite WOD: Everything BODY weight and running! HAHA

Least Favorite Lift: What? Who would have a least favorite lift? #DYEL #PRINCESSLIFT #iLOVElifting

What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? My proudest moment was probably when I got my first unassisted kipping pull-up during the RUMBLE in January.  Also repping my box in MAUI… and busting out my PR snatch at 155!! I was so stoked and I got it on film to share!!!

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? I have met a few of my goals already but I always make a new one… and I think that some other goals I will need to demolish are;  Toes 2 bar, climb a rope, and a handstand push up.  I also want to do more WODs RX… its rough when you know you can do majority of the movements, but there is that ONE movement that keeps you from getting it prescribed!

Do you have advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? For those thinking about trying crossfit out I would tell them to just get in there and do it. Over thinking the initial start and walking through the door is going to take so much energy out of you.  I waited an entire month before I joined my sister in law who kept telling me to come in and I kept saying “I’m not ready”, but let’s not kid ourselves… when are we ever ready? Just get in there and follow the work out… that’s one of the best things… you don’t have to think, just show up and be ready to put in some work!

Favorite Food/Restaurant: Oh yeah!! FOOD! Since following the paleo lifestyle (which I do probably 80% of the time) I’ve learned to love certain meals that I make myself.  I love spaghetti squash & meat sauce, sweet potatoes and eggs, MEAT (all of it), and sushi. My favorite place to eat out at… Island Style Café… Go check them out… They are pretty amazing!!!

Favorite Pandora Station: TUPAC or DRAKE or some lovey dovey shit like TAMIA J

Where do you find inspiration (book/quote/person)? To be honest I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram… Everyone knows me as the selfie queen and Instagram/facebook guru… But I really find inspiration in strangers who have a fitness journey that has extremely changed their lives and their outlook on life!! Another person who truly inspires me to be a better person all around would be my sister in law… Leilani (some of you know her)… She lit a fire under me to live a healthier lifestyle and reminds me every day how to be an amazing mother, sister, and friend. She is the reason why I walked into CFMG in May of 2013 and I am so lucky I was blessed with her in my life.

What is one thing that we might not know about you?

One thing you might not know about me… I absolutely love cheesecake… I mean LOVE it!!! I also make pretty damn good red velvet cupcakes! No but on a serious note… A lot of people assume I’m a mean person, but I’m not… Just say hi !!!


Name (or nickname on the board): Mario

Member Since: January 2014

Age: 38

Profession: Engineer

How long have you been a member at CFMG? 8 Months

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, duties at your job, and/or level of fitness? CrossFit has changed my lifestyle in a positive way.  I sit behind a desk for most of the work day, and getting the opportunity to complete a class session helps break the long daily routine.  I tend to stretch more now at home and at work.  My energy level has increased, and I’m not as tired when playing with my kids.  I’m more conscience of what I eat, although I still like my carbs.  My running times have improved, and I’m running less mileage per week.  I’ve lost weight and I feel healthier overall.

What is your athletic background? Recreational running and weekend sports.

Favorite WOD: I don’t have one yet.  At this point, any WOD that I can finish is a favorite.

Favorite Lift: TBD

Least Favorite WOD: Any WOD that I don’t finish.

Least Favorite Lift: At this time, all of them.  It’s a love/hate relationship.  I don’t like them because I’ve never done them in the past, but learning how to properly complete each lift is rewarding.

What are your proudest CrossFit achievements? That I didn’t give up after my first class.  I had a rough session, and tried to push myself during the workout.  I could have easily given up and done something else, but I didn’t and I’m glad I came back.

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? Participate in the Left Coast Invitational for 2015 (Team Event).  A personal goal is to complete double unders and leg pistols, uninterrupted.

Do you have advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? Start slow, ask plenty of questions, and have fun. Don’t be intimidated if the person next to you is lifting a lot more weight or doing more reps.   All of the coaches at CFMG have been very helpful, and are always watching form and technique, making themselves available for all athletes.  Ask other members for their tips or advice; you can learn a lot from them.  There’s plenty of information on the web about CrossFit, and CFMG will post videos a day prior to assist with the WOD or skill/strength event.  If you stay consistent with your schedule and listen to your body (rest when you need to), I’m sure you’ll see results.  Have fun with the WOD. If you’re not enjoying the workouts or what CrossFit has to offer, then you probably won’t be motivated to come back.

Favorite Food/Restaurant: Sushi

Favorite Pandora Station: A Tribe Called Quest

Where do you find inspiration (book/quote/person)? At this point in my life, my kids are my source of inspiration.  I want to be a good role model for them.

What is one thing that we might not know about you? UCLA Alumni.  Go Bruins!!!



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

Member Since:
November 2011 / January 2012

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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).


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:

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!