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CFMG Athlete of the Month

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!