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Athlete of The Month | Pete McWorkman

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Peter McWorkman
Athlete of the Month

We are fortunate to have amazing athletes at CrossFit 619 and honored to have Pete as our Athlete of the Month. Pete’s consistency, hard work, and team spirit make him a staple around the box. He is welcoming to every member and always supportive of everyone’s goals. There is not one class where Pete is not pushing himself to become a better athlete.

We can thank Sarah, Pete’s wife, and a country singer for introducing him to CrossFit 619. He was already active before joining the box, but nothing compared to where he is now. Although he is not competitive with Sarah, Crossfit is a passion they both share and support each other’s successes. Pete works out with the early risers, the 5 a.m. crew and knows that not showing up would raise red flags and probably a 5 a.m. search party. He loves the energy of the class and the athletes he works out with. You can also catch Pete at the box on Saturday mornings and one day you will even see him compete with the masters!

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HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED IN CROSSFIT?

My wife had been crossfitting about 2 years before I tried it. She had encouraged me to try or to go with her to her Saturday class, but I was resistant. I had a program that I was locked into; some running, and some milling around in the 24 hour fitness a few times a week, as well as having a trainer come over once a week to give me a work out.

I really wasn’t getting anywhere with my program and kidded myself that I was in good shape. One day something that was said to me about some country singer that kept in shape by his involvement in CrossFit was the key. He was my age (48 at the time) and was in the best shape of his life. I committed in a moment to try it for one year and see if it would work for me too. I googled CrossFit in San Diego and CrossFit 619 was the first one that came up. I called and made an appointment for an introduction session for that same day. I’ve never left nor felt like I would get any better anywhere else.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST WOD/EXPERIENCE?

“MURPH” I went to support my wife (Sarah). I smoked a cigar that morning and had a cup of coffee and we went and did the Memorial Day Murph. I completed it in about and hour. I recall being very, very sore for almost a week and had a difficult time moving.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN CROSSFITTING FOR?

1 year 5 months

HOW DO YOU BALANCE CROSSFIT WITH LIFE?

I leave the house before anyone else is awake, I try to get to bed early when I can and prioritize my fitness as part of my day. The truth is I somewhat obsess on it and don’t like to miss my regular sessions to where I now plan meetings around my fitness schedule, not the other way around. I’m very lucky to have that freedom, but I’ve found that morning fitness and seeing the same people every morning can have a positive impact on me that can last the rest of the day.
It’s just what I do these days.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Relating to crossfit, when I landed my first ring muscle-up was HUGE! And beyond something I ever thought possible. But also, the life style has changed my body and the way it looks and the way I feel.
I have made many remarkable changes not all physical, but the way I think and view health and fitness. And not lastly, but getting off of cholesterol medication after ten years. Thanks crossfit!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE/LEAST FAVORITE WOD/MOVEMENT?

Any member of 5:00am could answer this one for me.
Pull-ups or muscle ups / over head squats

WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE NASTY GIRL? (FRAN, CINDY, ETC.)

Cindy. No doubt about it

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A PROFESSION OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT?

I am the President of a commercial cabinetry business.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF CROSSFIT?

Uhhhh.. TV, NFL.? , I run several times a week, ive coached little league., I like snowboarding. But most of my free time really isn’t free. It involves our children at this time.

A FUN FACT…. OR TWO….

I’m not sure how fun a fact this is, but its interesting just the same and I’m no longer ashamed of it. But 20 years ago I was living out of my car in PB. strung out on dope.

SOME BENCHMARKS…
Filthy 50: done once scaled at 35:00+
Sprint 400m: 1:31

Clean & Jerk: 125#
Snatch: 105#
Deadlift: 320#
Back Squat: 225#
Max Pull-Ups: 21 strict

Nutrition LIFESTYLE (PALEO, VEGAN, DON’T HAVE ONE…):
I stay very close to CK’s phase 2 maintenance. About 90%

FITNESS GOALS?
1) To be able to take our kids in a fist fight until we get them all old enough, independent and moved out of the house
2) To be able to still enjoy activities like snowboarding with our children for many more years.
3) To live a healthy non destructive life style
4) And an invitation to the masters qualifier round at some point would be pretty sweet.

Matt Easterly – Athlete of The Month

We are always in awe of the many accomplishments of our CrossFit 619 Athletes, and honored to say that Matt Easterly is our Athlete of the Month! Matt’s consistency and great attitude are exemplary. There is not one day where Matt does not give everything he’s got into every WOD or lift. His hard work both inside and out of the box should be celebrated and we are more than happy to do so!

Like most athletes, Matt played sports growing up and his football team won a CIF Championship in 1992. Matt lived a sedentary life throughout college and a little after. The idea of becoming an exemplary father changed his life and brought him through the doors of CrossFit 619. He did not want to be that parent who sits in chair watching his son play, he wanted to be the parent who played and ran with his son (without running out of breath). He realized that in order to be that father he had to do more with his lifestyle and fitness.

With his wife and son cheering him on, Matt competed in his first CrossFit Open this year and was happy to have been able to RX all workouts, except one. Matt’s adorable son, Max, even celebrated by showing off his burpee skills and crushed them! Outside of CrossFit Matt enjoys running 1/2 Marathons and flying paragliders of which he has been doing so for 11 years. Flying over Oahu has been his favorite as it’s paradise there.

Matt recently accepted a position with Google X and although we are elated for his success, we are sad to see him leave sunny San Diego and the box for the Bay Area. His energy will definitely be missed, but he will always be a part of the CrossFit 619 family!

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How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I became motivated to actively pursue fitness after my son was born. I was looking for somewhere close to home to work out. My wife fortuitously suggested I check out Crossfit619 on Linda Vista Road. I had no idea what CrossFit was or what I was getting in to.

What was your first WOD/experience?
I had an intro session with a 619 coach; I remember movements like sit-ups, wall balls, box jumps and pushups. I went away sore, scared, and eager for more.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
2 years

How do you balance CrossFit with life?
The adage “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything” really resonates with me so I consider CrossFit an enjoyable necessity. I generally try to CrossFit 4 days/wk, run 2 days/wk and rest 1 day/wk.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Daily Burpees. I do a minimum of my age in burpees every day and have been for 14 consecutive months without missing a day. Some days I do more, I never do less. On the best days, my 2y/o son does them with me. I’m also pretty stoked to have done 3 Spartan races and 2 half-marathons since I started CrossFit, oh and the Open this year too.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite movement is the clean. My least favorite movement is the thruster. I really like the Bear complex. I do not ever want to see 15.5 again, that one put a hurting on me that lasted 2 weeks.

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
Grace

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?
Matt recently accepted a position with Google X!

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Paragliding
Landscape photography
Spending time with my wife and son

A fun fact…. Or two….
I once practiced as a licensed massage therapist. My sweetheart (Lisa) and I have been together for over 18 years (married 12 years); when we met, she was 16 and I was 19.

Some Benchmarks…
Clean & Jerk: 250
Snatch: 160
Deadlift: 405
Back Squat: 315
Max Pull-Ups: 5 strict

Lifestyle (Paleo, Vegan, Don’t Have One…):
Eat food, not food product. I try to avoid processed food as much as possible, although ice cream is my downfall; I am convinced a pint of Ben & Jerry’s is a single serving. As far as fluids go, I only drink water, coffee, and beer. I weigh myself daily and have been a steady 250# for over a year.

Fitness Goals?
Ultimately, I need to be able to get (run, jump, swim) home when the zombie apocalypse hits, and everybody knows that fit people are harder to catch and don’t taste good.

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Deanna Mellos | Athlete of The Month

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Deanna Mellos
Athlete of the Month

There is no doubt that our team members are not only fit, but highly spirited and loyal individuals. Many have been around for a very long time and Deanna Mellos, our Athlete of Month, is one of those athletes. Before CrossFit 619, there was Boot Camp 619 and Deanna is one of the few members who can say she has worked out with this crazy family since the boot camp days!

Deanna is highly spirited and very supportive of each person she works out with. You can catch her cheering on members not only in the gym, but at competitions as well. She makes everyone feel welcome and is very supportive of everyone’s goals. Her consistency and hard work ethic both inside the gym and outside make Deanna our Athlete of the Month.

Deanna makes her health and CrossFit619 a priority in her daily life. She never backs down from a challenge in the gym and participates in the all the CrossFit619 events. Outside of the gym, Deanna is the owner and founder of a non-profit agency for youth. She is truly an inspirational human being and we are fortunate to have her in the family.

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What do you like most about CrossFit619?
What I like most about 619 is the people. I think we have an awesome gym with an even more awesome group of people. We are definitely more than your average CrossFit gym. New members and old members alike are very welcoming to anyone who comes through the door …regardless of age, skill level etc. We pride ourselves in making everyone feel part of the family even if they’re there only for one day for a drop in workout. I think all of us remember what our first day was like and how difficult it is to come into a new gym when you may not know anyone and may be a little nervous. Some of my closest friends are friends that I made over four years ago at 619. It’s my friends and fellow members at the gym that keep me motivated and push me to achieve my goals. The culture and values of the members of 619 encourage positivity, inspiration, personal growth, humility, laughter and a sense of family. I’m encouraged on a regular basis by looking around at all of the athletes that are in the morning classes and the afternoon classes. The programming, the coaches, facilities and the equipment are also phenomenal, but it’s all of those things combined that make 619 my home. Not to mention we have some of the cutest sweatshirts in town … I can’t count the number of people that compliment me on my 619 gear outside of the gym.

How did you get involved in Crossfit?
I have been working with Chris Keith and CrossFit 619 since February of 2009. I was looking to get fit and get into great shape…and as I told CK I wanted to get rid of my “muffin top,” which for the record has been gone since June of 2009. I came across an ad for Boot Camp 619, which today we call Crossfit 619. I met with CK on that day made the decision to join the 619 family!

What is the difference between CrossFit619 and Boot Camp 619?
There’s a lot of similarities between Boot Camp 619 and CrossFit 619. There’s a lot more Olympic weight lifting at CrossFit and I feel like there was a lot more cardio at Boot Camp 619. There was lots of sprinting, running, squats with 50lb. sand bags on our back, bear crawls up and down hills etc. I definitely think that the training and programming in Boot Camp prepared me for CrossFit.

What was your first WOD/experience?
My first workout was on a Saturday at Mission Bay. It was a workout out that was well thought out and planned -ass kicking, GI Jane, Navy Seals mix of ladder drills (with a heavy rope around my neck), squats with a 50lb sandbag, sprints, burpees, tire jumps…. I’m sure there was more, but after a while it became a blur. After the workout, CK sat down with me and helped me plan a menu for the next two weeks. He provided me with a food list and the focal points of nutrition. I committed to 30 workouts in 30 days and attained that goal. I have been committed to myself and the 619 family ever since.

How long have you been Crossfitting?
Since 2009

How do you balance Crossfit with life?
Crossfit 619 has become part of my weekly routine. It’s pretty simple…Cross Fit. Coffee. Shower. Work. If I miss any of those four things during my day (except for work), it’s not going to be a very positive or productive day for me. It’s become part of who I am and is almost non-negotiable at times. I am an individual who is result driven. I have seen phenomenal results through CrossFit and therefore have made the conscious decision to ensure that its part of my daily routine. In all honesty, a great deal of my motivation comes with the fact that I love to show off my legs and arms! Now this can come in any variation of a short strapless dress, tank top, booty shorts, etc. Also, I love the people I workout with! They are positive, fun, encouraging and supportive. I have awesome, knowledgeable and motivating coaches that push me to achieve my fitness goals.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I think my biggest accomplishment is doing a pull up without a band.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
My least favorite movement is the overhead squat. I see those on the board and want to get back into my car.

Which is your favorite nasty girl?
My favorite Nasty Girl…is Cindy. She’s just a little nasty but still classy :).

What do you do a profession outside of Crossfit?
My profession outside Crossfit is an Owner and Founder of a Non-Profit Agency for youth. I oversee residential treatment homes for boys and girls ages 13-18 years of age. The youth I work with have been placed in my agency through the Department of Social Services and/or Juvenile Probation Department.

What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
Hobbies outside of Crossfit are traveling, boutique shopping and spending time with my friends and family over a great cup of coffee and great food.

A fun fact… or two…
1. I’m Greek and can speak it fluently. As a kid, I spent my summers in Greece in my grandparent’s village tending to goats and chickens.
2. I would love to open a chic women’s clothing boutique and name it after my mom.

Nutrition Lifestyle:
Being Greek, I have been raised on a Mediterranean diet. Which I follow about 70% of the time.

Matt Lewis – Athlete of The Month

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Matt Lewis
Athlete of the Month

There are plenty of athletes in our CrossFit 619 Family, but there are a certain few who truly embody the heart and spirit of CF619. Matt Lewis is one of the few and we are thrilled to announce that he is the Athlete of the Month.

Matt Lewis has grown up living an active lifestyle and learned what being part of team was by playing soccer in high school. He recently competed in his first CrossFit event, the Reindeer Games and absolutely loved it. Matt’s passion for Sky diving has allowed him to travel the world, break world records and win several awards. A few of the most amazing places Matt has had the opportunity to jump from were downtown Vienna and off the cliffs of Switzerland. One the most inspiring jumps was being a part of a team of friends that came together for the world record of building a formation.

Matt found CrossFit 619 through Living Social and quickly fell in love with the workouts, coaches, and community. He travels quite a bit and has tried other gyms, but none compare to CF619. The focus on form and safety is beyond what he has seen elsewhere. Matt is constantly smiling and always pushes himself and others around him to become better athletes. He is truly a team player and we are proud to have him as part of the family.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I was debating on trying Crossfit for quite some time, but was making up excuses and putting it off. In June 2013 a good friend who is an avid crossfitter lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. 3 weeks post-accident he was in the gym doing presses/deadlifts/cleans/jumping rope/etc. I figured I had no more excuses once seeing him kick butt with one leg and found CF619. I was instantly hooked. I love getting my butt kicked alongside a great group of people every day.

What was your first WOD/experience?
Cindy and it was horrible. I think the bands did more work than my muscles.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
1 ½ years

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My overall fitness. Never in my life have I been in better shape than I am today.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
Favorite would have to be clean and jerks. It feels awesome lifting weight and pushing it overhead. Least favorite are wall balls. No matter how many times I do them they never get easier, although I think it is mostly mental.

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
I wouldn’t say it is my favorite but I did Diane a couple weeks ago and had fun.

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?
Flight Test Engineer and part-time professional skydiver

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Skydiving, hiking, playing with my dog.

A fun fact…. Or two….
I am a World and multiple National Champion Skydiver

Lifestyle (Paleo, Vegan, Don’t Have One…):
I try to eat clean with no processed foods, little to no sugar, little to no breads/pastas/etc. I definitely have 1-2 cheat meals a week, and go to town.

Fitness Goals?
To continue progressing and learning. There is always room for improvement and CF619 has the perfect community/energy to help me grow.

Cyndy Alarcon – Athlete of The Month

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CrossFit 619 is full of great athletes, but none like Cyndy Alarcon! Cyndy has been a dedicated member for the past couple years and watching her grow into the athlete she is today has been inspiring. Cyndy is the heart and soul of the 4 p.m. Class! Her motivation and energy is beyond compare. There has not been a month within the past year where her name was not on the PR board and that is a testament to her commitment to become the best athlete she can be. She always cheers on her fellow teammates and goes out of her way to help anyone she can.

Cyndy has grown a lot within Crossfit and recently competed in her first competition in December, along with teammate Katie Perry. Having her husband, son, and many CrossFit 619 members there to support and cheer them on was extraordinary to her and the adrenaline was incredible. Cyndy’s favorite event was the Clean & Jerk in which she PR’d! She hopes to build a team and participate in a competition in May or go solo in the Stars & Bars competition in July.

Cyndy is a San Diego native and never considered herself to be an athletic person until now. Outside of killing it in the gym, she loves to hike, dance and shop. Her musical stylings can often be heard in the gym as she is one of the very few members who are allowed to pick the music and that is a big deal! We cannot wait to see Cyndy’s growth this year and all the gains she will make.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I saw a deal on living social, I had always been interested and thought it would be a good way to see if it was a good fit for me. Obviously it was!

What was your first WOD/experience?

I can’t remember my first WOD at all, however I can remember my first day at 619 CK put me through a little training session, we did wall balls, tire jumps, kettle bell swings and some running. I was dying and was sore for like a week! But I was hooked!

How long have you been CrossFitting for?

It will be 2 years in June

How do you balance CrossFit with life?

It’s funny because I feel like CrossFit is what balances my life. Without it, I would be a very stressed out mama! I am pretty much devoted to the 4 p.m. class. I’ve been going at this time since I started.It’s the perfect time for me because I get off at 3:00 p.m. and I have to pick up my baby by 6:00 p.m. I love my 4 p.m. crew! I try to schedule almost everything around this time. Everyone that knows me knows that between 4-5:00 p.m. I am at 619.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

It’s a tie between doing an unassisted pull-up and participating in a competition. Completing a competition was a goal of mine for 2014 and I finally did it in Dec. with Katie Perry. We ended up in 4th place out of 28 teams, so I thought we did pretty well!

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

This is also a tie, Power Clean and Deadlift are my favorite. My least favorite is anything gymnastic related as I’m just not good at any of those movements, but something I need to work on for sure.

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)

Cindy of course ☺

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?

I am an Electrical Planner for a Shipyard

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Spending time with my two sons and my husband and shopping; my 2nd favorite workout.

A fun fact…. Or two….

I have a 16 year old son and I can make three loops with my tongue (I’ll show you if you ask!)

Lifestyle (Paleo, Vegan, Don’t Have One…):

I don’t really have one. I try to eat clean most of the time, but I constantly battle between wanting to look good naked and “treat yo self”, as I’m sure a lot of us do!

Fitness Goals?

To get better at gymnastic movements, OHS & Snatches, and build my booty!! ☺ hahaha!

400m Sprint 1:57
5k 28:00
Clean & Jerk 130
Snatch 85
Deadlift 255
Back Squat 190
Max Pull-Ups 2
Personal Records

Ashley Lane – Athlete of The Month

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Ashley Lane – Athlete of the Month

There is no doubt that the gym has amazing athletes, but Ashley Lane, our Athlete of the Month, tops the list. Ashley is an exceptional athlete who works extremely hard to become a better athlete every day. Her dedication to the gym and to her fitness makes her this month’s superstar!

You can catch Ashley, if you wake up early enough, at the 5:00 a.m. class every day and often in the afternoons working on the supplemental endurance. She is a daily contributor to the CrossFit 619 Blog and has contributed amazing nutritional pieces in the past. Her love for fitness is clearly evident when you meet her and the energy she brings to the gym is unparalleled. Ashley always cheers for all the athletes around her and never backs down from any workout – actually, she goes H.A.M. in every movement and WOD.

Growing up, Ashley ran track and played both volleyball and soccer. She made the big move to San Diego after finding out her brother was moving to the beautiful city as well. Once here, Ashley became a regular gym member until hearing about this crazy, yet wonderful sport called CrossFit. Ashley found CrossFit 619 through Yelp and like all those who enter the doors, the first workout sealed her fate as she has come back everyday since then. CrossFit has become an integral part of her life and Ashley cannot see herself without it. She has become a staple at CrossFit 619 and an athlete that many strive to become. We are proud to have Ashley as part of the 619 Family and can’t wait to watch her compete in this year’s CrossFit Open.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I first heard about CrossFit through a friend of mine at work. She was always talking about her training sessions and the different WODs she would do. I couldn’t believe it. She kept insisting that I try it because it had completely changed her life. Eventually I said okay, let me see what this is all about. At the time, I was going to 24 Hour Fitness day in and day out, seeing no results and completely bored out of my mind. Best decision of my life.

Why Crossfit 619? What makes it special/unique?
Originally I found CrossFit 619 through Yelp. I was researching different gyms, but 619 felt like the best fit for me. I loved all the experience Coach Chris has and felt like this gym was the most welcoming because to be honest I was pretty intimidated to get started and put myself out there.

What was your first WOD/experience?
To be honest, I don’t remember exactly what my first WOD was, but I do remember it involved pull ups because I couldn’t do them. I was using the green band and I know we had to do sets of 10 and I could only do 7. I could not believe how out of shape I was.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
I have been doing CrossFit for 2.5 years now and have loved every second.

How does Crossfit create a balance in your life?
Without CrossFit, I would truly be an emotional mess. CrossFit balances every part of my life from work to home to personal. I like to workout before work because it sets the tone for my day, but also because I love the group I get to train with bright and early. I do tend to come back after work as well though because, yes I’ll admit it, I’m addicted.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment was when I could do my first pull up unassisted. That is something I had wanted to be able to do from the very first day. Close second though is the first time I beat Jaime in a WOD – that was pretty awesome.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
I hate overhead squats.

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
My “favorite” would probably be Karen.

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?
I’m in sales.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
Haha, ummm more CrossFit?

A fun fact…. Or two….
I prefer to drive with no shoes on and I’m originally from Seattle.

What is your Lifestyle (Paleo, Vegan, Don’t Have One…):
80/20 Paleo

Fitness Goals?
I really want to become better at the gymnastics movements. Such as muscle ups, pull ups, handstand walks. These are my areas of concentration for the New Year!

Benchmarks:
Fran 4:50
Helen 10:48
Grace 4:17
5k 23:42
Clean & Jerk 160 lbs.
Snatch 115 lbs.
Deadlift 215 lbs.
Back Squat 200 lbs.

Joe Lee – Athlete of The Month

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Joe Lee
Athlete of the Month

It is no secret that Cross Fit makes better Athletes and you can bear witness to that when you meet this month’s Athlete of the Month, Joe Lee! Joe is a positive and inspiring force in the gym. He works out hard and constantly pushes himself to get better. You can always catch Joe after class working on movements he has not yet mastered and helping others do the same.

Joe grew up playing baseball, golf and wait for it… BMX Racing! As great as all these may be, Joe is a runner and has several medals to prove it. He started Cross Fit in order to not only improve his fitness, but become a beast while racing. Joe is most proud of completing the Half-Ironman and crossing the finish line with 45 seconds to spare of his goal time! It was seven grueling months of training, but certainly paid off.

Joe is a firm believer in Cross Fit and all that it has to offer. He continues to come back for the “suffer fest” not only because it works, but because he is not going through it alone- thanks to his CF619 family. He celebrates his accomplishments and those of everyone he works out with. He is always among the first to cheer you on and cheer loudly. Joe is a positive force in the gym and we are proud to have him. Aside from being an awesome person, friend, and athlete…Joe is also a chef! In case you are ever at a loss for what to create (food wise), you can always ask Joe. Before asking him though, take a moment and learn more about Joe Lee, Athlete of the Month!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

2013 was a year of Fitness for me. I had made a commitment to complete a race every month of the year. Fast forward to November 2013, 2 Ragnar relays, 6 half marathons, a half Ironman, Giro di San Diego Bike century, and two sprint triathlons later I had completed my goal of 12 races…and I was beat! A friend of mine that I ran the Ragnar relays with was in INCREDIBLE shape. I was blow away that he was running a 7 minute miles and he rarely trained as a distance runner. I was convinced that whatever he was doing was working, and ultimately was more effective than the, “grind” that I was in. That’s when I started researching gyms and ultimately found 619. I was greeted by Nikos, given a tour, and was signed up for my first class the next day.

What was your first WOD/experience?

I couldn’t have been less prepared for my first day at 619. I had a crazy morning, left my gym bag at home, and arrived just in time for the class I signed up for only to realize that I didn’t have my change of clothes. Coach CK was nice enough to lend me a pair of shoes, shorts and a shirt (for obvious reasons all of which were about 2 sizes too big) and I was in! I remember that day very well; Strength involved a super set of dips and strict pull ups, and the workout was 5 rounds of 10 chin-ups, 20 walking overhead lunges, and a 400 meter run. I left the gym that day completely humbled, and telling myself that, “This is the real deal.”

How long have you been CrossFitting for?

One year

What is your biggest accomplishment?

I’d have to say my biggest accomplishment to date is my restored passion for fitness. CrossFit 619 keeps me guessing, helps me remain goal oriented, and ultimately holds me accountable.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

I like cleans, I really dislike thrusters.

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)

Angie: 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats for time

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?

I’m a sales development manager for Ecolab. Basically, I sell soap to restaurants, hotels, and assisted living facilities.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Generally when I’m not at the gym I’m spending time with my Fiancé, Maggie. Personally I love to cook, brew beer, ride my bike, and hang out at dog beach.

A fun fact…. Or two…

I’m a trained chef and would like to one day get back in the business as either and owner or investor. I was in a bowling league back in AZ, basically I’m a big nerd.

Lifestyle:

I love food with big flavor, and I love eating out at new restaurants, but I try to cook a good healthy dinner at least six days a week.

Fitness Goals?

To remain healthy and active! The beauty of Cross Fit and why I believe in it is that you can’t focus on one specific goal. Generally speaking, I hope to work on my weaknesses and continue to improve.

PERSONAL RECORDS
FRAN 4:44
GRACE 5:46
FAT HELEN 18:33
400m SPRINT 1:09
CLEAN & JERK 195
DEADLIFT 415
BACK SQUAT 310

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Jaime Stolis – Athlete of The Month

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Athlete of the Month  – Jaime Stolis

Save the excuses. It’s not about “having” time. It’s about making time. If it matters, you will make time.

When many may argue that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything, others like Beyoncé (yes, that’s right, Beyoncé) and our amazing Athlete of the Month, Jaime Stolis, will be there to prove you wrong and do it gracefully too. Not one to overshadow the Queen B, but our Jaime Stolis is just as great, if not greater. She is a very successful businesswoman, caring mother and wife (sound familiar), but unlike Beyoncé, Jaime Stolis is a killer Crossfitter who has made Regionals and continues to inspire everyone at the box.

Jaime grew up as a gymnast, starting at the tender age of 6 and continued throughout college. Practicing every day after school for four hours and weekends as well. Her passion and hard work earned her a scholarship her junior year in college with an expertise on the beam and bars.

Building and sticking to a routine allows Jaime to fit everything that is important to her in the 24 hours allotted in a day. Waking up daily at 3:45 a.m. for her much needed coffee and news recordings, Jaime leaves home by 4:30 a.m. to make the 5:00 a.m. CrossFit class. Once out of the gym, at 6:30 a.m., Jaime meets her husband and son Ryder as she prepares to start her day at the office. Jaime drives Ryder to pre-school, after spending quality time in grandpa’s office, at 7:30 a.m. and heads back to the office where her day is not over until around 5:30 p.m. At home, Jaime spends the remaining hours with her family until bedtime at 8:30 p.m.

Jaime helps run the family business, Bill Howe Family of Companies, and finds it rewarding and an honor to work alongside her parents, Bill and Tina Howe. They started the company out of their apartment in Pacific Beach with her father, Bill, riding his bike around snaking drains. 34 years later, the company is known all over San Diego for outstanding service and for being the leader in their field.

In 2014, Jaime made it to the Southern California Regionals where she placed 18th after an intense and grueling 3 days of events. She pulled double work outs at the gym, as well as weekends. It was a family affair with both teammates from the gym and colleagues from work there to cheer her on. Jaime made everyone proud and fought with every fiber of her being. You will never see Jaime without a smile at gym or not trying to help others achieve their potential. She constantly strives to become better, all the while keeping her commitments to everyone around her and everything she holds dear. We wouldn’t be surprised if she could belt out a tune or dance fiercer than Beyoncé; after all, there is nothing Jaime can’t do!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

When I had Ryder, I was overweight and needed drive. I had Gymnastic friends in Northern California telling me it was fun and just like the team atmosphere of gymnastics. I found Crossfit when Ry was 3 months old and I was hooked. No looking back.

Why CF619? Did you look at other gyms before 619?

I did try one gym before 619. But I didn’t feel any energy or connection with any of the athletes. I felt like no one cared really. When I came to 619 everyone was so welcoming and encouraging. No matter the skill level, you could see that everyone wanted each other to excel and reach their fitness goals.

How do you balance work, Crossfit, and being an awesome mom?

It is hard, but always doable for something you love – love Crossfit, love my company, and love being a mom! I love all of it! Working for my family company is amazing. A blessing. I found Crossfit as an outlet to my life! I think without it I wouldn’t be able to get through the week. It sounds weird, but I so look forward to my time and time with amazing athletes and friends even if it is at 5:00 a.m.

When I have succeeded at something and accomplishing something, I want more and it makes me work harder with everything in my life. When you have something you want to do, there are no cutting corners to make it easier because you will cut something else in your life. Give it your all. I have to do what is in front of me and what may be asked of me. NO excuses and always 110% My mom has been a great role model of this. She never does anything half way. I look up to her a great deal, especially when I feel my plate is full.

What was your first WOD/experience?

MURPH! It was my first day, so Chris told me to only do a half-Murph. I survived and wanted to come back for more.

How long have you been Crossfitting for?

Since February 2012

What is your biggest accomplishment?

REGIONALS! It was an amazing experience. The gym’s spirit and motivation was overwhelming. Everyone was going with me – it felt like.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

Least favorite WOD – would be anything with running… and Wall Walks!!! Least favorite movement would be thrusters and burpees – any burpees.

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?

Operations Manager at Bill Howe Family of Companies

What are you hobbies outside of Crossfit?

Family time with my son and husband and going to the beach – being outside! I love to craft/paint and re-decorating my house. Oh! Girl’s night once a month.

A fun fact… or two…

1. I have a tattoo
2. I have 4 Sisters and did gymnastics throughout college
3. I’m PREGNANT!

Lifestyle (Paleo, Vegan, Don’t have one…):
Chocolate! Ha! Just kidding – when in training, I eat as clean as possible. Now that I’m preggo, I’m just trying to limit my chocolate intake.

Fitness Goals

To continue to workout through my pregnancy and to limit my sweets! Oh, 2016 Regionals here we come!

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Athlete of The Month – David Lee

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David Lee

This month’s Male of Athlete of Month goes to one of our favorite people at the box, David Lee! The enthusiasm and energy David brings to the box is infectious and pushes you to work harder. If you have ever taken a class with David, you will realize 1 of 2 things– either you are trying to keep up with David or you hear him yell, “How bad do you want it!” during the class and push yourself harder. Either way you can’t help but feed off his energy. David does not stop when he calls time, but continues to push others around him until they are done. He will often do more rounds with others until they are done – he doesn’t leave you behind.

David hails from Los Angeles where he wrestled (119 lb. Weight class) and played baseball (2nd Base) growing up. He joined the Marine Corps and decided to stay in San Diego after being stationed here. David’s desire to protect and serve did not end as he is currently a Police Officer. David is clearly an exemplary human being and we are happy that he is part of the CrossFit 619 Family. Take some time to learn more about David and even read what his idols in the box have to say about him!

How did you get involved in Crossfit?
I heard about Crossfit and decided to give it a shot. I had been going to a regular gym and tried several different CrossFit boxes before I found CrossFit 619. I decided to stick with CF619 because it was the most affordable and after nearly passing out after the first day, I knew there was something special here. The people make it great and that is the reason I keep coming back. I jump around from class to class and regardless of the class time, I am able to jump right in because of the comradery in the gym.

What was your first WOD/experience?
Helen. It was good work out, but it hurt a lot. I thought I was in good shape, but after the WOD I had to go outside and run to the nearest dumpster in the ally.

How long have you been Crossfitting?
A little over 2 years.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Getting more comfortable overall with all the movements. Moving from a strict pull-up to a kipping pull-up and finally a butterfly pull-up. You know, little accomplishments like that.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite would include thrusters or pull-ups, which are fun for me. My least favorite would be anything with rowing or wall balls…CARDIO Sucks.

Which is your favorite girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)
Lynn…5 Rounds of Body Weight Bench Press and Pull Ups.

What do you do a profession outside of Crossfit?
I’m a Cop – for a little over 3 years.

What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?
As you can see, I love tattoos. I’m also a big fan of local breweries.

A fun fact… or two…
1. Aleks is my motivations for everything CrossFit.
2. Love Country Music

Nutrition Lifestyle:
It depends on my shift. If I am pulling graveyard shifts, I will stick to Paleo. In the summer, I did Coach Chris’ Trader Joes Nutrition.

Do you have any Fitness Goals?
Getting better at everything Crossfit and be like Aleks and Jaime!

“David is definitely a dedicated individual. He comes in everyday even if he doesn’t feel like it. He is always pushing himself. I’m happy to hear I’m his idol and one day he’ll be like me. David – keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll accomplish wonders. Oh! Make sure to stretch every day.” – Coach Alekandrs Nehajenko (Aleks)

“Dave has been such an inspiration in the gym. He’s an awesome athlete with a great sense of humor! You’ll always have a good laugh! Honored to call him a teammate and friend.” – Jaime Howe, 18th in SO CAL Region for CrossFit 2014

Athlete of The Month Laura Bangert

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We have recently seen and heard of a movement to redefine the phrase “like a girl” into a positive and empowering meaning, our Female Athlete of the Month, Laura Bangert, does just that! Laura, has never let the fact she is a girl stop her from doing anything or walking through the doors of Crossfit 619. Aside from dance classes, Laura was never a part of a sports team, that is, until she decided to prove her husband wrong. Crossfit is a sport that many of her friends and family did not expect Laura to be a part of and one that she quickly grew passionate about.

 

Laura’s focus and dedication to master each movement is astounding. She’s constantly trying to reach new Personal Records and strives to be proficient in all aspects of Crossfit. The energy she brings to the 5:00 a.m. class is infectious and the class would not be the same without her. Laura is a big supporter of the Crossfit619 Team/Family and you can catch her cheering on the athletes at various competitions.

 

Laura did not let her fear of being turned away stop her from starting Crossfit and her dedication towards the sport has shaped her in the amazing Crossfitter she is today. She is an inspiration to the many girls, ladies, and women whose athletic abilities are questioned and we are very proud to have her in the Crossfit619 Family.

 

Please congratulate Laura when you see her and take some time to get know a little more about this extraordinary woman! Don’t forget to leave some love notes in the comments section.

 

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I live down the road from 619 and drive by it on my way to work. One night my husband and I were watching the Crossfit Games and I told him I’d like to try it. He laughed a little and that was all the encouragement I needed. I called 619 and scheduled a beginners appointment. That was 2 1/2 years ago, I was quickly addicted and, now, I’m so glad I felt the need to prove my husband wrong.

 

What was your first WOD/experience?

My first real WOD was Kelly. I’d only been at crossfit for a couple weeks and, at that point, EVERYTHING was sore!

 

How long have you been CrossFitting for?

My cross fit experience began October 18, 2011, two years and 8 months. Wow!

 

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Staying dedicated to crossfit and not giving up. Prior to 619, I never thought my body was capable of doing this. Every day is a challenge and every day I am amazed at what I accomplished. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, learning how to double-under! That was a huge accomplishment too.

 

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

I have two favorites: toes to bar and hand stand push-ups. My least favorite is kettle bell swings.

 

Which is your favorite Nasty Girl? (Fran, Cindy, etc.)

I like Cindy, she’s much nicer than Helen.

 

What do you do for a profession outside of Crossfit?

I am a Business Financial Manager.

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