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January Athlete of the Month – Virginia Cheng

Crossfit 619 is overjoyed to give the title of Athlete of the Month to Virginia. She is a favorite around our box and every day she graces us with nothing but a smile and determination. She is extremely helpful with new members and maintains great relationships with our solid members. Just recently, she has changed her outlook on fitness and has jumped in with two feet. She is dedicated to her 6am class not missing a day and with the Oly Clinic in place she has been coming twice a day, two times a week to improve her technique and increase her weight always reaching for new PR achievements. With Crossfit comfortable under her belt and her confidence up, Virginia has started to train for a full marathon which she plans to complete with great success this year. We are grateful for Virginia and we support her 100% as she continues to makestrides into the new year.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
About a year ago, I started to get really tired of my workouts. My routine was so monotonous and running just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. A close friend of mine had gotten into Crossfit and recommended it to me. I remember googling it and watching a few videos and I was immediately intimidated by what I saw, thinking “There is NO way I can do any of this!” After another month, I finally decided to give it a shot and it’s been the best decision I ever made.

What was your first WOD/experience?
All I remember is that the WOD kicked my butt and I was extremely sore the next day. But it was a great kind of sore…the kind that makes you want to keep going back for more.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
I’ve been CrossFitting for about 9 months now.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
To date, my biggest accomplishment would have to be a tie between finishing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and finally getting my name up on the board at 619. There’s still a ton of stuff I need to work on so I’m sure these will soon be replaced by something better!

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite would have to be the power/squat clean and rope climbs. My least favorite would probably be the overhead squat.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was 10 so whenever I have some down time, I always try to squeeze in a song or two. I also enjoy arts&crafts, hiking, and visiting new places.

Fun fact
Last year I entered a jump rope contest at the SD Health Expo and I took first place with 189 jumps/minute.

Athlete of the Month – Charlie Chabalko

Charlie has been a powerhouse at CrossFit619. Since his first day at the bay, he has remained committed to doing his absolute best at all times. He is consistently pushing himself with form and weight, and every WOD presents a new challenge to him. He doesn’t just get through the WOD, he thinks ahead, sets a goal for how long it might take, and gives it his all.

Every morning when he comes into the gym, Charlie greets everyone with zeal and enthusiasm, contributing to the camaraderie with positive energy and style. He is consistently the top achiever in virtually every workout, yet he is unfailingly modest and down-to-earth. He most likely lives by this famous quote from Katy Perry: “I don’t feel like I can act like an entitled bitch yet! I still have so much to prove.”

Charlie has managed to successfully balance a successful career with an amazing family and a commitment to CrossFit619. He is an inspiration to all of us, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have Charlie as a member of our 619 family.

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

A few years ago, I was at a point in my life where I really needed to make a healthy lifestyle change, but was not really sure how. I was overweight, had zero motivation to work out, and was eating food that was cooked and served to you in less than 5 minutes. As fate would have it, I attended a charity auction where I met Chris Keith who encouraged me to bid on the 3 month membership to 619 he donated to the auction. I ended up winning the auction and have been at 619 ever since.

What was your first WOD/experience?
My First WOD experience was brutal. It was at 6am down at the bay. I remember having to do bear crawls up and down the boardwalk. I could barely make it a few steps before collapsing. After seeing everyone in the class lap me a few dozen times, It was very clear to me that I was REALLY out of shape and had some work to do.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
I have been CrossFitting for about a year and a half.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I have 2 accomplishments that I am proud of. The first is completing 30 workouts in 30 days. Day 1 at 619, Chris challenged me to complete 30 workouts in 30 days. It had been years since I last worked out and saw this as an impossible goal. With lots of encouragement from the other athletes at 619, I accepted the challenge. I went from complete laziness to a Monday-Saturday 6am workout at 619 with a day off on Sunday which consisted of at least a 5 mile run. Halfway through the 30 days, I remember being so incredibly sore that it hurt to do anything. There were mornings that I just wanted to quit. Somehow, I was able to power through and complete the entire 30 days without missing a day.
The second is completing the La Jolla half marathon. Before joining 619, the farthest I have ever run was maybe 4 miles. Being able to complete the half marathon, and completing it under my 2 hour goal was a huge accomplishment.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite exercise is probably the power clean/squat clean. Although far from perfect, I feel like this is my strongest exercise. My least favorite is overhead squats. The lack of flexibility in my shoulders makes this exercise difficult for me. I am improving each week and will continue to work on perfecting this exercise.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I make wine and lots of it. About 6 years ago, I invested in a start-up winery. We make several different varietals that can be enjoyed at our tasting room in Julian, CA. It’s called the Blue Door Winery, make sure to stop by on your next trip to Julian.