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February Athlete of the Month – David Lee

619 is overly joyed to announce David Lee for February athlete of the month! He is kind, well deserving and he is special to 619. He has come along way and a key team player here at our box. Its a pleasure to coach such motivated individuals and we congratulate him for his accomlishments!

Here is a little peek about David and his CF experience…

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I got introduced to CrossFit while I was in the police academy. I always someone to go to 24 hour fitness and spend hours at the gym. But, when I went to the academy and we had our PT sessions I thought the workouts were great. I got introduced to the burpees, pullups, box jump world and never felt better. As I was finishing the academy, I wanted to continue with the high intensity training so I began look at the different CrossFit gyms around San Diego.

What was your first WOD/experience?
I don’t really remember what my first WOD was. I went to a bunch of different CrossFit boxes before checking out 619. But what I do remember is my first WOD at 619 there were a lot of burpees, running, KBs, and handstand pushups (that I couldnt even do). There were a bunch of people helping me out and welcoming me so I didn’t feel outcasted. Before the workout started, I thought to myself “I’m in pretty good shape. This can’t be that bad.” and man…I was wrong. I finished the WOD ran through the gym out the back…ran to the end of the alley, turned the corner, and just puked. I remember telling myself not to look like a loser puking on his first WOD so I made sure no one saw. Came back in…and I told Coach CK, “This is awesome, where do I sign up” and never looked back.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
I’ve been CrossFitting for about 6 months now.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Theres a lot of things that I’m still working on as a relatively new crossfitter. I go to the Oly class twice a week (which helps me tremendously in my olympic lifts Coach Edgar and Evelyn are awesome!) Every time I get a new movement I feel like its a big accomplishment. From kipping handstand push-ups to right now working on my ring muscle ups. Hopefully I’ll be able to put that in my arsenal soon. Other then that, just finishing the WOD at the end of class is a huge accomplishment for myself…haha.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite WOD is Helen!
….my least favorite? any workout that involves Rowing…wall balls….rowing… I really don’t like rowing. haha

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I work for the San Diego Police Department working as a patrol officer. I been with them for almost 2 years and love what I do. I think with my profession Crossfit is perfect to keep me sharp physically and mentally.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I love the outdoors, anything that keeps me from being bored out of my mind at home. I like to ride motorcycles, catch a baseball game (GO DODGERS!), hang out by the beach, and kick it with the 619 peeps!

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.