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CrossFit 619 Athlete of The Month John Riservato aka Baby Rhino

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We are excited to announce that John Riservato, better known in the box as “Baby Rhino,” is this month’s Male Athlete of the Month. There is no doubt that Baby Rhino exemplifies all the qualities of a great athlete. The force is strong with this one… athletic force that is. Baby Rhino hails from the state of New York where he grew up playing sports. He played Football for one year, was a Wrestler throughout high school and a gymnast for three years.

The energy he brings to our gym is unparalleled and contagious to everyone in the class. He always walks in with a helmet in hand and smile on his face ready to face the grueling, yet wonderful tasks ahead. You can hear him cheer for his peers long after he has finished the WOD and stays after class to work on his mobility and further his ninja skills.

Baby Rhino is truly an asset to the CrossFit 619 Family and we are excited to be a part of his! Although, we can agree to disagree on his love for the JETS, please take a moment to learn a little more about him. Afterwards, don’t forget to leave some warm and fuzzy feeling notes in the comments section below…he would just love that!

How did you get involved in Crossfit?

I heard about it and looked it up through Google. I came across CrossFit 619 and checked it out.

What was your first WOD/experience?

I don’t remember my very first class, but the first one I do remember was Murph on Memorial Day. I said to myself, “This shit’s for real!”

Also, I remember heading straight home and sleeping right after the second week of competition class.

How long have you been Crossfitting?

1.5 years

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Reaching #200 in almost every lift, #185 Snatch and a 42 min. Murph time.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

Favorites would be the Bear Complex, Prescott 19, and Prairie Fire. My least favorite would be the Crossfit Open 14.4.

Which is your favorite girl?

Favorite girl would be “Cindy.”

What do you as a profession outside of Crossfit?

I’m a Tax Accountant. I received my B.A. in Accounting and Masters in Tax.

What are your hobbies outside of Crossfit?

I don’t really have one. I enjoy reading and playing my guitar. I started playing guitar at 16 years old and have been playing on and off since then.

A fun fact… or two…
1. I ride a motorcycle
2. I’m from New York
3. I’m a JETS fan

Nutrition Lifestyle:

I can be semi-Paleo, but I don’t really have one. I’m mostly on the “see food” diet.

What are your current Fitness Goals?

I’d like to Snatch #250, Clean & Jerk #300, and Back squat #500. Go to Regionals and reach 5% Body Fat.

Friday 6 June 2014

Crossfit 619


Clean and Jerk
9 x 1 Clean + 2 Jerks
Every 90 Seconds

Workout of the Day

7 Rounds
7 Front Squats 185/125 155/105 135/85
7 Toes to Bar
7 Ring Dips

April’s Athlete of the Month – Kathy Murray!

We are beyond thrilled to announce our April athlete of the month, Kathy Murray (aka. Mama)!!! Kathy is a true inspiration to all of us and an important member of our 619 family. In September 2012, at the age of 55, Kathy began her journey at CrossFit 619 and has since experienced countless milestones. Kathy first learned about CrossFit from her best friend, who is 60 years old and living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She saw the positive impact that CrossFit was having on not only her MS symptoms but her overall life. Kathy was inspired and knew that if her friend could do it then she could too! At that point she had no idea what CrossFit entailed, but as she began to investigate she was intrigued by the “back to basic” (functional) movements. Kathy knew that she was looking for a no nonsense atmosphere, where she did not feel judged, and got consistent support. She contacted CrossFit 619, where she and her husband met with Chris, and she knew that this was the place for her to begin her whole person transformation.

Kathy believes that “signing up with Chris for personal training was the “best thing she has ever done for herself, and has given [her] the opportunity to learn, one-on-one, everything she needs to know.” She is grateful for Chris’ vigilant focus on safety and his ability to constantly push her; “she cannot imagine working with anyone else.” She also highlights her appreciation for the entire CrossFit 619 team; she “loves the way that [we] help and support each other,” calling it “team effort without ego.” She recognizes that everyone has an interest in each other and is motivated by the community of dedicated members and trainers.

In the beginning, Kathy’s goals were simple, “she needed to be healthier and wanted to be around for her family for years to come.” She never knew the holistic effect that this personal investment would yield. Her physical being is healthier and stronger; she can do more functional movements like grabbing a case of water at Costco or running a mile, but most importantly she is walking taller and more confidently, her attitude is better, and she no longer has an impending sense of doom – “like her body was waiting for her mind to catch up.” Kathy is feeling the change from the inside out and is more than ready to go and experience life. Already she has started engaging in activities – such as yoga – that she has always wanted to try. Her life to do list is endless and we know that the best is only yet to come!

Athlete of the Month Questionnaire

How did you get involved in CrossFit?

I was looking for a program to regain my health, at 55, I felt I was missing so much of life – out of shape, overweight – I had tried so many things, I wanted a no nonsense/no gimmick “program.”

My best friend in Seattle had been involved with this thing called CrossFit for almost a year. She has MS; because of CF she no longer uses a cane and has improved her health. I thought, I have no excuse . . . I looked it up online, did some research of local places, I contacted Chris, he agreed to meet with me . . . the rest is creating my new history.

What was your first WOD/experience?

My first WOD was something, we started with a 400m run . . . I had no idea how far that was and I lost site of the mob. . . I wound up “running” approximately 1 mile, but the most amazing thing was finishing and the cheering I received.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?

Since Sept 2012 – training primarily with Chris.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

There are so many things; I guess the most visible is my 35 lb weight loss.

What is your favorite/least favorite WOD/movement?

I don’t think I’ve found either yet . . . still learning and have so many things I haven’t tried. I like tire flipping, back squats. I love that I’m learning so many movements – and learning how to do them safely.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?

I am a Registered Nurse of 30+ years.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?

Family, reading/learning, movies, home improvements/landscaping, shopping (hubby says this is #1).

A fun fact…

I’ll give you a couple!

1) I am a Gran’ma of 7 – ages 1-11.
2) I took a year off work (awhile back) and worked in a barn of 19 horses-mucking stalls, feeding, grooming- the whole nine yards – It was a girlhood dream.
3) I was also a certified horse massage therapist,

Obviously Kathy is an asset to the CrossFit 619 family and we are honored to have her as April’s Athlete of the Month! We love you Kathy!

Athlete of the Month Marky Mark

August Athlete of the Month: Mark Alunni
Mark is what defines a go-getter here at 619 and his positive attitude sets the tone day in and day out. With his humble yet witty personality, Mark strives to be top notch as an athlete. Mark is new to CrossFit and with just 5 months under his belt he kills the WOD’s. He is not afraid to take his time to perfect his form and is in no rush to “have” to finish first. He aims for RX and succeeds with ease. Mark is always looking out for others and is willing to stop what he is doing to lend a helping hand. Better yet, he keeps the class smiling and laughing with his charm. He is will respected here at 619 and we are thankful to have him park of the box. Congratulations Marky Mark for a well-deserved ATHLETE OF THE MONH!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I mentioned to my wife that I thought I would enjoy CrossFit. She relayed this to her mother, and for Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a gift for a month membership to 619. I waited awhile before coming in and haven’t left since.

What was your first WOD/experience?
I don’t exactly remember my first WOD but I do remember the second day in we had to run the USD loop and another crossfitter decided to run the loop with a weight vest. Being that I had never run the loop before, I ran behind this obvious veteran for a while, as he pulled away a bit and made the turn for home, I could see him ahead and decided that I wasn’t going to let this person wearing a weight vest beat me to the finish. I gained the strength to speed up in full sprint mode and was back to the gym first when CK looked at me and was thinking how was it possible that “the new guy” was back first thinking that I possibly got lost. As the runner with the weight vest arrived shortly after he explained to Chris that I did actually succeed and ran the full loop. I was eager to let Chris know that I wasn’t going to lose to someone wearing a weight vest. Chris was ecstatic with my enthusiasm and expressed “that’s the kind of attitude we need around here.” I then was serenaded with gangsta rap.

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
Friday, April 13th, 2012.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I’m not quite sure of my biggest accomplishment as I still have a long way to go but definitely a tie between the first time I was not last in a WOD or the first time I finished first in a WOD.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
I’m a pretty big fan of handstand pushups.

Least favorite….nothing comes to mind right away.

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
Accounting Manager at SPY Optic, I manage the accounting and finance department.

If anyone needs some dope shades or goggles, let me know….

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
All in all, my hobby is making memories and having fun

Fun fact:
I won a C-walking contest. BOOM!

July Athlete of the Month Ruben Perez

Here at 619 we are continuously striving every day to bring success to our members/athletes. We want to start something new to keep pushing to new heights. We feel it is important to recognize our members. Athlete of the month is someone who is a positive leader here at 619, someone who has great skill and motivates others.

Ruben is a great asset and team member to 619. He is dedicated and always on point with his form. He looks out for others in the gym helping them achieve PR’s and keeping their form inline as well. He is one of our strongest here at 619 and we are thankful to have him part of the box. His positive attitude sets a good example for morale in always striving for the top. He has exceeded his own goals and continues to succeed at whatever he puts his mind too. The biggest exercise to overcome was the ever so challenging muscle ups, and with dedication and continuous reinforcement, the challenge was met and now he successfully has overcome them. Ruben continues to add an average of 20lbs to the workouts every 5 to 6 months. We are privileged to have Ruben as a member here at 619 and we congratulate him on his well-deserved ATHLETE OF THE MONTH!

How did you get involved in CrossFit?
I was looking to get on a meal plan and was referred to Chris Keith. Chris is very well known in the San Diego community and after meeting with him to start a meal plan he also encouraged me to try CrossFit. Here I am 16 months later and am totally hooked with CF 619.

What was your first WOD/experience?
I can’t remember specifics but one thing I can say is that I was humbled during the first few weeks of CrossFit and timed WODs. I had been doing weight/strength training on my own and doing Bootcamps at other various locations but CrossFit was on an entirely different level. Most of the men and women were kicking my ass with or without muscles!

How long have you been CrossFitting for?
16 months now.

When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
As soon as I saw my triathlon performance take a great leap! I stopped triathon specific training and increased my strength training and stil saw faster results. Not to mention my clothes fit much better!!

What is your biggest accomplishment?
It is a tie! The day I was able to do a 370lb deadlift as well as when I was able to do muscle ups. I had never done a dead lift let alone a muscle up in my life before showing up to 619.

What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
My favorite move is the snatch as it is by far the most complex and coordinated move.
My least favorite are burpees (I know I am not alone on this one)

What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I am an engineer; I work for CareFusion, a medical device company and am responsible for the manufacturing site for intravenous therapy pumps.

What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
I enjoy participating in Sprint Triathlons, cooking new recipes and perfecting my “go-to” dishes, I find myself quite creative behind the bar and always coming up with creative cocktails.

Fun fact?
I won a local recipe contest in 2009 sponsored by San Diego Magazine. The contest was to come up with my own dish using Seafood and Plantains as the main ingredients. I was privileged to compete in a live throw down against two other contestants at Indigo Grill in Little Italy, a la Bobby Flay in the Food Network.

See Ruben attacking The 2012 CrossFit Open WOD 12.3 below.