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Our 2013 Tribathletes


We place all our clients on a pedestal. Our Tribathletes are just a small example of the type of extraordinary people we are proud to call family.

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Our 2013 Tribathletes


We place all our clients on a pedestal. Our Tribathletes are just a small example of the type of extraordinary people we are proud to call family.

Every month, since the day we first opened, we have been nominating Tribathletes and posting their profiles and Q&A's on our website. We are proud of our Tribe and ll those who call our Tribe home and we want to show them off to the world. They are the best of us. They're just like you!!! The ranks of our Tribathletes are filled with mothers, fathers, college athletes, accountants, teachers, professional paint ball players, firemen, students, teens, to just name a few. They are not necessarily our best athletes, nor are they our most vocal. They're not always our strongest, fastest, or most well conditioned.

Our Tribathletes are our inspiration. They are inspiration. They are the best example of what our Tribe is about and they are the light that shines our way and sustains our mission.

We are honored to present our Tribathletes....

Please visit our archive of our current and past Tribathletes:

2016    2015    2014    2013  2012

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Veronica A.


December 2013

Veronica A.


December 2013

The final TribAthlete of 2013 is the second half of yet another power couple to both be recognized as Tribathletes.  It took a Veronica a little longer to join the Tribe than Adam, but once she finally joined she was completely hooked - probably even more than Adam! Yet another dedicated member of the 5am crew, she is all business when she steps into the box.  Also, although she is one of the smaller ladies in the box, she sure doesn't act like it, constantly pushing herself and testing her limits each and everyday.  She is never one to shy away from doing a workout as perscribed, often opting for a harder and/or heavier workout if even if she knows  that she'll end up finishing last.

owever, that is only half of what makes her a true badass! This little firebreather is also the mother of 4 kids!  When some people in her situation could make excuses not to workout, she finds away and still finds time to be a wonderful mother to her kids.  And now that she and Adam are hooked, CrossFit is a total family affair with their oldest girls being 2 of the most dedicated CrossFit Kids.  And the 2 younger ones aren't too far behind.  It's safe to say that this family probably spends more time at the box than at home!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started Tribe Functional Fitness in January 3, 2013. 

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I gave Crossfit a try in July 2012 and took 2 fundamentals classes at TFF and fell in love!! BUT I wasn’t ready to start because I couldn’t afford it. When Adam broke it down for me, it made a lot of sense, So I made it a goal to join crossfit. If I would have known what I know now I would have signed up the first day of fundamentals, it’s worth that and more!

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
I would say the community! I love how everyone is like a family and someone is always there to lend a helping hand, not just with WODs but also outside of the box, that alone inspires me.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family has been very supportive in my Crossfit journey, especially Adam and the kiddos. If it wasn’t for Adam’s support I wouldn’t be where I am. :) Adam has been a huge part of my accomplishments and I can’t thank him enough. He always holds me accountable when trying to reach my goals. 
 
In the beginning my mom and siblings would make comments about how I was nuts on spending so much on a “gym” membership and being on a diet, when I didn’t need to lose weight. Let’s just say after them seeing how far I’ve come my mom is proud of me and my brothers want to join, so does my mom, but she thinks she is too old!
 
My friends don’t say much, but they used to make comments on how obsessed I am with CrossFit and eating clean (aka Paleo)… but I am!!! This is the best I’ve felt in a LOOOOOOONG time… At first it would bother me, but now I am too busy hitting PR's (personal records). LOL! I think I’ve just become the boring friend that works out.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
My fellow tribers are the ish! A lot of my inspiration and motivation has come from them, seeing them PR, watching some test their limits, it's amazing… that keeps me going.  Their cheers, especially when I am the last one standing (which is almost always) … they will stick around until I am done, that means a lot to me.
 
And of course… Our Coaches! Thanks to them I am able to perfect my skills and lifts… I really appreciate that they take the time to correct us when our form is not all that great! I love constructive criticism, Thanks to our coaches feedback I am getting better.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Pistols, box jumps, any squats, front rack lunges … and anything gymnastics. I can’t wait to perfect them all.

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
I don’t have anything that I dislike but I have a list of things I prefer not to do because I always get hurt. haha

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge is adapting to the CrossFit program & nutrition. The workouts are pretty hardcore and I don’t remember the last time I worked out like this before CrossFit… maybe 8 years prior when I played soccer. I couldn’t even do a push up on my knees. Nothing compares to the intensity of this sport.
 
The other challenge I faced was nutrition. Before CrossFit my diet consisted of:
Breakfast: McDonald’s Breakfast or Large Snickers chocolate Bar or apple
Lunch: Fast food. Usually salads or grilled chicken sandwich combo with Large Fries & lemonade
Dinner: Sometimes I ate; sometimes I didn’t. Usually homemade Mexican food (No tortillas) or little Ceaser’s Pizza.
Snacks: Chips Ahoy, more chocolate. Mexican sweet bread. Any sweets I could get my hands on. And pastries… and my all-time favorite... Peanut Butter and jelly sandwich, that pretty much substituted any missed meal.
 
My diet was pretty awful! I was skinny but pudgy at the same time; skinny fat. I didn’t look like I was starving myself but definitely not in shape… at all. My iron levels were always down, more than likely because I wasn’t fueling my body right. So when I started CrossFit the first couple months the workouts, and the change in eating habits really kicked my butt. If it wasn’t for Adam I don’t think I would have stuck to this lifestyle. Lisa was also always there to give me alternatives on what to eat, they both helped me thru the detox phase. My sugar withdrawals… I seriously wanted to quit, and even told Adam that eating healthy wasn’t for me… haha but when he would tell me I was a weenie or “go eat a cup cake” I would say “F*** no!, I got this!”… LOL!! I call it tough love ;)
 
Now I can do a regular push up and a kipping pull up…. And eat clean more than 80% of the time… HUGE improvement and time went by so quick. I’m so glad I made the commitment and had amazing people with me thru my journey. :)

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Eating better… Now that I know how important eating healthy is, I don’t think I could ever go back to eating the way I used to eat. Eating clean has given me so much more; I am in the best shape of my life and I am able to hang in my workouts, and I have so much more energy. 

est experience at part of TFF?
My best experience was participating in Civil War. This competition made me realize that I am capable of so much more. 
 
avorite quote or motto?
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get what they want in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." –George Bernard Shaw
 
And..
 
“The best revenge is massive success.” –Frank Sinatra

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I look up to everyone in some way or another.
 
Adam – He is my best friend and my ultimate motivator. He has always believed in me and has pushed me beyond my limits, not just at the box but also in my daily life. Although sometimes I don’t like how he motivates me, he always has the right things to say.  Knowing what Adam has gone thru to get to where he is at is the reason why I push and don’t make any excuses for myself. If I ate bad back then, Adam ate worse! My journey has been tough but I think his was a bigger struggle. There is no way I can be a “weenie” as he would say. LOL!
 
Another person I look up to is Riza. :)  This pretty lady has such great attitude all the time even when she is working out. Her positive attitude motivates me every time, regardless of how bad my day has been. I look up to Riza because I’m sure she has rough moments, or struggles, like we all do… and I’ve never see her down. Riza is always smiling and it reminds me to love my life and embrace the struggles to be able to focus on what I want to do and what I want to accomplish.  

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
“No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it…” -Les Brown

The way that I think about it is I have to finish or finish, there really isn’t any choice. Also having my fellow tribers yell at me to finish up, or to let me know I am almost there… at that point I just tell myself… Just one more rep…

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
There are quite a few things I want to work on and getting my CrossFit L1 Certification is one of them. I would like people to experience what this sport is all about and how it can change your life. I would like to work with kids for sure!!… Kids are our future and if we teach discipline and healthy lifestyle at a young age we might be able to inspire them to be the best they can be. 

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Top


November 2013

Top


November 2013

This month's TribAthlete is known around the Tribe as Top! More often than not, "top" usually refers to where you can find him on the whiteboard, consistently putting up huge strength numbers and WOD scores!  However, if you ask Top, he'd probably tell you that he is most proud of the things that he's accomplished that most people immediately don't think about when it you think about him.  Although he is a naturally strong guy, he has had to work hard (and continues to work) to develop his mobility and flexibility, especially when it comes to anything overhead.  In addition, you can often find Top coming in early before class and staying late after class to work on his weaknesses and do extra credit" to improve his overal strength and skillset.  He is truly dedicated to his craft and puts in the work to keep improving constantly.  All his hard work finally paid off in our first annual throwdown with CrossFit Resistance last month where he finished 2nd overall in the men's advanced division!  But he's not done yet!  He'll be representing the Tribe on one of the teams that will be competing in the CA Affiliate Showcase in January against other CrossFit affiliates around SoCal!  We know Top will be a great representative of the Tribe!

Congrats Top!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
February 2013

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
My first time CrossFitting was with TFF. I did do Cindy (20mins of 5 Pullups, 10 Pushups, 15 Squats) a few times mixed in with my p90x workout regiment at home. I chose CrossFit because I saw the CrossFit games on tv while I was doing ab ripper x in 2011. It looked really awesome and tough, and I wanted something like that to challenge me.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
My favorite thing about TFF is the close tight knit family feel that I get when I walk into the box or even outside the box. The Tribe Family is one of the best things going on in my life right now, and i'm really glad to be a a part of it. I also like that the coaches we have are very knowledgeable of the sport and have a lot of information that I can learn and absorb.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
They have lots of patience and listen to me talk about CrossFit so much. LOL
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
They're always there to encourage me to do better and to practice on my weaknesses. Being close to my fellow Tribers also gives me something to look forward to at the end of the day of work. To see all their faces at the box and to WOD together as a family.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
I like deadlifting a lot. I also enjoy doing pushups, squats, and power cleans, and I'm starting to warm up to double unders.

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
I HATE squat snatches, but I have many many other goats that I need to work on.

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Developing mobility in certain areas that I need. I wish there was a magic pill. LOL

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Double unders! I never thought I'd get em. But just doing things that i never thought my body would be capable of doing.

est experience at part of TFF?
Finishing 2nd in our Throwdown with Crossfit Resistance! Surprised the hell outta me. LOL 
 
avorite quote or motto?
"Do your best and forget the rest." Tony Horton

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I look up to all my coaches at TFF because they all have played a key role in my crossfit journey.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
All the hard work that's been put into my fitness journey. The 100 pounds that i lost. Can't stop, won't stop. LOL

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
My future goals are to improve my squat snatches, get my first muscle up, and to do handstand walks.
 
Your message to readers:

When you feel like you want to give up, remember why you started.

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Jeanne T.


October 2013

Jeanne T.


October 2013

This month's TribAthlete, has come a LOOOOONG way since the first day she came to her first free Weekend Warriors class way back in December of 2011.  When Jeanne first came to the Tribe, we could tell she wanted change but wasn't sure if CrossFit was the answer.  She, like most people who never give CrossFit a try, probably asker herself hundreds of times, "Am I too out of shape to do CrossFit? Is this really for me? Will I look stupid if I can't do something?" Despite her fears, she continued to come almost every free Saturday class, to "kick the tires" and test herself little by little, until after 3 months, she gave in and finally joined the Tribe!
 
Since then, Jeanne has slowly become a prime example of what it means to overcome your fears and get out of your own way, so that you can achieve your goals.  Even after joining, we're sure Jeanne still asked her herself those same questions over and over, but despite that fact, she still kept coming day after day.  And now after almost a year and half, Jeanne has finally caught her stride! Not only has she conquered her initial fears, she continues to push herself past her limits and establish new goals.  She has also become the Tribe's unofficial welcome committee, welcoming all new with open arms and offering to show them ropes to get them acclimated to the Tribe quickly!  Also, we are proud of Jeanne, because she has never quit, where most people in her position probably would have.  She'll tell you herself, It hasn't been easy and she still has a long way to go on her fitness journey, but to have gotten where she is now has been an accomplishment in itself!  
 
Congrats Jeanne!  We are super excited to see what the future brings!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I officially started with CF SoCal Tribe in March 2012.

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I tried CrossFit for the first time in December 3, 2011.  It was a free Weekend Warriors class on Saturday.  I recently got engaged on Black Friday 2011, and Leila invited me and one of my best friends.  I decided to try it CrossFit because I needed to lose weight for my wedding in November 2012.  On that first day it was a team workout, and I had a hard time keeping up with my team. As part of the workout, Sheryl Soriano had to carry my friend Karen on her back on the last round and I had to carry a weight plate over my head.  One guy saw how tired I was and how I was struggling, so he asked me if I needed help.  I was confused for a moment because he was not on my team, but I said yes anyway.  He carried my weight while I jogged with him. I was very grateful to him and I later found out his name was Joe. The friendliness of the Tribe that day, plus Joe helping me, made a positive impression on me. I kept on coming back each Saturday to figure out if I could handle CrossFit.  I still went to 24 Hour Fitness, but I got bored with it and stopped going . I realized I needed to go workout at a place where I can get support and encouragement. In March 2012, I finally decided to drink the Kool Aid and become a Tribe Member.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
The People...the members and the Coaches are just awesome people. They are so down to earth! I really consider them family.  I also appreciate Tribal Law #1 "Introduce yourself to everyone".  I soon realized after my 2nd Weekend Warrior Saturday that this existed and that's why they were friendly on my 1st visit. LOL  It's a great law and I think that every CrossFit box should have this. It's the best ettiquette when you have someone visit your home. That's why I felt at home when I first came to the Tribe.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My husband is so supportive that he even tried it a few times.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work with his work schedule.  He even supports my nutrition plan of the Paleo/Primal Lifestyle.  He eats vegetables with me and he is willing to try my Paleo dishes and baked goods.   Anyway, I think my husband is really supportive not only because it has been a positive influence in my life, but because it has made me stronger, so I can help him deadlift his keyboard and his speakers in and out of the house to the car when he has gigs.  My family and friends have been very supportive about CrossFit and our nutrition plan even if they don't CrossFit and don't eat Paleo. They are working out more and are eating healthier.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Deadlifts.  I'm 4'10" and I don't have to work as hard as a taller person does...LOL For reals! Actually I love Olympic Weightlifting. 

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Handstands.  I am not a fan of being upside down. I'll still keep trying to get better at it though.

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Working out with exercise induced asthma. I find myself being the last one to finish many times.   Even though I take my inhaler before workout, I still have difficulty keeping up.  I need to rest at times during WODs and especially when running because I start to wheeze and have shortness of breath. I am working towards improving my asthma by going to CF Endurance. I hope I can get rid of my asthma one day.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Finally graduating from the ring rows and start using bands with pullups.  It took me 17 months to graduate. I still don't understand why I chose the end of the Girls of Summer (Mid August) to graduate. Fran is crazy!!

est experience at part of TFF?
I would say participating in the 2013 CrossFit Open.  That was a dope experience. I never thought I could get the 14# medicine ball to hit above the 9 foot line, because I could not do it with an 8# medicine ball for the life of me.  To my surprise, I was able to do get more reps than I thought I could.  My goal was to get 1 rep, but I managed to get 11 wall balls reps with the help of Coach Robert and my Tribe bruddah Adam Salas.  My most recent awesome experience was judging for the Tribe Resistance Throwdown. It was an amazing experience watching the Tribe and CF Resistance athletes push themselves beyond their limits!!
 
avorite quote or motto?
I am stronger today than I was yesterday but not as strong as I will be tomorrow.

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Leila, my sidekick,  for introducing me to Tribe, letting me be a taste tester, for continuing to do CrossFit even though you had to wear that boot.
 
Monica for always showing up to 5AM, for always helping me with my burpees, and for being my CrossFit Regionals/Games Volunteer buddy.
 
Joe Santos for offering to carry my weight that 1st day and for always encouraging me in CrossFit.
 
5AM Crew (Monica, Leila, Adam, Veronica, Lisa, and Isabel) for all the tough love (I think that was mostly from Adam), encouragement, laughs in the morning and for giving me paleo treats on my 1st day morning class (that sealed the deal LOL).
 
9AM Crew (Joe Button Santos, Elvia, Annalyn, Sherry, Jocelyn, Almond and Marcos) for always pushing me.
 
Newest members (Sophal, Rocio for having awesome energy to WOD with)
 
My bruddahs (Noel, Fritz and Sam) because you are just awesome people to talk with and you all crack me up!
 
The Power Couples that manage to fit in CF even though they have kids or have crazy schedules (Joe and Josephine, Jay and Riza, JP and Sherry, Adam and Veronica, Jacob and Chrys, Jervin and Din).
 
CrossFit Mother/Daughter(Janell for being my inner voice and for Jazzy for just being awesome at everything!
 
CrossFit Kids (The Salas, Santos, Judd, Hornberger, Tejada, and Carrasco Offspring), the next generation of CrossFitters!
 
CF Endurance Crew for passing me up and letting me chase after you. Thanks for the encouragement. You guys rock! 
  
And of course, the Coaches (Warren, Ed, Jay, Kaden, Kevin, Robert and Joe) for instilling Tribal Law, good form on all the lifts before adding weight, and for pushing me and everyone to their limits. What you do for all of us is amazing!

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
Inner strength...and knowing that Monica would jump by my side to help me finish my burpees if she was there LOL.  She will not let me finish alone and neither will the rest of the Tribe. I have had several people like Adam, Veronica, Lisa, Josephine, Chrys, Annalyn, Jocelyn, and Elvia jump in and help me finish the WOD. I need to keep on going to get stronger so I can pay it forward.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
More CrossFit Endurance to improve my asthma and training for the Spartan Race in December. 
 
Future goals?  To breakthrough my asthma, to get off the bands with pullups, and to improve on lifts and exercises I'm not awesome at.  I want to also get stronger so I can help the next person who needs it. Pay it forward.
 
Your message to readers:
I wish I started CrossFit sooner. Don't let the fear of not being strong enough to do CrossFit keep you from joining and staying a member. Just show up. Leave your ego at the door. Keep good form to prevent injury. Tackle the WOD to your level, but still challenge yourself. Rest if you need to, but don't ever give up. Finish the WOD! (I also tell myself this everyday LOL)

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Lorelei P.


September 2013

Lorelei P.


September 2013

This month's TribAthlete is Lorelei Palacpac! Lorelei is another one of those Tribers who leads by example.  A dedicated member of the 7pm crew, Lorelei comes to he box almost every night, ready to workout when most people are winding down and just trying to recover from the day.  From the moment she steps into the box, she is all business.  Her will to achieve perfection is always evident and it shows in her workouts and her strength gains.
 
However, for Lorelei, CrossFit is more than just a workout, it has become an outlet and "a blessing in disguise".  It has strengthened her both mentally and physically during a time in her life then she says really needed it.  She has drawn strength from it in a way that many of us can't even imagine, and her mental fortitude and willingness to push forward are definitely life lessons that she will carry with her for years to come.  Lorelei is an individual that we can definitely learn a lot from about the true meaning of "Tribe Strong!" both in the box and in life.  We are truly proud to call Lorelei this month's TribAthlete, but we are even prouder to call her family!
 
Congrats Lorelei!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
July 2013

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
The beginning of my CrossFit journey coincided with other big changes in my life. Not only was I adjusting to a new job and commute downtown, but I also found myself inheriting bigger familial responsibilities at home. Earlier that spring, we found out my Mom’s breast cancer had returned (after 4½ years of being in remission) more aggressively than before. I stepped into the role of being the co-head of household and the emotional support for my Dad, sister, and brother.
 
Throughout this craziness, CrossFit served as my therapeutic outlet. It became the only hour in my day when I could step away from my reality, and where it became permissible to yell, kick, and throw down the weight (both literal and figurative) I felt I was carrying on my shoulders. The WODs gave me the shot in the arm I needed to care for her throughout the night. Even the weightlifting technique I was learning (“tight core, knees out, open those hips”) proved invaluable when my Mom became completely bedridden and dependent on us to lift, move, and flip her. Finding CrossFit was a blessing in disguise!!
 
In retrospect, I realize CrossFit moved far beyond just a workout regimen, and has become a lifestyle I’m striving to keep. CrossFit cultivates a positive, can-do attitude that has transcended my daily life. It’s been 7 months since my Mom’s passing, and I’m certain that being at TFF has strengthened me both physically and mentally, and has prevented me from hitting rock bottom. Even though I initially started CrossFit for its efficiency and effectiveness, I choose to stay committed because it continues to challenge me to become a better version of the person I was yesterday. 
 
What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
The family atmosphere!! I love the warm smiles and high-fives that greet you the moment you walk into the box. And just like any other family, we struggle together, encourage each other, conquer the WOD alongside one another, and also grow by sharing in one another’s successes. It’s truly something special. 
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family and friends think I’m addicted, but they are extremely supportive and proud of me nonetheless! My siblings entertain me when I come home ecstatic about my PRs, and are brutally honest when my “healthy-alternative” recipes are completely inedible. My Dad, my first track and field coach from back in the day, also started running with me again as I train for the upcoming half marathon I’ll be running on my birthday! 
 
hat role have your fellow Tribers played in your success? 
My fellow Tribers are some of the strongest people I know!!! Most importantly, they hold me accountable and call me out when I start to make excuses or go too light with the weights. Countless times, I have found inspiration in their resiliency, their drive, and in their willingness to share with me their motivations and personal stories.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Cleans, handstands, and I’m not gonna lie…burpees ain’t so bad!!   

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Double unders, wall balls, and snatches, OH MY!!!
 
iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I eat pretty healthy on most days (thanks to the vegetable garden and fruit trees in our backyard), but I still have a hard time with portion control. I can literally eat my own weight in food because I ignore the signs whenever I start to feel full! And I’ll be the first to say that I take advantage of vacations and cheat days, strategize at buffets, have no shame in carb loading on M&M blueberry donuts, and will bust missions at midnight if a craving hits me hard enough!!

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Closing out the Girls of Summer by RX-ing FRAN!! Afterwards, I felt so empowered!!!

est experience at part of TFF?
I feel like I’m getting stronger with each passing day, so I know the best experiences are yet to come.  
 
avorite quote or motto?
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7 
 
This passage reminds me that no struggle or challenge is ever too big to conquer, as long as you have faith in yourself and allow your true inner strength to shine through.

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Our phenomenal Coaches--I can’t help but admire you all for being patient, humble, and selfless with your time…and for always giving us the perfect amount of tough love to get us through the WOD! And pull the best out of us! I also have the utmost respect for all the working parents who manage to balance a healthy, active lifestyle and raise equally amazing kids. 

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I try to channel my Mom. She lived each day with such grace and courage, and showed me that though the body may be weak, if the spirit is willing…anything and everything is possible. 

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Participating in a Paleo challenge, the 2014 Open, Full Marathon, Tough Mudder or Spartan Race, and [God willing] a CF competition in the future.
 
Your message to readers:
A turning point in my CrossFit journey was during class when one of the coaches said something to the point of, “You will never truly know where your limits are until you push past them.” It has stuck with me since then, and in trying to relate it to my life outside of the box whenever I can, I’ve gained so much more clarity and perspective on my experiences of this year. I am reminded of why we should dare to struggle, why we should never let the fear of failure keep us from taking chances, and why we should trust that this journey has been blessed.

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Veronica G.


August 2013

Veronica G.


August 2013

This month's TribAthlete will soon be a force to be reckoned with on the streets of LA, but is already a major force in the Tribe!  Vanessa originally came to us so she could get in shape to pass the fitness test to get into the LA Sheriffs.  Well, she passed that test with flying colors and, along the way, has become the girl in the box that all the other girls are chasing!  She recently became the first female Triber to join the 300 Club for deadlifts and boasts one of the highest female back squats!  But all this didn't happen overnight.  Vanessa has worked hard, and we mean HARD to get where she is at.  And she isn't just strong, she is also one of the few dedicated CF Endurance Tribe members who puts in her work at the track to keep her endurance up and she can often be found on Sundays at open gym working on her olympic lifts or whatever it is she thinks she needs to work on.  Despite all this, Vanessa is one of the most humble individuals and will never take credit for her own success.  She is a pleasure to coach and to be around in general. We only see bright things in her future and have no doubt that she will be a great police officer!
 
Congrats Vansessa!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started with Tribe Functional Fitness last July.

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started crossfiting because I want a job in law enforcement and I needed to get in shape ASAP!!!! My uncle recommended crossfit, and he said crossfit will get you in great shape fast. I had a friend who had a friend that went to SoCal Tribe and said I should try it.  A year later I'm hooked and can't ever imagine going back to a regular gym.
 
What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
My favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness is the challenge. I have never hated and loved something so much. 
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My parents are split. My mom is totally against it, and my dad loves it and is extremely proud. 

hat role have your fellow Tribers played in your success? 
OMG where do is start? Every single person at the Tribe is so inspiring in their own way. When you feel like you can't get up YOU ALWAYS, and, I repeat, you ALWAYS have someone to help you get back up. My fellow tribe members are the direct reason why I get one more rep, get back up, and lift things I could only imagine.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
I don't have a favorite WOD but my favorite skill is deadlifts, even though my form needs some work.

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Geez there is too many to choose from, but I guess it would be CINDY. I couldn't lift my arms for a week after that WOD. Least favorite skill is snatch. It's a beautiful movement when done correctly, but its so hard.
 
iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Biggest challenge is nutrition, I love me some chili cheese fries and cookies. It's a constant battle that I lose often. As far as my challenge when it comes to CrossFit, I would say working out through my soreness. Sometimes I'm so sore that I don't want to get out of bed let alone workout. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Proudest moment would be my deadlift at 310lbs. I never would imagine that my little 5ft self could lift so much.

est experience at part of TFF?
Best experience would be when I competed in the Surf City competition. I loved the adrenaline you get when you're in competition mode. 
 
Favorite quote or motto?
"What you allow is what will continue." People spend too much time complaining and not enough time thinking of a solution.
 
Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire and look up to Mariza Besina (December 2012 and TribAthlete of the Year).  I have never met anyone so positive and humble. Not only is she one strong lady but so consistent when it comes to her workouts. I don't know anyone else at the box that smiles as much as she does while they are working out. She has this will and determination I wish I had.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I say, "Self, the faster you get this over with the faster you can go have Korean bbq."  Honestly, I just tell myself that I'm not tired and to hang in there. 

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Future goals are to focus on the things movements I'm not good at.
 
Your message to readers:
Don't forget to have fun with CrossFit. Yeah it's hard and should be taken seriously, but when it's not fun it's hard to come back. I also think its important to learn how to step out of that comfort zone and get use to the uncomfortable. Thank you to all my fellow tribe members for making crossfit such an amazing experience. And lastly thank you to all the amazing coaches, I greatly appreciate that you make me feel like a friend before a client.

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Adam & Shelby


July 2013

Adam & Shelby


July 2013

This month we honor CrossFit Nui Tribe's very first two members, Shelby & Adam!
 
When Nui Tribe first opened it's doors back in late 2012, despite being the only two members we had, they still showed up day in and day out!  Although they were new to CrossFit, they trusted that we could help them unlock their full athletic potential.  Almost 10 months later, they are two of the most solid athletes that we have at Nui! Their technique with most movements is super solid, often serving as examples of great technique for the other Tribe members.  With other athletes, there are many times when we have to scale them down, because they are too eager to go heavier in a workout even though we know their not ready.  This is never the case with Shelby & Adam, as they understand thier own limitations, but can still push themselves in a workout with manageable scaling and weights.  As a result, they have continued to progress in all facets and, more importantly, stay injury free, keeping CrossFit sustainable lifestyle for them.  

We are proud to have had Shelby & Adam with us since the beginning of Nui and look forward to seeing Shelby have trouble fitting into more dresses with her new found muscles and seeing Adam grow more into his "man" muscles!
 
Congrats you two!

When did you start at CrossFit Nui Tribe?
We started in October 2012 when NUI Tribe opened.  We were the first two members!

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
We were already members of the gym at NUI Now, so when the CrossFit partnership came in we decided to give it a shot.  Neither of us had all that much motivation to go to the gym and work out on our own, so it sounded like a great way to stay interested and work on a bunch of different exercises that we probably wouldn't try otherwise.  
 
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Nui Tribe?
We love the fact that when we walk in for each class everyone says hi to each other.  At big commercial gyms nobody knows or cares who you are.  Here it really feels like a family more than anything.  

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
Everyone asks us about CrossFit like it is some kind of intriguing and mildly dangerous cult.  Which it basically is.  So I guess we are doing our part to spread the gospel.  

hat role have your fellow Nui Tribers played in your success? 
SoCalTribe has a great sense of community.  There is no doubt that the support and energy of the group helps us push through those last reps when we are feeling the burn.  The coaches do a great job of getting us to use proper form and give our best effort every time we show up.  And there is no way we would have decided to do overhead squats without a little coaxing from the coaches.

avorite WOD/Skill?
Shelby - tabata ab work
Adam - muscle ups

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Shelby - burpees 
Adam - burpees
 
iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Checking the Tumblr in the morning and seeing a rough WOD, then spending the whole workday knowing that the workout is going to suck and still showing up.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Shelby - being able to deadlift more than my bodyweight
Adam - 30 double unders in a row
 
est experience at part of CFNT?
WOD at the beach, and going bowling with 50 other members.

avorite quote or motto?
Knees out, abs tight (Shelby hears this in her head all day working with patients at the hospital)
 
ho at CFNT do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Shout out to the coaches for showing up every day morning and evening.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
The promise of food afterward.  Sometimes you just have to remind yourself that it takes hard work to look good naked.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Shelby - my goal is to have more consistency and not letting a physically demanding day at work stop me from going to the gym. 
Adam - my goal is to toughen my hands so my skin doesn't rip off every time we do more than 50 pullups.   
 
Your message to readers:
We love our CrossFit family. Tribe Strong!

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Kelvin K.


June 2013

Kelvin K.


June 2013

Presenting Nui Tribe's VERY FIRST TribAthlete representative, Kelvin Kao!

Since his very first day with Tribe, Kelvin has done nothing but work!  As many of you know, he's not a man of many words, but instead speaks through his actions and just gets the work done without any complaints!  Being one of the few in the morning in the classes, many times he is forced to work out by himself (or with the coaches), but he still shows up everyday and pushes himself just as hard as if he were working out with a full class.  His hard work and consistency show through his results, as his strength and WOD scores continue to climb.  He may not be the biggest guy, but pound-for-pound he is definitely emerging as someone to take notice of in both Tribes! 

We can't think of anyone better to represent Nui as their very first TribAthlete!

Congrats Kelvin!

When did you start at CrossFit Nui Tribe?
First day of Fundamentals: January 7, 2013

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started CrossFit when I came to Nui Tribe. I had tried other workouts but had trouble keeping motivated and wasn't really getting the results I wanted. I heard about CrossFit and a LivingSocial deal came up so I decided to try it out. 
 
What is your favorite thing about CrossFit Nui Tribe?
I love Nui Tribe. As I said before I started CrossFit because of a LivingSocial deal. I actually bought another deal for a different CrossFit box and my plan was just to deal hop from box to box. But, once my Nui Tribe deal expired I couldn't bring myself to leave. I signed up for a 12-month contract at Nui and let the other deal expire. It's hard to pin down my favorite thing about Nui, but the people are definitely a big part of it. The coaches are so down to earth and I felt comfortable from day one. Nui seems to attract a certain type of person. Everyone I've met is so motivated and puts it all out there during the WOD's, but at the same time they're all so chill and like to laugh and have a good time. You can WOD anywhere. I think it's who you WOD with that makes the difference. 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
Nui Tribe is a family and they make all the difference. 

hat role have your fellow Nui Tribers played in your success? 
I feel like in the past when I would go to the gym a big issue was feeling self-conscious. I'd wander around the machines and feel like everyone was watching me. I never feel self-conscious at Nui. I can go in there and focus on getting a good workout. That's because my fellow Tribers are awesome people and we just want each other to succeed. 

avorite WOD/Skill?
Burpees because its full-body awesomeness and snatches because of that feeling you get when you hit it perfectly. 

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Cleans. Just don't like 'em. 

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
The biggest challenge is conquering my mind. It's always telling me to drop the bar. It psychs me out even before a WOD. "Oh man, this is gonna be hard." And I listen to it. I need to learn how to shut it out and push through. 

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment is all of it. I'm proud of the culmination of all my CrossFitting. One WOD doesn't mean much. It's when you add up every single workout, every set, every rep that it becomes something worth being proud of. 
 
est experience at part of CFNT?
Everyday! But the best is yet to come ;)

avorite quote or motto?
Don't really have one but this seems appropriate: "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" - Daft Punk
 
ho at CFNT do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I respect and admire the coaches. Not because of their CrossFitting prowess or god-like physiques; I admire them because they teach. It's obvious that they do it because they're passionate about the sport and they want to share it. It's one thing to go the box everyday to improve yourself, but when you go to improve others, that's a whole other level. Thanks, Coaches!

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
Coaches shouting and seeing the other Tribers pushing. Also, remembering that it's just my mind messing with me!

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Keep CrossFitting and getting harder, better, faster, stronger! Triathlon anyone?
 
Your message to readers:

Thanks for reading! Seriously, someone let me know about Triathlons. 

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Cynthia L.


May 2013

Cynthia L.


May 2013

The first day Cynthia walked through the doors for her first fundamentals you could see that she was nervous, shy and maybe a little scared, but eager to get started. She gave it her all that first night and struggled, stumbled, clawed and fought, but finished that WOD. Mark the beginning of her Crossfit journey and the new Cynthia!

Some people say they don’t understand what we do or why we workout the way we do. If we could show a video of the changes that Cynthia has gone through in the last six months, they would understand why. We are not talking about the physical changes, those are too obvious. We are talking about the fire in her eyes, her newly found confidence, and her iron will!  We have never heard her say "no" or "I can’t".  She tackles every WOD with fire, determination, energy and an amazing smile the entire time. Like everyone she has failed many times, but she has never once quit during a WOD.  She fights for every rep and finishes each workout no matter what!  Her courage and strength are inspiring.  Don’t let the different color socks fool you, once she hears "3..2..1.. Go!!" you better get out of her way!

Congrats Cynthia we are super proud of you!

When did you start at CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
started October of 2012 when I signed up for fundamentals.

When did you start CrossFitting?How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started CrossFitting in October. My fiance's sister told us all about CrossFit and purchased a one month membership for his birthday as a gift. During his fundamentals week he raved about how amazing and physically challenging it was and encouraged me to give it a try. It was the toughest thing I ever had to do, especially the WODs during my first week. It was tremendously frustrating trying to push my body to accomplish something and not being able to do it, but in the end I finished!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
The coaches of course! I have never met a group of such encouraging, loving and supportive people in my life who are truly passionate about what they do. All of that gets poured into the Tribe and it's what keeps me going. 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
Freddie, my fiance, has been my biggest cheerleader, extremely patient and has never given up on me. I can always count on him to literally push me out to the door to get to class.  I love sharing my progress with my sister Gina, and I know she speaks for the rest of my family when she says how proud she is of me. I am extremely blessed to have such a loving family who makes sure to point out my improvements and compliment my muscles. Just the other day my uncle asked me to send him the video of me flipping one of the tires because he wanted to show it to his friends, that was a pretty cool moment.

hat role have your fellow SoCalTribers played in your success?
Accountability! They sure make you feel bad when you haven't gone all week to class. They're a quite special, rambunctious, excited group of people who do nothing but cheer me on. It's very touching when they remind me of my progress, especially when frustration is clearly on my mind during a WOD.

avorite WOD/Skill?
Turkish get-ups are a lot of fun, I never thought I'd do something like that and you can never go wrong with dead-lifts. I also love "Max Out" week; I've always managed to amaze myself with progress each time.

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Overhead squats/snatches, bleh!

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Overcoming mental negativity. I've had issues with my weight and self-esteem pretty much my whole life and all of the negative things I ever said to myself have been really hard to keep out. I always found comfort and distraction in food, it's still a constant challenge changing the negative into positive and working through the WODs, finishing strong, Tribe Strong! The first two months were very emotionally challenging for me. As some of you may know, I'm a crier and I had to fight hard to hold back tears of frustration during the WODs, I'm so proud that now I can even sometimes smile through it. Going Paleo has also been the best thing to ever happen to me, I love it.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Being able to do a 24in box jump, when I started I could hardly lift my feet off the ground. When I watch my video I honestly still can't believe I can jump that high.  Within the first couple of months at CFST I could already deadlift my own weight, that was pretty awesome too. To think that the human body can get so strong - I feel pretty amazing.

est experience at part of CFST?
The last day of fundamentals I'd just about had it, I could not take it anymore- so much frustration built up inside of me. When I was done I had a huge emotional breakdown and total "ugly cry" moment. I was so exhausted I didn't care about feeling embarrassed crying in front of people I hardly knew. Robert Cordero made sure to try to snap me out of it and stare at me in the eyes and say "You did it Cynthia! You effin' finished! You did it!" I will never forget that moment, it was a huge breakthrough for me. That night I learned that I don't have to compare myself to other people, I am my own person and if I always manage to give my 110% what matters most is that I finish to the best of my ability.

avorite quote or motto?
When I feel my weakest, I draw my strength from Bible verses that address strength and discipline. One of my favorites is "No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening- it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained this way, so take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees." Hebrews 12:11-12. The one that never fails for me is "...the joy of the Lord is my strength." Nehemiah 8:10.
 
ho at CFST do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Picking a person would be harder than a Hero WOD! Every coach brings something different in a way that is so encouraging. Ed is always there to make sure my form is correct, Jay NEVER says anything negative, Kaden gives the best tips and Robert is the person to make sure you put your frustration and anger into getting that weight up! I admire all of them and I can't wait to make everyone at CSFT even more proud with the progress that is ahead of me. I really admire Robert's no BS, get it done attitude, and his honesty. He is very outspoken and I can never really be like that, he says enough for everyone! I also really respect and admire Sherry Jacolbia. Her super strength amazes me every time and her loving attitude just warms my heart. I don't WOD with her as often and I miss her, so I try to enjoy those moments as much as I can.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
Recently I think of my wedding dress and how amazing I want to feel on my special day. Long term, I imagine my family that I will soon establish, the kids I hope to have and how it won't be fair to them if I'm not in the best health possible. I want to be the cool mom who runs around everywhere with them and live long enough to enjoy grand-kids too.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I can't wait to share future pictures of my progress. CrossFit still scares me at times, and soon enough I know I will be fearless and stronger than ever. I really love working with kids. My dream would be to establish an organization to encourage underprivileged   kids and young adults to live healthy lifestyles, exercise outdoors and build up their self-esteem. I see myself being a CrossFit Kids instructor some day, but I want to make sure to get to my full potential first.

Your message to readers:
Don't ever get discouraged if you don't see progress fast enough. A masterpiece takes time to complete, it just takes carving at it one day at a time.

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Fritz G.


April 2013

Fritz G.


April 2013

We call this month's TribAthlete the Prodigal Son! Fritz is one of the OG Tribers, having been with us since we first started teaching classes at the park!  Fritz was doing great and seeing wonderful results, then because of "life" he had took a hiatus to handle personal business.  When he finally came back 5-6 months later, he had packed on a "few" pounds and was forced to start back at ground zero.  But that was no problem for Fritz! Up for the challenge, he came back harder and more committed than before!  Only a few short months after coming back, the new Fritz has already caught and passed the old Fritz in every single way! He is stronger, faster, more skilled, and more dedicated to an overall healthy lifestyle.  Fritz is a perfect example of how to not let the 'ups and downs' of life push you down and keep you down!  We are glad to have the Prodigal Son back and can't wait to see how how else he will surprise us!  

Congrats Fritz!!

When did you start at CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
when the tribe was still at the park! probably around october 2011. freezing weather and WODing under the stars nothing like it! i miss the park hah!

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
the very first time i tried crossfitting was at a friend's box in torrance. i liked it but at that time the price was not appealing to me so i just stuck with the gym routine. after months of the same old thing at the gym i finally googled crossfit. i was living in cerritos back then and cfst was just 5 min from my apt so i choose cfst!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
the amazing people and coaches!!! well that's a given but the tribal law of greeting new people is my most favorite. i thought this was a crossfit thing where one has to greet new comers, well i learned differently. i went to a different box to check it out and i thought everyone was going to greet the new kid on the block but only the coach said hi. there was like 20 people in the room! im shy so i was pretty intimidated the rest of the time. also, im lovin the new tribal law of doing burpees whenever someone says "i can't" haha. 
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
everyone has been very supportive. my parents think im just going to the gym, id like to invite them to spectate when i decide to compete one day. as for my friends their probably annoyed with the crossfit lingo when i post on facebook, but they have been supportive giving me props for living a healthy lifestyle.


What role have your fellow SoCalTribers played in your success?
let me just say that i have never been to the gym 5 months in a row. working out right next to strangers, turned into friends, turned into family. they have made all the difference. it has been very motivating. i love all ya'll!!!
 
Favorite WOD/Skill?
i use to hate the olympic lifts but after the olympic lifting cycle i love em all!!!
 
Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
pistol squats!!!
 
Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
i fell off the wagon once. coming back after a 6 month hiatus with a 40lb weight gain was the hardest part.  i gained so much weight because when i was stressed out i turned to drinking, smoking and eating junk. crossfitting has been a very positive outlet. keeping off the unwanted weight and packing on muscle will continue to be a challenge for me but i think this time around im more focused, and over time this challenge will be easier and easier.
 
Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
sticking to this healthy lifestyle. 5 months back into it and it really feels like it is integrated into my lifestyle now. my mental game has shifted from a fear based belief to a love based belief. before i would think "damn another day, i have to eat healthy, its so tedious, do another work out, this is going to suck," and i spend all my energy thinking about how i have to do it. know its more like "i love this sh#%", i do this because I'm important, my health's important and I'm going to live a healthy lifestyle and crossfit! because at the end of the day it makes me happy.
 
Best experience at part of CFST?
doing the tough mudder twice with the tribe, spectating and cheering on the tribe at the battle of the boxes, and the 1st year anniversary party and playing flip cup!!!
 
Favorite quote or motto?
I really love these quotes. These quotes kicked me in the ass and gave me the jump start I needed to come back living a healthy lifestyle.

"If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is."  ― Charles Bukowski, Factotum

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results" Jack Dixon
 
Who at CFST do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
everyone!!! coaches, newbies, OGs, new friends! i respect anyone who gives time into trying, coaching or promoting a healthy lifestyle. its says that you respect yourself enough to put you and your health first. if you don't respect yourself, how can you find others to respect you?
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
Im always chasing that endorphin rush at the end of each workout. That feel good feeling is super addicting!!!
 
What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
no shirt workouts! i hate doing laundry so that'll save me some time haha. as for future goals - a comp or two :D
 
Your message to readers:
remember in whatever you do, do it because you want to and it makes you happy and not because you have to do it. if you're doing something because you have to, you're going to take away the joy and bring on frustration to whatever your doing. if you're doing something because you want to, you're going to end up trying your best. at the end of the day trying your best will keep you happy and you will have peace within yourself.

"respect your body, enjoy your body, love your body, feed, clean, and heal your body. exercise and do what makes your body feel good." -don miguel ruiz

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JQ


March 2013

JQ


March 2013

We call this month's TribAthlete the Silent & Smiling Assassin!  JQ has been with the Tribe since we first moved into the box over a year ago, and, while she is not one of the most vocal Tribe members, she is definitely a leader by example.  She is one of the dedicated endurance athletes that makes it out to early CF Endurance on countless Saturday mornings, simply because she wants to become a better runner and better CrossFitter, and that dedication and improvement shows in her daily workout performances.  In the box, she always comes in early before class to roll out and/or make sure she's amply warmed up for class.  Once class begins, she is all business, gets right into the day's skill or strength, and uses every minute allotted to perfect the skill or complete the strength work - all with a smile on her face!  JQ is an awesome addition to the Tribe family whose infectious smile and enthusiasm make her a constant pleasure to be around.

 Congrats JQ on being this month's TribAthlete!

When did you start at CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
Between Christmas and New Year's Eve, 2011. Right before they moved into the Box, so my first couple of workouts were at the park at night. I emailed the Coaches saying that I would start right at the new year and they responded saying "why not start now?" Pushing me to challenge myself right from the beginning.

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I heard about CrossFit from a co-worker in 2010. I looked it up to see if there were any locations around the Cerritos/Artesia area and there wasn't anything just yet, but I knew CrossFit was growing rapidly, so I kept checking back for an affiliate. I was so psyched when I learned about SoCal Tribe! I was locked into a dumb contract at another gym so had to wait for that to expire to join, but I was practically counting down the days so that I could try it out and finally get a REAL workout.

hat is your favorite thing about CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
I love our strong and authentic sense of community. It is truly priceless. I feel that people here sincerely care about each other and it just comes naturally. We have bonds that cannot be broken but at the same time we're always welcoming new friends.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family and friends have been very encouraging and supportive, even though I do not think they understand what the heck I am doing, haha. They have been patient and listen to me go on and on about how happy/unhappy I was with my WOD performance, the intricacies of my Paleo "diet/way of life" and have been there for me when I've had boo-boos/aches/injuries....so I thank them for that.

hat role have your fellow SoCalTribers played in your success?
You all ARE the reason I have been successful. Everyone in the Tribe is so unique and has something to offer and that is what motivates me. I see everyone's everyday successes and hard work and it makes me believe in myself. I think "if he/she can do it, then I can do it". Witnessing my peers getting stronger, faster and more confident along with me is so exciting....there is never a dull moment.  Also, I'd like to send a special shout-out to the Chiefs of our Tribe, Ed and Warren. They each have their own style and I love that! Them together as our leaders is a great balance. They are so patient (with me) and their passion to share and teach really shows.

avorite WOD/Skill?
Push-press and back squats. I don't know, they are just fun to me.

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
I gotta say, I am so afraid of box jumps! They have been a challenge for me since the beginning....so much so that I would think, if I never accomplish a real box jump, am I gonna have to quit? But no, the Coaches kept pushing me and I overcame that fear. And OMG, strict pull ups, make my arms so tired! But you know what, at the same time I am a bit glad to see box jumps/strict pull-ups pop up on the WODs, because I know that every time I work on them, I only get better at them.

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I feel like I am always wanting to make up excuses for not being able to do something during a Skill or WOD, haha. It's hard to overcome the boundaries I have put up mentally for myself. The good thing is, the Coaches don't let me! They keep pushing me harder and giving great advice to help me advance.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
That I willingly get myself up and to the Cypress College track for CrossFit Endurance by 7:15am on Saturday mornings. Believe me, I am not a morning person, but all the benefits I've felt and seen are worth the sacrifice! Like a lot of others, I work full-time Monday-Friday, so Saturday morning sleep is precious, but all I can say is that Coach Warren has been so dedicated to helping make me a better and more efficient runner....it's simply an opportunity I cannot miss. I am so grateful. Coach Warren does all the planning and whether it be short or long intervals that day, I rest assured that I will get the excellent attention and powerful tips to improve my speed and potential.

est experience at part of CFST?
I really have enjoyed all of the Paleo Challenges. If I had tried to change my eating habits this aggressively on my own, I am sure that would not have lasted more than a week. But, with us eating clean all TOGETHER at the same time, it seems so much easier. Paleo has made me think outside the box on food....because of these 30+ day challenges, I have exposed myself to so many delicious foods and flavors that I would never have experienced.  I used to often feel groggy and sick after eating, and now I am pleased at the fact that I virtually never experience digestive problems anymore. Food has a purpose and is not an enemy anymore. I find it amazing to realize that during the challenges, when I am really sticking to it, my performance during the WODs is so much better. The science behind what you put into your body and what you get out of it, seems crystal clear now.

avorite quote or motto?
"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." -Mother Teresa 
 
ho at CFST do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I really admire and respect all of the parents at CFST. I do not have any children yet, so I am so impressed by how you all make the time to come to the Box with so much energy and enthusiasm. Warren, Monica, Noel, Janell, Leila, Adam, Isabel, Arlene, JR, the Marcelino's, Arnold, JP&Sherry, "The Joe's", Fred, Kaden, Jacob (and all you others that I didn't name here)...you all are amazing Super People with beautiful families. It makes me think, if you all can fit it into your tremendously busy schedules, then I can.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I am addicted to fitting better in my pants! Seriously, I have loved the feeling of my clothes fitting better and it's so great to have that be one less problem or anxiety in my life. When I have a weak moment or feel lazy or tired, I remember how hard I have worked to feel strong and comfortable in my own skin and it motivates me to keep it going.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I plan on continuing to show-up and do my true best. I want a future of being healthy, strong and confident and CrossFit SoCal Tribe has given me the tools and knowledge to do so. This place and everything it's about has had a lasting impression that I am sure will be with me for the rest of my life.

Your message to readers:

Believe in yourself! Do what makes you happy! Whether you are already a member of the SoCal Tribe or you  are thinking of joining, do whatever it takes to motive yourself to keep your engine running, mentally and physically. Everyone is different and we are all inspired by different things, so be true to yourself, think positively and great things will happen for you.

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Joyce M.


February 2013

Joyce M.


February 2013

It is only fitting that this month's TribAthlete is Joyce Monzon! Having started on this CrossFit journey with her best friend Peeps (January TribAthlete), it was a no brainer to make them back-to-back TribAthletes!  LIke Peeps, Joyce has come A LONG way and is a totally different athlete than when she first walked in our doors almost exactly a year ago.  We have seen her confidence in herself and her abilities grow and flourish over the past year, so much so, that the Tribe recognized her as the Most Improved Athlete of 2012.  She had a chance to showcase her abilities at LA's Battle of the Boxes, where her heart and fortitude were tested to the max!  She did not disappoint, and her resolve inspired everyone who was there to witness it, including us coaches.  We are truly proud of Joyce and all her accomplishments thus far.  She is proof that size truly does not matter, only the size of your heart!  
 
Congrats Joyce!

When did you start at CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
I started at Crossfit SoCal Tribe on February 21, 2012.
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I first heard about CrossFit from an old coworker and she encouraged me to check out the CrossFit box she goes to in Huntington Beach. She spoke highly about it and believed its one of the best workouts she’s tried. She thought I would absolutely love it. I didn’t consider it at the time since I already joined a bootcamp class. After several months of that, like with every workout class or gym I’ve tried, I stopped going. After 4 inactive months and considering the New Year (2012) started, I wanted to get back into a routine and start working out again. During this time, my best friend, Peeps also heard about CrossFit from another friend. She brought it up to me and we figured why not try it out together. She then found CrossFit SoCal Tribe online and contacted them. We walked into our first class and tried it out. After our first week, we immediately signed up and haven’t stopped going since. And my coworker was right… I DO LOVE IT!!

hat is your favorite thing about CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
Our Tribe Family. To see all the love, support, strength, motivation and commitment from everyone is incredible.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
The support from my family and friends has played an important role throughout this journey. My fiancé, Chuck, is my number one believer and supporter. He always tells me he’s so proud of me. He helps motivate and encourage me especially during times when I tend to be hard on myself after a WOD. To be able to workout next to him and to share this journey with him is definitely a great feeling. My parents and siblings have been so supportive as well. They are so impressed with what I have accomplished and what I am capable of doing at CrossFit. My parents attended my first CrossFit competition and they were just in awe. At the end of the competition, my parents ran up to me to tell me over and over how proud they were. My mom even cried. It really does feel amazing to have a great support system.

hat role have your fellow SoCalTribers played in your success?
My fellow SoCal Tribers are my inspiration. To hear their stories, to see their passion and strength, to feel their love and support … their words of encouragement … their cheers and laughter… just their positivity… ALL this has helped in my success. For instance, the coaches, from their effective training and helpful advice, I wouldn’t be where I am at today with CrossFit. Peeps, my BPFF, to see our transformation from the day we walked into those doors to where we are at now is incredible. I am so happy we started this together. You help motivate and challenge me. Riza and Jay, such a great power couple that I admire. Your ability to bring so much joy, encouragement and positivity to others is inspiring. Kaden, you inspire me to achieve more than I could ever expect. Olivia, I love how you manage to cheer me on while you are WODing and to always help push me at the end. And to everyone else, every single one of you is so amazing and it is such a blessing to share this journey with you. This is one of the many reasons why I LOVE to CrossFit, why I am so passionate about it and why I stay committed to it.

avorite WOD/Skill?
Snatches and Deadlifts

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Double Unders. One day I am going to be able to string them.

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My LOVE for food has been a huge challenge. Prior to CrossFit, I pretty much ate everything. But after learning more about Paleo and receiving nutrition tips from Coach K, it has helped me be more cautious of what I was eating and being able to maintain a better and healthier lifestyle.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment so far is staying committed to CrossFit. I have tried every workout possible from yoga to bootcamp to spin to a membership at 24 Hour Fitness. For whatever reason or excuse, I always end up quitting or just stop going for several months. CrossFit has changed my life. This is the only workout that I have been able to stay consistent with, have so much passion for and actually enjoy it.

est experience at part of CFST?
Competing at the Battle of the Boxes at the Fit Expo in LA was very memorable. I honestly never would have thought to participate in any CrossFit competition and just last month I competed at my first one. It felt amazing! Initially when I signed up, I was definitely intimidated and of course was just unsure if I could do it. But with the help and proper training from the coaches and the rest of the team that competed, I felt more confident. I am so glad I participated. It was definitely a great experience and I look forward to more competitions like that.

avorite quote or motto?
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” –Oprah

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life, there are no limits, there are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee
 
ho at CFST do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire the coaches. Your dedication, encouragement and all your efforts that you put in to help each and every one of us is much appreciated. You help build our confidence up and push us for greatness. And to Warren and Ed who have created this amazing box… your passion, love and commitment are truly remarkable. I am very thankful to be a part of the Tribe family and your dream.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
As much as possible, I try to stay focus and push myself to finish no matter how difficult it is. Because once you complete the WOD, that sense of accomplishment is all worth it at the end. And it does help when you have your fellow SoCal Tribers yelling at your ear to keep going.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Ladies, I guess count me in on that bikini photo shoot. LOL. Like with everyone else, I would like to also get stronger and faster. But my overall goal is to just stay motivated, committed, to work hard and enjoy it so that I maintain this healthy and fit lifestyle.

Your message to readers:
CrossFit has definitely changed my life for the better. Growing up, I was not at all active in sports or stayed consistent with exercising. And walking into my first CrossFit class, I honestly didn’t think I would be able to handle all the weight lifting and the intensity. But with proper training and the support system, it is possible. CrossFit is now a part of my life and I plan on sticking with it as long as I can.

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Peeps S.


January 2013

Peeps S.


January 2013

We start off 2013 strong, literally! Peeps came to the Tribe a little less than a year ago ready for change, and there has been no shortage of change in Peeps since then!  She has emerged as one of the strongest and most driven ladies in the Tribe.  If she has a weakness, she'll be the first to tell you about it, seek out help on how to tackle it, and work on it until it is no longer a weakness!  Where most people would say no, Peeps has no problem taking any challenge head on!  Case in point, earlier this month Peeps participated in her first CrossFit competition as part of one of the Tribe teams at LA's Battle of the Boxes.  Of course when we first asked her to be on the team, she was intimidated and wasn't sure what to expect, but she accepted the challenge and emerged as one of the strongest ladies on the team and even put on one of the most inspiring performances of the weekend.  We have no doubt this is only the first of many inspiring performances to come from Peeps in the future!

 Congratulations Peeps! This is well deserved!

When did you start at CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
Started at CFST February 21, 2012

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I had always struggled with weight and finding the right workout that I would love and be able to stick with. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism a few years ago which caused me to gain some weight. Through diet and exercise, I slowly started shedding the weight and no longer have a thyroid problem. I told myself that this condition will not hold me back from being in the best shape of my life. I started doing bootcamp for a year but found that after a while I was not seeing any significant changes. I had heard about CF through some friends and wanted to see what all the hype was about. Googled a box near me and found, CFST, who would have guessed that I’d meet such great people and that CF would change my life completely. I was very intimidated when I first stepped foot in the box, lots of heavy weights dropping on the ground and lots of grunting! I didn’t let that stop me from trying it out. I’ve drank the kool-aid.. they can’t get rid of me! Lol.

hat is your favorite thing about CrossFit SoCal Tribe?
No doubt.. THE PEOPLE! My Tribe members and Coaches! They are my FAMILY!

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
I have such amazing friends and family that are so supportive in this CF journey. They kinda think I’m crazy with all the heavy lifting and bruises I come home with but none the less they are amazed with how far I’ve come. My fiancé Tom, constantly challenges me to lift and move heavy things around the house because he knows I’m capable of it.. he says “you can do it.. you crossfit now!” It’s a great feeling! All the friends that I have made at the box have become family and they are truly the backbone of my support system!

hat role have your fellow SoCalTribers played in your success?
Each and every one of the tribe members have played a huge role, the support and encouragement to finish a WOD, my tribe pushing me to go heavier, or just do things that I never thought I could do! Such an amazing feeling and I cannot express the love I have for everyone at this box!! Coaches, Thank you for bringing CFST into my life! Thank you for making me a better person and athlete! I owe a lot of my success to you guys!  Joyce, my BPFF and twinsie!  Having her by my side in the beginning, middle and end has been huge factor! I’ve seen how far we’ve come and it’s pretty amazing! Riza, my WOD partner who always has faith that I can do anything.. her little voice sticks in my head “you can do it mama!” “you got this!” Her strength amazes me and she does it with a sweet smile! Olivia, my other WOD partner!! She makes me feel like I’m 21 all over again, never a dull moment and she inspires me to keep on pushing to hit those PR’s!

I also have to give a shout out to Kaden, he’s my biggest believer! Always there to give me words of encouragement! “don’t think, just do” “push to failure” He was always by my side pushing me to do better and to hit those PR’s.

avorite WOD/Skill?
Deadlifts and any squat movements!  Cindy was a good WOD, can’t wait to truly Rx it!

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Snatches and Wall Balls!

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Diet has always been a huge obstacle for me. I love to eat! After doing 2 paleo challenges with the box, I have learned to be more conscious of what I’m putting into my body. I’m learning something new every day when it comes to diet and exercise.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment is being able to stick to a workout that I love!!! CrossFit has completely transformed my life physically and mentally! It’s given me the opportunity to do things I never thought I could do.  I never have to step on a scale to find out how much weight I’ve lost, and that’s a good feeling.  Another proud accomplishment would be is kipping pull-ups! There are many other accomplishments here at CFST and it just gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me.

est experience at part of CFST?
CrossFit for Hope was memorable. Everyone worked so hard for something greater than themselves.  And though we don’t have the most members, we were able to raise over $22,500! To this day, I’m in awe of everyone’s generosity and heart.

avorite quote or motto?
"Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true."
-Leon J. Suenes
 
"To find what you seek in the road of life,
the best proverb of all is that which says:
'Leave no stone unturned.'"
- Edward Bulwer Lytton 
 
ho at CFST do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I adore all the coaches here at the box and have so much respect for the time and effort put into each class!  It’s because of you that I’m able to do things that I couldn’t do a year ago!

Coach Warren and Coach Ed- thank you for bringing CFST into my life, without your dedication and sacrifices, this would not be possible. Keep doing what you love!

Parents/Power Couples- you are the epitome of no excuses! Sick kids, no sleep, whatever it is.. you guys still manage to show up and get those PRs!  So inspiring!

Ladies of the box- your strength, love, and laughter makes these WODS so much more fun! Love you all!

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I never give up! I do what’s possible to get to the impossible! During a WOD, I just tell myself to keep moving. All I have to do is keep moving! Best feeling ever when you finish a WOD and give it your all! If you really push yourself mentally, you will be amazed at how your body follows through and finishes the WOD.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I’m with Riza on this one, Bikini photoshoot with the ladies of the box! But honestly, I hope to stick with CF for as long as possible, even when I’m pregnant! Future goals: to be better, faster, stronger! Also, to be able to WOD in just Lulu shorts and Lulu sports bra only.

Your message to readers:
If you haven’t found a workout you love yet, you have to give CF a try! You won’t regret it. The only decision I regret is not starting sooner! It’s been life changing and I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life! I can’t wait to see myself a year from now! CrossFit isn’t just a workout, it’s a whole new lifestyle and change you will love! You will meet great people and challenge yourself to do things you never thought you could do! Explore the possibilities of what CF can do for you! Start your 2013 off right!