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2014 Tribathletes


Our Tribathletes are extraordinary people we are proud to call family.

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2014 Tribathletes


Our Tribathletes are 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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Froylan M.


Winter 2014

Froylan M.


Winter 2014

Our second Fall TribAthlete is Froylan Morales, or shall we say, the Epic Series Elite Challenge Champion! During his time with the Tribe, Froy has flown under the radar as someone to be reckoned with.  He is definitely one of the more well-rounded athletes at the box who has a good balance of strength, endurance and skill who has typically gone unnoticed - until now.  This past October, Froy showed just how well-rounded and beastly he is by competing Epic Series Elite Challenge in Newport Beach.  The challenge consisted of a running obstacle course with 12+ functional fitness challenges designed to test individuals in the domains of cross-training, bootcamp, strongman and endurance! After that, he then completed an additional EPIC challenge that consisted of pulling a tractor, lifting atlas stones, and other grueling CrossFit type movements.  So, how did he do? Froy beat out a field of over 100+ competitors and claimed the title of Epic Series Elite Challenge Champion!  But he's not done yet!  He'll be joining one of the Tribe teams as we compete in the CA Affiliate Showcase this February! We can't wait!

Awesome job Froy!  We are honored proud to call you a TribAthlete!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?

Started at Nui last march.

When did you start CrossFitting?How/why did you choose to CrossFit?

Started at Nui and wanted to do something different from the normal gym routine. I heard about crossfit and thought it would help with soccer.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

Favorite thing about the tribe is the fact that you don't feel intimidated. Everyone is friendly and when you walk in you do your best without worrying about anybody judging your performance. Everyone is encouraging and very helpful. Also, the fact that coaches actually train and coach. Not just say go. . And that's it.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?

It has been a struggle with friends who joke about CrossFit. But it's a fun one.  Once they see the things I have been able to accomplish, has been everyone rethink their opinions. My family has always been supportive of anything I do. It's fun to compete with my brother that loves burpees.

What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?

The push from the tribe has always helped. Pacing with Joe, or one on one sessions with the coaches. It's a mutual push, I feel like I started and I had the push, now I get the opportunity to push others. That's awesome. 

Favorite WOD/Skill?

Favorite skill? DUs have really come along, as well as my butterfly pull ups. I wasn't even able to do 1 pull up when I started. Now I have a PR of 100 DUs. Good times.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?

Least favorite skill are snatches. Mainly because of my wrist. But also muscle ups. I need to get one ASAP!!

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

Biggest struggle is always nutrition. But it has gotten better. And sticking to CrossFit is tough with work,  but that's why I am always all over the place from 6am to 730pm...there is always a time to go.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

Proudest moment up to now was being able to put the tribe name out there by winning epic series. Hopefully I can make a team and go to battle of the boxes and help my team and box really shine! Also, knowing that I am stronger has been a huge accomplishment. Doing CrossFit not only helped my physical formed bit had helped me live a more healthier lifestyle. Which is the overall goal.

Best experience at part of TFF?

Best experience with CrossFit was the throwdown last year.  It had been a while since I competed in anything. And it felt great.

Favorite quote or motto?

"No better time than here, no better time than now"

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?

I don't really look up to one specific person. But everyone at the box has something to admire. From strength, mobility, endurance, to just positivity.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?

When times get rough, I just think about the things that i want ti accomplish. I think about how out of shape i used to be. And it just brings me back. Always have to do something to better myself.

What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?

Idk about fans lol but definitely growth and competitive attitude at the box. I will push you,  if you need it! Let's be successful together!

Your message to readers:

If you are reading this and are sitting at home thinking about starting to change your life for the better. . Don't wait till Monday, or next week, or next month, or the new year. Get rid of excuses and just get up and do it. Nobody will do it for you. Come check out the Tribe.. best decision I every made.

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Stephanie B.


Fall 2014

Stephanie B.


Fall 2014

The first of the Fall TribAthletes is bittersweet as she recently left the Tribe and California to explore new opportunities in Utah!  We miss her already and we wish her nothing but good luck out there!  During her time with the Tribe, Stephanie quickly developed a love for lifting HEAVY! Not very long after coming to the Tribe last year, Stephanie was putting up big numbers with her squats and deadlifts.  With the big numbers, Stephanie decided to take on a big challenge and entered her first Powerlifting competition this past September that would put her squat, deadlift, and bench press to the test!  She showed true dedication and discipline as she trained the entire summer to prepare for the meet.  She would often come in late at night after a long day of work, just to get her workouts in so she wouldn't miss a day!  All the hard work finally paid off at the competition as she PR'd ALL her lifts. She tied for first place in the deadlift and reach the podium with a 3rd place finish for the meet!!  We are super proud of her and definitely miss her!

Congratulations again Stephanie and we wish you good luck in Utah!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?

June 2013

When did you start CrossFitting?How/why did you choose to CrossFit?

I actually came to the box with Claudia Torres about a year before I actually joined TFF. She had just joined herself, was addicted, and wanted me to try it out too. I loved the WOD, and even more the fact that complete strangers were right beside me encouraging me and pushing me to do my best. I really wanted to join at that time, even though I was in so much pain for the next few days that I couldn't even walk straight, however I just couldn't make the commitment at that time. About a year later Claudia got me to do the week of the fundamentals class and I've been hooked ever since. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

I love the family vibe that comes along with the tribe. I love walking in feeling like you belong, and knowing that everyone there is going to support you in your goals and celebrate your successes with you. 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?

Most of them like to joke about how addicted I am to it and think I'm kinda crazy when they hear about some of the stuff that we do. Overall though, I'm blessed to have great family and friends who are always supportive of what I do. Although they may joke and laugh when I always try to get them to come try a WOD, I know they're proud of the strong woman that I've become, both physically and mentally, as a result of CrossFit. I must also give a special shout out to my bff Claudia, because if it wasn't for her, I probably wouldn't be here at TFF. Not many other people in my life understand why I spend so much of my time in a box or the pure joy that comes from getting a PR, and it's the little things like that sometimes that make such a big difference.  

What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?

They are always there inspiring me to push on, even when I think my body can't take it any more. They are the reason that I actually look forward to coming to the box throughout the week. It's the Tribers that make CrossFit the success that it has been for me. 

Favorite WOD/Skill?

Wall balls, back squats, deadlifts, and kettle bell swings.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?

Burpees and 14.5 from the Open Workouts (21-18-15-12-9-6-3 thrusters and burpees).

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

Not giving in to all my unhealthy cravings and unassisted pull-ups.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

Competing in my first Powerlifting competition and PRing all 3 of my lifts!

Best experience at part of TFF?
I love doing the partner WODs on Saturday mornings. They are usually super tough, but I love the teamwork that comes along with it. 

Favorite quote or motto?

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right." - Henry Ford

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?

Oh man, there is no way to pick out one specific person. I admire all those who have been in the box longer than me because I have been able to "grow up" in CrossFit looking up to them and being inspired by them. I also admire and respect those who are newer than myself, as I've been able to watch them as they've made their progress, which has also helped remind me of the progress I've made myself. Lastly, my utmost respect and admiration goes to the coaches for all the hard work and dedication they put in day in and day out for all of us in the tribe. I thank them for the help and advice that they've personally given me since I started at TFF and for always pushing me further than I thought I could push myself. 

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?

Just taking it one movement at a time and knowing that it will all be worth it when it's over. Also, trying to avoid the dirty looks I know I'm going to get from Coach Robert if I don't give it my all.  

What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?

My new focus at the moment is being able to do unassisted pull-ups. I also hope to do another competition soon.  

Your message to readers:

What an honor it is to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals. Don't ever forget how far you've come in your fitness journey and don't ever let your doubts keep you from reaching your full potential. You are capable of accomplishing anything that you set your mind to, and most importantly, remember that you don't have to make the journey alone!

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Amber


Summer 2014

Amber


Summer 2014

How many high school students do you know who willingly get up almost every morning at 5am during the school year AND summer break, no less, to work out? Well we know of one - Amber Hollinger, one this summer's TribAthletes!  Amber came to us little over a year ago, and was a star shot put and discus thrower for Los Alamitos high school.  The school year was ending and Amber wanted to try CrossFit to step up her strength & conditioning over the summer!   Most kids her age would opt for an afternoon class, but not Amber.  She became a mainstay in the 5am crew, where she has been for the last year getting faster & stronger in the process, and gaining much respect from other members of the 5am crew for the high level dedication & maturity she has shown at such a young age!  Well all her hard work has paid off, as Amber finished her senior year among the top 10 throwers in the CIF Southern Section Division I in the 2014 discus toss, which was her first season competing in discus!  More importantly, Amber  was recruited by Biola University to join their track & field team, where she will being leaving us (sadly) for this fall.  We are truly proud of Amber, as she is a true example of how hard work & dedication breeds success!

Congratulations Amber! We will miss you seeing you at 5am, but we know are destined great things!  Maybe we'll see you back at the box next summer ;)

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
June 17, 2013
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
 I started CrossFitting the first time I got to TFF which was honestly the most memorable workout ever since I've have never been that sore before in my life.  I originally chose CrossFit because like a lot of people I had let myself go and I wanted to lose weight while at the same time condition for track and field.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
One of my favorite things about TFF is that when I'm there working out I know no one will judge me.  Another plus is the friendly atmosphere that I feel walking knowing that we can cheer and push each other to finish.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
My mom is by far the biggest supporter in whatever I do including CrossFit.  She's the one who puts her needs aside to help me to what I have a passion for.  She wakes up with me early in the morning to drive me to the gym and is waiting for me after my workout.  Not every parent in the world is willing to do that for their kids like my mom which is why I am very blessed to have her.  To my friends I'm just known as the crazy CrossFitter who actually enjoys working out and getting sweaty but nevertheless they support me too. Without my fellow Tribers I probably wouldn't give a hundred percent in all the workouts.  They push me to try new things whether that be trying a handstand or doing toes to bar.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
I can't say I have a favorite WOD but I love doing dead lifts and have started liking our Tabata style workouts.
 
east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
 I absolutely hate anything to do with snatches or handstands.  A snatch is such an awkward maneuver while handstands I just can't stand.

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge pertaining to CrossFit is forcing myself to get up everyday to come. Because there are those days where you just don't feel like it but I have to remember that if l let it slide then it'll just become a habit.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I'd have to say that my proudest accomplishment is just being reminded of my physical and mental growth over the year.  CrossFit has not only helped me to become physically healthier but mentally as well.  I've learned to become more confident in myself and to take steps that will help me to become stronger as a person in high school and well into college as well.

est experience as part of TFF?
The best experience I've had is when one time we had to WOD in the dark because the whole strip of buildings had lost power.  We definitely drew closer to one another as a team literally speaking.
 
avorite quote or motto?
"Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch."

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
There isn't actually one single person I look up to.  Instead I admire different traits from different people whether that be Robert's tenacity for punctuality or Warren's ability to push me past what I originally thought I could. 
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
My faith is what keeps me going.  My mom taught me from an early age to see past what people think is possible.  Every time I fall I just pray get back up and just keep swimming.
 
What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
This year I'll be joining the Biola Eagles for track and field competing in shot put, discus, javelin, and hammer-throw.  I hope to make it real far in the upcoming season and finish high in the GSAC Championships.!
 
Message to your readers:
When life gives you lemons, DO NOT under any circumstance make lemonade.  Lemonade is for losers, make apple juice instead. In other words, be who God made you to be.  And who ever that is share it with the rest of the world. :)

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Dan K.


Summer 2014

Dan K.


Summer 2014

Since Dan Kelber joined us (as part of Nui Tribe) he was all business.  Dan was looking for a strict regimen that would help him achieve his strength & conditioning goals, and he was willing to put in the work get the results.  From the time he joined us, his uncompromising work ethic and dedication to the programming showed.  But that's not necessarily what sets him apart.  Dan soaks up every word, every constructive critique, every piece of advice and truly absorbs it all to strive to become a better athlete than he was yesterday.  He also does a lot of research on his own, often asking our input about an article he read about programming, squat technique, etc.  Dan has also been one of the most avid followers of our Trybrid strength program which was additional programming we designed for those who wanted to get stronger faster.  He followed the programming strictly, for 4-5 months straight, and the results showed as he hit massive PR's (personal records) in all of his lifts. He has now turned his focus to Olympic weightlifting (snatch and clean & jerk) and he was already showing big gains in a short period time, all due to his strict work ethic.  Dan is another great example of how hard work & dedication breed success, and we are truly proud to have Dan as part of our Tribe!

Congrats Dan! 

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started with TFF in January 2012.
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started crossfitting when I joined TFF.  I had been working out off and on since I finished college in 2008 and I wasn’t satisfied with the results I was getting.  I read about how challenging and effective crossfit could be, so I decided to give it a shot.  I was hooked after the first week.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
I considered myself to be a pretty competent weightlifter before I came to TFF, but I was shocked by how much more there was to learn.   I really enjoy the specialized programming (Barbell club / Trybid) offered by TFF.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
Everyone has been very supportive.  My mom no longer tells me that I’m too skinny.
My fellow Tribers have encouraged me every step of the way.  They are the only people I know who don’t get annoyed when I talk incessantly about crossfit.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Power Cleans, Snatches, Double Unders, and Rowing
 
east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Push Ups, Pull Ups, Ring Dips, and other body weight movements

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenges are eating enough good food to get stronger and not drinking so much beer.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment was when I hit significantly higher personal bests at the end my third cycle of the Trybrid program.

est experience as part of TFF?
I really enjoy the activities we do outside of the gym.  Even the death march to the Bridge to Nowhere was fun with the CrossFit crew.
 
avorite quote or motto?
The only way to get stronger is to put more weight on the bar. 

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire all the up and coming Tribe members, who aren’t in peak physical shape, but still show up regularly and work their butts off.
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I just think of all the Cleveland Browns fans out there.  If they can support their mismanaged team after all the disappointing seasons and an 11 year playoff drought, who am I to quit?
 
What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
I’m thinking about getting some Olympic lifting shoes soon.  That will be exciting.
 
Message to your readers:
It isn’t supposed to be easy, and that’s why it feels so f**king good.

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Lucy M.


April 2014

Lucy M.


April 2014

This month's TribAthlete is another person who leads by example - Lucy Manlutac! Not a woman of many words, Lucy is very unassuming but don't let that fool you! This woman puts in work each and everyday! Once class starts, she is all business - Eye of the Tiger! She is quite the perfectionist, and is never satisfied with her form and technique. In her mind, she always knows she can do better and it shows.

In her short time with the Tribe, she has flourished by leaps and bounds as seen in her strength numbers and WOD times! Like many other past TribAthletes, after class she can be found working on her double unders or whatever it is she needs work on. Change only comes to those who work for it. She is a true inspiration and model athlete for everyone in the Tribe!

Congrats Lucy!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
July 2013
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I tried in 2012, but I could not hang and tried again in 2013.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
It challenges me physically and mentally and pushes me to my limits. It also made me realize how strong I am.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family is very supportive. My brother is my very first CrossFit instructor.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
They push me and encourage me by believing in my abilities.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Deadlift
 
east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Snatch

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My endurance and I am slow at running. I can’t religiously follow Paleo diet.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I think I have become stronger and more motivated.

est experience at part of TFF?
It is a very welcoming and supportive group.
 
avorite quote or motto?
Patience is a virtue.

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire everybody in the Tribe because they push me to do better.
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I just show up and do it.
 
What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
I plan to compete in the future.
 
Message to your readers:
The TFF family server served as an inspiration in reaching my fitness goals. In addition it helped me to be more motivated even if it is hard all the time, because when you finish the WOD it feels very rewarding. I hope that I can also be an inspiration for those who are starting their CrossFit journey.

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Kat S.


March 2014

Kat S.


March 2014

This month’s TribAthlete, Kat Secor, is a natural athlete who turned heads the first day she stepped into the Tribe! Although she is one of the strongest, women in the box, it is not the reason we made her TribAthlete. Kat epitomizes the meaning of a self-motivator and is CONSTANTLY on the go, wearing many different hats: a business owner, a semi-professional paintballer, an aspiring body-builder, and now an ambitious CrossFitter! On top of all that, Kat is the most humble and down-to-earth person you’ll ever meet. She always has a big smile everytime she steps into the box and makes everyone everyone around her feel totally at home.Her persitence and complete (yet energetic) dedication to ANYTHING she sets her mind to, is always apparent and addicting to everyone she meets. It is her combination of incessant impetus and humility that makes Kat an easy choice for TribAthlete and source of inspiration for everyone at the Tribe!

Congratulations Kat! We are lucky to have you in our Tribe!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started about 6 months ago, in June 2013
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started about 6 months ago, in June 2013

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
The first day I came to Tribe, everyone at that class introduced him or herself to me and made me feel welcome. Its intimidating to go into an environment where you don’t know many people, if any, and open yourself up to a new experience. I really loved the feeling that Tribe had, the sense of community that you experience instantly.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
My new crossfit friends have really become a support system. We are root for each other to succeed, push each other, and compete in a friendly (but still competitive) with each other. I love being able to share things I’m passionate about with others who are passionate about them also.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Favorite skill I have learned in crossfit would have to be squat cleans. I have not mastered them whatsoever but I enjoy the skill. Olympic lifts also are top on my favorite list.
 
east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Double unders have to be my Achilles heel at the moment. Some days they are great… some days not so great!

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge is having too many interests (paintball, weightlifting, crossfit). Each really requires a lot of dedication, time, and energy. When I focus on one the others get put on the back burner. When I have the time to really dedicate myself to learning and practicing skills, then I will excel further into crossfit.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Proudest accomplishment is a tie. Just recently I set my back squat PR at 270lbs, which blew my mind! Tied with this is my first NLI, the clean and jerk ladder, I was going for 125lbs. I stuck it and coach Robert urged me on to attempt the 135, without hesitation or even thinking I just went for it. I was so proud of myself that I stuck it (it was not pretty but I gave it my all and it paid off) that was a pretty awesome moment for me.

est experience at part of TFF?
The fit friends I’ve made really are the best part of TFF for me. We all need support in our lives, from positive, like-minded individuals. It’s a great feeling just knowing that they are there for you, even if you’re not in their immediate presence.
 
avorite quote or motto?
“What is a warrior? A warrior is a way of life, a way of thinking, a way of being. Carlos Castaneda says we choose only once, to be warriors or ordinary. We choose only once. Because choosing to be a warrior alters your fundamental approach to life. While others will view everything as a blessing or a curse, you see only challenges. And a warrior lives to overcome challenges….I am too strong to war with mortals. Bring me giants!”

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
This is tricky; I look up and respect everyone at Tribe, each for different reasons. Ill just name a few. Coach Robert and Coach Kaden; for always going out of your way to help me develop my skills, answer my questions, and for taking on the role of a true coach, mentor, and friend.Riza: for always pushing yourself and others. For making everyone feel special and unique, I see you do it every time you’re in the box; it really brings our community together and creates a positive morale in the box. Vanessa and Peeps: You two ladies are QUAD monsters. I’ve been chasing you ladies since I started crossfit. You are both great role models for me, I love the challenge you give me, and the friendly competition between us all. There are so many guys at the box that I look up to for their hard work day in and day out, dedication, and to put it simply…their unwavering commitment to self-improvement. A few of these guys are Jesse, Fritz, Mark, and William. I really respect Warren and Ed for having the courage to start this business. As a fellow small business owner I know first hand the sacrifices you have to make, for your business to be successful. Thank you both! I want to list everyone, but ill keep this short J
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I remind myself of a few things that have stuck with me: “the mind fails before the body” & “pain is just weakness leaving the body”. Belief in yourself and IGNORING the voice of doubt inside you is the battle in getting through tough, difficult situations. Belief in yourself is just like a muscle, you have to exercise it, feed it accomplishments to build confidence in yourself, and after time you will believe you CAN do anything you set your mind to. I strive to always believe whole heartedly in myself and with this mentality I’ve been able to accomplish the things I’ve set out to so far in my life, including hard workouts. When it is tough and difficult I tell myself “you can do this”, I try to stop thinking and just ACT, let my body take over and block out my thoughts, focus on one rep at a time, one breath at a time: small goals that you successfully accomplish, that build momentum to help you achieve that larger end goal (finishing the WOD, AMARP, METCON, etc.). The mind is first to fail, turn it off, shut it out, find a way to overcome your mind and you can make it through anything.
 
What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
As most everyone knows, I’m big into bodybuilding. I have a show coming up on May 24th in Boston. I am really stepping up my game and moving up two categories into what is called Physique. It is a big jump and a BIG challenge, but BRING IT ON! The harder the fight, the more satisfying the victory. After this show I plan to be back in the Box in the mornings, WODing, and back at night working on skills or in Oly Class.
 
I will still be playing paintball in and out of the US, after this show expect to see me covered in scabby, bruises on the regular! And I want to compete in more crossfit competitions. Competition is in my blood. Maybe I will even try out a power lifting and/or Olympic lifting meet with the coaches!
 
Message to your readers:
Try something new, be ok with being vulnerable, put yourself in uncomfortable situations and be open to new experiences. Instead of fearing the unknown or worrying about how well we will do at something, just DO IT! Go for it- you might surprise yourself.
 
“Life starts at the end of your comfort zone”, get out there and start living!

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Dany D.


February 2014

Dany D.


February 2014

This month's TribAthlete, Dany Duong, was also voted by the Tribe as the 2013 Most Improved Athlete of the Year!  Having been with the Tribe for little under a year, she has transformed into a completely different athlete within that time period.  When she first arrived at the Tribe, she was very unsure of herself and fairly soft-spoken, but continued to show up everyday and work hard.  A year later, all that hard work eventually paid off and she has emerged from her shell into a strong and confidant athlete!  At our annual inter-box throwdown with CrossFit Resistance in October, Dany placed 3rd in the beginner/ intermediate division, making a name for herself within the Tribe and showing everyone that she is a forced to be reckoned with!
 
Congratulations Dany! We know you have much much more to prove in the future! Tribe Strong!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
March 2013
 
When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I was first introduced to CrossFitting through CrossFit Nui Tribe and I've fell in love since then.  I wanted to challenge myself and noticed my friend's progress, so she encouraged me to join and this was by far the best decision I've ever made.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
The culture.  They've created a family.  Everyone takes pride in our box and it is apparent during all the CrossFit competitions we participate in.  I can honestly say, we cheer the loudest and play the hardest.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My fiancé has always been my number one supporter and continues to remind how far I've come.
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
They are my drive and my support system. Without them, all of this would not be possible.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Burpees, Clean and Jerks
 
east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Fran (21-15-9 Thrusters & Pull-Ups) and anythign that includes thrusters!

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Strict pull ups however I have progressed, I can actually do kipping pull ups.

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Winning 3rd place in my first Crossfit competition (inter-box Throwdown with CrossFit Resistance) with my tribe, and also being the February TribAthlete!

est experience at part of TFF?
Being apart of such a supporting family that truly cares about you and your progress.
 
avorite quote or motto?
"A** to the Grass!" -- Coach Kaden

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
This is probably the toughest question but I would have to say the one person I respect the most would be Warren. He has helped created a place I can call home, and help create a family that I have never had. He has put together an amazing set of Coaches that actually cares, and they all have something different to contribute. Weather it's Coach Rob's horrible choice of music or Coach Kaden's amazing Oly skills; each and everyone of them has brought out a little beast that was hiding inside of me.  Thank you!
 
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
My tribe family, they are so encouraging in more ways that I can express.
 
What’s in store for your fans?
I am determined to compete at the next Battle of the Boxes team competition next year.
 
Future goals?
Strict pull ups, then eventually a muscle up.
 
Message to your readers:
I am truly honored to be apart of such a supportive family. Each and everyone of you have impacted my life in so many ways. Words can not explain how blessed I am to be able to WOD beside you all, let alone to be apart of such an amazing Tribe. There are no limits when you are surrounded by awesome people. TRIBE STRONG ❤

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Will C.


January 2014

Will C.


January 2014

The first TribAthlete of 2014 is Will "DaBeast" Chau!  A fitting name, Will is definitely one of the top guys that everyone is chasing at the box.  A former track athlete with an endless gas tank, Will is more often than not the first to finish a workout, and he usually makes it look easy.  But don't let that fool you.  Will puts in the hard work that is commensurate to his success!  He is on a mission to get stronger! He will be the first to tell you that to compete with the big boys, he needs to be able to move more weight! But we have no doubts that he will get there!
 
However, what alse makes Will a great addition to the box is his willingness to help others and his commitment to being a team player.  When he's done working out, he can often be found around the box giving others pointers on whatever it is their working on.  In addition, Will recently competed on one of the teams ("Squats Fired") that the Tribe sent to the CA Affiliate Showcase Team Competition at the LA Fit Expo!  Will easily took on a leadership position within the team and helped the team finish in 20th place in a field of over 120 teams in their first ever CrossFit competition!
 
We are super proud of WIll and can't wait to see how much he can accomplish in the future! Congratulations Will DaBeast!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started with the Tribe in March 2013 by winning a 500 meter rowing contest at Nui's grand opening. 

When did you start CrossFitting? How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started CrossFitting in February 2013 on Saturday’s at Nui. My neighbor, Charlie, brought me to my first CrossFit wod, which happened to be Helen. Saw the workout and thought it was a perfect chance for me to push myself. I remember Warren telling me to pace myself or else I would not finish so I pushed harder to finish first. My form may not have looked that great but the drive and push from that one wod was enough to let me know that CrossFit was AMAZING!!

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
We are one tribe and one family. Everyone looks out for each other and it has become more than a place to work out.
 
What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My girlfriend Hazel has been my biggest supporter and puts up with my CrossFit addiction.  CrossFit would not be the same without her by my side.  She is always there when I need her and best of all she CrossFits with me!
 
What role have your fellow Tribers played in your success?
My drive and motivation comes from the people I WOD with every day. My fellow tribers are constantly pushing to be better which causes me to do the same. You are always looking for ways to get better, that is what CrossFit does to you.
 
avorite WOD/Skill?
Pistol Squats .Who doesn’t like one legged squats?

east favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Hand Stand Push Ups. I have enough blood in my head as it is!

iggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Eating enough to gain strength. Never enough food!

roudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Starting my own site, Think Easy Fitness. My passion for being active and healthy has been taken to the next level with Crossfit and I have been inspired to share with everyone how being fit and healthy can be fun and easy. 

est experience at part of TFF?
Partnering with my team (Top, Stephanie, and Lorelei) for CA Affiliate Showcase Team Competition at the LA Fit Expo and coming in 20th place out of over 120 teams!  Squats Fired here we come!
 
avorite quote or motto?
“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one”- Bruce Lee
"No substitutes for hard work. If you want something bad enough go after it!"

ho at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I respect anyone who is open and always willing to learn from others. Blessed to be part of a box that is full of people like this.
 
Message to your readers:
Stay humble and have fun. There will always be someone who can lift heavier or move faster. Always compete against yourself and do not get caught up in comparing yourself to others. Keep your focus on being better then you were yesterday.