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Our 2015 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 2015 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 past Tribathletes:

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Cecilia D.


DECEMBER 2015

Cecilia D.


DECEMBER 2015

This month’s TribAthlete is another one of those athletes that has flown underneath the radar, but consistently puts up good numbers and times, and all with a big smile on her face!  Coming from another box, Cecilia has fit right into the Tribe and is very welcoming to all new members, making them feel right at home with her smile and cheery attitude!  Cecilia is never one to back down to a challenge, whether it be tackling a WOD Rx (prescribed) or going for a heavier weight on the back squat or deadlift max attempt, even though she’s not sure she can do it (but the coaches KNOW she can)!  Most of the time, she surprises herself and completes the Rx workout or the max lift, and even if she doesn’t the smile on her face never disappears with a “Ehh, I’ll get it next time” attitude!

For these reasons, Cecilia was the obvious choice for December TribAthlete! 

Congratulations Cecilia!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness? 
I joined the Tribe in February 2015.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I joined CrossFit to lose weight, get fit, and become stronger. I used to be a part of a globo gym and worked with their trainers, but I didn’t see much results. Once I started CrossFit in 2013, I was hooked.  I love how CrossFit is so versatile and incorporates all aspects of fitness. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
My favorite thing about Tribe are the people and the coaches!  Everyone is so welcoming and encouraging. The coaches are amazing, so attentive, and easy to talk to!  I remember coming into the Tribe for my first class at 5AM and EVERYONE was so inviting and friendly (and SO awake). It’s very intimidating starting at a new Box, but I felt part of the Tribe right from the start.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family & friends think I’m crazy for doing CrossFit but they know I love it and support me 100% of the time. 

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire and respect everyone at the box, but the people who really stand out are all the coaches! The coaches have helped and pushed me so much through my fitness journey. They take their time to listen to all of our questions and concerns, and are always encouraging! Thank you for all of your dedication and hard work! 

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I can’t pinpoint an exact WOD, but I love learning and practicing any lifting movements! Back squats and front squats are probably my favorite :)

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Pull-ups, double-unders, rope climbs. 

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge by far is nutrition/diet and balancing it with fitness. I know when I’m on top of my diet, I perform better and I can lose weight. But I love food! I’ll get back on track soon…definitely after the holidays! 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishments are when I PR (personal record)! It motivates me and pushes me to do better! Since I started at the Tribe, my mobility has improved and I’ve become stronger than I thought was ever possible. 

Best experience at part of TFF?
By far, the best experience I’ve had since I started at Tribe is the community. I love the camaraderie! 

Favorite quote or motto?
“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”
“Don’t wait until you reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of each step you take toward reaching that goal.”

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I just think to myself, “it’s almost done, KEEP GOING! You can rest when it’s all over!”  Plus, everyone cheering, motivates me to finish strong. 

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Hmm..Maybe a competition! The next Tribe Throwdown? I’d also like to start running more so I could check a marathon off my bucket list, and I wish my work schedule was more consistent so I could join the Barbell Club! (hopefully soon!) 

Your message to readers:
“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.”- N. Hill.  You can do anything you put your mind to! :) 

 

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Giselle C.


NOVEMBER 2015

Giselle C.


NOVEMBER 2015

This month’s TribAthlete is another one of Tribe’s younger members; a senior in high school in fact! Giselle Catalasan came to the Tribe about a year ago, and has slowly, but surely come into her own!  Juggling a busy schedule as a senior in high school, Giselle still makes it into the box 3-4 times a week showing the discipline and dedication that even most adults lack. Also, she’s fallen in love with Jerks! Clean & Jerks to be specific; and Snatches.  Giselle is the youngest, but one of the most dedicated and consistent members of the Tribe Barbell Club - demonstrating a strong commitment to her craft. As a result, her form & technique have become second to none and her numbers have increased with it!

Congratulations Giselle! We are proud to you have as part of our Tribe!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I gave Crossfit a try sometime during June of my sophomore year. Then I officially joined November 2014.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
It’s interesting how I found crossfit actually. I follow Bob Harper on Instagram and he would post pictures of workouts and CrossFit things. Then I got really curious about the sport of CrossFit that I started to Google what it was all about. Also, I was a member at 24 hour fitness, and I would spend 2 hours once a week trying to figure out what I should do on my own. During that time I would be so inconsistent because I had no motivation to go that I would probably only workout once or twice a month.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
My favorite thing about our Tribe is how close our community really is. It must be our environment that keeps me coming back.  It give me a sense of motivation to stay consistent. 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
I don’t really bring up the subject with my family. But this can go for both my family and friends; they think I’m insane for doing CrossFit haha. Especially my friends… they are amazing. Some of them like to ask me questions about it, and a few actually want to try it with me.  Even some of my teachers know I do CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting, and it is interesting to talk about health and fitness with them.  They are all very supportive with the crazy things I do. 

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I can’t really pin-point one particular person because this section would just be too long.  I have a high respect for everyone, especially all the athletes and coaches. I love how everyone is so supportive in and out of the gym. It’s humbling to be noticed by people who are twice or even three times my age, because I’m just a kid.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
My favorite skills have to be rope climbs, Olympic lifts, and rowing.  

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
I don’t know if this is a skill but I just really dislike running. Hands down I will swim all day if I can substitute that for running.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge would have to be nutrition because I’m so worried about juggling myself around all my activities that food would be my last priority, and by the time I get to eat I end up eating everything I touch. I’ve tried a few different diets and I recently started to count my macros. Even though I’m still working on that aspect, it’s slowly getting easier. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My favorite moment has to be increasing my 1RM Clean and Jerk by 40 pounds with just one cycle of Barbell Club. It was during CrossFit Open WOD 15.1, where I decided to improve on my Olympic lifts, so at that point I decided to join the Tribe Barbell Club. Overall, I am really proud on how fit I became just within a year.  At first I thought swimmers were the fittest athletes but when I started CrossFit I realized how much work I needed. I am confident that my growth in CrossFit will help excel in my last high school swim season.

Best experience at part of TFF?
The best experience has to be the community. I’ve been able to grow comfortable with people at our gym. Again I just love how tight knit everyone is with each other.  They are willing to help whenever and motivate.

Favorite quote or motto?
“May you always remember that obstacles in the path are not obstacles, they ARE the path.” -Jane Lotter

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
What keeps me going are those ecstatic moments we have in CrossFit, be it during a WOD or a competition.  I recall those moments to help motivate me. I think to myself, whether it’s a test, school itself, or even life - I treat it like a WOD (just a really really long one).  Whatever it is, I come up with a strategic plan to help me get through

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
My future goals are to find a career I will truly enjoy doing (might be in the health and fitness area or medicine) and to explore the rest of America and the world. Crossfit-wise, I plan on to keep improving my fitness and maybe start competing. #CrossfitGames2020 haha I don’t know about that one yet!

Your message to readers:
Depending where I end up for college, I might be leaving.  If I do I will seriously miss everyone at our gym.  I plan on to keep doing CrossFit and see how far I can get into the sport, but if I do go to another affiliate it might not be the same atmosphere. *sobs*

 

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Lilly S.


OCTOBER 2015

Lilly S.


OCTOBER 2015

Our TribAthlete of the month is Lilly Seitz. She is 10 years old and 1 of 4 sisters, her being the 2nd oldest at 10 years old. Lilly joined the Tribe 5 months ago with her 3 sisters. She immediately showed a genuine interest in being better in everything we threw at her. She is a sponge, always listening and absorbing everything taught to her. In such a short time, she has shown a level of maturity and skill to join the Teens class a couple times a week and taking on more complex movements. This awesome girl has no ego, is very humble, and conscious in getting to know her body in order to not compromise her form or ability to do the movements correctly. She is very encouraging to others, always staying back to cheer on the last one standing and reassuring others that they can do it. Lilly is always smiling and up for a challenge! Lilly is a great example to not just her sisters or our Kids and Teens, but to our entire box! If you see her around, give her a high 5… she is approachable, very sweet and friendly. We are so proud of her and look forward to see what her future holds! You’re very talented and inspiring Lilly! Keep up the good work girl

What is CrossFit Tribe?

What Tribe means to me is a place to workout, have fun and meet new friends.

What do you like most about Tribe Kids? 

I get to learn new movements and to improve on my strength.

Do you have a hero at the box? If so, who is it and why? 

Yes, it is Fernanda and Isabelle. I like their encouragement and how they complete their workouts.

What is your favorite WOD/skill? 

My favorite skill is the Push Press.

What is your biggest challenge so far? My biggest challenge is building up to a heavier weight.

What is your favorite food? 

My favorite food is sushi.

How has CrossFit changed you? 

The changes I have noticed is having more muscles.

Does your Mom or Dad CrossFit? If so, how has that inspired you? 

My mom CrossFits. How she inspires me happens when she is done with her workout and she looks like she had a good time.

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?

If I could be a superhero, I would be Wonder Woman because she has super strength and she can fly.

What would you say to other kids that are looking into joining the Tribe?

I would encourage them to join because it is a nice place, you can learn new things, and can become stronger.

Favorite quote or motto?

What matters is what is inside, and not outside.

 

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Dom C.


SEPTEMBER 2015

Dom C.


SEPTEMBER 2015

We would love to take full credit for this month’s TribAthlete, but Dom Cuchon’s journey started way before he stepped foot into Tribe.  It started when he first made the decision for himself to transition to a healthy lifestyle and lose the excess weight he had accumulated over his lifetime.  On his own he changed the way he ate and started exercising, shedding the weight losing over 100lbs! THEN he joined the Tribe.  Since his arrival only a 6 months ago, Dom has made his presence known to everyone through the grit and determination he displays in every workout.  He is his own motivation and it shows in the effort he puts forth to learn and perfect new skills.  He is like a sponge taking in EVERYTHING and trying to learn as much as he can every minute he is at the box.  He has definitely made himself at home in his short time with Tribe, having already signed up for the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay and the Mission Bay Triathlon with some fellow TribAthletes, both set to take place next month in October! 

Congratulations Dom! You are a great addition to the Tribe! Even though you’ve only been with us a short time, you are definitely family!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started on March 2015. 

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
The group dynamic really intrigued me and I knew that being in one would provide me with the push that I need during the inevitable days that my motivation is running low. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
Hands down, my favorite thing is the community: no one is ever left out or left behind and the coaches are ridiculously approachable and helpful. 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My friends and family have been nothing but supportive. They know what I've been through and are first to check me when I'm faltering in my resolve. 

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire everyone at the box for a variety of reasons ranging from physical strength to mental endurance. However, I have a special place in my heart for new members that are completely new to crossfit or exercise in general. It takes a lot to get out of your comfort zone and go to a place where your weaknesses are laid bare for everyone to see. But they come anyway, prepared to learn, get better, and chip away at those goals that they've set to achieve. The amount of respect I have for them is something I can't easily put in words.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
It's a really close tie between tire flips and corpse pose. 

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Wall balls, handstand push-ups, and double-unders. Definitely those 3. 

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I think I've got my nutrition dialed in about 70% of the time but it's the occasional weekends when I get a few drinks and next thing you know, I'm ordering 40 pieces of hot wings and a mess of blue cheese. My drunk brain's all "yeah dude, no carbs!" and that's not conducive to any progress whatsoever. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My first successful rope climb. Sure, I got rope burns on my shin on the way down but finally being able to climb that rope and subsequently completing a WOD Rx'd for the first time made me feel all sorts of proud. 

Best experience as part of TFF?
So far? I'd say as a community: Murph and the BBQs. I don't think anything can bring people closer than shared suffering, sharing food or a combination of both. 

As an individual: there's nothing more inspiring than trying to will your last few reps while an entire group of people cheer you on. I've been both that guy and have cheered for that guy. It's quite amazing. 

Favorite quote or motto?
There's this quote from Calvin and Hobbes that hits the nail in the head when it comes to patience and perseverance: 

"You know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon...everything's different."
When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
-I just think to myself "1, 2, 3  f*** it!" then I go and do it. If that doesn't work there's always the "DON'T BE A B****!!!"

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Aside from getting better at the movements that needs improvement? I've got that sprint Triathlon that I foolishly signed up for and Ragnar coming up in October. Maybe get that Spartan Trifecta next year?

Your message to readers:
Do what's in front of you with all your might.

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Isabel Z.


AUGUST 2015

Isabel Z.


AUGUST 2015

This month's TribAthlete is Isabel Zeferino! Having been with the Tribe for about three years now, Isabel is definitely not the same person she was when she first walked in our doors.  Like the weights on her barbell, her confidence has slowly grown over the years and it is all due to the hard work she puts in inside and outside of the box.  As the owner of a landscaping business, her job requires her to be outdoors putting in good amount of manual labor pretty much everyday.  In this Southern California sun, that in itself is no easy task day after day! Yet, after a hard days work she finds the energy and time to get into the box and put in more work!  And as of late, she has been stepping up her game even more by competing in her first CF competition at our in-house throwdown, putting in barbell extra work with Coach Jon, joining the Tribe Running Club and running 2-3 times a week, and finally getting her nutrition game on point!  We're tired from just listing it all out!  

Keep up the AWESOME work Isabel!  We are super proud of you!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I joined the Tribe about 3 years ago, when we were at the Hawiian Gardens location.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I was walking around the neighborhood and the workouts that i saw caught my attention, because they were nothing like the workouts i was used to doing before.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
The fact that everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was just so inviting and welcoming.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family and friends have been very supportive with my journey, they came to my first CrossFit competition and were very excited to see me compete for the very first time.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
The ones who I admire the most are the ladies who have families, a job or run their own business, yet they have the time to come to the box and workout no matter how busy their lives are.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I dont have a favorite WOD because they are all killer, but I do love deadlifts.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
BURPEES!! I hate those, do not like them at all.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Nutrition is the hardest part of all of this, cooking for myself and my family is hard, but with the help of the members at TFF it has become easier.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest moment for me has been lifting heavy, hitting numbers that I never thought possible or had ever dreamed of.

Best experience at part of TFF?
The best experience at TFF has been making new friends and working out next to them, and being able to call them my friends.

Favorite quote or motto?
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all,love of what you are doing." -Pele

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I have to finish even when it seems impossible or I think I cant keep going, getting to the finish line is my #1 priority when I think of giving up.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
One of my goals is to have great form and being able to lift heavier and be healthy for myself and my family.

Your message to your readers:
I just want to thank everyone who has been supportive during these 3 years, and I would like to specially thank my partner in WOD Josephine for always being there for me and pushing me to continue and not give up

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Lexi F.


JULY 2015

Lexi F.


JULY 2015

How many people do you know who willingly drive 30 miles 3-4 days/week to work out, then drive another 20 miles to shower & change after, then 15 more miles to get to work (actually closer to 30+ miles now), and all that before 8am in the morning?! We of only know of ONE person and her name is Lexi Fu - our TribAthlete for July! On top of it she does it all with a huge smile on her face!

As one of the original members from our Nui Tribe days in Signal Hill, Lexi has been with the Tribe for over two years and was Tim De Leon's (April TribAthlete) lone WOD partner in the 6am class until they both made the switch to 5am to join the BABC!  Also an avid runner, Spartan racer, and practically anything that gets you moving, Lexi is a true go-getter and self-motivator who is always down to try anything at least once! It is that "no fear" attitude and constant wellspring of inspiration, that made her an ideal choice for this month's TribAthlete!  The fact ALONE that she drives 30+ miles 3-4 days a week to make to workout at 5AM, is enough to be nominated for TribAthlete, but Lexi is much more than that and we are truly honored to be that place she drives to every morning!

Congratulations Lexi! You are true source of inspiration for us!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started with Tribe Functional Fitness back in April of 2013 when they were at Nui in Signal Hill.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
CrossFit was something I was always interested in because I had some friends that started going and fell in love with it.  It was all they would talk about. So after gaining, what seemed like to me, a whole bunch of weight; I tried lots of things. I fell in love with a Kettlebell gym, that I still do drop ins at, and the feeling that I got, because I was more fit and stronger than I thought I would ever be. However, after a few years, I felt that I had plateau'd and was looking for something else. The only logical thing was to give CrossFit a try. I had taken an intro class at LAX CrossFit when they first opened but the scheduling didn't work out. So, when Tim and my coworkers wanted to try CrossFit Tribe, I was all in!

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
I absolutely love the people! Everyone is so welcoming and nice and encouraging. The community kept me from moving to another box closer to where I live. The 5am class is like my second family :)

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family thinks I'm absolutely nuts! But my friends have been really supportive and have been my greatest "cheerleaders".

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Everyone I've met is inspiring and has their own unique story. Something about the Tribe moms really inspire me. Maybe it's being a girl too, and that I can hopefully strive to be as strong and amazing as all of them one day. I also look up to the coaches, who help me be the best that I can be and push me when I need that extra little kick in the butt. I admire our 5am Breakfast Club for waking up and giving it their all. I mean really, the Tribe community is pretty amazing.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
Hmmm...I don't know if I have a favorite WOD. I DID have a lot of fun doing the Crossfit Open workouts, but for skill I LOOOOOVE swinging kettlebells and doing turkish getups. I think they're so fun. Can we do more please? :)

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Ohhh man. Have you seen my shins? I haaaate box jumps. I've missed one too many times that now I've developed a complex that I need to get over. They totally freak me out now.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I LOVE BEER! I mean really, I LOOOOOVE BEER. If I could marry beer, just kidding, but really I love beer, and I love to eat. Growing up, I was that kid that could eat everything and anything and not worry about gaining a pound. Now working in an office and sitting all day, it's a daily battle to not snack on chips and candy all day. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Competing in Tribe's Dynamite Duo Throwdown is my proudest accomplishment. The competition was awesome! It was something that I didn't think I could do at all and it was such a great experience. Not only was I freaked out but then to come in third place, I couldn't have been happier or more proud.

Best experience at part of TFF?
The competition and girls night and hanging out with the Tribe family have all been great experiences. It gets better every day.

Favorite quote or motto?
"It doesn't matter if you win as long as you give everything in your heart"
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think"

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
When it gets tough, I think it's only a few more reps or minutes and this won't kill me. And everyone that I've worked out with is so super encouraging and motivating, that it helps me push through. 

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
What's in store? More Tito's Tacos? ;) As for goals, I already did my first half marathon, sprint triathlon and Spartan trifecta when I turned 30. So, it's only fitting that by 40, I do a marathon and a half ironman. I'm also looking into running/walking/skipping/crawling the LA marathon next year. And I guess I'm doing the Mission Bay triathlon this year?

Your message to readers:
You can do it!  Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something. All you need is to breathe and smile. :)

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Jeanette S.


JUNE 2015

Jeanette S.


JUNE 2015

This month's Tribathlete is one of our original Tribe Kids, Jeanette Salas. She is one of the most consistent kids we have at the box and has recently started bouncing back and forth from the Kids to the Teens class at just 12 years old! She didn't start off caring much about her health, but found a love for physical fitness that drove her to want to perform better, attending as many classes as she was able to and being more cognizant of her food options, making better choices than she used to. Through that process, she found a drive in herself that she never knew was there. She is a leader amongst the kids and an inspiration to the adults! Jeanette has come a long way from when she first walked into the Tribe, and looking at where she is at today, makes us very proud!

What do you like most about Tribe Kids?

 What I like most about Tribe Kids is that you feel part of a team.

Do you have a hero at the box? If so, who is it and why? 

Yea, my hero is everyone because you can tell that everybody has worked so hard to get here.

What is your favorite WOD/skill? 

My favorite WOD is anything with 21-15-9.

What is your biggest challenge so far? 

My biggest challenge so far is life because you don't know how to prepare for it.

What is your favorite food? 

My favorite food? Hard to choose because I love all foods.

How has CrossFit changed you? 

CrossFit has changed me in many ways, for example before I used to be a couch potato, now I love the outside and hate to be cooped up.

Does your mom or dad CrossFit? If so, how has that inspired you?

My mom and dad do CrossFit. But they haven't inspired me because I've always wanted to be fit, they were the ones who just simply opened my eyes to what is out there, and at that moment I realized that they care for me more than I care for myself.

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why? 

I'm not really into superheroes but I know enough to pick superman because he is brave enough to face one of his enemies knowing that they might be in possession of kryptonite.

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Sophal C.


MAY 2015

Sophal C.


MAY 2015

If you combined Mighty Mouse's girlfriend, the Engergizer Bunny and a spark plug, you would end up with HALF of this month's TribAthlete - Sophal Chum! This lady has energy for days. She doesn't stop....EVER.  No, really!. If you've ever seen her squat you would know.  Still don't believe us? Let's recap the first half of her 2015 SO FAR: She competed with one of the Tribe teams at the CA Affiliate Showcase  in February, ran her first Marathon in March, followed by a grueling 5+ hour Go Ruck Challenge only ONE week later, a Spartan Race in April, and thrashed the competition and placed first in our Dynamite Duo Throwdown last weekend in her division!  A little crazy? Maybe, but it is part of what makes her great.  She is always willing to try, to give it her all, to try something new, to take risks, and to never give up!  But after all that, that isn't what makes her this month's TribAthlete.  As big as her energy level and drive are, they are completely dwarfed when compared to her smile, personality and heart.  You will never meet a more genuine person, and that is what makes her great! She is a complete joy to be around and a true asset to the Tribe! 

Congratulations Sophal! This has been a long time coming!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?   

I started with Tribe Functional Fitness on July 8th, 2013 to be exact. It was two days after my birthday, a late birthday present to myself.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?         

I chose CrossFit because I wanted to branch out into something new. I had always wanted to give it a shot, but I wasn’t too familiar with the concept. Once I started, I was hooked. It was more of my pace and what I was trying to achieve, as far as becoming a stronger person, not only physically, but mentally. What I like about CrossFit is that it incorporates different aspects of fitness: conditioning, strength training, endurance building, etc. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness? 

I love the community. We have a very supportive team.  People are always there to motivate and push you a little further than what you feel is possible. Tribe Functional Fitness has basically became my second home; it provides me with another family that I can always turn to.

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

I am blessed with supportive friends and family. They have never doubted me even when I doubted myself.  Yes, that is something I shall work on, but the people I surround myself with have been very positive in my journey.  I never knew the influence I had on others until they came up to me and told me, and that is a big thing. While others motivate me, little did I know that I was doing the same for others.

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

I admire everyone at the Tribe Functional Fitness. I give respect to all the coaches that have been very helpful, inviting and patient with my journey. People at the Tribe are always there to help. Positive reinforcement is offered and we do not take anything too seriously. Life is about having fun and when I am with the Tribe, I do just that.

Favorite WOD/Skill? 

I love squats (perhaps because I am close to the ground J ).  I love push-ups and pull ups as well. 

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

I do not prefer double unders, rowing, and snatches. The only problem I have with snatches is the shoulder/arm injuries I suffered from a previous accident, so I am not able to lift or lock out above my head.  But I do like working on the skill though. I would rather run than row if I had a chose and I have a love/hate with double unders. We all have our days.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?  

My biggest challenge right now is eating to perform. I cannot balance that as of yet. I know I can lose weight to lose weight, but I lose my strength as well. I do not want to lose my strength. My problem is trying to balance the weight loss with the strength training.  Plus, I love cake. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?    

Proudest accomplishment is being able to see my improvements daily.  I have gotten stronger and progressed tremendously since the time I started CrossFit and with the Tribe. Even little skills I have perfected over time are my accomplishments. They may seem little, but they are big to me.

Best experience at part of TFF?  

My best experience would have to be being able to do some competitions with the Tribe. I would like to be a spectator, but they have motivated me to actually perform and those are great risks with great rewards.  Being a part of this family is a great experience in itself.  There is always something new to look forward to daily. 

Favorite quote or motto?       

This is just an overall quote I try to live by daily. “Every day may not be good…but there’s something good in every day.” We must change our way of thinking to appreciate life a little more. Life is beautiful; we just need to find that beauty in each and every single day. 

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?    When I hit a wall, what keeps me going are my parents. I know I have people cheering me on at the box and telling me that I can do it, but when it comes down to it, my parents play a huge role in my CrossFit journey. They are strong mentally and physically, and that is what I strive to be. 

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

Furture goals…you can never have too many of those. I want to become stronger, faster, and wiser. I want to do and be involved in more competitions in the future.  I want to become a better person, and I like a little surprise, so I will not tell all my goals…but I will show and prove it. Words do not speak louder than actions. Just watch me! 

Your message to readers:   Do not ever give up!  Cliché as it is, but once you put your mind into something only great things come out of it.  Perseverance is the key to life, as well as happiness. The sky is not the limit.  There are no limits.  Life is limitless.  Enjoy the journey and eat cake one bite at a time.

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Tim D.


APRIL 2015

Tim D.


APRIL 2015

"One of the best parts of CrossFit and our Tribe is the awesome community, and sweating it out side-by-side with one another each and everyday.  However, for a large part of his time with the Tribe, it was just this month's TribAthlete, Tim De Leon, and his WOD partner, Lexi Fu, who consistently came to our 6am class.  But on the days she overslept or took a day off, he would still come, many times working out by himself after making the drive from all the way from Fullerton to get his workout in before work!  It is that type of dedication and hard work that made Tim De Leon an easy choice to be this month's TribAthlete!  A runner, a Spartan racer, and now a first time CrossFit competitor (in our upcoming Dynamite Duo), Tim has continued to get stronger and improve his skill set throughout his time with us.  Most importantly, he's done it the right way!  He hasn't done it by leaps and bounds, but through hard work and dedication he has continuously improved bit-by-bit, constantly adding new things to his arsenal.  Now a member of Tribe's infamous 5am BABC (Bad A** Breakfast Crew), he has stepped up his game even more, with the help and support of his fellow Tribe. Sky is the limit for Tim!

We are proud to call you a TribAthlete and can't wait to see you represent the Tribe at the Dynamite Duo!

Congratulations Tim!"

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?

Lexi and a couple other coworkers convinced me to buy an amazon local deal for a month of morning crossfit classes that included the fundamentals class at the Nui box. It was April 2013 when we started fundamentals. 

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?

We just had our daughter, September of 2011, and i had gained weight. I had been the heaviest i have ever been. So I signed up for the long beach half-marathon to whip my butt back into shape. I had been lifting and running as my routine training regimen, but when crossfit presented itself as an option, i figured it would be a great way to mix up my training.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

I love the environment. I've never experienced "class" fitness before, I've always just done things on my own at the gym with my headphones on not speaking to anyone. So the moment i witnessed the camaraderie of the tribe, I was sold. I was hooked on the competitive and friendly vibe. The tribe has such a family community feel to it that made it inviting to workout. It was like having FOMO (fear of missing out) whenever I missed a class.

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

The initial reaction is "CrossFit?! people get hurt from that don't they?" So when I explain to them what crossfit really is, they become interested and want to check it out. Since I've started crossfit, I've had 3 other people i know that asked me about it and joined themselves and are now more into it than I am. So in short, they've been really supportive and understand that it is a fitness choice, and they're happy I found something i can stick with.

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

I look up to all the coaches, every time I think I know enough, they show me something new to make me better at certain movements. It's all about progression and I love that feeling of constantly learning and improving. I also notice how patient they are with vets and newbies, you always get the sense that they really do have a passion for what they do and love seeing us succeed.

Favorite WOD/Skill?

I don't really have a favorite WOD, I think they're all challenging and they all kick your ass in some way. But I do have a thing for pull-ups and push-ups.

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

My least favorite is anything overhead. I have pretty bad shoulder mobility and I've always struggled with getting that bar over my head. Slowly but surely its coming around and I'm starting to get comfortable with overhead movements, pretty soon my snatch will be tight.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

If you ask anyone, i think the majority of the people are going to say the biggest challenge is nutrition. For me, I have a mean sweet tooth, and I looooove chocolate. I'm also Filipino so we eat a lot of fatty foods and white rice. So for the first time ever, I entered a health challenge. I've never done anything that strict before in terms of diet and nutrition. I was struggling at first, but with the help of my Tribe, I was able to stick it out and got thru it. I approached it like a month long WOD. You get to certain points where you're ready to give up but you look at all the work you've put in and how other people are going thru the same thing as you and you just end up pushing thru. The results were fantastic! The things I learned during the challenge has become second nature to me, but don't get it twisted, i still have that sweet tooth.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

It was because of the health challenge, that I was able to complete my first CrossFit open. And during the open there were times where I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do the workout. But thanks to my coaches and BABC I was able to push thru and surprise myself, especially 15.3.

Best experience as part of TFF?

The best is yet to come. I feel like I have a long way to go and I can only get better. But I can say that I'm happy to be a part of the tribe family.

Favorite quote or motto?

"Everyone just wants to be liked and accepted. Except for Tim. Tim doesn't give a shit." -Tim

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But i can't accept not trying" -Michael Jordan

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

I think of how I want my kid(s) to remember me.

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

My longterm goal is to do an Ironman by the time I'm 45. I have 3 years to learn how to swim.

Your message to readers:

Do you. Don't let anyone dictate your success. Life is a series of choices, choose to be the best person you can be and the rest will fall into place.

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Lynda G.


March 2015

Lynda G.


March 2015

"This month's TribAthlete is Lynda Garcia - a very busy mother of two of our very own CrossFit Kids, a marathon runner, a Spartan Race regular, and a member of the infamous 5am BABC (Bad A** Breakfast Club).  Lynda needs very little motivating, as she has plenty of self motivation!  As a member of the Tribe for a little under a year now, she is constantly setting new goals for herself and pushing her physical and mental limits, raising the ceiling higher and higher!  With her sky is the limit, and she has yet to tap into her full potential as an athlete.  Whether it's training for a Spartan race, working towards getting her first unassisted pull-up, signing up for her first CrossFit competition, Lynda always has the eye on the prize and works out each and every with the end goal in mind.  We believe 100% that she will accomplish any goal she sets her mind to, and we are excited to see what the future hold for her!

Congratulations Lynda!"

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?

I started with crossfit 101 in April 2014 and moved up to regular Crossfit in May 

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?

When I started working out and trying to change my life all I thought was "I'm going to create a nice body" once the change started to happen it became more than just about the body...my focus than started to be to be strong and fit!I was so scared of crossfit for years and Peeps and Joyce convinced me to just try it out. I'm very grateful I did!
I choose crossfit to help strengthen my running as I run half marathons and spartan races quite often. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

My favorite thing is that this box truly prides themselves in the family dynamic.  The coaches and fellow athletes I train with support you ! Motivate you! And root you on!

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

I am a single mother of an 11 year old and 6 year old. And every wod I pretend they are watching me.  I still remember one of my first wods I ever did I wanted to quit! I looked up and I saw My little guy looking at me from the kids room giving me a thumbs up! Proud of his mama! So they are my drive!

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

I can name two people... I admire and look up to Peeps.  She's a beast!  She's a strong woman! I want to be like her one day! And I truly respect Coach Robert he has pushed me since day one! His military demeanor makes me push! Thank you! 

Favorite WOD/Skill?

My favorite skill is dead lifts and rope climb!

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

Snatches!!! Pull ups and double unders!

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

Is coming at 5am with the BABC! It's hard waking up early but once I'm up I'm ready to conquer the workout!

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

When i got the rope climb !! Thanks coach Robert sadly the second degree rope burn and cellulitis was worth it!

Best experience at part of TFF?

The best experience I've had is something that the box did during last summer and they joined me to do a bucket list item and bungee jump  !!

Favorite quote or motto?

"Don't fear death, fear the un-lived life" 

"no excuses!"

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

What keeps me going is proving to myself that I can! After my divorce I promised myself to push and never let go of my goals! To never let anyone hold me back nor tell me that I can't!

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

My future goals will be training for a half iron man!  And just being the best Lynda I can be!

Your message to readers:

I'm very grateful that I found myself! Crossfit has helped me and motivated in all aspects of my life! And I will be forever TRIBE STRONG!

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Shawn H.


February 2015

Shawn H.


February 2015

This month's TribAthlete is our first ever Tribe Kids athlete - Shawn Horneberger! Shawn is the son of previous TribAthlete Monica Horneberger, and is also the first Tribe Kid to follow in his mother's footsteps!  Shawn has been a Tribe Kid since its inception, and is no stranger to sprots.  At just 11 years old, he has been playing travel ice hockey for 6 years, and he plays the toughest position there is - goalie!  He has taken his athleticism to a whole new level and it has been exiting to watch him grow as an athlete and work hard to improve his performance in sports. 

We are proud of Shawn as one of the oldest Tribe Kids and leaders!

What do you like most about Tribe Kids?

I like meeting all the new kids and making new friends.  To me, the most fun in sports is meeting new people and improving with them.

Do you have a hero at the box? If so, who is it and why?

My hero at the box is Coach Adam Salas. I have always looked up to him and strive to be like him.

What is your favorite WOD/skill?

My favorite WOD/skill is any type of lifting weights

What is your biggest challenge so far?

My biggest challenge so far has been becoming as flexible as I want to be since I am a hockey goalie.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is ribs and steak.

How has CrossFit changed you?

CrossFit has changed me because it has made me stronger and appreciative that I have the chance to stay fit.

Does your mom or dad CrossFit? If so, how has that inspired you?

My mom CrossFits.  She inspires me a lot because she pushes me to come when I don't want to and one day, I want to lift heavier than her.  So that pushes me to do better also.

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?

I would be Superman because he is strong and has many powers to help him.

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Ben G.


January 2015

Ben G.


January 2015

"If the 5am BABC (Bad A** Breakfast Club) had a president, this month's TribAthlete, Ben Guetterman, would definitely be in the running.  Having been with the Tribe for almost a year now, Ben has had one of the boxes' biggest physical transformations having lost over 40lbs and 4 inches off his waist since he first started. It is all due to his work ethic and new found dedication to nutrition.  Very rarely seen without a smile on his face, Ben keeps the BABC light-hearted yet motivated - which I think is a great accomplishment in itself, let alone at 5am every morning!  Also, he is always one of the first members to greet any new people who walk through Tribe's doors, and is a great representation of our box and the ideals we try to represent.  We are excited to see him compete in his first Spartan Race in April and our inter-box throwdown in May!  

Congratulations Ben!  It is hard to imagine life at the Tribe without you!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?

I started with the Tribe in April of 2014.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?

I had read some articles on Facebook. I had heard some things about it, but not very much. It's funny but I have driven up and down Norwalk blvd to and from my mom's house a few times a week at least since the box was opened there and I never even noticed it. After I read about it on a post somewhere (I don’t remember where) I was intrigued and I decided to visit.  It is very nerve racking and scary to stop in a gym where you do not know anyone. Luckily for me, I was greeted right away and felt welcomed as several people said hello to me. Coach talked to me and invited me back. This was a saving grace really. If I had been ignored I would probably have moved on and been messing around at Planet Fitness or some robo gym. That is why whenever I see a new person walk in our box I always make it a point to say hello and make people feel welcome! This is just too important. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

My favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness is the PEOPLE. The people are excellent. Everyone really reached out to me and made me feel welcome. I wasn’t judged. I was accepted. 

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

My family now CrossFit's with me, so you can say that they are all supportive. My friends do not understand it, YET. 

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

I really respect and admire everyone at our box, but I have to say I would not be at this point in my fitness if it wasn’t for my coaches. I would love to thank my 5am coaches Warren, Robert and Ed. They have really taken time out to teach me and encourage me. I really respect that they don’t treat me as a number or as a paying customer but as a friend in fitness. They CARE and show empathy for the changes that I am going through both physical and mental. They are like my guides in this journey and without them I could not have gotten this far. That is a fact. 

Favorite WOD/Skill?

I have a terrible memory, and someday I hope to learn all the movements by heart. I have to say that my favorite skill right now is the Deadlift, and I really love gasser’s! 

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

Everyone knows my “goat”is the lunge. Hands down. It needs work. Lots of work.  

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

My biggest challenge has to have been endurance. I was out of shape. CrossFit fundamentals was excellent at bringing up my fitness and endurance. It was good that I had that first. 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?

My proudest accomplishment has been my weight loss. I have always been a chubby kid and a chubby adult. I can only remember one time in High School that I was thin, but other than that over weight. So last year was the culmination. It was hard to even tie my shoes, I would have to hold my breath and my belly was getting in the way. That is when I knew I had to get off my butt and work out. That is when I found the TRIBE. I was able to lose 20 lbs just working out 5 days at the box and not adjusting my eating habits, but that was about as far as I was able to progress. So when Warren suggested doing the Advocare challenge I jumped on it. The Advocare challenge was a blessing, because when you are over a certain age it is a lot harder to shed weight. I was able to shed 20 lbs with the challenge in 24 days! The challenge also taught me to count calories and learn to eat healthy and snack healthy. I now have a new relationship with food and I know that I will be able to play with my grandkids one day! 

Best experience at part of TFF?

The best experience that I have had is growing with my Bad Ass Breakfast Club. These are some of the best individuals that I have ever met. We encourage each other, do favors for one another and we support each others efforts. Every morning they wake up at four am and get dressed and come to work out HARD for an hour….. that is dedication… that is heart…. that is the BABC! 

Favorite quote or motto?

“Watha!” “That’s what she said!” “oops my bad, had burritos last night” “1,2,3,4,8,10!”

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

The Tribe has taught me inner strength. How can I give up when the people I am working out with don’t? How can I slack off when my fellow box mates are pushing harder? The answer is you don’t and you won’t. You keep pushing because ultimately, you have worked too damn hard to stop now!

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

My kids want me to be healthy and stick around forever, so I will try my best to make them happy. My future goals? I just want to take it one day at a time. 

Your message to readers:

If you are reading this and you are not yet a member of this box (gym), then I personally invite you to sign up and give this a try. You can only fail if you allow yourself to, and there is really no downside. Just take it slow and take your time, do not rush and listen to your body. One day you will look in the mirror and be surprised at the results :). 

If you are a member of this box, then my message to you is never forget the newbies, remember that they need encouragement and help. This is a “community” and we need to support each, and most importantly we need to remember that this box is ours as much as it is the owner’s, and we need to take care of the property and the equipment. Love this box and it will  love you back! Cheers!.