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2016 Tribathletes


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

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2016 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 past Tribathletes:

2016   2015    2014    2013    2012

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Frank M.


DECEMBER 2016

Frank M.


DECEMBER 2016

Frank is a quiet guy that you wouldn’t necessarily notice.   But if you ever needed help, he would be on of the first ones there! Also, over the last few months, we have see him work hard on his movements, putting in extra work every chance he gets, having early morning bro-sessions with Rich Rodriguez in the back of the box. As a result, he has seen some pretty big PRs with his deadlifts & squats. He is quickly becoming a force to be reckon with, not because of what he can lift but of how dedicated he is to improving and testing himself. When he first stepped into the box, he was just another guy trying to get in shape, but now he is becoming an athlete who is willing to take on any challenge at the drop of a hat.  Recently, he decided to do a 12 hour GORUCK with little training (other than his CrossFit training) and was ready to go without hesitation!  He killed it!  Then, later on he did the same thing with a Spartan Race Hurricane Heat and had a blast suffering in silence! That attitude of “prepare at the box” for the unknown and unknowable, and be ready to go whenever the time comes is what makes Frank this month’s TribAthlete. 
Congratulations Frank! 

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When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started TFF back in February 2016 as a walk in after Richard Rodriguez recommended it because I was looking for a box closer to work and home.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I chose CrossFit after a group of friends and I needed to change our workout routine. We gave CrossFit a try, and after my fist fundamental week, I knew I was in a program that was going to be challenging and I loved it. CrossFit changed my life dramatically because I would have never imagined I would be able to do the type of activities I am involved now. CrossFit to me, is an important part of my life because it has allowed me to enjoy nature and the outdoors. It provides me with a therapeutic outlet where I can forget about any problems that are going on around my life.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
Tribe is the second box I’ve been a member of, and what I love about it is the community. Both the coaches and the members create a huge feeling of community and family in the box. Since the first day I showed up, I felt part of the Tribe family because every member went up to me and introduced themselves. The community at Tribe is always motivating to workout with. I love the fact that we are all part of a large family.  Members are always smiling and high-fives are always in abundance.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
When I first started CrossFit, my family and non-CrossFit friends thought I was nuts with all the training and weights I was finally able to lift. Not to mention, I was waking up everyday at 3:45AM to make the first class at 5AM. Though my family and friends don’t know what I am talking about when referring to CrossFit terms, they do understand why I voluntarily do it and support me.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I respect all of the awesome coaches we have at Tribe who always support us and provide us with tough love to get us through a workout! I look up to all those parents who manage a healthy balance by having an active lifestyle and raising their children with a positive outlook towards working out.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
Favorite WOD would be Grace (30 C&J’s for time). Favorite skills  would include anything with a barbell and weights. Love cleans, jerks, back-squats, deadlifts, and double-unders.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
My least favorite WOD would be anything with handstand push-ups.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
The challenge has been keeping my nutrition on check. We all love food and during the Holidays nutrition tends to be the first thing to go.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment would be all the activities CrossFit has gotten me involved with. CrossFit has changed my mindset and has made me feel confident with myself. I feel stronger, not only physically, but mentally.

Best experience at part of TFF?
There have been many positive experiences here at Tribe, but if I had to choose one, it would have been taking part of the 2016 CrossFit Open. I had only been at Tribe for a few weeks and I got to experience the camaraderie amongst our Tribe. From all the high fives and congratulations to everyone who did their best leaving it all out there during each workout.

Favorite quote or motto?
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
What keeps me going is my drive not to ever give-up. Pain is temporary, but the feeling of being accomplished is so much greater.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
My fitness goals stored for me in 2017 would be hopefully to participate in a half-marathon, a full-marathon, Spartan Trifecta, and a few GORUCK events. Without CrossFit I would of have never imagine I could ever accomplish all these future goals.

Your message to readers:
Remember why you started your fitness journey and don’t ever give up. There will be bumps along the way but overcoming those bumps will make you stronger. To me personally, CrossFit has changed my life positively and I hope to be able to keep on training for years to come.

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Garbiel C.


NOVEMBER 2016

Garbiel C.


NOVEMBER 2016

Gabriel is the type of athlete that understands the truth that most people hate to accept: results are not instant. From his first day in the gym to now, Gabriel looks like an entirely different athlete. And for those who haven’t been paying attention, it might look like a miracle. But as Gabriel’s coach for the better part of a year, I’ve been there each and every day to witness and applaud his long-term consistency and commitment to moving well. He is constantly in the gym, and constantly working to change bad habits in his form. He always gets to the gym early, listens during class, and waits to do a lift until he knows I’m watching. I am excited to see what this next year brings for him, and I look forward to helping him continue to reach his goals. 

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What is CrossFit Tribe?
CrossFit Tribe is a place where you can improve and increase your fitness. It is also a place where you can go for fun events.

What do you like most about Tribe Teens?
I like the way you can meet new people that join Tribe. Also, I like the way other people encourage you to finish the WOD.

What is your favorite WOD/skill?
My favorite skill is double-unders. This is my favorite skill because I couldn’t jump fast and high enough before.

What is your biggest challenge so far?
Running is my challenge so far because I can't run too long because I get tired easily.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is Chick-Fil- A because I love chicken.

How has CrossFit changed you?
CrossFit has changed me because I have more strength.

Do you have any family members that CrossFit? If so, how has that inspired you?
My sister Giselle also goes to CrossFit Tribe. She inspires me to work hard.

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?
Iron man because he is fast and strong! He has always been my favorite superhero.

What would you say to other Teens that are considering joining the Tribe?
PLEASE join tribe teens because you will overcome what is impossible. When joining Tribe teens, you also get to master your goals.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I just try my best because at least putting some effort can improve what is impossible.

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Tori "Toto" R.


OCTOBER 2016

Tori "Toto" R.


OCTOBER 2016

Many of you are probably saying to yourself, its about time!! 
Well, we agree and that’s why Tori “Toto” Reccord is our October TribAthlete! Very few people can literally change the mood of a room simply by walking into it, and Tori is one of them!  When Tori dropped in from another box over a year ago, we immediately fell in love with her (as a person & athlete) and we are glad she never left.  Tori is a naturally gifted & bad-a$$ athlete, that all the other women in the box look up to. To put it into perspective, even though she has dedicated herself almost exclusively to olympic weightlifting for the past year (which she has shown unwavering dedication to BTW), when she does to decide to participate in a WOD (once a month or so, LOL) she DESTROYS it and usually finds herself atop the leader board.  However, what makes her ever MORE awesome, is her awesome personality and the smiles she brings into any room she enters.  She is a complete joy to be around, and there is never a dull moment!  Lastly, as a budding chiropractic student, she continues to exemplify the qualities we look for in a TribAthlete, through the tireless effort she puts into school, while trying to balance her life, training, donuts and cardio (lol)!  Needless to say, this lady has got a bright future ahead of her!
Congratulations Toto!
 We love you and only expect big things from you!

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When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
About a year and a half ago. I dropped in for some of the 2015 Open WODs and never left!

How/Why did you choose CrossFit?
Let’s just say 2013 was a really dark and negative year for me. I had heard about this “CrossFit” thing and started doing mainsite workouts at home to distract me from some personal things that were going on, but was super intimidated to attend an actual class. A friend of mine convinced me to stop being a baby and was sure that the intensity would be good for me. In October 2013, I dropped in at my first box (hey look at that, it’s my anniversary!). After that first workout, I knew I had found something much deeper than just a way to exercise. I developed not only strength and endurance, but the confidence and self love that I was missing. As cheesy as it sounds, CrossFit saved me.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
Tribe is the 3rd box I’ve been a member at, and it is, BY FAR, the best one I’ve been a part of. This community is so positive, motivating, and humble. It truly is a family.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My non-CrossFit friends think I’m crazy. My mom is terrified of my lifting videos. My dad thinks I’m on steroids. My grandma doesn’t want me to get any “bigger”… but they are all very supportive haha! Some of my closest friends are those I have met through CrossFit. Their love and support, not just during workouts or competitions, but through life in general is something I cherish. Tribe is my outlet and my second family, and I’m so thankful that I get to be a part of it.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I could probably point out every person at Tribe and have a reason as to why they inspire me. Everyone has their own stories, and the simple fact that each member is taking time out of their day to better themselves (physically and mentally) is in itself admirable. BUT, I have a special place in my heart for the teen girls of Tribe. The confidence, fearlessness, and hardworking attitudes they have at their age is beautiful to me. They exemplify characteristics that some of us take YEARS to develop. I could not even imagine doing what they’re doing when I was their age. The future is bright!

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I love weights. Gimmee all the weights. Clean and jerk forever. But…
In regards to WODs, I love Jackie and DT. So if you ever see those programmed (or power cleans, shoulder to overhead, toes to bar, pull ups, rope climbs, double unders) you best believe I’ll be sneaking away from the platforms and jumping in on a class!

Least favorite WOD or skill?
Running. No explanation needed.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
The mental game of CrossFit/weightlifting/nutrition/life COMBINED. That giant blob between your ears is a helluva thing…

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
This is about to be lengthy, I apologize, but…
The change in my mentality. I used to have a negative attitude when things weren’t going my way with weightlifting, snatching in particular (ask Coach Jon). If I wasn’t hitting lifts or failing to execute cues the barbell coaches were giving me, I would get super frustrated and throw a mini fit. I’d make excuses, get pouty, and perpetuate the problem with things like “I hate this” “I can’t” “This is stupid” “I’m over it” “I don’t want to”.
After the Open this year, I made a decision to switch to full time weightlifting, 5 days a week. I knew it would be a challenge… and it was… and continues to be. On top of that, school was destroying me last term, and there were days where I literally told people to not talk to me and let me lift alone. It was bad.
Being fed up with it, I started educating myself a bit more on mindset, and with some help from my podcast partner in crime, I made the conscious effort to live more positively, to attack the barbell (and life) with gratitude rather than anger, and to accept failures and setbacks as opportunities to learn. The outcome? Improvement in my schoolwork, PRs in ALL my lifts, and the return of singing and laughing in the back corner of the gym. It wasn’t easy. I would much rather do Fran than attack the mental bugs, but the reward of making a conscious effort each day to look at the brighter things in life has been something I’m extremely proud of.

Best experience as part of TFF?
I have to pick ONE?! Too many to count… but I’d have to say the Team Competition at the Fit Expo at the beginning of this year. The Tribe community rolled SO DEEP! Not only did Tribe have the most teams, but the most FANS! It was a true demonstration of what our box is all about.

Favorite quote or motto?
Again… just ONE?! Fun ToTo Fact: My training notebook has a different quotation/motto for EVERY SINGLE DAY. But, most recently, this has been my favorite:
“Pain is not a hot potato. Pain is a traveling professor. It just goes around and knocks on everyone’s door… and the smartest and wisest people I know are the ones who say, ‘Come in, and don’t leave until you’ve taught me what I need to know.’”

When you think it’s tough, difficult, or impossible, what keeps you going?
Knowing that I have been through worse. Knowing that I have gotten through worse. Knowing that the mind will give up before the body does, and I refuse to let my mind get the best of me.

I can’t remember who it was, but a certain Games athlete made reference to this concept and I absolutely loved it and could relate 100%… I have a weird mentality in that I love when that “dark place” comes up during a particular workout, especially for a benchmark or a hero. It’s not a matter of “if” it’s going to come up, it’s “when”. You see that dark place, and in a split second you have a decision. You can either walk straight into it, or choose to quit. And there is nothing more satisfying than walking into it and mentally saying, “I see you, dark place. Let’s dance.”

What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
Super stoked on collaborating with my brother from another mother Coach Dustin on the Mock Weightlifting Meet in December! Stay tuned!
Weightlifting? A 200# clean and jerk is starting to be somewhat realistic and is a huge long term goal of mine, as well as that body weight snatch that I’m creepin’ on. Hoping to do my first sanctioned meet in the near future!
Personal? Dr. ToTo 2018. Tribe Chiropractic has a nice ring to it… ;)

Your message to readers:
Attack all aspects of your life with intention and purpose. Complacency is a killer. Life is short, and every hour, every minute, every second is a chance to be better. A chance to increase your knowledge, a chance to improve a skill, a chance to optimize your health, a chance to make an advancement in the pursuit of your goals. We all have the same amount of time in the day, how you choose to spend it is up to you… so why not make the most of it?

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Mike D.


SEPTEMBER 2016

Mike D.


SEPTEMBER 2016

What started off as a bromance has become way more for our September TribAthlete - Mike Darby! When Mike came to us a little over a year ago, he was a decent mover with some CrossFit experience.  Like most of our 5am BABC Crew, he fit in his workouts early in the morning so he has the rest of the day free for his two full time jobs as a school “administrator” and father of three beautiful girls! Every morning, he comes in all smiles and ready to work!  Like a sponge, he absorbs and applies all coaching cues and puts 100% effort into each and every rep. There is no shortage of effort in anything he does.  Over the past year, he has slowly started adding more and more weights to his barbell movements (e.g., squats, deadlifts, cleans), learned advanced skills (e.g., kipping pull-ups, rope climbs), and has even started RX’ing more and more workouts!  We are proud of the hard work that Mike puts inside and outside of the gym!

He is true example, of making time to workout instead of making excuses! 
Congratulations Mr. Darby!

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When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I think I started with Tribe about a little more than a year ago. Maybe last June or July 2015?

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started at a friend’s Crossfit about 2, maybe 3 years ago and did it for about 6 months. Even though I felt Crossfit was one of the best, all-around workout regimens, financially, it wasn’t working out with our budget at the time. I went back to my old routine of running and swimming on my own at the Y. Running and swimming by yourself, staring at the black line on the bottom of the pool, can get kind of monotonous. It was hard to maintain motivation each day, but when my buddy Rob told me about Tribe and their deal online, I thought it was a good opportunity to go back to Crossfit.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
There’s a great vibe and energy, even at 5 am. That class, the Bad Ass Breakfast Club, is a great way to start the day. Everyone is supportive of each other, and you really connect with people when you go through a hellish workout together. Coaches calling you out on your crap (bad form, or talking during instruction) doing what coaches do, but still rooting for you to improve or joking around.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My wife, Kathryn, and I compete for mornings to work out, but she’s always
willing to give up a day if I’m excited about the next day’s work out at Tribe. She is also the one that keeps our family eating healthy. Coming to Tribe in the mornings also keeps my “bromance” with Booth alive!

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Of course the early morning coaches, Warren, Rob, Ed, Ryan, Dustin, each have different styles and insights, and ways to push and motivate and torture(Ryan). Those guys, as well as all the coaches, are in the business of helping Tribe members to become better versions of themselves and that I have great respect and admiration for.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I don’t think I have a favorite WOD, but I like ones with a variety of movements and skills. A little lifting, a little running, maybe some push-ups/pull- ups, some kettlebells.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
My least favorite skills are cleans and snatches. I jacked my lower back a few
times in the past, and the thought of hurting it creeps in when I do those skills. They’re also challenging because so much goes into maintaining good form, in just a few seconds, sort of like a golf swing. The 5 am coaches have really been helpful though with their instruction and ongoing reminders about form, so I don’t dislike those skills as much as I used to. Also wall balls just kick my butt no matter what.

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge has been learning and getting the muscle memory to maintain good form. It’s a work in progress for sure. Also making the time for rolling out and rehab. Ed’s class is always where I make up for that. Lots of rolling out!

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I’m proud that I Rx all the workouts now, unless there are double unders or handstand pushups. I’m not even close on those. I’m also proud of my rope climbing and pull-ups. I’d actually never climbed a rope, let alone up to 15 ft. before coming to Tribe. Aside from tearing up my shin each time we rope climb, it’s one of my favorite skills. Also, I could probably only do maybe 3-4 pull-ups when I came here, but now I can do more, and string together a bunch with kipping.

Best experience at part of TFF?
Getting to know all these different folks from different walks of life. Tribe has such diversity in its members and I have yet to come across any egos. That’s a rarity in a gym or in a sports setting. The team competition (Dynamite Duo) was a great experience as well. Next year my teammate Rob won’t have to carry me as much.

Favorite quote or motto?
“I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying.” –The Shawshank Redemption.

“No ones gravestone ever said, ‘I wish I would’ve worked more.’”- my grandpa.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
If we’re talking about a tough morning workout, I remind myself that this will be over soon and I won’t have to think about working out the rest of the day. With life in general, I’ve come to realize that my perspective and attitude is everything, and when things are difficult they never last that long.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I have fans? Not sure. Just taking things as they come. I do know that I’m not getting any younger, and keeping myself healthy, physically and mentally, is important to me as a husband and father. I have an awesome wife and three awesome little girls and life is good. Whatever else happens is gravy.

Your message to readers:
“Just keep on L-I- V-I- N”- Wooderson. Be good to yourself and never pass on an opportunity to tell those you care about how you feel. It’s good for both of you. And remember, there’s nothing bigger in life than the little things. 

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Kayla E.


AUGUST 2016

Kayla E.


AUGUST 2016

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as we announce our August TribAthlete, Kayla Enatsu, oldest daughter (7 years old) of Crystal Enatsu (April TribAthlete)!  Kayla is an absolute joy to have in class. She is very motivating to all of the other kids, works very hard, pays attention (most of the time LOL) and is very supportive of everyone around her.  You can either find Kayla smiling or looking very focused as she tries to  become the best version of herself.  Recently, we had our first Bear Essentials testing and Kayla smashed most of her required movements and was a hair away from advancing to a level to which only some of our teens were able to get!  We can always trust Kayla to perform above and beyond inside and outside of class.  Her attention to detail helps maintain good form.  She always helps other kids stay on track and works hard to crush obstacles.  Although Kayla says she is not inspired by her mom, we firmly believe that subconsciously, the example her Mom sets helps aid in Kayla’s drive.  When you see her around the box, congratulate her as this month’s TribAthlete and throw her some high 5’s!  She is very approachable and super nice! 

Congrats Kayla and thank you for inspiring us! 

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What is CrossFit Tribe? 
It’s a place where you workout and do your best.  

What do you like most about Tribe Kids? 
What I like the most about Tribe Kids is when I get to meet new friends and participate with everybody.  

Do you have a hero at the box? If so, who is it and why? 
Nope. Not me.  

What is your favorite WOD/skill? 
My favorite skill is lunges. And my favorite workout are metcons.  

What is your biggest challenge so far? 
Trying to lift that giant weight on the Bear Essentials test.  

What is your favorite food? 
In-N-Out and apples.  

How has CrossFit changed you? 
It changed me because I used to not be that strong and now I am.  

Does your Mom or Dad CrossFit? 
YES!! It’s mommy. 

If so, how has that inspired you? 
Not that much.  

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why?
I don’t know. Why are you asking all these questions? 

What would you say to other kids that are looking into joining the Tribe? 
I would say if they fail, keep on trying till you get it right and never give up.  

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I don’t know.  

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I want to be a really fast swimmer and I want to move up to the next level for Bear Essentials.

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Chris V.


JULY 2016

Chris V.


JULY 2016

Alright Tribe, Dustin here and it’s that time again!

July TribAthlete of the month is our resident enforcer of the russian KB swing, Chris Vukelich Port! 

Chris has been a part of our family here at tribe for over a year now and it sure has been a blessing having her. You will normally find Chris in the 8am class or with me at 8am during our 1 on 1 gainz sessions! She is also at every 10am barbell fundamentals class to further hone in on her skills. She is always a pleasure to have in class and even more so when accompanied by her husband Steve (who’s BBQ and smoker skills are second to none).   She is the first one to introduce herself to new faces and get them acclimated to our home at Tribe. Chris is a dedicated hard worker to say the least and only slightly complains when i tell her to add weight or do an extra set ;) .
Mama Chris came to me without a squat. She was frustrated but not defeated. She wanted to be able to do these complex movement patterns like everyone else. She wasnt going to accept no for an answer. Needless to say and as most of you have seen, she’s killing the game now! Between her own efforts and  Dr. “Feelgood” Lum we have been able to have Chris show a full depth squat. I have been fortunate enough to spend lots of time with Chris, getting to know her inside the gym as well as her life outside of it. She is constantly looking for ways to help, whether it’s snapping photos, staying extra to clean or set up, cooking food or  just showing moral support. Whether she likes it or not has become our gym “Mom” and takes care of us as a mom would. Dependable, trustworthy, selfless and loyal, Mama Chris has a special place here at Tribe and we could not be more thankful for her hard work, her love for our home and her drive to become better than the day before.

Grateful to be considered a friend of yours,
D

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When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I walked out of the 8am class at my old box and came directly to Tribe.  I’d already made an appt with Chris Cameron to try out Tribe!

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
A lot of my old partners at the police dept were starting CrossFit, they said I should try it, I’d be good at it they said (not so much LOL).

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness? 
This truly is a big diverse happy family, no DRAMA!!!

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My friends got me into CrossFit, and I in turn I have brought friends into CrossFit (some kicking and screaming). I think my husband Steve got sick and tired of me talking about the WOD’s, so he joined so he could understand what the hell I was talking about! Misery loves company!

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I admire and envy the young people at Tribe. They’ve found a fitness routine that they can stick with and enjoy for a lifetime!I also admire just about anyone that can squat properly!!! Crystal, Cecelia and Sierra, I’m talking about you!!!

Favorite WOD/Skill? 
I love deadlifts, it’s one of the few skills I’m decent at! Just load that bar and pick it up!

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)? 
I have a bunch goats! As you know there are “coveys of quail” and “packs of wolves”. When I googled goats I discovered that a herd of goats was actually called a TRIBE!!! How apropos! So my goats, or TRIBE of goats as you will, are double unders, pull ups, push ups and handstands or HSPU. I’m getting better but it’s a long road…and of course those damn squats!

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Biggest challenge has been overcoming my long term injuries. The plate and 9 screws in my ankle have severely limited the dorsiflexion required to squat properly. Dr Brian Lum has been torturing my lower leg from the knee to the ankle in an attempt to restore the natural ROM. I can now actually front squat! (It ain’t pretty but it’s gettin there) I’ve also had both rotator cuffs repaired, so my upper body strength is a work in progress!

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit?
Actually squatting below parallel! I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do it!

Best experience at part of TFF?
I love the whole atmosphere! I’m guessing I’m the oldest female member but I’ve been accepted by all the youngsters!

Favorite quote or motto?
Embrace the SUCK!!!!

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I try to break things down into manageable segments, 5 sets of 5 burpees etc. I’m going to go till I finish or time runs out. Or I just remember a drill instructor standing over me yelling….nothing better to get a little more adrenaline going!

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals? 
I’d love to get out of the scaled division for the CrossFit games. I’ve got a lot of things to work on but I will eventually do the RX version!

Your message to readers:
Fitness is a journey NOT a destination. You’ll always be on the road to fitness, it’s a lifelong journey….Take it from G-MA!!!

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Jenn D.


JUNE 2016

Jenn D.


JUNE 2016

We know this is REALLY late, but the June TribAthlete, Jennifer Dillon, understandably had a pretty busy month of June and a challenge finding time to fill out the questionnaire!  In early June, Jenn gave birth to her second child, Juniper, but that’s not why she’s the TribAthlete of the month.  It’s the 39 weeks during which she showed up at the box every morning while pregnant, and also being a full time mom to their beautiful daughter Izzy (who just happened to be our February TribAthlete)!  As a mainstay of the weekday 9am crew, just showing up to workout sometimes became a challenge in itself, especially towards the end of her pregnancy.  Nonetheless, she was always there (even if she was a little late lol) with a big smile on her face getting in a workout!  No matter how scaled and no matter how “intense”, she was there setting an example to all the women in our box, and even men, that there are never any excuses!  Where there is a will, there’s a way!

Great job Jenn and congratulations to you and your family on the new addition to the family! 

FYI, she and her little June-bug are already back at the box putting in work (scaled and with doctor’s approval of course)!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
June 2015

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I did not choose to CrossFit, it was NOT something I was interested in at all. Especially weight lifting, anything with barbells made me very nervous. By default I had to start because the non-CrossFit classes I was taking at my former box were canceled, and some friends and my husband assured me it would be fun so I should just try it. Well, they were right!  I loved it! Then when I joined Tribe a few months later. I fell more in love with it and made CrossFit a part of my everyday life. I love everything about it. I had worked out at those other kinds of gyms before with weight machines and cardio stuff, and OH MY GOSH, it was sooo boring! I absolutely LOVE the challenge everyday with the WODs changing and working on different skills, no two days are alike. I love feeling strong outside of class, like at Costco or Home Depot, I don’t mind carrying my own stuff. Then when I got pregnant last year I choose to continue with CrossFit for the whole 10 months of my entire pregnancy because it made me feel so good! And I knew that every difficult workout would make my delivery and recovery go smoother. Plus, it was nice to get to still feel like I was part of the Tribe Family working out with friends. I completely drank the Kool-Aid and am now one of those people that talk about CrossFit all the time to people who don’t come to Tribe and try to convince them they should come join in the fun.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
It’s a tie, I LOVE that my family is part of Tribe. I love that Izzy can be part of the kids program and Justin is there too working out. It is so nice to have a place all of us can go.  Being able to workout in the same class as my husband, even though we are at totally different levels, and our daughter having a great time in her kids class is just awesome. My other favorite part are the members. Well the members and coaches. I just love the feeling of always having a friend to workout with. I could show up to any class any day and always feel like I have a workout buddy! It really is one giant family at Tribe and I love that all the coaches and members are just so nice! I was really nervous when I joined Tribe because there are SO many members and the classes were much bigger then I was used to, but I quickly learned that bigger classes just meant more friends! 

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
They basically made me do it:) And they keep me doing it. If it wasn’t for them and their peer pressure I would never have started and definitely would not have done the CrossFit Open while pregnant. That just seemed crazy, but I am so glad they convinced me! They have helped to motivate me when I needed a little push on days when I was tired, and encouraged me to just keep showing up, no matter how modified my workouts became. And it is always fun to have so many friends to swap paleo recipes with, or let you know when a pair of Nike Metcons are on sale, or order new CF gear together so you can share the cost of shipping! I am regularly at Tribe twice a day between my workouts and Izzy’s kids classes, so having wonderful people around makes going to Tribe the best part of my day. 

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Anyone and everyone with kids. Because it is HARD to make the time to get to the gym and take that personal time for yourself. But every time I see another parent at Tribe working out I want to give them all a giant High-5. Especially all the moms. Outside of Tribe I sometimes get some interesting comments about women doing CrossFit.  I know that as a mom of now two little girls, I want both of them to always know that it is important to not just exercise and be healthy, but that being strong and getting sweaty is just as cool for a girl to do as it is for a guy. Having so many amazing women around Tribe always make me feel proud to have so many role models for my girls to look up to. 

Favorite WOD/Skill?
Everything! (except running) I never really look at the WOD the night before and cheer when I see something specific. But I always am glad I went in and did the WOD, even if I leave totally exhausted and feeling every tiny aching muscle, I never regret showing up and working my hardest. 

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Anything with running involved, I am slower then molasses

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Being pregnant and trying to still keep up in class.  Because the belly just got in the way! 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
Doing the CrosFit Open while pregnant. Which I NEVER would have done without the support of everyone at Tribe. I honestly didn’t think I could do it. But I am so glad the other ladies pushed me into registering and Justin supporting me. And even though I had to scale the scaled stuff sometimes, I still did every workout. 

Best experience at part of TFF?
Hamburger Habit Tuesday in the lobby?? I LOVE cheeseburgers:) But besides that, I really liked being part of the Open and cheering for everyone else. That whole experience was awesome. I loved how every week we were all focused on the same thing, and it didn’t matter what level you were at, everyone was a part of it. I especially loved going in and doing the workouts with Justin there too. It was like a weekly date for us:) Just a really exhausting and mentally draining date, but it was still so fun to get to do it together. 

Favorite quote or motto?
“If I pass out, please note my time” and “You can rest when you are dead" 

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
My family and my Tribe Family . Even though Izzy has told me she doesn’t really look up to me at all, I love that. I want her to always think it is normal for moms to get sweaty, have callused hands, chalk on your pants, and lift things that are heavy. Now that I have 2 little girls it is even more important to me to stay in shape and have a healthy family. Without Justin’s support I would never have been able to keep up with CrossFit these last few months. He knew it was important to me and made it a priority for me to get to Tribe. And on days when I felt like all I could do was show up and stretch, everyone else in class always made me feel like it was totally ok. Also, getting text messages from Crystal on a daily basis checking in with me to see what class I was going to show up for always helps:) Knowing that there is a group of people that really do care if you show up, and want you to work hard, is the best motivation. 

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
I have a handful of goals now that I am not carrying a baby around in me anymore! I want to FINALLY be able to do pull ups, handstand pushups, and string more then 5/6 double-unders together. These all were not really options for me to work on the last 10 months so I am SOOOOO excited to get to start practicing these skills! Maybe next year if I am ready, I would love to to the Open Rx. So many goals!

Your message to readers:
It is important to enjoy what you do inside and out of the gym, so have fun, make friends, and work as hard as you can for that hour (or two) you are in class. Some days it may seem like you may not be able to accomplish the skills that are part of the WOD, but the best part about Crossfit is that EVERYTHING can be modified! There is no excuse for not trying.

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Yamila M.


MAY 2016

Yamila M.


MAY 2016

Yamila (Mila) is an incredibly talented young athlete; however, we want to emphasize that this is not why we view her as a role model for everyone in the gym - kids, teens, and adults included. Her dedication goes above and beyond; she knows what she is capable of, and she is willing to give the time and energy it takes to achieve it. She is passionate and excited about any and every opportunity she gets to learn and improve. She believes wholeheartedly in our dedication to moving well and consistently before adding intensity. We could not be prouder on the days she finishes the work outs last because, while we know she is more than capable of finishing first, we also know she sacrificed her ego to demonstrate a greater goal of making each rep as close perfect as she can. She is confident, yet humble. However, more than anything else, we appreciate how coachable she is, and we truly believe this is a reflection upon her admirable character. As coaches, we try to do the best that we can to equip the teen athletes with the tools they need to become the best that they can be, and nothing makes us happier than an athlete who gives us their best in return. We could go on and on about the qualities Mila embodies to make her such a strong athlete, but we’ll let her actions and demeanor in the gym speak for her. 

What is CrossFit Tribe?
It is like a second home. I go there and am able to be challenged and welcomed by everyone. I love being there and if I had to stop going there I would cry.

What do I like most about Tribe Teens?
I like that form is number one. Sometimes going down in weight because your form isn’t there stinks, but in the long run it will help you.

If you could be any super hero who would I be and why?
I would want to be the hulk so I could lift insane amounts of weight!

Favorite WOD?
So far my favorite WOD has been CrossFit Open WOD 16.2. It was a horrible WOD and I wanted to throw up after, but it pushed me to do something I never did before which is why it has my been my favorite. It also had a lot of cleans which I love!

Favorite skill?
At the moment my favorite skill is rope climbs. Before joining CrossFit I never imagined myself climbing a rope, and being able to do it now makes me feel pretty awesome!

Biggest challenge?
Not being able to Rx any workout. I have become familiar with what I can and cannot do and have been working on the things I am not able to do. Some days when I walk in the gym and look at the board with the skills and WOD of the day it gets frustrating not being able to Rx it. However, I know this is something that will have to take time and practice, so I am trying to overcome it by practicing what I cannot do.

Favorite food?
My favorite food is In-N-Out. Any time of the day I can eat at a double-double with fries and a coke!!

Favorite quote?
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." - Maya Angelou

This is one of my favorite quotes due to the message it sends. In three short, simple sentences it tells people that the only thing you can do is give all you have and from that you will improve.

What would you say to someone looking to try coming to Tribe?
To someone looking to come to tribe I would say DO IT! It is a place that will welcome you with open arms and help you through your biggest challenges. It will test you both physically and mentally but is also a very fun place to be!

When you think it is tough/difficult what keeps you going?
What keeps me going is the thought of competing. One of my biggest goals is to start competing. When a workout is tough, I try to tell myself that if I get through the next few reps or lift the weights with perfect form that I can get myself to a place where I can compete and most of the time this helps me.

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Crystal E.


APRIL 2016

Crystal E.


APRIL 2016

This month’s TribAthlete was really a no-brainer! Within the last few months, Crystal Enatsu has emerged as a woman to be reckoned with at Tribe! She has accomplished within three months, what some don’t accomplish in a year and she has done so with sheer determination, dedication to craft, and the simple willingness to be better than yesterday.  Here are just a few of the numerous accomplishments: 

  • Competed in her first team CF competition and more than carried her fair share!
  • Has smashed old PRs becoming one of only a few women in the box to front squat AND back squat over 200lbs, and she is only 10lbs away from joining the 300# Deadlift club!
  • Has seen her Olympic Lifts sky rocket through the dedication she shows in Barbell Fundamentals!
  • Lastly and biggest example of what true dedication & determination can accomplish - She competed in her first CrossFit Open and got her first Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups, Toes-to-Bars, Bar Muscle-Ups, and Handstand Push-Ups! 

We are truly proud of Crystal’s accomplishments and honored to have her in our Tribe! 

Congratulations Crystal!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I officially started in July 2015.

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I started CrossFit in August 2012, two months after I had Kelsey (baby#2). Previously I had not worked out since 2007 and just felt like it was time to do something. A few of my coworkers had been doing CrossFit for awhile and one other coworker decided to start CrossFit so I thought, why not?

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
There are so many things I love about Tribe. 

1. Coaching/Programming: The coaching and programming is awesome. I’ve seen so many improvements and learned so much since I’ve been here. 

2.  The Tribe:The members are all so encouraging and supportive. I love it when we learn from each other. It’s like a whole group of experts and novices. We are all experts at one thing and novices at others. Sometimes it just takes a different way of explaining or demonstrating to make it click. 

3.  Tribe Kids Program: I love that this is such a family orientated place. The coaches are so good with the kids both during class and outside of class. It really feels like a big family of people watching over the little ones. It’s been so awesome to see them participate in CrossFit Kids and I love that they love it too.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family has always been supportive of me, and I loved that they were there to cheer for me during the Fit Expo competition and the Open this year.  I hope it inspired my girls to always try their best, even if you are faced with difficulty.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
I respect and admire everyone at Tribe. We are all busy parents, full time students, or people who work full time but we still make it in to workout. I especially admire new members who just started CrossFit because I remember what it felt like those first few days when you’re so sore from using muscles you never used before.  

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I love lifting. Lifting is my favorite.

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

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My biggest challenge has probably been trying to workout with Kylie these last few months. Everyone has been so helpful with entertaining her and I’m so thankful for that. Some days it’s easy and other days I just get to do partner workouts with Kylie.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
My proudest accomplishment has probably been my experience with the CrossFit Open. It was my first time participating in it and I really surprised myself with the things I was able to do.

Best experience at part of TFF?
I had so much fun doing the team competition. I was so reluctant to do it and ended up agreeing at the last minute. What I loved most about it was the support from everyone. It was so cool to look out into the crowd and just see the huge groups of tribe members screaming and cheering for you.

Favorite quote or motto?
“Mom can you text Coach Noel to see if jump rope is our skill today? It’s okay if it’s not, I’m just going to bring my jump rope and practice after class” - Kayla, age 6

I loved that she said this. I know she saw me a few months ago trying to get my double unders. I was outside on the driveway jumping while they were playing. I was spending time before or after class practicing them. And without anyone pushing her to do it, she took it upon herself to get better at something she hasn’t mastered yet, and that’s just the coolest thing ever.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
When things are tough, I just think about my kids watching me. Do I want them to see me give up or do I want them to see me continue, even if I struggle.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Maybe I will get ring muscle ups one day.

Your message to readers:
You never know what you’re able to accomplish until you’re faced with the challenge. You’d be surprised at how much you’re capable of doing when you don’t let your mind be a hindrance.

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Steve B.


MARCH 2016

Steve B.


MARCH 2016

This month’s TribAthlete is so humble it took him forever to FINALLY accept the honor of being selected!  Steve Bolger, despite what he says, deserves this because of the dedication and passion he has shown over the last year.  About 9 months ago, he made a decision to dedicate himself to a more healthy lifestyle and chug the “CrossFit juice”.   He started attending classes more regularly, taking advantage of barbell fundamentals, and even established himself as a mainstay in the Tribe Running Club!  His words exactly on his first day of running, “I F#*! hate running!” He even admitted to avoiding the 400m warm-up run at the beginning of regular CrossFit classes!  That first day in running club, he barely lasted 5 minutes!  Fast forward 9 months, Steve just completed his first ever 5K in a little over 30 minutes!  Something like that doesn’t happen on accident.  It takes hard work and dedication.  

Being as humble as he is, he’ll never admit that he is worthy of being TribAthlete, but he is EXACTLY the type of person we LOVE at the Tribe!  He is a sponge and consistent.  He listens, appreciates and incorporates all coaches input.  He is conscious of his nutrition and how it affects his performance. Coach Joe Santos, one of his best friends, put it best when he said, ”I am proud of my boy!  He has come along way! It’s like a father who has see his son graduate from college!” He has accomplished a great deal over the last year, but, as we all know, there is a whole lot of life left after college!

Congrats Steve! We can’t wait to see what the rest of your life has in store!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness? 
October 2014

How/why did you choose to CrossFit? 
My good friend, Joe Santos, got me into it, and I can’t thank him enough.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness? 
How friendly and helpful everybody is to one another. It gives starters like me a comfortable atmosphere to work within.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey? 
There is no shortage of encouragement at Tribe!  My friends & family have been encouraging.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why? 
I look up to all my coaches as I have learned something valuable from each and every one of them. They also show a true interest in our improvement and well being. You don’t always find that.  I respect and admire all my fellow athletes because they are what makes tribe what it is today.

Favorite WOD/Skill? 
WOD - Cindy (20min AMRAP - 5 pullups, 10 pushups, 15 squats). 
Skill - Deadlift, Snatch, Cleans - Even if I can’t do them right.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)? 
Burpees burpees burpees!! They need to delete that!

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)? 
Gaining strength and endurance in performing the WODs and learning to do the Olympic lifts correctly.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)? 
Losing weight, improving my running endurance, and running my first 5K.

Best experience at part of TFF?  
Definitely the positive vibe everyone gives especially in the WODs, the open and at competitions.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going? 
Knowing that my fellow athletes have passed through this stage and that they encourage me to do it too.

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Future goal is to definitely improve my snatch / clean and jerk by working on my form and strength. Another is to eventually do a half marathon.

Your message to readers:
Actually it’s to the tribe. Thank you all for everything! I couldn’t have done anything I can now without the support of my fellow tribe athletes and coaches!

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Izzy D.


FEBRUARY 2016

Izzy D.


FEBRUARY 2016

Our TribAthlete of the month is Isabella Dillon aka “Izzy”, daughter of Jennifer and Justin Dillon. She is 4 years old, and soon to be big sister :) 
Izzy joined Tribe almost 7 months ago and is part of our Pre-K program. When Izzy first started she was doing physical therapy, not able to do a single straight jump, climb and/or stand on a green box without a coach there to hold her hand. Izzy was super shy and at times wasn’t comfortable being around other kids or coaches. It was a little rocky in the beginning, but she soon started to warm up to the coaches and the other kids. She would come into every class looking forward to telling us the joke of the day as a way to keep her mind away from missing mom during class. By the way, she has some pretty good jokes. This really helped her to warm up to class and eventually there was no need for the joke of the day, and she just went straight to class ready to go! With the help of physical therapy and consistency at Tribe, Izzy has made so much progress. She is now able to step up to a green box, climb a 20″ box and do 3 consecutive straight jumps on her OWN!! 
She might not be the fastest but is definitely becoming stronger everyday, and the greatest thing is that she and keeps herself honest! There are times when she repeats the instructions out loud taking her time to get it done the right way (ie. agility ladder “in, out, in…out”).  Every time she achieves something she has the most beautiful smile that lights up the box.  Her ‘I can do it’ attitude, and not quitting, even when she fails, is what makes Izzy stand out from the rest. Regardless of how hard the task might seem, she knows that she can get it done.

We are excited to see what the future holds for Izzy, as this is just the tip of the iceberg for her. We are all super proud of her accomplishments and It’s been awesome to see her grow stronger & confident everyday.  If you see her give her a high five for representing the Tribe well.  She is definitely Tribe Strong! 

What is CrossFit Tribe?

A gym, but it’s like a house because it is full of families, like Coach Veronica’s. She has all her kids there with her. So it’s like a big family.

What do you like most about Tribe Kids? 

Working out with my friend Kelsey.  And Coach Veronica and Coach Karina, they are both very nice.

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

Coach Veronica. She helps me do things that are hard and teaches me how to do new things.

What is your favorite WOD/skill? 

Burpees. I am a Burpee Queen, or a Burpee Princess.  I also love everything else, like Thrusters.

What is your biggest challenge so far? 

Nothing is hard now, but it was jumping. But now I am good at it.

What is your favorite food? 

Chicken.

How has CrossFit changed you? 

I don’t fall anymore when I run, and I can jump.

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

Yes they both do. It has not inspired me. (Mom note: She thinks it is just a normal part of life for moms and dads to do Crossfit and their kids too. When I asked her this question she basically rattled off almost everyone she knows at Tribe, members and coaches, that are moms and dads and all their kids and just looked at me like “why would that inspire me? It’s just what families do”. That made me smile).

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

Owlette from PJ masks. Because I want to fly.

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

It is SOOOOOOOO fun!!!!!! You should do it too!

Favorite quote or motto?

I can do it!

 

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Jay B.


JANUARY 2016

Jay B.


JANUARY 2016

The first TribAthlete of 2016 is one of our original members from the days at the park, a former Tribe coach, an awesome high school teacher, and the most humble guy you’ll ever meet - Jay Besina!  Starting in 2011, Jay immediately fell in love with CrossFit and the Tribe.  Having known Jay for almost 5 years now, we know what a dedicated teacher he is and how hard he works for this students.  We also know how hard that has made it for him to stay dedicated to working out and watching his nutrition.  However, within the past 5-6 months Jay has really focused on himself become a real force and BEAST to reckon with, and finding himself at the top of the daily leaderboard more often than not!  However, what makes Jay even greater is his humility and the smile that is forever etched on his face!

Recently, Jay tested his newly found might and leadership skills by leading one of our Tribe teams at the CA Affiliate Showcase this past month!  He and his team did great and definitely represented the Tribe well.  We can definitely attribute much of his team’s success to Jay’s planning, leadership, and clipboard :)

Congratulations brotha! We are truly humbled by you and love that we can call you family!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started CrossFit with Tribe on October 8, 2011, a Saturday morning date with FRAN (many bands, and 75#)

How/why did you choose to CrossFit?
I used to weight lift at 24 Hour Fitness, but I would often find myself unmotivated.  There would be many nights where I would peel myself off the couch, get dressed to work out, drive to the gym, and finally stand there, among all the machines, disheartened and ultimately discouraged.  I would get back in my car and drive home, sometimes stopping at a Jack-in-the-Box or other fast food joint just so I could justify the drive.  

I’ve never felt like that with CrossFit.  After my friend Rachel suggested I try it, I soon realized how CrossFit was not just a way to workout.  CrossFit is family. CrossFit is community.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?

The people make the Tribe.  Never before have I met such an awesome hodge-podge of humble beastliness, generous hearts, and general badassery.

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

First and foremost, I look up to my wife Riza (2012 TribAthlete of the Year). She is more inspiring to me than she knows.  She is among the hardest workers out there, but she approaches her work and growth with an incredible, genuine humility.  Most people would not recognize the Riza that existed before CrossFit.  Before CrossFit, Riza was unable to do a single push-up, even struggling to do them on her knees.  I heard her say more than once that she believed that her arms were incapable of doing pull-ups.  “Incapable.”  She was so doubtful, and she created limitations for herself.  But CrossFit changed all of that.  Through sheer hard work and targeted practice, her fixed mindset completely flipped.  And once her mindset changed, her body followed.  And that’s the way it is with CrossFit– and, with life, really; our bodies follow our minds.  Our greatness does not arise from some inherent physical capacity or talent, but instead it flows from our knowledge, our discipline, and our hard work.

Seeing the CrossFit journey through her eyes has revealed to me just how transformative CrossFit can be.

I have tremendous respect for the coaches; they embody and transmit the knowledge that becomes our Tribe dogma.  Much respect to you who are continuously refining your knowledge and pedagogy for the good of the Tribe.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
I enjoy WODs that incorporate barwork and handstand pushups.

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
I don’t have a least favorite skill (okay, maybe Cross V-Ups haha), but highest priorities to work on right now: FLEXIBILITY (ex. shoulder and T-spine mobility), COORDINATION (ex. bar path, gymnastics), ENDURANCE, POWER (ex. Oly explosiveness, gymnastics), and BALANCE (handstand walks).

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I really love to eat, and I’m not picky at all.  That means I eat a whole lot of everything.  Which not only makes lifting my big ‘ol body difficult, but (as I’ve learned) really affects my training and performance.  Damn you, Food!  And also, I love you.

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
I’m really proud of my the sustainable changes I’ve made with regards to my nutrition.  I want to send a big shout-out to Toto and Coach Jon for their guidance with my Foods.  I really do believe it has helped change my performance these last few months.   #youdarealMVPs


Favorite quote or motto?
“Head down. Mouth shut.  Work.”

“Those who believe they can and those who believe they can’t are both right.”

“Sooo, what’re we eating?”

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I just have to remind myself that it’s a journey and a process.  I have remind myself that I am capable of more than I realize; to embrace the suck; to go to that dark, dark place.  And when all else fails, make a face like you’re the walking dead and wait for the clock to run out.


What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?
Get #swoleandflexy!  Hahah  But yeah, just wanna keep on keepin’ on, working hard and having fun!