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2017 Tribathletes


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

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2017 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....

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Mike Salvanera


MARCH 2017

Mike Salvanera


MARCH 2017

This month’s TribAthlete has been an athlete in the making! Coming to us last year from another box with plenty of CrossFit experience under his belt, Mike was a barbell stud! With a clean & jerk and snatch that are the envy of many people at Tribe, Mike could have easily hung his hat on that and called it a day! However, Mike is not your average person, and he has made it his goal to be an above average athlete! As a full time student with a full time job, he still finds time to get into the box 4-5 times a week to get his workouts in AND to attack his weaknesses.  As a bigger guy, he is one Tribe’s stronger athletes, but he wants more than that! He is there most Saturday mornings at 6:45am for Track Training to work on his endurance.  He stays after classes to work on his gymnastics game and get better at body weight movements, and all his hard work is paying off!  In this year’s CrossFit Open, Mike is emerging as one of the top dogs and putting up big scores in all the workouts, even those involving a good amount of body weight movements! He is truly emerging as a dual threat in the box! It’s Mike’s mentality that will carry him far as an athlete, but even further in his life! 

Congratulations #KillaMike! 

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness?
I started at Tribe back in August 2015?? Or September maybe, thanks to KMamba aka KWawa (Karen). I’m not really sure anymore because it feels like I’ve been home all along. Thanks KMamba!

How/why did you choose CrossFit?
I chose CrossFit because I was bored of just conventional workouts at the gym. Also, unfortunately for me, Ball (basketball) isn’t life anymore. CrossFit is a way for me to not only improve my fitness, but to bring out the competitive nature I’m used to from playing ball. Also, Diabetes and Heart Disease run in my family so I’m hoping that all this fitness will help prevent those things.

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness?
This may sound cliché, but it really is the community. In the short amount of time I’ve been able to call Tribe my ‘home’, I’ve met a lot of great people here.

What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?
My family and friends know that with my busy schedule CrossFit is what keeps me grounded. So they support me 100%! I feel like CrossFit and life pretty much go hand in hand. I find myself striving to be better in different aspects of CrossFit which translates over into also striving to be better at different aspects of life.

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?
Honestly, I look up not only to all the coaches but also to all the members. Each coach brings something different to the table which is great because it just makes us all well-rounded athletes. Also, seeing other members push past their weaknesses only to turn them into their strengths is pretty inspiring.

Favorite WOD/Skill?
ALL THE WEIGHTS. I LUV DA WEIGHTS. Snatch, Clean, Clean&Jerk… You name it, I love it. Oh… and Double Unders… 

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)?
Handstand Push-Ups. I wish I had retractable arms to make the distance to the floor so much shorter =( .

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
So far the biggest challenge is staying consistent. It’s usually my work/school schedule that throws everything off for me. There’s 24 hours in a day, I know I can make time for at least 1 hour!

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)?
So far my proudest accomplishment is being able to go into the CrossFit Open knowing that I can do most of the prescribed movements. (Dear Dave Castro, please don’t program any ring muscle ups or deficit handstand push ups/walks this year.)

Best experience as part of TFF?
My best experience as part of TFF so far has been during the Open. This is my 2nd Open with Tribe and I love how everyone just bands together to cheer on and support one another.

Favorite quote or motto?
“Squats are like life. It’s about standing up when something heavy tries to keep you down.“

When you think its tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going?
I try to tell myself that nothing is impossible. If I believe, I know I can achieve.

What’s in store for your fans? Future goals?
Well I’m hoping to make the CrossFit Games Regionals… As a master… In the 35-39 division. Haha. I’ve got a few years before then, but in the meantime, I’m trying to conquer this mythical beast known as the Ring Muscle Up. I also would like to get a handstand walk in by the end of the year.

Your message to readers:
"If you surround yourself with positive people who build you up, the sky is the limit.” Ever since I joined Tribe I feel like I’ve surrounded myself with the right people. Thank you to all the coaches and all the other athletes at Tribe who I can now call my friends for all the encouragement. I truly feel that the sky is the limit. Go Tribe! 

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Fernanda Salas


FEBRUARY 2017

Fernanda Salas


FEBRUARY 2017

February TribAthlete - Fernanda Salas!

Its been a long time coming, as we announce this month’s TribAthlete - Fernanda Salas! Fernanda has been with Tribe approaching 5 years, starting in our Kids class at 7yrs old and is now in our Pre-Teens class about to turn 12yrs old. This girl works hard, constantly focusing on her form and welcoming everyone she meets with a big smile. Her go-getter attitude is infectious and is probably the reason why she has made so many friends here. Shes a little quite for the most part, but very approachable and is always smiling! More recently, she has challenged herself by joining the Jr Varsity Powerlifting class, lifting more than her bodyweight, and this month will be doing her first Jr. Triathlalon! We are so proud of her and are looking forward to seeing her growth and what the future holds for her. Congratulations Fern!

What is CrossFit Tribe? 
It’s a home where people are supportive but push you to get better at things you may not be good at.

What do you like most about Tribe Kids & Teens? 
I like that everybody around you is pushing you, and the Coaches always know what to do to make you better. I love the vibe here.

Do you have a hero at the box? If so, who is it and why? 
Yeah, Coach Sophal because she is always pushing herself to get better and is very self-motivating. Coach Adrienne because she can do so many things when shes hurt or not. My friend Lilly because she is always pushing me and encouraging me.

What is your favorite WOD/skill? 
I like doing anything to with handstands.

What is your biggest challenge so far? 
Right now its pull ups.

What is your favorite food? 
Mac and cheese is so good!

How has CrossFit changed you? 
I have more energy overall, and I move with better form when I am doing everyday activities, like picking things up off the floor.

Do you have any family members that CrossFit? 
If so, how has that inspired you? Yes, my whole family does. My Dad, Mom, 2 sisters and my brother. They inspire me because they have made me realize that a girl can do anything a guy can do. There is no such thing as a “girl push up”.

If you could be a superhero who would you be and why? 
I don’t really care about superheroes, but I would be Mulan because she wasn’t allowed to fight, but she did anyways.

What would you say to other Kids or Teens that are considering joining the Tribe? 
You should join because you will be around other people that want to be better and will help you to be better too.

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going? 
I just remember that I know I can do it… what doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.

What’s in store for your fans? Future goals? 
I don’t have fans! But I do plan to do some competitions and get stronger and better!

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Sanjay Sabarwal


JANUARY 2017

Sanjay Sabarwal


JANUARY 2017

This month’s TribAthlete is Sanjay Sabarwal, and he is truly one of those success stories when it comes to fitness, but, more importantly, his life! Around the time when Sanjay first came to the Tribe, he had told me that he had a stroke and minor brain bleed a few years ago, and how that those setbacks in his life have definitely been a big challenge, but more importantly, a wake up call! First of all, the physical challenges of coming back from a stroke were difficult in itself, but It also forced him to take a good look at himself and ask what he really wanted from his life.  In the end, he came to the decision that he wasn’t going to let life happen to him, but make life happen instead!  In the gym, it took a little bit of time for him to just coordinate certain movements, but slowly & surely things started to click for Sanjay! As of late, his strength numbers have begun to surge way up, and he’s been proud to say that he has been able to even RX a few workouts.  We have seen the hard work that Sanjay puts in during and after classes, and with a big smile on his face everyday! That hard work has begun to pay off, and it shows big time!

When did you start with Tribe Functional Fitness? 
I joined Tribe in August, 2015

How/why did you choose to CrossFit? 
6 years ago, I suffered a mild stroke, and then a year later, I had a bleed in my brain so underwent brain surgery. It made me realize that I wanted to be more than someone whom life happened to, and rather design my own life. Few years after both incidents, I began doing obstacle runs, and realized how I couldn’t do many of the challenges so I picked Crossfit to get me to those goals. 

What is your favorite thing about Tribe Functional Fitness? 
The amount of smiling I end up doing. It may sound like a cliche by now, but I have never come to a class and not been greeted or asked about by members.  Someone will always push me to finish the WOD. I assumed it would be the coaches, but most often, it is someone who has finished or is coming in for the next class. It is truly a great feeling. 


What role have your family/friends played in your CrossFit journey?   
My wife has supported my craziness, and encouraged me to be the best version of myself. I am blessed with a family who have never said no to my dreams, and my friends have encouraged me by us giving up poker nights and going to hikes with me. 

Who at TFF do you look up to, respect or admire and why?  
I can’t name just one person because honestly every coach I have had (Warren. Dustin, Ed, Noel, Robert, Ryan) show so much empathy and have never allowed me to half-ass it. This box’s coaches have made it a point to make everyone better not just specific people, that’s an uncommon quality.  Of course, I gotta give a shout out to the 8 and 9am classes for giving me the reason to get up and come (Chris, Rudy, and Rick, thank you!) 

Favorite WOD/Skill? 
Honestly, I am really beginning to enjoy strength (Deadlift, Squat) and WOD all of them because they remind me continually how far I need to go. 

Least favorite WOD or skill (your “Goat”)? 
I would say reverse lunges because I cannot believe how 85lbs can feel so heavy! Any WOD with Overhead Squats! 

Biggest challenge so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)? 
Improving my core and mobility. I am a very stiff 45 year old! 

Proudest accomplishment so far (in CrossFit or nutrition)? 
Squatting 225lbs, Bench Pressing 195lbs, and Deadlifting 315lbs! 

Best experience at part of TFF? 
The day I received a card from the Box on my father’s passing, signed by so many people!  It was then I knew that I was home. 

Favorite quote or motto? 
“Be The Change You Wish To See in the World”. Gandhi

When you think it’s tough, difficult or impossible, what keeps you going? 
That even if I fail at the WOD, I have already won by being present and giving it a  shot. Then do it again. Besides. I already have come close to dying, what do I have to lose?

What’s in store for your fans?  Future goals?  
For personal, to complete my memoir for publishing and further develop my law firm. For fitness, 5 strict Pull ups, Double Unders and 1 muscle up, and run a marathon by end of 2017!