SUCCESS STORIES

Meghan P. Is The July Member Of The Month

Meghan has been with us for almost a year now and the progress she has made has been nothing short of fantastic and all of it is due to her hard work and dedication to trusting the process. Each month that has gone by, she has made an effort to attend more classes than the last. She is consistently asking for tips on how to help herself achieve new levels of the progression of each movement. She was one of two of our members to complete all the extra credit required to complete a Croga Bingo Blackout. And, over the last few months of being signed up for Croga Nutrition and following the guidelines of Coach Cody to a T, even with travel for work and an often unpredictable schedule, she has already lost nearly 20 lbs in 3 months.

She is a fantastic example of how hard work and focus are key to helping you achieve your goals. Congratulations on all your success so far and this Member of the Month, you deserve it!

When did you join Cróga?
My first class ever was Sept 24, 2018. But I can be a slow starter, and for the first 6 months I only went 1-2 times a week. So I really consider my Croga “birthday” to be April 2019. That’s when I started going regularly – 5 to 6 times a week as long as I’m not traveling for work.

What were you doing before for fitness?
For the past 8 years I’ve been in and out of pretty much every fitness routine you can imagine – spinning, yoga, marathon training, HIIT circuits – I’d get really into something for a while and then fizzle out. But, for the year before Croga – really I was doing nothing. I was probably at the lowest level of fitness (and confidence) I had been for almost 10 years. Then I finally got fed up and promised myself I’d stick with something for at least 6 months – and signed up for 6 months pre-paid after talking with Coach Dave.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
My first workout was an Ignite workout – I don’t remember exactly what it was but it involved box jumps which I had to scale to step-ups. And then could barely walk up the stairs for the next few days!

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
There are too many to list. It sounds like an exaggeration, but I literally feel like with Croga and Coach Dave & Cody, I have really transformed. I’m lifting more and moving faster. I started WAG nutrition coaching with Coach Cody at the end of May and in 12 weeks have lost almost 20 pounds and a bunch of inches. I’ve definitely upped my mental fortitude – I walked into Murph on Memorial Day planning on only doing half – and ended up doing the full (partitioned) thing! I wouldn’t have believed I could – and then I did. I feel so much better physically, have more endurance, more strength, and feel way more in control of my nutrition. Really – it’s just been all good things!

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
I try and make the 3:30 class every weekday. And sometimes stay for Ignite. 8AM Sundays have also become a habit. Recently, because of work, I’ve begrudgingly been making more frequent cameos at 5 AM.

What’s your favorite WOD?
I like longer WODs (it’s that slow starter thing) – anything with push presses, box jumps, burpees, squats or rowing I tend to like. Recently I’ve been strangely enjoying the Sunday endurance WODs – in a love/hate way!

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Well I tend not to like things I’m bad at, so usually if I don’t like a WOD, it means I need to work the movements more – and therefore should be grateful to Cody for programming it. (Even though that’s usually not what’s running through my head in the moment 🙂 ) Wall balls, snatches, toes-to-bar, sumo deadlift high-pulls and KB swings come to mind.

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Either a cold brew after the 5 AM class, or a grocery shopping trip after Sunday class.

What do you love about CrossFit?
It’s infinitely scalable – there’s any entry point for anyone. Consistency and dedication pay off  – generally in life but especially in CrossFit. And I especially love that I actually have to think and focus to do it – it forces me to take my mind off everything else and just be in the moment.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
A food scale!!!!! (Thanks Coach Cody!! I promise I’m going to sleep as soon as I finish this questionnaire 🙂 )

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I have some more goals for WAG I’d like to get to. For fitness – generally get stronger and faster. Specifically – get a pull-up or two, continue my ongoing battle with stringing together double-unders, and improve my Oly lifting form.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Totally, totally do it! The coaches are amazing, the people are great, Murph is a perfect gym dog, and you’ll get so much out of it. I waited so long because I was scared I wasn’t going to be perfect right away – which, spoiler alert, I wasn’t! But as Coach Dave says “Progress not Perfection” is the best way forward!

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
Really just how grateful I am to be a part of Croga. I knew (and Dave & Cody knew) I wasn’t coming frequently enough those first 6 months, but not once did they make me feel bad about it. They just always greeted me with smiles, encouraged me when I was there, and gently nudged me when I needed it. I’ll always remember the first week of April, which was the first time I came every day of the week. I sat on the ground after 3:30 on Friday and said to Dave “I came every day this week!” And he just smiled at me and said “I know! We’re so happy to be seeing more of you!” BIG THANKS Cody & Dave – I’m happy to be seeing more of you too.

Mike D. Is The June Member Of The Month

If there was a list of Croga Legends, Mike D would most definitely be on it. He has been around since the beginning and our friendship has grown to include our significant others and our children now, which has been a ton of fun. For 6 years I joked with Mike that I was never going to give him Member of the Month because he’s always complaining about the programming and how we never program the “perfect” workout for him, but I finally gave in when he bought a new house and moved further away from Croga, but went out of his way to become more committed to getting in the gym.

With a wife, two kids and very busy days running around selling “RE” (Mike’s slang for Real Estate), I am always impressed with Mike’s ability to participate in tons of networking and charity events, as well as help the other agents in his office, spend time with his extended family that all live in the area and get to the gym regularly. Congrats on finally achieving MOTM status, Mike. Don’t hold your breath for Member of the Year…

When did you join Cróga?
A long time ago (5+ years?)…shortly after the gym opened up and Dave was coaching every class, every day…he was always a treat.

What were you doing before for fitness?
I was doing personal training with some Crossfit type functional stuff. Also, running on my own. Did a few half marathons, one full marathon and then I retired from running.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
I can’t remember fully, it had some overhead kettlebell lunges and other stuff. All I remember was trying to beat my best friend Big Mike, who introduced me to Croga. Mike, Dave and I go a long ways back to high school (Mitty is better than Bellarmine btw).

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
I’m definitely more ‘jacked’ than I was before, I still have to work on my eating habits and therefore my ‘Dad Bod’ is in full force. I’ve noticed how the ‘functional’ part of Crossfit helps me in everyday life.

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
This is a loaded question. Before my son was born (baby #2) it was 6 AM class and at least 4 times a week. Now, it’s whenever I can make it. It’s usually in the afternoon, and I’m late to class or workout on my own on the side.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Anything with DEADLIFTS and ROWING!

What’s your least favorite WOD?
I hate ring dips…absolutely hate em! Muscle Ups too…so I guess that means anything that requires gymnastics and body weight?

“The Mike D” WOD! What would it be?
Rowing, Deadlifts and bicep curls! Program it Cody!

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
I try to fit in some ab mat situps to make myself think if I do enough of them, I might get a six-pack at some point in my life.

What do you love about CrossFit?
All of the components that go with Crossfit…weightlifting, cardio, gymnastics, etc. The community. The coaches. I do love competition with some of my buddies there too. I don’t fully believe in ‘competing with yourself’…I like it when I kick someone else’s ass in a workout.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
It took me a long time to catch onto all of the different types of diets that correlate with Crossfit. I do like Keto. I have not been perfect at it, but it has driven me to try and cut out sugar/carbs more than I ever have in my life and I have been seeing the results.

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
It’s actually not setting any PR’s…really I’m just trying to get back to a regular schedule at the gym, and going to the gym more. Having a busy work schedule and family life has made it tough and I’m determined to get back to my gym routine.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
If you have the time, I highly recommend taking the Crossfit Level 1 course. It’s an action-packed 2 days full of information and fitness and only going to make you a better Crossfitter. It also allows you to potentially coach if you wanted to someday…I’m still waiting for Dave to ask me if I want to coach for Croga haha jk

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
Getting Gamesbound doesn’t just pertain to Crossfit…it can pertain to all parts of your life.
Also, I’m not going to lie, this MOTM award for me is definitely not from my performance last month or even in 2019. I appreciate Dave and the team considering me for this for all of the years I’ve been a part of this great community. I have friends that own other Crossfit gyms, and have visited other gyms out of area…and none of them compare to the people that run Croga and the members that go to Croga. Love, Mike D

Courtney P. Is The May Member Of The Month

When we meet potential new members at Croga I often ask them why they want to do CrossFit. For many of the members at Croga, the reason is often to be able to do more activities with their kids and to know they are doing something to live a longer life so they can spend more time with their loved ones. And as you will read below, Courtney is one of those members who has a very strong will to improve so she can be the best mother to her children and wife to her husband.

She is such a great example of strength, persistence, will power and love. We couldn’t be happier than to honor her with our member of the month award and to let her tell her story because we know it’s one that a lot of people can identify with and is one of empowerment through hard work and dedication.

When did you join Cróga?
I think it was late in 2016 for the first time. I’m a boomerang as some would say (at least in my work world).  I wasn’t consistent back then though.  I had just gone back to work after staying home for a few years and was figuring out how to balance work, 3 kids, a marriage, home, etc.  This time around I came back in October 2018.  A little over a year ago, a very good friend of mine had a heart attack.  Since October 2018 alone, I have had 2 friend’s husbands die in their sleep from heart attacks.  Due to that and the fact that coming back this time around was about 1000x harder physically than the first time I joined, I promised myself I would set aside 3 days a week and really commit to these workouts.  Overall, with a few exceptions, I’ve kept that promise. For the month of June, I’m trying to make 4 classes a week as my kids’ schedule lightens up a bit.

What were you doing before for fitness?
Sadly, the last 2 years nothing.  I just worked a LOT, came home, drove kids to practices and appointments of all sorts, ate dinner then went to sleep.  Did that on repeat and felt pretty awful.  I would wake up achy for no good reason which is another reason I came back.  I figured it’d be better to be muscle sore than joint sore.  Previous to that I did quite a few things. I grew up riding horses and competed pretty heavily in my 20’s.  Then I had kids and took some time off.  I went back to it for a bit after having my 3rd child but it was too time-consuming.  I also had a new(er) fear of getting hurt that I didn’t have before I had kids, getting thrown off horses is no joke!  Around the same time I started riding again, I also joined a local bootcamp 3 days a week and picked up running 2-3 days a week as well.  I did a couple of half marathons and decided I really didn’t like running THAT much.  The last race I did was a 10-mile race over the Golden Gate bridge. I did it for my daughter Kendall, who happens to have special needs.  She was turning 10 that year and I thought it was a very fitting way to end my few years of running.  It turned out to be the easiest and best long run I ever had.  Somewhere around that same time my youngest son wanted to try karate.  I sat in the waiting room watching him for a few months. I thought this was one of the few sports that I could do (equally) with him so I started taking classes with him.  Let’s just say kids make everything look easy!  It was much harder than I originally thought.  Part of the deal in karate is that you also have to spar eventually so I jumped in and took classes for that as well.  It was super intimidating but really empowering and I loved it. Soon enough I had earned my first belt then another and another etc.  Before I knew it both Chase (my youngest boy) and I ended up with our purple belts after a pretty grueling 4-hour test.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
I have no clue what it was back in 2016, it’s all a blur. This time around I still don’t know what it was but I know a farmers carry was involved and that was a modification.  I’m pretty sure the entire thing was modified and I didn’t record it because I was so frustrated that I was so out of shape.  I thought I was going to die.  I remember my husband, Dan, telling me when I got home and walked through the door that I looked almost dead.  I followed that comment with the good ol’ look of death then sat at our kitchen island and planted my face down on the nice cool granite for like 30 minutes before I moved or even spoke again.

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
I’ve lost a bunch of inches all over my body, I think the last time I check it was around 11 inches gone.  I am definitely stronger but still not as strong as I would like to be.  I will say the biggest thing is that I can do the workouts now without my back/hip acting up and stopping me in my tracks (knock on wood).  We spent what felt like months working on getting my back and hips to cooperate and now they do!

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
Mostly 3:30 or 5:30 pm during the week on whatever days my schedule allows.  I’m often there on Sundays too.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Ideally, one where I could beat Dan (my husband).  For real though, I like the longer workouts with a combo of weights (I like power cleans), some gymnastic movement (because I want to get better at them) and rowing, running or box jumps.

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Anything with burpee box jump overs or burpee pull-ups or the whole burpee then jump 6 inches thing.  If it was ever just a burpee it would be ok but it’s never just a “simple burpee”.  Overhead squats also hate me but at least my body allows me to do them now so I’m actually grateful for that.  I’m pretty terrible when it comes to anything that requires me to sprint or go super fast.  Those workouts are not at the top of my list, but I do them anyway.  Pretty much only because there are so many of them!  Look, if I was asked if I was the tortoise or the hare in the race, I’d for sure be the tortoise.  I go slow but I always finish.

“The Courtney” WOD! What would it be?
First, I’d have some amazing 90’s rap playlist that would likely include Dre, Snoop and maybe even Too Short.  Just to mix it up I may even throw in some good big hair bands as well, no ballads though.  Then we’d do something along the following for 3 rounds, building in weight for the squat cleans……there would probably be a time cap on it as well and since I’m a tortoise I’d make that 20 min.  I don’t even know if that’s a reasonable time for a workout like that but it doesn’t matter because it’s “The Courtney” WOD right!?

15 Squat Cleans
30 Toes to bar
Run 400m
13 Squat Cleans
30 Toes to Bar
Run 400m
11 Squat Cleans
30 Toes to Bar
Run 400m

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Laying on the ground in front of the big fan, almost dead, realizing I survived another workout.  I also really like the darn Fitaids but I try to minimize the amount of them I have every week.  Once I’m out of there it’s back to reality so just laying on that floor feels like a break for me and I always appreciate a good break!

What do you love about CrossFit?
This is an easy one, the people, the workouts and the coaches.  Everyone is 100% supportive, it doesn’t matter where you are in your fitness journey, everyone wants you to succeed and roots for you.  I love that the workouts are constantly changing so you can’t get bored and of course the coaches.  They have been absolutely awesome.  They are so knowledgeable, helpful, and kind.  They even make me laugh when I want to cry (note- I have yet to burst into tears in class, I’ve come close a couple of times so don’t put that past me).

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Dave posted the Skinny Taste cookbook recipe for a Giant Turkey Parmesan Meatball.  We double the recipe because my kids can put down some food and basically turn it into a meatloaf.  Serve it with pasta (zoodles for me) and salad.  It’s something all 5 of us gobble up.  Definitely worthy of the #crogaeats hashtag.

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I’d really like to be able to do toes to bar and not just knee raises. I’d also like to get at least a banded pull-up.  Overall, I want to get stronger and more efficient with all the lifts.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Just show up and trust the coaches.  Everything can be modified.

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
When I was 29 I had my first child, my daughter Kendall.  She was born with special needs due to a rare chromosome disorder and was/is also deaf in her right ear with a mild loss in her left one.  We had no idea until she was born that anything was wrong.  That really rocked my world and crushed me.  Basically, in that moment I had to shift all my dreams and expectations of what her life was going to look like. That is VERY HARD to do.  Actually, it may be the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life.  We all have some unspoken expectations/dreams of what our child’s life may look like.  With typical kids, you have time to start to see them shifting away from things you thought they may once do and you have time to process it.  With Kendall, I didn’t get the time to process it.  It was thrown upon me.  Everything she has done in her life has been on her own time frame.  She didn’t crawl until she was 15 months old, she didn’t walk until she was 2.5 years old and she didn’t talk until she was around 9 or so years old other than some very basic words.  To this day she talks but there is a lot you can’t understand and everything is still delayed compared to the typical world.  However, she has been the best gift I could have ever received in life.  She has shown me that life is not a competition even if we do live in one of the most competitive areas in terms of schools/jobs etc.  She’s forced me to slow down (and be that tortoise), she’s shown me nothing but love, taught me empathy, changed my view of the world and others in it and so much more.  She has been through more in her 15 years of life than most people I know.  Because of her, I don’t take anything for granted.  I’m grateful for all that my body can do even if I often get frustrated that I can’t do more.  She’s given me such a good perspective on life.  Raising her has been challenging and amazing all at once.  She’s the reason (along with my other 2 boys of course) that I do this.  I need to be strong enough to continue to care for them but especially for her. She’s made me both resilient and persistent.  I think both of those qualities help me in all areas of life but they really help in Crossfit as well.

Rob N. Is The April Member Of The Month

I don’t want to put words in Rob’s mouth, but this might have been the greatest month of Rob’s life so far. First, he won the Croga Member of the Month award for his hard work, dedication and consistent focus on incremental progress, and then, he became a dad!!! It doesn’t get much better than that if you ask me.

And what a dad he is going to be to his little boy, Lincoln. Rob always has a smile on his face, is an eternal optimist, never backs down from a challenge and is a ton of fun inside and outside the gym. Congrats on the MoTM, Rob, but a bigger congrats to you and Wendy on the newest addition to the family!

When did you join Cróga?
Wendy tricked me into competing in the 2017 Open without knowing what I had signed up for. I loved the challenge and inescapable feeling of death when I finished the workout. Became official member in October 2017. The real date that’s important is the first day I beat Jose Cong in a workout, Dec 3rd, 2017. My proudest moment as a member.

What were you doing before for fitness?
Primarily the shake weight, thigh master, and dabbled in jazzercise but it didn’t really feel right, I think it was the leotard.

My main background would be as a long distance runner. But I had been lifting weights on my own since college. Averaged about one leg day every 10 years or so. Pretty good base for Crossfit.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
Wendy told me we were going to get ice cream and buy a puppy but instead, she brought me to Croga and I did the open.

So I guess 17.1 or 17.2. I think deadlift, weighted lunges, and pull-ups?

What I do know is that I stared off into the distance for a while trying not to puke after that one.

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
I’ve found something I’ve only heard of before. I think it’s called a butt? Whatever it is, it pushes up on my jeans in the back of pants now.

I can proudly say that my usual medium shirts that in my opinion used to make it look like i didn’t work out at all (tiny forearms and hidden biceps) which transitioned to a snug Smedium, to now super tight. NEW goal is to get them to the holy grail “deuchebag tight or creepy weird guy at the gym tight” size, which is where it’s obvious I could/need to buy a larger shirt, but I’d rather show off that muscle tightness. Then repeat this process with a size large shirt. Then get where I’m so swole I don’t need a shirt.—-insert any CJ Vincent shirtless joke here—

Honestly:
This is the strongest and most fit I’ve ever been, never would I have thought that’d I’d be able to deadlift and squat as much as I can now. Body composition has completely changed. I am the heaviest I’ve been, but in a gainz and muscular way that I have never been before.

I can also say that I have been surprised at how well my cardio (running) has been even without running a lot. Because I am stronger, I am significantly more powerful running and in softball.

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
I have been pretty consistent with hitting Croga in the afternoons, 5:30 on most days, and weekends at 9 am.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Anything where I can beat Jose and CJ.

Which usually means something longer in the 15-20 minute range, body weight or lightweight barbell activities and medium reps 10-20, and having a run in there absolutely helps.

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Overhead squats, snatches, handstand push-ups… anything overhead.

Large amounts of thrusters are miserable as well… like 19.5, horrible.

“The Rob” WOD! What would it be?
Rob WOD would look like this:
Backwards hat ✅
Africa on repeat performed by WEEZER on speakers ✅

In 5 minutes: Chug a “Bang” energy drink, rub Icy Hot all over body…

Then for time:
40 double unders
20 burpee box jump overs
20 chest to bar pull-ups
20 toes to bar
400-meter run
5 bar muscle ups
400-meter run
20 toes to bar
20 chest to bar pull-ups
20 burpee box jump overs
40 double unders

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Beer, ibuprofen, whiskey in that order.

Physical Therapist answer: Stretching, soft tissue massage, cupping, icing, heat… Any or all of this should be a part of everyone’s routine in some regard before and after workout out to prevent injuries.

What do you love about CrossFit?
The competition and camaraderie are something I haven’t had since high school. And that is what I have fallen in love with. Great group of people who have similar interests.

As a therapist, I love that CrossFit brings out the strengths and weaknesses of an individual, and we all have them. Seeing my weaknesses in my fitness has absolutely made we work on things I never would have thought of before. This is important for everyday life as well as fitness.

Prior to Crossfit, my fitness was very linear, and now I am a much more well rounded.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Seeing that my usual diet consists of Monster energy drinks, bagel bites, easy Mac, and Brand-O (it has electrolytes)… I have room for improvement.

I’ve never been big on cooking to be honest, this is an area I need to improve upon going forward, but I really have enjoyed knowing that I can take on more calories and gain muscle.

LeanFeast has been huge!

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I think it would be great if I could be strong enough to deadlift 400 and fast enough run a sub-5-minute mile on the same day.

Not sure if that’s super realistic, but I think it can be done.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Just get in here! It’s ok to not be great at all or any of the movements at first. All things take time. I guarantee you will be faster, stronger, and look better. As with anything, consistency is the key. I did not see big improvements in strength and skills until I fully committed to at-least 13 visits a month. Even more so when I went unlimited visits. Even more when I got one on one work with Cody for skills, and even more when I had Cody write RX + workouts for me. Increased practice/training = more gains= higher fitness and feeling better.

Also, you need to listen to your body, if not feeling well talk to a coach and have them alter the workout for you. Any movement can be altered. For injury prevention, every person no matter what fitness level, would benefit from increased stretching and range of motion as well as extra core strength. These are things that will help keep you healthy in Crossfit and regular life. So these things take extra time but are essential for success and preventing injury.

Preet S. Is The March Member Of The Month

If you swing by Croga in the early evening for Ignite at 4:45 or CrossFit at 5;30, 90% of the time you’ll run into one of our friendliest and most outgoing members, Preet. She showed up one day last spring with a CrossFit Nola tank top on and a huge smile and I immediately knew she was going to fit right in. Most of our members say hi to new faces and introduce themselves and then give the new people a high five at the end of class, but what I love about Preet is that she is the one that takes it a step further. It’s rare that a class ends with someone new in it that she doesn’t end up chatting with them for 15-20 mintues about who they are, what they do for work and fun, and becoming instant friends. For this, as well as how consistently she attends and works hard in class, Preet is one of the people that I would consider “model members” for the gym and the community we have always been working to build at Croga. Thank you for being awesome, Preet! Congratulations on being our Member of the Month for March 2019, you definitely deserve it.

When did you join Cróga?
I joined in March 2018 – so just about a year ago. When I moved from New Orleans, one of the first things I wanted to do was join a gym here.  I was a little worried that I’d end up in too big a community and not find a gym I felt at home in. I ended up just googling “Crossfit San Jose” and Cróga was the first one that popped up and I signed up for a free workout.  It was like going on a blind date :).  My first class at the gym, everyone was so welcoming and encouraging that I knew it was the right fit for me.  I never even tried any other gyms. So began my relationship with Cróga.  We’re going on a year now!

What were you doing before for fitness?
I was living in New Orleans and going to a box there – Crossfit NOLA.  I also was an avid spinner, so I would do both throughout the week.  I also trained for a half marathon and even though I don’t love running, used it as a challenge.  I try to keep active by doing anything that gets my body moving.

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
Over the course of the last year at Cróga I’ve seen myself get stronger and have pushed myself to do more than I thought I could.  Even though I’ve been doing Crossfit for five years now, it was my first year participating in the Open.  That had a lot to do with the encouragement of coaches and fellow gym goers.  I’m so glad I did it as for the first time ever I was able to do handstand push-ups.

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
You can usually catch me at Ignite and a 5:30pm class.

What’s your favorite WOD?
Murph (as a partner WOD), Cindy or Angie.

What’s your least favorite WOD?
Anything with Squat Snatches

“The Preet” WOD! What would it be?
My favorite WODs include burpees, kettle bells, box jumps, HPCs, dead lifts and push jerks.

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
Besides wanting to pass out sometimes, it depends on the workout.  Since I take evening classes, I usually go home and cook a healthy dinner. Cooking is my hobby and if I wasn’t a Social Worker, I’d probably be a chef!

What do you love about CrossFit?
The community it’s built.  I don’t know how many Crossfit conversations I get into with complete strangers when Crossfit is mentioned.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Asian Box! Thanks for the rec!

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I’d like to be able to get some toes-to-bar and pull-ups.  I feel like I’m so close, but just need that final push to “get” each of them.

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Come take a class and feel how great the community is.  Coaches are amazing and are always encouraging.  You get to start your fitness journey exactly where you are at and watch it go from there. No one makes you feel like you have to do more than you are able.  Give it a shot, you have to start somewhere!

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
When I’m not at Cróga you can catch me hanging with my family, cooking, traveling the world, hiking, watching sports and being an avid social justice warrior.  I’m also a beast at binge-watching TV shows.

Ben P. Is The February Member Of The Month

When someone told me that Ben had never been our Member of the Month, I almost fell out of my chair. Not only was Ben one of our very first members (I think he joined in our first month of business, 6 years ago), but he’s one hell of an athlete and is consistently in the gym day in and day out unless he’s on a well-deserved vacation.

Ben is one of the hardest working, smartest, kindest, friendliest and most genuine people I’ve ever met and I feel blessed that when I was 18-years-old I just happened to be assigned to him as his summer intern. He is someone that I have always enjoyed spending time with and learning from and the only reason I can think of that he’s never been given this honor is because he’s just the most consistent person you may ever meet.

There are only a few people in this world that I look up to as role models and Ben is most definitely one of them.

Ben, please forgive me for not giving you this award sooner, you are on the shortlist for member of the decade.

When did you join Cróga?
I started working out at Croga before the doors opened by helping Dave install some flooring. Don’t inspect the floor too closely. You will quickly see why I am in the management side of construction.

What were you doing before for fitness?
Just normal life stuff. I am a horrible self-motivator when it comes to fitness.

What was your first workout? First reaction to your first workout?
That was too long ago. I can barely remember what Monday was. I do remember that even though I thought I was in good shape I was totally surprised how much it hurt.

What improvements have you seen in the way you look, feel and perform?
Look, I don’t think I have gotten any better looking. Feel, my hands are much rougher. Performance, up significantly. I bounce back faster from injuries, don’t get winded with outdoor activities and enjoy beating my kids at everything including handstands.

What days and times do you come to Cróga?
I try avoid the judging eye and critical comments from Steven in the afternoon, so I go when he and my kids are still asleep at 5:00 a.m. You probably won’t see me in the afternoon or on a weekend (Family Time!).

What’s your favorite WOD?
Besides the warm-up, anything with gymnastic movements. I also love chippers.
What’s your least favorite WOD? Probably one with heavy weights and prescribed rests. I would rather get to work and get done.

“The Ben” WOD! What would it be?
100 Air Squats – 90 Sit-ups – 80 Double Unders – 70 Walking Lunges – 60 Push Ups – 50 Box Jumps or weighted step ups – 40 Wall Ball – 30 Hollow Rocks – 20 Pull-ups – 10 Hand Stand Push Ups

What’s your favorite post-workout routine?
As I stretch out and wait for my heart rate to slow down I enjoy a little humor. Have you ever seen Kevin Sakai (try to) stretch or (try to) understand the WOD description? It’s comical and makes me feel better about myself.

What do you love about CrossFit?
Show up, do what you’re told and get work done. It’s an hour out of my day when I don’t have to think or worry about anything.

What’s been your favorite culinary discovery since joining Cróga?
Sorry, but Croga doesn’t introduce me to any culinary discoveries. I do this so I can eat what I like. I tried to do the whole 30 once and lasted about a week. I was pissed, I skipped out one day on an Ice Cream truck and quit the next day.

What’s your biggest fitness goal for this year?
I would say 42 unbroken pull-ups, but I think that ship has sailed. I don’t know. I guess it would be good to have one. Should it be something I like or getting better at something I really suck at like Pistols?

What words of advice do you have for new members or people considering joining Cróga?
Don’t over think it, show up and get to work. It will change your life in one way or another.

Anything to add that we didn’t touch on yet?
Nah, just that I love you guys! You’re working hard to impact people’s lives in a positive way!

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