Category Archives: Athlete of the Month

Athlete of the Month: Ralphy

Occupation: DSS- Childcare Licensing, (O.A.)

How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Askal?

My good friend Chris Hernandez told me about it, he gets personal training at CrossFit Askal.

What were you doing prior to CrossFit Askal?

I grew up playing soccer and basketball. But most recently I would just go to work, go home, and sit on the couch and watch tv. And occasionally I would go out and exercise.

Do you remember your first workout?

I remember that It was a beginner class and I think that it consisted of squats, sit ups, and running?? 

What do you like most about CrossFit Askal?

Besides getting my ass kicked every day, what I like most is the community we have at our box.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since starting CrossFit Askal?

I’ve noticed that I’m not as tired as I use to be when I would practically do nothing at work and at home. I feel more energized and also feel more confident. And my body has changed also of course. lol

How often do you come to CrossFit and what time?

I originally started going 3 days a week MWF at 5 o’clock (before it was cool, lol). But once my body got use to the soreness I gradually increased the days I would go. I now try to attend at least 4-5 days a week and I usually go to the 6 o clock class!. Its become part of my daily routine and something my body needs.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of CrossFit?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to social outings with the A-team.

If you weren’t CrossFitting, you’d probably be…

Sitting at home watching TV and drinking beer.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you:

I’m color blind!

Future goal(s):

Beat Camille LeBlanc! Jk, I just want to be an all-around complete athlete, I want to improve in my lifting form, mobility, calisthenics, and get stronger. It’s a long road ahead but I know I’ll enjoy the journey.

Favorite moment(s):

Setting a goal that I thought was achievable, putting the work in at the gym, and realizing that goal.

Favorite athlete:

Male athlete: Dan Bailey, Female athlete: Lauren Fisher

Favorite workout:

“Murph”

Least favorite workout:

14.5, it sucked… big time.

Are you paleo?

Not really, I haven’t had the time to try it yet but I do want to eventually do it. I eat whatever is available at home.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Crossfit Askal and/or anyone new (in Elements).

Listen to your body and work on your technique to avoid injury. And most importantly, have fun with it.

Anything else you would like to say:

Thanks to everyone at Crossfit Askal! Coach A, coach Ben, and coach Sam for giving us killer workouts and sharing your lifting knowledge with us. Thanks to everyone who goes in and leaves it all at the box day in and day out. You all have inspired and have helped push myself to do better. I’ve gained a lot both mentally and physically but most importantly I’ve gained new friendships. (tear)

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Athlete of the Month: Gaby

 

Gaby dove into CrossFit head first and has been attending classes on a regular basis. Everyone knows Gaby because of her warm bubbly and friendly personality and can be seen striking a conversation with anyone that enters the room, whether they are a member or just meeting them for the first time. She always ensures newcomers are welcomed and often provides tips and recommendations to them. She is genuine, dedicated, encouraging and a positive light in the box. In April, she competed in her first CrossFit competition and placed first in her division. In addition to being this month’s athlete of the month, Gaby celebrates her one year anniversary with us. Congrats and happy anniversary Gaby!

 

Age: 26

Occupation: Accountant

How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Askal?
I heard about Crossfit Askal from Mayra. Every time we went out for dinner we talked about CrossFit. I remembered she showed us her guns. lol

What were you doing prior to CrossFit Askal?
I was working out at a local gym for five days a week.

Do you remember your first workout?
Yes, TABATA. I remembered the four types of movements. My stomach was so sore for a week.

What do you like most about CrossFit Askal?
CrossFit can be intimating but not in this box. They are very supportive, friendly, and helpful. I made cool friends that look out for each other.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since starting CrossFit Askal?
The biggest change I seen in myself is my nutrition. I had a weakness for candy and sweet bread. Now, I eat healthy and allow myself to have one cheat meal per week.Second I feel more energize. Before I would have a “couple” of (more like 10) cups of coffee a day. Furthermore, it helped me set new goals each month. I work hard to accomplish my short term goals each month.

How often do you come to CrossFit and what time?\
Four-Five days a week

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of CrossFit?
Spend time with my crazy lovely family and watch sports!

If you weren’t CrossFitting, you’d probably be… going to the gym.

Future goal(s): Be healthy and successful

Favorite moment(s): Enjoying life! (Yolo)

Favorite athlete: None, but Garret Fisher is a cutie!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite workout: Workouts that make you sweat!!!!! =)

Least favorite workout: Burpees!

Are you paleo? Yes, modifiedpaleo.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining CrossfitAskal and/or anyone new (in elements).
Give it a try! CrossFit can be scary but it’s not. The workouts can be modified based on your comfort zone. Throughout time, one will develop the strength. Trust me… you will be surprised how much progress you will achieve. The Askal coaches care about everyone’s safety and they make sure you are doing the movements correctly. Also if you have any questions/concerns about nutrition, movement, or anything, they are more than happy to answer them.

Anything else you would like to say:
I would like to thank the coaches for motivating me to reach my goals. BE STRONG, STAY STRONG!

Athlete of the Month: Miguel

Miguel at his first CrossFit competition. Photo courtesy of Battleground South Bay

Miguel at his first CrossFit competition. Photo courtesy of Battleground South Bay

Miguel is a great example of what the A-Team is all about. He is consistent, persistent, and full of positive energy. He never complains or “cherry picks” his workouts and he tackles each workout and lift head on and with fierce determination. Miguel always enters the gym with a huge smile and eager to learn and sweat. He is constantly pushing himself and others and can be found putting in work before and after class, whether it’s mobility, running, or gymnastics movements. He even started a little post class run club. Whatever weakness he finds in himself he attacks it. Miguel recently competed in his first competition, Battleground South Bay and has been destroying old PR’s. Although Miguel has only been with us for six months, we can already see a great progress. We are very proud of you Miguel- keep up the hard work!

Age: 22

Occupation: Software & Network Technician

How did you hear about CrossFit and/or CrossFit Askal?
I would hear about it on TV from athletes and also online. I always noticed the sign outside when I would be in the [800 Carson] plaza but always thought it was too rough or that I wouldn’t last. One day I just walked in and days later I started.

What were you doing prior to CrossFit Askal?
I would “work out” once or twice a week but never kept going. I would go weeks without working out. I had no motivation or that extra push to go out and just do it. I normally just use to work, hang out all day, during the week and the weekends I use to eat out and party. Now I work, work out all week and I eat right…. and still party!

Do you remember your first workout?
Yes. It was MURPH! It almost scared me away but it was just another reason to keep going, so that I would be ready for it next time we meet again.

What do you like most about CrossFit Askal?
I love the feeling of being stronger, faster, and most of all, the physical change it has given (and continues to give) me.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in yourself since starting CrossFit Askal?
I weight 25+ pounds less & increase muscle growth.

How often do you come to CrossFit and what time?
At least 5 times a week, at 5pm and I don’t leave until I have worked out enough to reach my goals.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of CrossFit?
I like to be outdoors. It can be anywhere from paintballing to camping out for the weekend.

If you weren’t CrossFitting, you’d probably be…
I’d probably be a shape and still be out of shape. I would still be far from reaching my goals.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you:
Late 2011, I struggled from Bell’s Palsy. That is when I gained 40+ pounds. It hit me hard, didn’t want to go out or do anything just work and be at home. I use to walk around looking like half my face was asleep. Now you can’t tell it ever happen.

Future goal(s): Get back down to 185lbs-190lbs with a six pack!

Favorite moment(s):
Celebrating at The Stache and Tacos after the Battleground South Bay Competition.

Favorite athlete:
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Favorite workout:
Murph (showed me my weaknesses)

Least favorite workout:
Murph (It’s a love & hate thing)

Are you paleo? Yes, I try hard daily.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining CrossFit Askal and/or anyone new (in Elements):
You will struggle but the next day you will be stronger. Sore or not show up and keep a schedule that you know you will stick to. Eat right but I am not saying eat less but make better choices when you eat. When working out always focus, always remember those goals, and just have fun!

Anything else you would like to say:
A BIG THANKS TO COACH ANDREA! COACH BEN! COACH SAM! EVERYONE IN THE ASKAL PACK!!! YOU GUYS HAVE SHOWN ME WHAT I DIDN’T SEE IN ME, TO BE CAPABLE OF BEING WHAT I AM NOW. THANKS.