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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!

Battleground South Bay Highlights

Congrats to all of our CrossFit Askal Competitors

Congrats to all of our CrossFit Askal Competitors

It has taken me awhile to write about this past Saturday’s competition. Part of me is still recovering physically and mentally and another part of me is still frozen with awe.

On Saturday, April 19th, CrossFit Askal participated in the inaugural Battleground South Bay: Benefitting Train 4 Autism. CrossFit boxes all over the South Bay (and as far as South Gate and Woodland Hills) gathered for this beginner friendly fundraiser competition. Together we raised close to $6,000.

This day was a day of many firsts for me. It was the first time I had helped organize a competition. It was my first time organizing a fundraiser of this magnitude. To top it all off, it was my first time coaching and preparing athletes for a crossfit competition.

Words cannot describe how extremely proud, happy and overwhelming thankful I am to be surrounded by such a talented, hardworking, and supportive community.  I, along with my fellow organizers, could not even believe this event sold out.

To our volunteers, thank you so so much for all of your patience and hard work. Perla and Detrick held down the fort at the athlete/volunteer/heat check in. Alicia and Debbie hustled like crazy to set and reset equipment after each heat and workout. Not to mention the dozens of other volunteers who assisted and judged.

To our competitors:  Gaby, Mayra, Dana, Noemi, Joelle, Christian, Chris, Raul, Nick, Miguel and Ben… I am extremely proud of each and every one of you. For most of you, it was your first competition and I could not be more proud. To have the courage to sign up for your first competition, put in work and go through with it is quite a feat and took courage and hard work.  You, along with the rest of CrossFit Askal, motivate me everyday to be a better athlete, coach, and overall person. Congrats to you all.

A few more highlights:

  • The event was completely sold out with a total of 148 competitors.
  • CrossFit Askal had the most athletes on the podium: Mayra (1st –intermediate), Joelle (2nd -beginner), Gaby (1st -beginner), Chris (2nd -beginner) and Raul (3rd– intermediate).
  • Not only did Gaby PR successfully complete the deadlift ladder, she placed first in the event AND she PR her 3 rep max by 10lbs!
  • Jojo finished second in workout 1.
  • Dana placed third in workout 2.
  • Mayra placed first in BOTH workout 1 and 2.
  • This was Coach Ben’s first competition since his ACL surgery.

We are already looking forward to hosting next year’s event and have already begun planning. If you would like to help coordinate, please contact me at

If you attended or participated in Battleground South Bay and would like to share your experience, please let us know!

Thank you all again and keep up the hard work!

– Coach A