Athlete Of The Month

Danny Strautman
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Danny Strautman

Athlete of the month: June
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Danny aka Officer Danny has been a member of the beachside family for 5 years.  His commitment to his health and fitness has been awesome to watch. Danny can usually be found working out with the 9 a.m. crew. Make sure to congratulate him when you see him in the gym!

1. Tell is about yourself:

I’m Danny (Daniel by birth) Strautman, 38 years old. Born in Ventura, raised in Santa Paula. My father was a land surveyor and my mother worked for the city of Port Hueneme in the housing and urban development department. Both were actually very talented cooks and artists.  I grew up participating in sports such as soccer, track, swimming and in college did crew (rowing). I was an Eagle Scout and did junior lifeguards, which led to a 11 year career as a California State Lifeguard. Along the way, I learned waterman skills such as free-diving, outrigger paddling and surfing, which I need to do more of, thanks Coach Mee!  I graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s in biology with a marine emphasis. I continued to lifeguarded while volunteering as a reserve police officer for the Santa Paula Police Department.  I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to travel all around the world. So far, I’ve been to China/Tibet, Nepal, India, Indonesia (Bali), Japan, Australia, Thailand, Italy, Fuji and French Polynesia.

 

2. What do you do for a job?
I am a police officer with the Ventura  Police Department. I’ve been with the department for approximately 9 years and I’m current assigned to patrol.  Yes, I’ve been pepper sprayed, tazed and even bitten by the K9’s. Most ask which is worse. They are all worse.
3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
I really like to cook and challenge myself with new dishes. Coach Jess knows this, but I like to work on and ride motorcycles. I’ve been trying to dust of the cobwebs, but I used to be musically inclined. I played the trumpet, piano and guitar. My dad was a bit of a craftsman and made and played his own guitars. My mother played piano.  Oh, and I’m a motorsports fan.
4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
As an adult without collegiate sports, I needed something to keep me motivated to stay in shape. Working out on my own, I knew I wouldn’t push myself. Working out as a group is more motivational.
5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I resisted Cross-fit for awhile. I thought it was unattainable movements with a paleo everything. Plus, I had a former co-worker who would not shut up about it. Now I understand it’s a progression and not everyone is trying to compete in the games.
6. What was your first “bright spot”?
My first bright spot would be how I felt after I stop stutter stepping and had consistent gym attendance. After that, I felt more alert when awake, I had more energy/motivation, slept better, and got better at the movements.
7. What are you working on now?
I would like to do a bar muscle up again. I did one rep about two years ago and haven’t repeated it since.
8. What’s your favorite Beachside Crossfit memory?
My favorite gym memory would be the day I did the bar muscle up. It was after an afternoon WOD, in mostly empty gym. Mee, June and Sam all encouraged me to keep trying. When I got it, everyone cheered. It felt pretty good.
Kim McCallion
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Kim McCallion

Athlete of the month: May
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Kim has been an amazing part of our BeachSide family since May 2019. (Happy 2 year anniversary).  Kim is consistent with her training and gives it her all in the wods. She definitely inspires us all. When you see Kim in the gym give her a high five tell her congrats!
1. Tell is about yourself:

I was born in Oxnard CA but raised in Ojai. Besides CrossFit I love running and hiking and being outdoors. I know I probably have an unapproachable look on my face if you’ve never met me before but I’m actually quite down to earth and even funny! So come say Hi!

2. What do you do for a job?

I am a Registered Nurse. Currently I work as a House Supervisor for a Psychiatric Hospital. I am getting ready to transition to a Nurse Manager role at a local CSU that will be opening later this summer. Exciting stuff!

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
I didn’t start getting tattoos until I turned 40. Now that I have two I think I might be hooked. I also really like to collect food containers. I don’t know what it is about them but I think they’re pretty cool!  I love reading inspirational books and have picked up the habit of reading at least 10 pages a day of non-fiction material. Okay, that’s three things.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
About five years ago I was serving in the Ministry full time down in LA and there was a group of some of the men I was serving with who were obsessed with this “CrossFit” thing. I would get up early in the morning to jog and sometimes I’d pass by the gym and see what was going on in there. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. One of the guys would sometimes do “Box jumps” on this concrete wall on our campus and one time he missed. He scabbed his shin up pretty good but he kept going. At that point I was sold. But I do have to admit I think that’s the reason why I always run for the 16 inch box for our WODs.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I was so intimidated when I first stepped into Beachside CrossFit after completing Foundations with Coach Mee. Of course the WOD was “Nancy”. I stuck 5 lb. plates on that 15 lb. barbell and gave it my best. My left thumb went numb and I wobbled all over the place but got through it. Now overhead squats are something I look forward to. Beachside CrossFit has helped to change the way I understand fitness and helped me to become a better and more confident me.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?
Believe it or not my first “bright spot” was coming back after quarantine. Before, I would get kind of hung up on comparing myself to others in the gym and even beat myself up a little because I wasn’t as advanced. During that time when I was doing those home WODs I really began to compare myself  to myself and nobody else (because obviously nobody else was around) and truly began to understand the essence of CrossFit. Coming back to the gym I continued to focus on my own personal athletic performance improvement and behold; the PRs flooded in!

7. What are you working on now?
Ughhhh! Kipping Pull-ups! I’m getting closer! 1% each day right??

8. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?
There are so many! What comes to mind right now is doing The Open 21.2. I remember just pacing myself through that workout and holding on. I ended up with a time of 15:42. It was a victorious moment in my personal Beachside history!
Arturo Luna
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Arturo Luna

Athlete of the month: April
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Art has been an awesome addition the Beachside family since day one. His dedication to his fitness and recovery is motivating and impressive. If you see Art in class (usually with his best bud Darren)  say hi and congratulate him. He’s definitely earned it!

1. Tell is about yourself:

Raised in Oxnard by my parents who worked as pickers for the local agriculture. They had me try it once, picking strawberries from a field in south Oxnard, and it was a miserable day for me. My functional fitness was very low and I probably had some mobility limitations, so the level of physical discomfort was extreme from the bending over, squatting, and tension in my muscles and joints. That was enough to scare me straight toward academics, so after graduating high school I went to UC Irvine and got my degree in Civil Engineering. My first passion as far as sports was basketball, I’m a big fan of MJ/Kobe, and besides that I enjoy learning about science, technology, philosophy, and history.

2. What do you do for a job?
I work for the Navy as a civilian Civil/Structural engineer specializing in blast resistant structures.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
After most workouts I do a stretching and mobility routine. The reason that I do that is because I’ve had moderately serious back issues in the past, and I learned the hard way that stretching and mobility is the key to improving quality of movement and promoting healthy function. CrossFit has made that even more glaring because many of the movements require getting into positions that are difficult without full range of motion. At times it has felt like it would take forever to make mobility improvements, but I try to stay patient and remember that a little bit after my workouts will eventually add up to big gains.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? 
My best friend and training partner, Darren, asked me to try CrossFit. I was hesitant, but he was so confident I’d like it that he offered to pay for half my foundations. He and his wife June were the two fittest people I knew so I figured I’d give it a try. I decided to keep an open mind, give solid effort for 6 months and take it from there. Well he was right, 2+ years in and the benefits and fun I’ve had doing it are priceless.
5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
The community at BSCF was warm and inviting from day 1, just an abundance of happy, positive, fit people. The workouts early on were manageable because there’s a ton of scaling options but still very intense. However, seeing some of the members do the more advanced movements was such an impressive sight, like watching superheroes in action. I had no idea whether I could learn those movements, but I knew I wanted to try.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?
Learning double unders. I practiced for about 3-4 months before they clicked. That was when I got hooked and really bought into the hard work pays off mantra, and ever since I’ve kept adding more to the list of CrossFit movements I strive to learn.

7. What are you working on now?
There is so much I want to improve, but one of my goals is to get butterfly pull ups this year.

8. What’s your favorite Beachside Crossfit memory?
It’s hard to choose just one, but one day I asked Nate how I could improve my cardio capacity because I felt like my progress in that area was stalling. The funny thing is we had just done the death row workout (row cals + burpees) the week before, but I dodged it because I wanted to avoid the pain. He promptly called me out on that, and I knew he was right, there are no shortcuts to our goals, so I refocused. Experiencing that kind of accountability made me feel like I was trusting the right people to guide me on my fitness journey, and I was grateful to have something like that because it is a rare thing.

 

Alanna Witham
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Alanna Witham

Athlete of the month: March
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Alanna has been a BeachSide CrossFit member since December 2019.  She can be found crushing her workouts in the 6:30 p.m. class usually with a witty tee and fun socks. Alanna is definitely an inspiration to us all in the way she gives her health and fitness 100%. We can’t wait to see what she can accomplish in the gym this year!

1. Tell us about yourself

Born in Oxnard, to parents whom met while working at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department but felt Ventura County  just had too many people, so I was raised with the mountain lions and snakes in Frazier Park. Thanks Parents! Lol. Went to college at CSUB, earned my degree in Criminal Justice. Was able to finally move back to Ventura County in 2019. I geek out to anything astronomy. I love the ocean. I enjoy long walks around Disneyland and I have a killer sense of humor, and love to talk; but most people wouldn’t know that because I’m shy.

2. What do you do for a job?

I’m a Leasing Consultant at Cypress Point Apartments in Ventura.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you

I have Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that basically means my immune system is overactive and is causing inflammation, damage, and pain throughout my body. Since I was diagnosed I have been constantly told that my body can’t handle a lot so not to push it. It does make simple tasks harder, and it does discourage me a lot but since I have started at Beachside I’ve really gotten to see what my body is actually capable of and I’m really loving it. I still have my bad days, but man those good days make up for it!

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I was ready to give up on any form of fitness for me, because I wasn’t going to pay another trainer to just end up with the same recommendations of walking a lot to not aggravate anything. So I thought, why couldn’t I do CrossFit?! I even chickened out at first contact because my courage comes in waves, but Nate being thorough, reached back out to me and set up my intro with Coach Mee. There was no turning back at that point.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression was that this was the place that all the super fit people in Ventura County worked out at. It was intense. It took me a good long while to get the basics down. But no one gave up on me! I now KNOW that this is the place that all the super fit people in Ventura County work out at, just now I work out next to them. I do what they do; just slower, lighter, and modified when necessary.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?

There have been a lot! From having Coach Jess  tell me the painfully wonderful news that I could do the bike calories RX’d in a workout finally, to having Coach Kai see my first double unders ever! Both brought tears to my eyes for different reasons. Seriously though, This whole journey just keeps getting better.

7. What are you working on now?

Onward and Upward! Pull ups and handstands are on the list. I would love to finally get a ring transition right or to  increase my PR in any and all lifts. And the ever elusive… rope climbs. There’s so much I want to accomplish. I’m ready to get to work.

8. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?

Again, there are a lot. But the one that sticks out the most was when I was really struggling with a WOD. It was a bad week, and I just couldn’t talk myself through it, and I wanted to give up. I remember putting my barbell down and just thinking I couldn’t finish my last set. And for the first time, I had my 6:30PM class start cheering for me. It felt amazing! I ended up finishing the WOD and it was definitely a team effort.

Pearce Swedfeger
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Pearce Swedfeger

Athlete of the month: February
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Pearce is coming up on his 5th year with us at Beachside CrossFit and can be found working out with the legendary 5:30 a.m. crew. He started with us in 2016 and has been “Bubbly” ever since! Read below to learn more about this fun amazing athlete.

  1. Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in Arizona and moved to California for college. I’ve lived in Ventura since 2012, and joined BSCF in 2016. I love to travel (…except last year) and have a passion for the outdoors and the environment.

  1. What do you do for a job?

I work as a civil/environmental engineer at a local consulting firm. I also moonlight as a bartender, but I work for free, at my house, and serve only myself…so I don’t know if that really counts as a job?

  1. Tell us something people might not know about you:

I’m pretty sure I hold the most moronic record at BSCF–for being the only person to complete a CrossFit workout after being pepper-sprayed. (And people wonder why females live longer than males.)

  1. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

Like many others, I had done the “big box gym” thing for a while and was losing motivation, and looking for something more than just using the squat racks for bicep curls… I figured I’d give CrossFit a try and ended up loving it.

  1. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

Honestly, when I first walked into CrossFit, I was pretty confident that I would pick up the lifts and movements easily. Boy was I in for a rude awakening! I have learned in my time at Beach Side that practice, patience, and consistency are all vital to improving.

  1. What was your first “bright spot”?

My first bright spot was probably linking double-unders together. Somehow I let Nate convince me to sign up for a group competition after being at Beach Side for only a few months, and one of the workouts had a ton of double unders. That particular workout went poorly, but gave me the motivation I needed to figure it out!

  1. What are you working on now?

Everything! Even after almost 5 years, I still have lots of room for improvement in most areas. Overhead lifts are a particular weakness.

  1. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?

Top secret birthday WODs and the rafting trip are definitely two of the highlights. If you’re curious about the birthday WOD, you’ll need to come to 5:30 am class to find out!

Amelia Gutierrez
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Amelia Gutierrez

Athlete of the month: January
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Amelia has been a dedicated member for exactly 1 year today! Amelia always gives 110% in every workout and is hands down one of the sweetest people you will ever meet She joined our BeachSide Crossfit family last January and can usually be found in the 5:30 am class with a smile on her face. She is so inspiring working out all the way through her pregnancy. Amelia and her husband very recently welcomed their baby boy to the family. Make sure when you see Amelia to congratulate her on her brand new baby!

 What do you do for a job?

I am a special education teacher!

Tell us something people might not know about you:

I love to SCUBA dive!

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I really wanted to “feel strong” in everyday life. Because I have autoimmune issues, I struggled to feel strong and well, and this was a personal goal of mine before starting a family. I was really drawn to CrossFit because of the focus on functional movements.

What was your first impression? How has that changed?

Initially I was very intimidated because I didn’t have any previous experiences and I wondered if I could keep up. However, I soon realized how individualized the coaches make each class and how encouraging everyone is to each other as we work on our own goals.

What was your first “bright spot”?

After the first week, I realized how good I felt after going to class, and that it gave me energy and endorphins that helped me feel more present and focused while teaching in the classroom. I soon found myself excited to go to CrossFit every day!

What are you working on now?

Hopefully in 2021 I will do a pull up!

What’s your favorite Beachside Crossfit memory?

I loved working out with my “workout buddy”, Jasper (my son), during my pregnancy. My doctor encouraged me to continue CrossFit as long as it felt good, and because it was the best I felt all day, I enjoyed classes – even on the day I went into labor!

Marty Smith
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Marty Smith

Athlete of the month: December
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Always consistent, never making excuses Marty is coming up on 6 years at BeachSide CrossFit. He was the founding reason for starting our noon class. A big heart and hard worker it has been incredible to watch his fitness and strength increase over the years. If you see Marty give him a thumbs up and a high five!

  1. Tell us about yourself:  I am turning the corner on 45 (mind of a 21 year old), father of 3 boys (2 of which are now members), and a workaholic.  I have surfed most of my life, competitively in the past.  I love to mountain bike, however I no longer bounce when I fall, I break.  I love to live life.
  2. What do you do for a job?  I own a mortgage bank.  Basically, play with numbers, and put puzzles together on a daily basis.
  3. Tell us something people might not know about you:  I am shy.
  4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?  I had broken my elbow mountain biking at night.  Not being able to do much during recovery I became very sedentary and enjoyed at least “2 Beers” an evening (maybe hourly).  This led to having to hold my breath just to tie a shoe.  Not to mention the funny contortions I had to get into to reach that shoe.   I knew that as soon as I was good to get back to normal life I’d want to jump on my bike or paddle out and that I’d most likely be disappointed in myself for flailing I thought it would be good jump start “my recovery”.
  5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?  So the obsession began.   I googled CrossFit gyms near my office and Beachside came up.  Read a review by Mee and Herb, it sounded cool so I called.  Met Nate 15 minutes before the 4 p.m. class a day later.  My arm still in a sling, he asked a few questions, gave me a one over and said to wait until the Dr gave the ok.  so I respected the “Let’s wait until you are healthy enough.  Two weeks later I am in elements.  I think there were 7 of us in that Elements, 4 lasted a while, and 2 of us are still at Beachside (7 or 8 years later).  I was impressed by Nate, the gym, the members. The 4 o’clock class trickled in and the class started.  It wasn’t frilly, it was core.  The music has changed, the décor, the size, the programming.  The comradery, hardcore work ethic of the members and the coaches, the honestly and attitude of the gym have not and the biggest reason I am still a member.
  1. What was your first “bright spot”?  A 1-rep max Thruster at 195#.  I fought for it for so long, seemed like an eternity, maybe a whole 3 seconds.  As I dropped the bar and the world started to spin I could hear the fellow members, all these other athletes, shouting in encouragement.  That was a moment.  There have been so many since but that one will never be forgotten.
  2. What are you working on now? Almost 8 years in and I am still working on muscle-ups.  It will happen!
  3. What’s your favorite “Beachside CrossFit memory?”   My first BeachSide Beat Down!  I was an idiot.  A little pressure from Nate, some other members, and being told Paul Koch needed a partner (I have chased Paul’s numbers for years, he was my bench mark, still is a lot of the times), so I signed up.  Rx!  Not smart.  The Thursday, 1-week before, Mee taught me my how to do a kipping hand stand push-up, I did my first one 9 days before the Beat down.  Guess what was in the Beatdown, 60+ Handstand push-ups!  If you fail, you were able to do 5 regular push-ups instead.  It gets better, learned double unders the day before.  I put 10 together on Friday, I thought no worries, I can do a few hundred for the last workout of the Beatdown, got this.  I got CRUSHED!  HSPU’s went out after 7, I had to do so many hand release pushups I lost count.  As I sat there defeated  on my knees I remember watching this lady kick out like 40 in a row as if she was skipping in the park.  The last part of the workout was rowing and double unders.  Pretty sure it was 5 rounds of a 500M row, Deadlift of 225, and 60 double unders.  Paul is killing it, I am stepping on the rope every other jump.  Thinking that I am letting my partner down I decide I will go all out on the row, try and pick up some time, backfires.  Fourth round my right calve cramps up and my body starts to fail me.  Not sure how I got through the double unders in the 5th round (I think Dawn was counting by 5’s or something) but I eventually got back to the rower.  I am about 100 Metes in and the left calve cramps, both are locked up.  I just wanted to quit, I was done, BEAT!  In this moment of defeat and pain I am literally looking around to see if I can crawl away unnoticed.  NOPE!  I think Nate sees it in my facial expression, starts yelling to go, Courtney, Monica, and some other members just yelling with encouragement.  It was a blur, but those shouts pulled me out of defeat and kept me going.  I don’t think I moved for like a week after but I will never forget that day
Bonnie Padilla
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Bonnie Padilla

Athlete of the month: November
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Bonnie has been a BSCF 2+ years and was brand new to CrossFit. You can find Bonnie in one of the evening classes, always ready to share a laugh and get after it, another testimony to consistency. The transformation has been amazing to watch and we are pumped to see how far she can go!

What do you do for a job? 

Hairstylist  

Tell us something people might not know about you:  

I love to craft on my down time.. not witch craft lol 

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?  

My sister and my bro in law 

What was your first impression? How has that changed? 

 I felt like everyone was crazy and obsessed with fitness but then realized that everyone has their own fitness journey and do CrossFit to help them find balance in life and strive to be the best version of themselves. 

What was your first “bright spot”?  

Changing my relationship with food when I finished the nutrition plan with Lindsey. That was life changing. 

What are you working on now?  

Increasing weight/pushing myself during to workouts so I can one day do the workouts as prescribed lol also double unders and pull ups. 

What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”  

Can’t think of a specific but it is always my favorite when people get cheered on. I know for me as much as I’m not a fan of the spot light it really helps to know that people are there to support your journey instead of just dipping when they finish way before you hahah 

 

Darren Finklea
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Darren Finklea

Athlete of the month: October
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If you know long time member Darren you know he always brings encouragement and positive vibes. Besides being a stud athlete he is also a stud of person.

  1. Tell us about yourself: I’m 33 years old and grew up in Ventura County for a majority of my life. Married to the beautiful former Athlete of the Month, June, and have an amazing 6-month old son Noah (future crossfitter, I can feel it!). I’m a short, simple, fun-loving man that enjoys the outdoors and being surrounded by positive people.
  2. What do you do for a job? I am currently a Federal Service employee working for the Navy as a Physical Security Specialist. It’s a not too exciting to be honest but I utilize my Systems Engineering knowledge to ensure physical security equipment such as locks, safes, vaults, etc. have the appropriate policy requirements to satisfy end user needs.
  3. Tell us something people might not know about you: In my family and at home, I’m known for having terrible gas, especially when I eat broccoli, cauliflower or pineapple. I mean, the 530pm class already knows my stomach is unpredictable at times as my bathroom breaks have delayed workouts on many occasions. But if you all really want to get to know me and experience my true power, I’ll eat a good amount of broccoli and pineapple before class (just not on a squat day).
  4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? The love of my life! My wife June began CrossFit first while I was just doing bro lifts at a global gym. She would tell me how amazing the atmosphere and workouts were (also, how much more fit she was compared to me) so I decided to give it a shot. After visiting a few boxes, I found that Beachside was the best fit for me which has led to immense happiness ever since. June still continues to motivate me by working out through a majority of her pregnancy and coming back stronger than ever after having our son.
  5. What was your first impression? How has that changed? First impression: “This gym is full of impressive athletes that have obviously formed a strong community that enables development”. To be honest, that still holds true but the only difference is that now I’m able to be a stable part of the community which I’m extremely grateful for.
  6. What was your first “bright spot”? Would have to be successfully hitting the snatch. The snatch is something that always seemed foreign to me but with the guidance of the coaches, especially Nate, Luis and Mee, I was able to successfully hit a body weight snatch relatively quickly. Now I love the snatch!
  7. What are you working on now? My major objective is to be able to Rx every workout, which may take a while. But I’m working hard on it. Also, I realized you advance a little quicker when you have a training partner to push you and grow with (shout out to Arturo Luna, but slow down please, your advancing too fast).
  8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?” Not too long after joining Beachside, my newly acquired buddy (Mr. Eddie Cruz) and I decided to partner up for the annual Beachside Beatdown in the intermediate division. We didn’t have much expectations going into the event but just decided to give it a whirl. We had a blast competing and took third place! It was an amazing day that added motivation to continue in this world of fitness but also strengthened a bond with a person I still consider a close friend
Sarah Webb-Schroeder
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Sarah Webb-Schroeder

Athlete of the month: September
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Sarah has been a member at BeachSide since March of 2019 and always comes with smile and good vibes. You can find her in the evening classes 🙂
Tell us about yourself:
I am 28, born and raised in San Diego, CA. I moved to the East Coast for undergrad outside of Philly and came back to Southern California for grad school. I’ve lived in Ventura County for almost 3 years now and Carl and I will celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary in late October.
What do you do for a job?
I am a physical therapist at Ventura Post Acute. I work with the short term rehab patients to help improve function and mobility after all types of medical events. I commonly work with patients following stroke, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic surgery (hips, knees, backs, etc), and falls. I love my job and I am so grateful for BeachSide CrossFit and functional fitness; it truly keeps me doing my job safely and without injury.
Tell us something people might not know about you:
I was a two sport collegiate athlete back in the day. I played both field hockey and golf for my undergrad university. I’ll hit the driving range every once in a while, but please don’t ask me to play a round.. My golf game is garbage now haha
What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Carl is essentially who introduced me to CrossFit. He was at a gym in Huntington Beach when we first started dating and while I knew about it generally it wasn’t until then that I actually considered it for myself. I moved to Washington state for 3 months during PT school and joined a box there to make friends and have a community while out of state for school. When I moved to Ventura County initially my work schedule didn’t permit me making it to any classes. Once I changed jobs there were no excuses and Carl really encouraged me to start at BeachSide. He knows my competitive spirit and knew I would get completely hooked.
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first impression was that as a former collegiate athlete it was humbling not to be good at something right off the bat. My lifting had gotten very sloppy since college days and my endurance was minimal. My present day impression has changed in that it is incredibly satisfying to hit a heavy lift or improve a gymnastic technique and feel “good” at what we are working on, but truthfully CrossFit is still humbling every time I walk into the gym even if its a great workout.
What was your first “bright spot”?
My consistency at the gym improved notably in late 2019, so I would say generally that my bright spot has been being able to complete more workouts at Rx. There are still some movements or weights which are outside of my current capacity, but the consistency is paying off.
What are you working on now?
My competitive nature loves to add more weight on the bar, but right now I’d really like to increase my gymnastic capabilities. I’m working to improve my handstands and would love to get that elusive first bar muscle up before the end of the year.
What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”
I really love any time with our BeachSide community both in and out of the gym, but so far my favorite memory has been completing the “Big Nate” Beach Hero WOD in October 2019. BeachSide’s community and camaraderie is unparalleled.
Dean Rucker
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Dean Rucker

Athlete of the month: August
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Dean has been a member since November of 2019, always comes in with a positive attitude and has been consistent since day 1. Dean also hosted our live cooking shows during covid quarantine which was a real treat. If you see Dean tell him hi and congrats!

1.Tell us about yourself:

I’m 49yrs old, born and raised in the Baltimore Md area but have been living in CA since 97, Ventura for the past 2 yrs. Married and father of 2 boys ages 11 and 8.

2. What do you do for a job?

I am a Chef. In the restaurant industry for most of my career which led to recipe development for several major brands in the US, then my own private Chef business. After my stint in the private chef world I got into development full time and am now Culinary Director for a company headquartered in Ventura with plants across the US called Freshrealm.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:

I am a published author, nominated for a James Beard award. I was on the Food Network program CHOPPED! and won.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

My wife Carrie was actually the first one to encourage me, she saw nothing was working for me to “stick with it” and researched it and encouraged me to do it. I was tired of being tired. Tired of having excuses. I was not happy with how I looked, how I performed, how my clothes fit, how I felt etc. But all I did was talk about it. My friend Rebecca Lewis who I work with was very encouraging to get me to try out CF so I finally went for it.

5. What was your first impression?

I thought, “I have been to the gym plenty of times over the years, I’m fairly active, I’m sure I’ll get rolling pretty quick” After my first few foundation classes I quickly found out that I was waaaaayyyy weak, low endurance and no flexibility. Though I felt like this, Mee, Nate and all the coaches were really encouraging so even though I felt like a scrub they helped me realize I could do it.

6. How has that changed?

Instead of focusing on what I lacked I became excited about getting better and improving each time.

7. What was your first “bright spot”?

There was a point for me after probably 2 months where I just felt and saw myself getting better. It was what I needed to have the drive to stay consistent. At first, everything seemed so hard but at the 3 month mark things started to click.

8. What are you working on now?

Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together. Consistent workouts, clean whole food diet, less booze, more sleep. Also working on better form/efficiency in my lifts so I can increase weight and reps, build more endurance.

9. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”

One I remember is a workout a while back that had double unders at the end, I was already spent. I was struggling trying to get double unders and still could not link more than 2 or so. I was just starting the last set and the clock ran out but I started them anyway. It clicked and just started knocking them out and for almost a full minute. A couple people were like “damn dude way to go!” Felt good to get those even though they still need a lot of work.

Christina Fernandez
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Christina Fernandez

Athlete of the month: July
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Christina is new to CrossFit and has decide to take control of what she can control. Before and after photo that represents my 45 lb. weight loss strictly with CrossFit. The before photo was taken 2 weeks before my first session with you back in December(2019) and the after was taken 6/24/20 . Thank you for inspiring us to work to become healthier better versions of ourselves.

Tell us about yourself: I’m 30 years old and recently moved back to Ventura County from the East Coast. I’m originally from Connecticut, but spent the last year splitting my time between Washington D.C. and Massachusetts. I LOVE traveling and spending time outdoors and when I’m not working you’ll most likely find me hiking or at the beach with friends. 

What do you do for a job?I’m the Creative Director and Lead Designer for a Digital Creative Marketing Firm based here in Ventura. I’m also a Freelance Brand & Lifestyle Photographer.

Tell us something people might not know about you: I coached Girls’ Basketball for 8 years and was a competitive Ballroom Dancer for 2 years.

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?Growing up I was an avid athlete. I played basketball for 9 years and also participated in other sports including Soccer, Track & Field as well as off-season Weight Lifting up until I tore my meniscus in high school resulting in two surgeries and a meniscectomy that took me off the court indefinitely. Over the years, I’ve really missed the challenge, routine and camaraderie that comes along with being an athlete, which is what initially drew me to CrossFit.

What was your first impression? How has that changed? I’d say I had a pretty warped depiction of what CrossFit would be like prior to joining Beachside. But when my friend Ji introduced me to the gym, I was so pleasantly surprised! Truthfully, I was pretty intimidated walking through those doors for the first time, but everyone that I have met here has been so kind, welcoming and encouraging. The coaches are incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and patient. I couldn’t be happier with my decision to join Beachside and really look forward to continuing to progress on my fitness journey.

What was your first “bright spot”?I would have to say my last day of Foundations with Coach Mee and getting to see the progress I made from my first session. I wasn’t sure if I was going to beat my initial baseline workout time and was so surprised to see that not only did I beat it, I did so by almost 3 minutes!

What are you working on now?Still being a newbie to CrossFit, I’m really focused on continuing to hone in on the technique and form of my lifts and being intentional with my movements. I’m also working on Pull-Ups and hope to be able to rock some Kip Swings by the end of the year!

What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?” Running endurance has always been a struggle of mine over the last few years. When I first started at Beachside back in December, I could barely run 400m without having to stop and walk. Recently, I was able to complete an 800m run in the middle of a 20 minute AMRAP without stopping which was a huge improvement for me and so far my favorite memory being at the gym

Mykal Tanner
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Mykal Tanner

Athlete of the month: April
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1. Tell us about yourself:
Hello, my name is Mykal Tanner and I am 29 years old. I have a six year old son named Jaxon who lives in Arizona and he looks exactly like me. I was born and raised in Corona, California. Growing up I always played sports, I “lettered” in football in 2008 and my team actually went to the state championship. I am currently active duty Air Force and I have been in for 11 years. I plan on serving for over 30 years.
2. What do you do for a job?
I am a vehicle maintenance instructor for the Air Force. I have instructed over 400 Air Force and Navy members now stationed all over the world.
3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
Growing up I wanted to be a professional motocross racer and I want to transition from an enlisted member to an officer.
4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
CrossFit is special because everyone rallies together and pumps everyone up. What brought me to Beachside was the people and the coaches. I tried another gym when I was first stationed here and the coach was rude and the people did not try pumping anyone up. My first day at Beachside I felt at home because everyone is always super happy and everyone pumps each other up.
5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first workout was the “12 days of Christmas” on my last deployment. The coach did not go into details about the workout so I was completely lost and confused. After researching and actually learning, I enjoyed it so much that I want to become L1 certified. I went from completely lost to completely passionate.
6. What was your first “bright spot”?
My first “bright spot” at Beachside was completing a rope climb. I was super pumped to go all the way up and did not know how to climb down so that was a funny experience.
7. What are you working on now?
Things that I am working on through Beachside would be: nutrition, double-unders, rope climbs, snatches, overhead squats, box jumps, and burpees. Things that I am working on outside of Beachside is: getting promoted to Technical Sergeant, achieving my MBA with a concentration of Logistics, and getting my L1 certification. I am four months away from getting my MBA and I am trying to get my L1 in June.
8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?
My favorite Beachside memory hands down would be the rope climb. Going from super pumped to looking down and extremely scared will be something that I will never forget.
Dolores Ramirez
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Dolores Ramirez

Athlete of the month: March
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1. Tell us about yourself:

I am a Ventura native born and raised. I moved briefly for school for about two years but switched majors and now I am currently working on getting into nursing school. I been pretty active most of my life. I ran cross country and track while in high school and continued to run after while going to LA Fitness.

2. What do you do for a job?

I work down the street from Beachside at an online auction warehouse called HAGGLEBIDS. I do many things such as listing items, inputting descriptions on an excel sheet, resizing pictures and loading all that info to the auction website. I also do the invoicing and help with customer orders.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:

I am not sure if everyone knows this, but my name is Dolores, but Lolita is the nickname I grew up being called by my family and friends. Some people call me Loli because its simplified, but I don’t have a preference, I answer to all.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I decided to join CrossFit at a time where I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I wanted to challenge myself and push myself like I once did in high school while running cross country and track. I wanted to improve myself overall and be stronger and at the time where I was losing motivation. I needed a changed, so I looked into CrossFit gyms near me and the first one, I found was Beachside and I got hooked.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

I really liked the gym when I first walked in. Everyone was working on a WOD and they were pushing themselves and sweating and that’s what I wanted to do! It was very intimidating at first because there’s so many CrossFit movements that I had never heard of and everyone looked so good doing them, but it was the challenge that I wanted. The coaches were awesome, and still are! They have guided me and coached me through proper form and it’s an environment I enjoy workout out in. Nothing has changed that’s why I keep coming back.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?

One of my first bright spots was squatting 175lbs because it was probably one of the first goals, I set myself and was able to achieve! But now I have squatted 210lb!

7. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m just working on just getting better overall. I’ve been practicing my handstands and pullups which have improved immensely but I need to start focusing a little more on the snatch and double unders.

Sam Terrell
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Sam Terrell

Athlete of the month: February
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Sam started with us November 2018 and has become an amazing staple to the 5:30am class as well as a example of what following our nutrition advice and being consistent week in and week out. If you see Sam make sure you give him a Hi Five and be inspired!

 

Q: What do you do for a job?

A: I’m a Field Service Engineer for DMG MORI based out of the Los Angeles office. They are one of the largest 5-axis CNC machine tool manufacturers in the world. CNC machine tools are used to make most of the items in our everyday lives, from the barbells we use at BSCF to the powertrain components in the cars we drive. I install, calibrate, program and service these machines at different customers in the Southern California area. I’ve been in the industry since I was 18 years old and enjoy very much. Here is a link from DMG MORI’s YouTube page if you’re bored. https://youtu.be/Vsg6dP6Sz-c

Q: Tell us something people might not know about you?

A: My twin daughters Parker and Sierra were born on Leap day in 2016. Also, I’m an Eagle Scout.

Q: What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

A: I was 34 years old and as out of shape as I’d ever been. So I decided it was time to go back to join a gym to start the same 3-6 month cycle again. (I’d always been an off and on member at the huge gyms where everyone is wearing headphones, carrying plastic gallon water jugs, checking Instagram on the weight bench, and skipping leg day.) I rolled up to gym of choice to go sign my contract. “Things would be different this time!” I told myself, but the front desk was closed on Sunday. This was a blessing in disguise. I did a quick Google maps search of gyms in Ventura and Beachside CrossFit popped up. I read some of reviews and they were all positive. I’d never done CrossFit before but I had some past friends and extended family that had and they all spoke very highly of it. I contacted Nate using the BSCF website to schedule my no sweat interview. After meeting with Nate and Henry and talking about what I was looking to achieve in regards to my fitness goals I took the plunge and signed up for the foundations program. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Q: What was your first impression? How has that changed?

A: My first impression was “Wow, all of these people are hardcore, why are they upside down doing a push up?” “Why is there loud music?” I was super intimidated and could barely snatch a PVC pipe correctly. (I had no clue that the snatch and clean weightlifting movements were even a thing before I started.) Nate and Kristin patiently coached me during the foundations program motivating me the whole time. After the first session I went home and could barely move within a few hours I was so sore. I came back two days later (still sore) for the next session and never looked back. I guess my impression hasn’t changed too much. The intimidation factor faded pretty quickly. Everyone at BSCF is always friendly and supportive. I still think everyone here at BSCF is hardcore, you have to be in order to show up and challenge yourself physically and to want to make yourself better than you were yesterday. CrossFit isn’t easy, but anything worth doing never is. That is extremely motivating to me to be surrounded by other people with that same mindset. Working out is fun now, not just a box to check like doing the dishes or taking out the trash. And I love the loud music, especially when it’s “Sam’s Jams” (request it at your next WOD.)

Q: What was your first “bright spot”?

A: There’s been several at BSCF. I wasn’t able to do half the movements that are regularly programmed in the WODs when I started, so when I finally became strong enough to start doing most of them as prescribed I felt a sense of accomplishment. I did kipping pullups for the first time during the CrossFit Open 20.5 Scaled WOD. I was pretty surprised when I was able to link most of them together. (Shout out to Mike Dorsi for inspiring me on that one) Also I’d say when I completed the annual “Murph” WOD in 2019. I’d never done anything like that before.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: Double Unders, I can link maybe two in a row together before I whip my shins with the rope or get surprised that I did them then can’t seem to continue going. I’m working on Handstand push-ups as well.

Q: What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?

A: Too many to list them all. Anytime I’m there with the 5:30AM crew is always a great start to my day. The Christmas party is always fun to get together with the whole BSCF community and have a booze drink or three. Also, anytime we do a WOD with clean or snatch weightlifting movements is awesome.

June Finklea
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June Finklea

Athlete of the month: January
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David Morris
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David Morris

Athlete of the month: December
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David first started with us in Dec 2017, then took a couple months break but like the greats came back and came back with a fury – making dragon status (17+ workouts in one month). He recently celebrated his 59th birthday with with at BeachSide and has been making incredible progress! If you have been in class with David you know he always carries a great vibe.
1. What do you do for work
I am an  Investment adviser  with a national branch bank
2. Tell us something people might not know about you:
In high school I was a barrel racer.
3. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Wanted to challenge myself and get stronger
4. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first impression was that it was a little clicky with super fit youngsters however
I discovered that the trainers are super friendly and that I received one on one personalized coaching
5. What was your first “bright spot”?
Doing 30 toes to bars
6. What are you working on now?
Handstands and pull ups
7. What’s your favorite “BeachSide CrossFit memory?
Favorite thing…. hanging out with fit people and being called Mister Morris
Herb Mitchell
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Herb Mitchell

Athlete of the month: November
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Alissa Strouse
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Alissa Strouse

Athlete of the month: October
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My name is Alissa, I’m 42 years old, married with two kiddos and one dog. I grew up in northern California and moved to Ventura about 11 years ago because I met a cute firefighter – luckily that worked out!

 

What do you do for a job?
I have a degree in Graphic Design and worked doing corporate design before becoming a stay-at-home-mom.
Tell us something people might not know about you:
I love to quilt – I belong to a local quilt guild and have been sewing for more than half my life.
What first brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
In 2016, I saw an ad for a 6-week women only CrossFit challenge at BSCF, I thought I’d give it a shot. Two days after the 6 week challenge ended, I learned I was pregnant with our second kiddo and decided not to continue, but always knew I’d come back!
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I loved it right away. I loved that I was learning something new and that it wasn’t mindless exercise. I loved the idea of lifting weights and feeling stronger thank I had in the past.  I assumed there would be a lot of things that I would never be able to do and I guess that’s the only thing that’s changed the longer I’m at BSCF, I realize that there things I can’t do now, but that I’m capable of so much more than I expected and if there is something I want to accomplish, with the help of the amazing coaches, I can get there if I put in the work.
What was your first “bright spot”?
I’m not sure what my first one was, but I was was pretty shocked and overly excited the first time I managed a double under. More recently, I was excited that I managed my first lift over 200lbs.
What are you working on now?
Nothing really specific, just overall improvement  – seeing if I can beat previous workout times or weight.
What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?
Going to the first Open at the gym. I had been too nervous to sign up and instantly regretted it when I saw how much support there was between all the teams for every level and how amazing this BSCF community is.
George Wilhelm
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George Wilhelm

Athlete of the month: September
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George is quickly approaching 1 year here at BeachSide but has already made a huge impact. A 12pm class staple, now only is George a Fitness Protege beast and a huge inspiration for making a fitness a priority in retirement! Also encouraging and supportive of all and all of our events. He just participation our row raiser where he may or may not have gone our a littttttle to fast on the first 1k 😉 To many more years of fitness George! You rock!
p.s. No ACL (from years of Soccer – not CrossFit) – still does CrossFit daily and has better knee stability because of it!
1.Tell us about yourself:

I’m 67 years old/young. Always played sports, mostly soccer. Love the outdoors – skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, travel etc. Favorite place to get away would be anywhere in the Eastern Sierra.

2.What do you do for a job?

Retired. Worked 39 years as a photographer and photo editor. 31 years at the Los Angeles Times. Did a lot of sports events… Baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, Olympics and everything in between.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:

I have no ACL in my right knee. Basically disintegrated from years of minor injuries playing soccer. Doc says my body compensates with stronger muscles around my knee… who knew?

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

Funny… first time I heard the word “CrossFit” was when a soccer teammate told us about his daughter taking third place in some kind of wacky competition at a ranch up north. Think it was 2008 or 2009… Her name was Rebecca Voigt… Some years later, my daughter, Karly, had me tag along (mostly to take pictures) at a Barbells For Boobs competition she was doing. First time I ever actually saw a CrossFit workout. Was so proud of her and amazed at her strength and determination. She invited me to give it a try, found a box near where I lived and the rest is history.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

Totally intimidated. It changed because of the CrossFit community, always accepting and encouraging.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?

First chest to bar pull-up

7. What are you working on now? 

Patience. Technique and staying within myself. Just started to be able to cycle toes-to bar so I want to be able to build on that.

8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”

Every day is a new memory. Can’t pick just one right now. I’m always thankful for the great coaching and the community… I think I’m addicted.

Aaron Luoma
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Aaron Luoma

Athlete of the month: August
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Aaron is a phenomenal athlete and a great friend to have at the gym. He always shows up to class ready to go with a positive attitude no matter what the workout is! Aaron always says he trusts the process and believes in CrossFit.

  1. Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in Ventura on The Avenue, we moved up to Northern California my sophomore year. I was able to move back here about 3 years ago. Started CrossFit 8 years ago but had several severe injuries during that time (from rugby, not CrossFit) that I had long recoveries from but each time I picked up again almost from the beginning.

  1. What do you do for a job?

I’m an assistant principal at Oxnard High School, which, if you knew me in high school, you’d definitely appreciate the irony in that.

  1. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I started CrossFit because every other weightlifting routine I tried didn’t work.

  1. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression was CrossFit is awesome and I wish I’d discovered it 20 or even 10 years ago. I was 42 when I started CrossFit. CrossFit hasn’t let me down, I think it’s by far the best fitness program and it’s combined with a great sense of community. Especially here at Beachside.

  1. What was your first “bright spot”?

I’d have to say the first time completing The Murph was a huge bright spot. Before CrossFit I’d never imagined being able to do something like that.

  1. What are you working on now?

I’m working on everything right now. I had two knee surgeries a couple years ago and I’m building back from those. I was told I may never run or be able to lift again so every day in the box is a win.

  1. What’s your favorite “BeachSide CrossFit memory?

I really liked the way Beachside did The Open this year, that was so much fun! Also being on the winning team might have had something to do with that (Ginger’s Have Souls #1!)

Shianne Chlupacek
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Shianne Chlupacek

Athlete of the month: July
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Shianne has been at BeachSide since April of 2018 and since day 1 has been has had positive attitude, been encouraging to everyone around her and continues to crush new milestones – if yo know Shianne you like Shianne!

I am 24 years old, mother of 2 crazy dogs, one being from the Philippians one from the Camarillo shelter. Been in the Navy for 7 years, originally from small town of 98 people (Bruno, Nebraska) I swear it exists. Moved to California in December of 2012, since I can do my whole Naval career here I bought a house in the area.

  1. What do you do for a job?    I am a Steelworker (welder) for the USN, currently training the new members of the Navy from boot camp on how the Navy works and what their part will be.
  2. Tell us something people might not know about you:       I grew up training horses and competing in rodeos until I joined the military, and I cannot wait for the day I get to do that again.
  3. What brought you in CrossFit in the first place?        A few of my friends got me started on one of my deployments, but at that time was not the kind of person that could self-motivate myself to do it on my own. When we got back they took me to their box and I have been hooked on CrossFit ever since.
  4. What was your first impression, and how has that changed?       My first impression was that I would never be able to do a lot of the movements, but with a staff as dedicated as BSCFs it was easier than I thought. Now I have more confidence to do those hard movements and work toward those goals that I thought to be unattainable.   
  5. What was your first “bright spot”?       Being able to snatch more than 65 pounds was my first “bright spot” I have never been comfortable with putting weight over my head (still am not.) One day in class Coach Luis had me put on 55 pounds and helped with my form for a few weeks, and after 3 or 4 classes working at 55 pounds I have been adding ever since.
  6. What are you working on now?       Handstand walking is next on my to do list, I know we don’t get to work on it often so I use my down time at work to hold handstands on the wall. Slowly but surely one of my New Year’s Resolutions will happen.
  7. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?       Beachside Beatdown, is by far my favorite memory, there is something about the energy of a box full of people cheering and the community of people who want everyone to do their best that pushes more strength out of you than imaginable.
Mia Valdez
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Mia Valdez

Athlete of the month: June
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Mia has been in CrossFit Kids for about 1 year. She has quickly advanced through our Jr. Athlete program and is one of the first that signed up for unlimited Kids classes! She always shows up to the gym with a smile on her face ready to work hard. Keep up the great work, Mia!

1.Tell us about yourself:
I’m 10 years old and in 4th grade. I like listening to Queen and I LOVE BeachSide CrossFit.M y sister is very, very energetic and my brother is smart. They both come to CrossFit kids, too. I’m in the middle.

2. What is your favorite subject in school? Why?
I like Math because my teacher pays us when we do well. We have class auctions where you can bid on a prize. I always get paid for Math.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you: I collect stickers. I keep them in a Ziploc bag right now, but someday I will put them all over my door. My favorite sticker is Vans “Off the Wall” because I have so many Vans.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
My mom didn’t really like the other sports we were in, so she found CrossFit last summer. Me and my brother and sister tried it out and we all liked it.

5. What was your first impression?
How has that changed? When I walked in the first time, I wasn’t sure about it, I am a little shy. But I saw how everyone was so committed and hard working, and I wanted to do that. Now I’ve made a lot of new friends and learned new techniques and good form. I’m excited because I’ve moved up from working with a PVC to a barbell. My strength has really increased a lot.

6. What skill are you working on right now?
Cleans, trying to make contact. I like cleans.

7. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit Kids memory?
When I used a barbell for the first time

Ben Herrera
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Ben Herrera

Athlete of the month: May
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Ben has been with us since June 2018! He has made his health a priority and shows up for class even with a challenging schedule, no excuses. His hard work, dedication and discipline has paid off both in and of the gym. Not only is he leaner, stronger and healthier for it, it’s even rubbed off on his family and regularly comes to enjoy CrossFit with his 14 year old daughter who is crushing it in our CrossFit Teens class! Keep up the good work, Herreras! We’re stoked to have you part of our BeachSide CrossFit ‘ohana!

Tell us about yourself: My name is Ben Herrera. I was born and raised in Oxnard, CA in 1982. I started plumbing at the age of 22. Plumbing soon became a passion of mine. After completing my apprenticeship I got my contractors license and opened up a plumbing company in Ventura called Ben’s Plumbing.

Tell us something people might not know about you: I’ve been playing in an adult basketball league with my best friends from high school for the past three years.

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? When I met Nathan [the owner]. I was working on a repair at his home. One thing led to another, next thing you know, I was doing burpees.

What was your first impression? How important technique is. I was also very impressed with how knowledgeable the coaches were.

What was your first “bright spot”? When I was able to complete a 35lb. overhead squat.

What are you working on now? Double unders.

What’s your favorite BeachSide CrossFit memory? When we went hiking near Mugu Naval Base up to the flagpole. I had never been hiking before and was not sure what to expect. During the hike I was able to have conversations with other BeachSide members and get to know them. Once we got to the flagpole we took a group picture and admired the view of the ocean.

Carl Shroeder
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Carl Shroeder

Athlete of the month: April
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Carl is always willing to help and has a great positive attitude.  He has been apart of this community since July of 2019 and just this month his wife Sarah has joined us! During the CrossFit Open Carl came in and took amazing photos for everyone to share freely and that is a big deal that takes alot of time, so be sure to thank him when you see him!

P.S. He has a sneaky Dodgeball game- watch out!

1. Tell us about yourself

Hello! I’m 26 and recently married to a beautiful, wonderful, incredible woman who is starting to come to the gym! Be careful, because she’ll be kicking our butts really soon. I am a So Cal native, but went to college deep in the South. Roll Tide! I headed back to the West Coast to pursue my doctorate in clinical psychology at CLU (gonna be working on that for a while).

2. What do you do for a job?

While pursuing my doctorate in psychology, I’m currently seeing clients as a therapist trainee through CLU’s Community Counseling Center. Soon, I will begin seeing clients at a prominent Malibu substance abuse treatment center to continue my training.

3. Tell us something people might now know about you.

I was originally working towards a classical oboe performance degree before switching to psychology. I also played saxophone in the marching at the University of Alabama (Million Dollar Band), and was able to travel all over the country supporting the Crimson Tide!

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I am a huge fan of community, especially in regard to exercise. I strongly believe that working out with others makes for a better and more enjoyable workout. I also consider myself a “lazy workout-er,” and know I will get a good workout at a CrossFit gym if I just walk through the door.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

My first impression was jaded because the workout was 1-mile run, then 25 light kb swings, then another 1-mile run. I had no problem with this, and the gym told me to come back the next day for something different. THAT was a workout I had never done. I now love the feeling of finishing a workout I never thought would go well, and love the support of the others at the gym.

6. What was your first “bright spot?”

I can’t remember my first “bright spot,” but my most recent bright spot was getting bar muscle-ups during the open. There’s something in the water during the open workouts where it seems like a first is bound to happen!

7. What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m really trying to work on consistency and eating better! Naps and Chick-fil-a are my biggest weaknesses. Inside the gym, I’m working on overhead mobility!

8. What’s your favorite “Beachside CrossFit” memory?

I have 2 that really standout: dodgeball tournament and taking photos for the open! At the dodgeball tournament, I loved the community, fun, and competitiveness of all that! I always appreciate “Rise Volleyball Club” for opening up their courts for us! Photography is a hobby of mine, and I appreciate Beachside and its members sharing photos, seeing the encouragement through a camera lens, and the joy people experience after a successful workout

Caleb (CJ) Jones
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Caleb (CJ) Jones

Athlete of the month: March
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CJ is new but has made a splash in CrossFit Teens here at BSCF. Since he has joined he has had a super positive attitude every time he enters the gym. He has great focus and listens to the coaches with enthusiasm. He has set and met goals is participating in the 2019 CrossFit Open and is looking forward to progressing with the other Teens at BeachSide

  1. Tell us about yourself. – My name is Caleb. I go to Balboa Middle School, I’m in 7th grade, & I really like cars.
  2. What do you do for a job? – I don’t have a job but it would be cool to be an Air Force drone pilot.
  3. Tell us something people might not know about you. – I dislocated my elbow falling out of a tree, I split my forehead open running into a wall when I was 3, & I used to be a competitive swimmer.
  4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? – I went to the gym one day while my brother was doing his Foundations course & when I saw what he was doing I wanted to do it too. So I tried the CrossFit teens class & then joined.
  5. What was your first impression of CrossFit? How has that changed? – I thought it looked hard. And it is.
  6. What was your first “bright spot”? -My first deadlift PR at 105 lbs. I had never deadlifted before CrossFit. (Also since then getting 155 was really cool.
  7. What are you working on now? – I want to deadlift 190 someday.
  8. What’s your favorite “BeachSide CrossFit memory”? – Me yelling at my older brother Josh during his WOD.
Ceselley Montano
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Ceselley Montano

Athlete of the month: February
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Ces is our happy, stud athlete and ever dancing 6:30pm staple for nearly 3 years. She joined with a special we ran one time. 40 women started only 1 remained and the results of her commitment and hard work are evident!

AOTM
1. Tell us about yourself:
I’m 27 years old and have lived in Oxnard all my life. I have a huge family that I love and spend most of my free time with. I love to dance and sing! Usually do both between lifts and wods. Most vacations are spent attending music festivals and traveling with my boyfriend. Music is a big part of who I am.
2. What do you do for work?
I am an Office Manager at NBVC Point Mugu. That’s all I can really say. I dont want to bore you.
3. What was your first impression and how has it changed ?
My first impression of crossfit was, “Holy sh%T, this is hard!”, and that impression hasn’t changed much. Each wod or lift is challenging in it’s own way but I’ve learned to love the struggle. That feeling of battling through a wod and being happy with what you’ve done is so satisfying. Or there’s those days when a wod will stop you in your tracks and mentally destroy you. I love those wods too. You learn something about yourself after those.
4. Tell us something people might not know about you.
I looove Toppers’ pineapple and chorizo pizza. You gotta try it! You wont be disappointed.
5. What brought you to BeachSide Crossfit in the first place?
Almost 3 years ago, I saw an ad on Facebook for a Women’s Crossfit 6-Week Challenge and I signed up right away. Best thing I could have ever done for myself. Thank you Mee Lee for coaching that challenge. Because of you, I’m with Beachside today.
6. What’s your favorite Crossfit exercise?
Burpees! I know that sounds terrible but I think being short really helps.
7. What’s your best Crossfit memory?
My first strict pull-up. I would have never thought in a million years I would be able to do one! I actually did it when no one was looking so I squealed to myself with excitement and left the gym. I was so happy with myself I didn’t know what to do. (Loser! I know.)
8. What are you currently working on now?
Staying consistant with eating the right foods. Its a daily battle for me. My body does amazing things when I eat the right things. I just have to remind myself that.
9. What’s your favorite BeachSide memory? Competing at this year’s BeachSide Beatdown with Coach Jess. What an experience! We worked so well together and I couldn’t be happier with where we placed. Coach Jess gave me confidence and made me believe in myself and I think that really showed. Also, the Beatdown was the first time my parents saw me compete and actually see what WE do at BeachSide. It made me proud that they were proud of me.

Kelli Kaiser
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Kelli Kaiser

Athlete of the month: January
Details:
A 6:30pm staple Kelli started with us in Feb of 2018. We are just coming up on her 1 year anniversary! Since day one she has always had a smile on her face, quick to make a joke and incredibly coachable. She has lost over 6% body fat and has made incredible Gaines. Like seriously – big improvements in all areas of fitness, from the more complex Olympic lifts to aerobic improvements, all around improvements weekly:) She even had the best results for our last habit kickstarter and got top team with Cess!
1.Tell us about yourself:
I am 29 years old, I moved to Ventura in March 2018 and I absolutely love it. I love spending time with friends and family and my two cats. 
2. What do you do for work
I work for Ventura County as a child welfare social worker. I enjoy working with families and supporting them in overcoming life’s struggles.
3.  What was your first impression and how has that changed?
When I first started BSCF I was focused on getting in better shape and getting stronger. I didn’t realize that I would also be testing me mental strength as well. Now I feel stronger both, physically and mentally every day. 
4. Tell us something people might not know about you:
I started snowboarding in December 2017, and I instantly loved it. I’m hoping to go more often to get better, and with crossfit in my life, that will definitely give me the strength and stamina to do that. I also love to travel to new places and places to eat, so recommendations are always welcome. 
5. What brought you to BeachSide CrossFit in the first place?
I’ve been a member at a gym for years, but I noticed my exercise routines were so uncreative and repetitive. I also didn’t have the accountability to make sure I went on a regular basis. I’ve always wanted to try crossfit but was a bit intimidated that I wouldn’t be able to keep up. Safe to say I was dead wrong to be afraid because the beachside community is nothing but supportive and encouraging. So thank you to everyone for always pushing me to do my best.  
6. Whats your favorite CrossFit Exercise?
It’s funny because at first I hated this movement because I just couldn’t get it down. But after all the helpful techniques from all the coaches, something just clicked. Now I love snatches. 
7. Whats your best memory of CrossFit?
My favorite memory was when I was able to do my first toes to bars. I had been doing knees to chest for sometime and after a WOD I just wanted to try one last time, and I was able to do it. Now I can do them during WODs, even if it’s only one at a time.
8. What are you currently working on now?
Since day one I have always wanted to be able to do a pull up. I started on ring rows and now moved up to kipping pull-ups with a band. One step at a time. 
9. Favorite BSCF Memory

My favorite memory with BSCF would have to be the Murph WOD. Don’t get me wrong it was painful but the energy in the building was so inspiring that it pushed everyone to finish

Andy Bayliss
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Andy Bayliss

Athlete of the month: December
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Andy has been at BeachSide for 2 years and has made incredible progress with consitent hard work! Besides that he always has a great attitude and is willing to share a laugh and has helped us with many of the new projects at the gym. All in all Andy is overall an awesome person to have as a part of this community.

Tell us about yourself-

I’m originally from New Zealand. I’ve also lived in the UK and Australia. Moved to Ventura three years ago.  I love board sports –surfing, kite surfing, snowboarding. I love to keep fit, strong, fast and healthy.

What do you do for a job?

Wizard

Something about yourself that others might not know?

I’m pretty good at playing guitar, played electric since my teens.

What brought you to crossfit in the first place?

My wife (Sarah) had been coming with the lunchtime crew and talked me into doing elements. This was two years ago. Can’t imagine life without it now. I look forward to it every day, being surrounded by positive people keeps me pumped! Makes working out so much fun.

What was your first impression and how has that changed?

I felt like a kook!! I was under the impression that I was pretty bad ass in the gym. The reality was, I had been doing most things wrong, it was a huge wakeup call but that was the best part. Learning proper techniques has been very motivating and has gives purpose to my training.  As my strength has improved, I’m now enjoying more challenging workouts and seeing what I’m capable of.

Whats your favorite movement?

Handstand walks. They’re fun and don’t hurt!

What are you working on now?

I would love to get a bodyweight snatch. Trouble is as I get stronger, I get heavier so the target snatch weight keeps moving up.  I’m confident I’ll get there soon.

Favorite Beachside crossfit memory?

Getting first place for Masters at the Beatdown 2017 with Luis (the crazy Cuban) Garcia.

Grace Baysinger
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Grace Baysinger

Athlete of the month: November
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Grace was one of our first CrossFit Kids and since day 1 has shown an amazing attitude, great work ethic ,makes the class better and is a complete STUD in CrossFit. In other words, Grace is pretty awesome!
1.Tell us about yourself:
I am 10 years old, I speak Spanish,I love gymnastics, art and I am a huge animal lover.
2.What grade are you in and what school do you go to?
I am in 5th grade at Montalvo Elementary 
3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
I love to cook and create in the kitchen.
4. What brought you to BeachSide CrossFit in the first place?
I had watched my mom do Crossfit for awhile and I wanted to do what she was doing.
5. Whats your favorite CrossFit Exercise?
Hand stand walks 
6. Whats your best memory of CrossFit Kids”?
Ripping my hand for the first time doing pull ups
7. What are you (exercise skill) working on now?
Butterfly pull ups 
8. What’s your favorite “ Crossfit Kids memory?
Having my mom as my workout partner!
Rachel Porter
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Rachel Porter

Athlete of the month: October
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This inspiring gal makes time to keep herself healthy and fit so that she can continue to be an amazing wife and mom. We have loved Rachel’s intense dedication during workouts, always focused and ready to take on the next challenge!! Keep it up girl!

1.Tell us about yourself: (family, background, etc)
I was born in Chicago, grew up in Rhode Island, went to college at Texas A&M and have been fortunate to live a handful of other places.  My husband, Justin, and I recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary.  We have two amazing kiddos – John is 3 and Ellie is 18 months.  Justin serves in the Navy and we love being stationed out here for the second time.
2. What kinds of sports or hobbies do you enjoy?
I love spending time with my family, traveling, arts and crafts (currently working on my kiddos’ Halloween costumes), spending time at the beach and watching Aggie football on Saturdays.
3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
Prior to having children, I worked as a CPA but am fortunate to now stay at home with our children.
4. What was your first impression of CrossFit? How has that changed?
My husband initially joined and encouraged me to try it.  At first, I felt completely out of my comfort zone and like I couldn’t do anything.  Everyone was so encouraging though and I can honestly say it has been life changing.  In addition to the workouts, I also began incorporating the nutrition tips I learned, like focusing more on hitting my macros, upping protein intake, eating more real foods, etc.  I remember taking a body comp test when I started and was shocked at how unhealthy I really was (i.e. skinny fat), however, after two children and 5 years later, I was amazed to see that I lost over 8% body fat over the years after making what I thought were just small changes.  Crossfit is so much more than just an hour workout – the encouragement and knowledge I have gained has been amazing!
5. What skill are you working on now?
Always working on a better squat position!  Also, I am working on kipping pull-ups and push-ups.
6. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?
The Metcon class with Coach Cindy is amazing and all of the ladies are so encouraging and awesome!! 🙂  My first kipping pull-up was certainly a great memory (thank you Coach Cindy for capturing that one!).  Since my kiddos attend the classes with me, I love that they get to see everyone in action and it is always so nice after a workout to have my son tell me that I did a “great job!” Love those moments!!
Edgar Hurtado
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Edgar Hurtado

Athlete of the month: September
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Edgar has been a staple at BSCF Since 2014 and is a true inspiration. He has lost over 100lbs!! That in itself is amazing. Besides that he has amazing character and is always willing to share a laugh.

1.Tell us about yourself:

I’m 33yrs old, raised in the mean streets of Ventura, and I love crossfit!

2.What do you do for a job?

I’m a Land Surveyor technician. Ehh, basically I identify property lines and help create topography maps. And more. I like it.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:

hmmm, well, I’ve bin playing drums since I was 12 years old. And my Myers brings personality type is INFP(ish).

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?

I saw some clips of the crossfit games on YouTube, after searching for cross training exercises that I though would help me with my other activities like surfing and stuff. Watched a few videos and though it looked fun, but I thought “man, you really need to be in shape to do this crossfit stuff”. So I didn’t jump on it right away. A few years later, at the beginning of one of my, many, many attempts to lose weight. I decided to finally try crossfit. Started elements that month.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?

During my first crossfit workout I remember thinking. Oh crap! This is hard!! I’m supposed to do this every day? It’s no different now, I still say “oh crap, this is going to suck!” I guess the only difference now is, I look forward to the challenge of getting tru a hard workout. It’s always a great feeling walking away from a wod knowing you truly challenged yourself. You really walk out of the gym feeling proud and accomplished for the day. Post crossfit endorphin rush, is the best!

6. What was your first “bright spot”?

I would have to say, running my first mile without stopping. After that ONE, came many more.

7. What are you working on now?

Right now I’m really working on my nutrition, it’s a continuous effort. Mostly focusing on the quality of food I eat. I’m also hopping to get my L1 Crossfit certificate by the end of the year.

8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”

Just one?… crossfit open 17.4S I was able to PR my snatch @ #155 even after that whole workout! And cramping! It took a few tries, but with the beachside crew cheering me on, I was able to pull it off!

Dawn Valenzuela
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Dawn Valenzuela

Athlete of the month: August
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Dawn is one of the most amazing people we have at BSCF! She has been with us for over 5 years, showing up consistently and always ready to share a smile. She is an absolute staple here and we are lucky to have her:)

Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Oxnard. I’ve been married to my husband Rick for 27 years and we have two kids Danielle (28) and Nick (24).

What do you do for a job? :
I am a member of the International Longshore Warehouse Union. I was a longshoreman for 15 years and became a Marine Clerk two years ago. I am currently a Delivery Clerk for Del Monte.

Tell us something people might not know about you :
On my off time I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and going on a camping trips. And most of all I love my beer and wine.

What brought you to CrossFit in the first place? :
I was tired of doing the gym thing and I wanted something different so my friend Lynn told me I should try going to Beachside with her, and I did. That was seven years ago and I’m still here.

What was your first impression impression? How has it changed? :
my first impression was that it was really hard. Every time I would walk through the door I would get anxiety. But as time went on I enjoyed coming to Beachside.

What was your first bright spot? :
my first bright spot at Beachside was when I finally learned how to do double unders. It took me forever!

What are you working on now? :
I would love to learn how to do butterfly kipping pull-up’s.

What is your favorite Beachside memory? : One of my favorite memories at Beachside was when I learned how to do a kipping pull-up without a band!

Sergio Moreno
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Sergio Moreno

Athlete of the month: July
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Sergio has been with BSCF for over 1 year and has been an awesome additon to our classes, becoming an afternoon staple. It has been great to watch him hit new milestones with his strength and conditioning. Do not let his quiet manner fool you, the force is strong with this one.

Here are some facts you problably did not know!
1.Tell us about yourself:
Born and raised in Oxnard. Just finished college with a degree in Sociology. I started working out about 7 years ago. I saw myself in the mirror one day and did not like what I saw. I was on the verge of hitting 290lbs. Started going to my local gym, lifted weights, did some cardio, the usual. But after some time I noticed there weren’t any more changes, I was essentially spinning my wheels with the whole cutting and bulking phases.

2.What do you do for a job?
I am an Admin at FedEx Ground here in Ventura. I deal with customer service as well as missing packages.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:

As a hobby I like to collect figures, mostly things that I liked growing up. These are usually things from cartoons or anime. I also enjoy playing video games.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
I wanted a different experience when it came to my fitness and general health. I was tired of my old gym’s vibe and the lack of results. I also wanted to learn how to lift properly, as well as be challenged from my workouts.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
My first impression is the welcoming community of BSCF. I immediately felt at home. There is a strong sense of support in everything that goes on here. Everyone here pushes each other to finish and come out stronger in the end.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?
It has to be when I did my first rope climb. This was particularly hard for me since I have a deep fear of heights.

7. What are you working on now?
As far as my fitness goals I’m currently working on lowering my body fat % while maintaining the muscle mass I’ve gained. As for my personal life I just graduated from CSUCI and am debating on what to do next.

8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”

One of my favorite moments here is when I was finally able to squat properly, at my local gym I never really had training on how to squat right, I always did more of a sumo squat. At my height I found it very difficult to do this movement properly. Coach Nate told me it was possible, I bought some lifting shoes and now I’m setting PRs.

Jordan Brooks
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Jordan Brooks

Athlete of the month: June
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Jordan has been a member of BeachSide since January 2016!!! Between working and going to school full time she still makes her fitness a priority. She is a staple in our noon class and we love her positive and encouraging attitude. It’s been awesome to watch all her hard work pay off in the gym. This is one amazing and strong woman and we’re so happy to have her as part of the BeachSide Family!!!

1.Tell us about yourself:
I am a Ventura native. Turning 27 this year. My little brother is my best friend. I love good food, good beer, and good dogs… just kidding, I love all dogs.

2.What do you do for a job?
As you may know, I am part of the rowdy CMS lunch bunch. I currently work part-time drawing final mortgage loan documents. I feel that having my co-workers double as members of the gym community has definitely been a key to my consistency at the gym. It is hard to skip the gym when you have 8 or 9 awesome people keeping you accountable.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
Along with working part-time I am going to school full-time at CSUCI to become a middle school teacher. Math and science are my preferred subjects. I can’t wait to get students as pumped about learning as I am.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Marty Smith.. When Marty joined years ago, the way he talked about Beachside made it sound amazing. I was very interested then. He even brought Nate into our office and I remember talking to him about Crossfit, but at the time I was getting ready to move to upstate New York so it just wasn’t an appropriate time for me to start. Upon moving back to Ventura, one of the first things I wanted to do (besides getting a job) was to finally try Crossfit at none other than Beachside.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
I knew that Crossfit was going to be intense, but I think when I first started I imagined I would pick up on the movements easily and progress quickly… I have learned that is not the case. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and patience to build strength and learn technique in this sport. From heavy lifts to gymnastic movements, there is a new challenge everyday. It wouldn’t be nearly as fun and addicting if it all came easy.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?
I would have to say it was getting my first strict pull-up. That is something I had never previously done in my life. During the second pull-up program I participated in at Beachside, I was kind of messing around in between sets and wanted to see if I could even budge myself unassisted. I got my chin closer to the bar than I ever thought possible! So then every day during the program I would try for one strict unassisted pull-up until finally I got my chin all the way over the bar on my own. I was so happy, and Nate Jr. started clapping for me since he was the only one that witnessed it. Then everyone wanted to watch me do it again. Not only was I stoked and smiling from ear to ear, but my friends and coaches were as well. That was a great moment.

7. What are you working on now?
What am I not working on now.. if I had to narrow it down, I would say getting better at double unders is a big one on my radar.. being able to do multiple strict pull-ups, and I am really enjoying the Saturday morning Olympic Weightlifting classes.

8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”
There are too many to pick one! Both of the Beatdown comps, especially this past one partnering with my buddy June. Whitewater rafting with the whole crew was one of the coolest experiences. Cheering everyone on in the Open. And paint balling! That was another first for me and I couldn’t be happier who I got to experience it with. I look forward to making more lasting memories with the Beachside fam 🙂

Brad Hooks
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Brad Hooks

Athlete of the month: May
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Brad has been with BSCF since 2011! During Tax Season time he usually disappears. As a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and EA (Enrolled Agent) Tax Season has him working 10-12 hours a day for 6 days a week. However! This year he made it a priority to not give up his fitness and made Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:30am (even with a infant at home) for the duration of tax season- something to be noticed and applauded!

1.Tell us about yourself: I like to work out early so I have plenty of time to hang out with family and friends after work. My wife and I (Rachel) recently had a son, Jackson (our first). It’s amazing how much things change for the better after having kids. I look forward to introducing Jackson to Crossfit when he’s old enough. 
2.What do you do for a job?
 I’m a financial advisor and income tax consultant (enrolled agent)
3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
 I’m originally from the south east, Texas and Mississippi – I’ve lived in CA for almost 13 years now
4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
 I tried doing Crossfit on my own at first in 2010 following the main Crossfit website’s daily WODs, but I struggled to stay consistent. Once I found Nathan and Beachside (3/2011) I was hooked. I liked the community and working out in a class environment with good buddies. I’ve met lifelong friends doing Crossfit at Beachside
5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
 My first impression was that it was really really hard, and that impression hasn’t changed, which is one of the main reasons I’ve stuck with it for so many years. I like the challenge and having something to constantly strive for.
6. What was your first “bright spot”?
 There are a lot, and I don’t know about the first, but getting my first bar muscle up during the open a couple of years ago was a pretty awesome one for me
7. What are you working on now?
 I would really like to crack the 225 mark on my snatch, but I have a long way to go!
8. What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”
 We’ve made a lot of great memories at Beachside, but the ugly Sweater Christmas party at the Koch’s has to be one of the best
 
Tyree Barajas
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Tyree Barajas

Athlete of the month: April
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We met Tyree during the First week of CrossFit Kids classes. In Sumer of 2017. He was eager to try something new and had a blast with kids of all ages. When we began the teen class in the fall, Tyree was ready for new challenges. He always has a smile of his face, and he enjoys competing against everyone in his class for the fastest time! Look out for this teenager, his dedication and encouraging attitude sets the example for his fellow CrossFit Teens. -Coach Cindy

Birthday  –   August 4, 2004

Attends   –   Sacred Heart School , I’m in 7th Grade, my strong subjects is Math/Vocabulary

Hometown  – Ventura CA

Athletic Background– Soccer (Club) started playing at age 3. I have speed. All though I’m probably the smallest kid in my soccer team I’m one of the fastest kid

My favorite food – Bean and cheese burritos.

If I had a superpower, teleportation would be my choice.

I am really good at making friends, I love to make people laugh. Big time jokester!!!

When I grow up I would like to become a pro soccer player

My favorite Crossfit  movement -pull-ups and rope climbs

My goal in Crossfit is to do my best in continual performing wods and focus to improve my techniques.

What keeps my coming back is my coaches, my crossfit teen friends and constantly learning and improving. I love the challenges.

My favorite Crossfit memory is being able to do pull-ups without a band.

If someone would approach me about Crossfit I would tell them not to be afraid, coaches are great they are with you every step of the way!

Keep it up T!

Michael Dorsi
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Michael Dorsi

Athlete of the month: March
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Member since September 2013, the 530am staple. Mike always has a great attitude, great humor and is a model of consistency. He has been the Get Sexy for Summer champ, always encourages his fellow 530am crew and loves fitness!
P.S.He also took a tumor our of the spine of a fellow BeachSide Member;)
What do you do for a job?
Neurosurgeon specializing in spine and brain surgery
Tell us something people might not know about you
I was once a employee of a party city going to kids bday parties as the Red Power Ranger
What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
Four years ago the wife of my childhood best friend told me to stop putting beach pics on Facebook bc I had man boobs…she was right.  25lbs overweight, sluggish and always sore. I called Nathan that day and started the next week.
What was your first impression? How has that changed?
First impressions: burpees suck.  That has not changed.What a great group to spend 530-630 am with. That has not changed
What was your first “bright spot”?
First bright spot was when I began squatting with the two strongest women I have ever known, Dee and Delia and could see the weekly PRs
What are you working on now?
I am now working on bar muscle-up. Thanks to Luis for some great tips
 What’s your favorite “Beachside Crossfit memory?”
Favorite beachside moment: Pearce’s birthday WOD 2017
Sarah Galvan
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Sarah Galvan

Athlete of the month: Febuary 2018
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 I was born in Oxnard, grew up in the Antelope Valley.  Moved to Melbourne Australia in 2007 with my husband Andy, who is also a BSCF member.  We lived there until late 2015 when we moved to Ventura.
I work for CMS, I’m Mortgage Assistant Extraordinaire for Marty Smith. I have dual citizenship USA/Australian and  was the high school mascot, Go Eagles! No kids, but have two awesome cats, Alfie and Delilah! LOL
    It took me 5 months to get up the courage, but I finally caved to peer pressure decided and join my coworkers “the CMS crew” for the noon classes. They are a persuasive bunch!
     I’ve always been a little intimidated by gyms and was very apprehensive about joining a Crossfit gym!  Here at BSCF everyone is so friendly and encouraging and now I LOVE being a member and look forward to every workout!
     I joined 1 year ago and have had many small achievements, first handstand, first rope climb and last week my first RX’d WOD!   Since joining I’ve lost 16.5 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of muscle, reducing my bodyfat by 8.6%. I’m laser-focused on the Hot for the Holiday’s challenge and hoping for more great results!
      I’m focusing on pushing myself more during workouts. It’s a great feeling finishing lift or WOD knowing I could not have done any more, that I gave it my all in that moment.  I want that feeling after every workout and the only thing standing in my way is self-doubt.  I’ve surprised myself many times over the past year and I just want to keep pushing hard and have fun doing it!
     The white-water rafting trip in June was so much fun! Retrieving paddles, water bottles, random object floating down the river and rescuing people after one of the rafts flipped in the rapids, everyone and everything went overboard!   Then we almost lost Marty to the river on the first night, when he thought it was a clever idea to walk down to the river’s edge in the dark after a few drinks, next minute there’s a loud crashing noise he comes back with a wet foot and cut on his leg – good on ya boss!  We all managed to make it back in one-piece, good times!

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