Athlete Of The Month

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
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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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