Athlete Of The Month

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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