March 2024 – Edward Busse

Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Moorpark, CA. I attended Moorpark College for an AA in Criminal Justice. I continued to California Lutheran University to receive a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. I most recently graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration.
I currently live with my girlfriend Desirrae Gonzales and her daughter Kaiya. Desirrae is a recently newer member of BSCF. Kaiya typically attends the BSCF advanced kids class.

2. What do you do for a job?
I am a Deputy employed with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. I am currently assigned to the City of Thousand Oaks. I direct my policing efforts towards the current crime trends through intelligence-led policing. I also enforce laws related to DUI alcohol and/or drugs.

3. Tell us something people might not know about you:
I really enjoy fishing and being outdoors. I have been fishing ocean and freshwater for over 22 years. I typically go on 2-3 oxen fishing trips to the Channel Islands. I also love camping trips in the Eastern Sierra’s.

4. What brought you to CrossFit in the first place?
I went to college at California Lutheran University. While at college, I had a great group of friends who shared common interests. We were able to hold each other accountable and also motivate each other. When I graduated, I lost this sense of camaraderie. Over the years, I heard over and over that CrossFit is all about community. I decided I wanted to see for myself.

5. What was your first impression? How has that changed?
When I first walked into BSCF to spectate a class and talk to Coach Kai, I saw a group of friends who all had a common interest. Everyone was there to improve their health and fitness. This made me excited since I was longing for that sense of camaraderie that I had lost when I graduated from college. I knew immediately that I would love BSCF.
Since then, I don’t feel my point of view has changed. I still look forward to going to the gym and meeting new people. I am always impressed by the amount of effort everyone is willing to put in. No matter how far you come, there is always room to improve.

6. What was your first “bright spot”?
My first “bright spot” was a month or two after I started. I expressed interest in learning how to do a bar muscle up. One of the coaches immediately began to help during open gym, With some simple cues and helpful support, I was able to get my first muscle up. Up till that point, I thought I would never be able to do one.

7. What are you working on now?
Lately, I have been focusing on gymnastic movements and also trying to cut some excess body fat. I recently learned how to do a ring muscle up. Since this recent achievement, I have focused on becoming more stable with the rings.

8. What’s your favorite Beachside CrossFit memory?
The best memories are the CrossFit open. I enjoy seeing everyone overcome their nerves. It is not uncommon to see people surprise themselves with their performance. The support from classmates is also amazing.