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Name:  kinimaka

John Kinimaka and Jaimie Kinimaka-Velarde

John and Jaimie are Father and Daughter

When did you join CrossFit ParaBellum?
January 20, 2015

Favorite WOD?
John – May 4th, felt great all the way through!!!
Jaimie – My first RXD one on 4/16. Sooo hard but sooo rewarding

Least favorite WOD?
John – Badger…ugh
Jaimie – Griff

Favorite lift?
John – Clean and Jerk
Jaimie – Clean and Jerk

Least favorite lift?
John – Back Squats
Jaimie – Snatch or Overhead Squat

John and JaimieTell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.)
John – I am the youngest of 3 siblings and grew up with sports being important to my family…My dad was an amazing athlete (football) and he was all state both offense and defense in high school for 2 years ( 6′ 6″ 230lbs). He received a football scholarship to San Francisco State and was asked to play for the Oakland Raiders in the early 50s. Because of a back injury he didn’t pursue it. My sister became an amazing track athlete and traveled the world on the U.S. Jr. Olympic team in her teens and now holds a bronze metal in the javelin from the Masters Olympics held in Finland at the age of 50…My sport was soccer as a youth and in my 20s got involved in weight lifting and later body building with my sister. Competed at an armature level and did well…Since then I have had a desire to always stay fit with weight lifting, running, biking, hiking, skiing etc… I work for the City of Patterson as the Chief Plant Operator at the Water Quality Control Facility. My interests are Christ, my wife, my daughters, son-in-laws and Family.
Jaimie – I have been a Labor & Delivery nurse for a little over 3 years now. Married to my amazing husband Arron for 2 years. We have 2 ba!bies (our dogs) lol Munch and Tootsie. Love being outdoors and love to travel.

What were you doing before CrossFit?
John – Circuit training
Jaimie – Before crossift I was doing bootcamp and classes.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?
John – LOL, what did I get myself into!
Jaimie – After my first crossfit workout I was exhausted and didn’t know if I would be able to keep up. I never thought I would be able to do a prescribed workout.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? Jaimie2
John – Being able to physically perform day to day tasks free from injury and pain at maximum strength. Strengthen my back and rehab from a back injury.
Jaimie – When joining crossfit I was nervous because I have never done any weight lifting. I wanted to gain some muscle and of course tone up.

Have you achieved any of those goals?
John – Yes, day to day tasks and less back pain.
Jaimie – I have definitely achieved those goals. I’m loosing inches and feeling better in my clothes. I just feel better in general all around.
Has CrossFit affected your life?
John – More than anything, it has allowed my daughter Jaimie and I bond at a level we have never been. I really wasn’t interested in cross fit, but Jaimie was and she asked if I would check it out with her. Best investment I could have ever made, our relationship is awesome and cross fit has been the vehicle that has changed my life relationally with Jaimie!!!!
Jaimie – Crossfit has had a huge impact on my life. It’s finally something I’m seriously addicted to and have been dedicated to in years. I hate missing a day. All the strength training and lifting has helped me as a nurse too. It’s easier to move patients and feel better on my feet during my 12 hour shifts.

JohnOHWhat achievement are you most proud of inside the gym?
John – Max height box jump.
Jaimie – My proudest moment in the gym so far was my first RXd workout! Such a high afterwards! And of course max out Fridays! I couldn’t even clean the Women’s bar when I started. 3 months in I cleaned 78 pounds.

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?
John – Watching Jaimie PR on a number of different lifts, I have NEVER seen my girl push her self so hard and make such monster gains….soooooo proud of her.

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit ParaBellum?
John – Renee, Scott and the staff are second to none!!!! They make you feel special and they celebrate your personal records and gains with such enthusiasm. Their knowledge and training are phenomenal and they are very receptive to making sure you are protected from injury… Those who attend are encouragers and they make you feel like you are a part of a family….It definitely starts with Renee and Scott!!!
Jaimie – Some advice I would give to a newbie joining the gym would be to keep coming and give it all you got. Even if you have to modify workouts push yourself in whatever your doing!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit ParaBellum?Jaimie
John – I can’t say I have a favorite thing because there are so many great things about Cross Fit Parabellum. One of the greatest feelings/things is leaving the gym knowing that you’ve had one kick ass workout!
Jaimie – My favorite thing about CrossFit Parabellum is how close everyone is. It really is like one big family. In the past, every gym I’ve been to there is always one or lots of people that think they are better than everyone and it’s always a competition. I’ve never felt so encouraged in a gym. It’s an amazing feeling. The coaches are amazing as well. Scott and Brey were great in training when we first started, especially learning all the lifts. Renee is soooo encouraging and always there to lift everyone up and help everyone reach their goals. Such a great family and amazing coaches all around! Happy to be part of this family!

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