Name: Ana Laura Mena  

When did you join CrossFit ParaBellum? April 5, 2014

Favorite WOD? Kettlebell Swings

Least favorite WOD? Burpees!!!!

Favorite lift? Deadlift

Least favorite lift? Hang Cleans!!

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, sports, military, interests, etc.).

I am the youngest of four siblings and whenever possible, enjoy spending time with my 11-year old niece, Karen. I recently got married September of 2013.  Our small family consists of three fishes, one bird and one mama cat. I have a passion for photography and have had works published in CSU Stanislaus’ Penumbra. I currently work for Driscolls as an HR Rep/Admin in Snelling (near Merced!). I love visiting my native country of Mexico whenever possible! I am a person of strong faith and leader of my church’s drama ministry.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Googling it and attempting to overcome my fear of joining!

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

“This is what you call a workout!” “I got my butt kicked!” (after being sore for about a week and a half!)  “I can’t believe I did that (WOD)!” “I’m joining!”

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

Drop 85 pounds to improve my health and battle PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)!

Have you achieved any of those goals?

It’s a work in progress… each WOD I complete is one step closer in the direction of achieving my big goal, while gradually becoming physically and mentally stronger.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

Yes! I no longer hit the snooze button to sleep in… so I can make it to the 5:30 am class!

What achievement are you most proud of inside the gym?

Deadlifting at 133#!

Do you have any other special memories/ achievements during your time here?

The moments when I hear my colleagues in the background encouraging me to complete my WOD (since I’m a beginner, I am usually the last); when I have shed tears after completing an intense workout because it is then that I am reminded of the joy that is coming; and, the moment I walked in with my strong will for the first time!

What advice would you give to a newbie just joining CrossFit ParaBellum?

Believe in yourself and remember the reasons why you joined and keep moving forward one WOD at a time!

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit ParaBellum?

The camaraderie among the group and the awesome coaches who motivate and believe in me!