When did you join CrossFit ParaBellum?

I joined ParaBellum around March, 2013.

Favorite WOD?

My favorite WOD would either be Annie or Grace.

Least favorite WOD?

Least favorite WOD has got to be Karen. Wall balls are fun, but this workout tests the limits of your legs.

Favorite lift?
Back/Front Squats are the best. Cleans come in second.

Least favorite lift?

I would say Squat Snatches are my least favorite because they take the most amount of skill to complete.There is never half-assing this type of lift.

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

I am 22 years old, a middle child with a younger sister and older brother.

Currently a senior at Stanislaus State pursuing my B.S. in Mathematics. During the School year I work as a math tutor for my college, and in the Summers I teach a math course for the Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshmen.

I usually spent my free time going to sporting events, studying, or doing a WOD at ParaBellum.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

Before I joined crossfit I was cluelessly trying to figure out a good workout regimen. After I stopped playing soccer I wasn’t sure how to get in good shape without chasing a ball around. 

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

I thought, “wow, I am VERY out of shape”. I knew right away it was exactly what I needed to get back on track.
The first day I came to check out the gym, a class was about to start “Annie”. I just wanted to watch but Renee threw me in right away, which I am thankful for.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

I had very few goals, which were basically just to lose weight and get in good shape. I didn’t really expect to get much stronger. 

Have you achieved any of those goals?

I can easily say I have surpassed all of my goals and then some.
My starting weight at the gym was  235 lbs, and currently I weigh around 185 lbs.
Almost all of my maxes for lifts have gone up 100+ lbs from when I first started.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym? 

The best way crossfit has Affected my life is now I am a generally healthy person. I have more energy throughout the day, and just have a more better sense of confidence and well-being.
Thanks to Scott and Renee, along with every other coach at Parabellum, I have learned a lot about eating healthy (and exercising of course) the correct way. There are countless misconceptions about diets and what to eat ect, but seeing a healthy lifestyle firsthand from the coaches makes it very clear.

What achievement are you most proud of inside the gym?

I would say my most proud achievement is reaching 350 lbs for a squat. I never thought I could reach that far, but seeing myself improve always puts a smile on my face.

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

Besides making many new friends, I wouldn’t say I have one special moment here.
I do have to say though, seeing peoples hard work pay off every day is really something special.

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

The best advice I could give for someone new, is to just show up. Showing up is the hardest part honestly. Once you get over that hump, you realize how much fun it is to workout with a group of friends.

What  is your favorite thing about CrossFit Parabellum?

My favorite thing about Parabellum, is seeing your friends and being able to go through a hard work out with them.
It makes it that much easier to work hard every day.