Gunnar & Sophia Godfrey Nicknames-Gun and Phia

When did you join CrossFit ParaBellum? 

G-My wife signed me up in Sept. 2011 

S-I signed up January of 2011

Favorite WOD? 

G-I like Angie. To me, it’s a total body workout and I’m always sore for days after. If you’re sore, it’s working.

S- I also like Angie. It’s a wod that is intense and mentally challenging without using any equipment except the pull up bar.

Least favorite WOD? 

G-Anything that involves running. Running and I don’t get along.

S- Yup, Gun avoids all wods that have him run. If you notice, he hides at the right corner of the gym hoping Renee doesn’t see him. My least favorite wod is Karen!

Favorite lift? 

G-Well I found out that I am good at picking things up so I’m gonna go with deadlifts.

S- I like the power clean.

Least favorite lift? 

G-I don’t bend so squats. Anyone who has seen me stretch knows I’m not limber.

S- SNATCH! I have yet to master the skill of opening up your hips!

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

G- I grew up racing/riding motorcycles and still ride. I was a competitive arm wrestler and have always had weird strength. I have some tricks where I rip phone books or bend frying pans (Phia doesn’t like this one). I have a heart condition that I was born with but crossfit helps me maintain a healthy physical life.  I am a maintenance mechanic for Volk Enterprises here in Turlock. I stay active riding my bikes, crossfit, and golfing.

S- Gun and I live in Turlock with one too many dogs. If it were up to him, we would have a homeless dog shelter in our back yard. I am a first grade teacher here in Turlock and have taught multiple grade including pre-k, kindergarten, and high school. I have a Masters Degree in Education. I love to be outdoors! Camping, hiking, bicycle riding, and riding on the back of Gunnar’s bike.

What were you doing before CrossFit?

G-Mostly just the weight room at a local gym using weight training and power lifting techniques that I learned in my high school days. Riding my dirt bikes was my cardio until my wife brought me to crossfit.

S-Running on the treadmill lifting like 10 pound weights that felt like a million pounds.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout?

G-I’m not ready…lol…but really, I watched my wife come home from crossfit numerous times before I joined with ripped calluses and bloody hands. “And we’re paying for this” I said.

S-Seriously, why would someone want to be in this much pain?

What were your goals when joining CrossFit?

G-I’ve always been a bulkier guy so I wanted to try and lean out a little and become more defined.

S-Get some MUSCLES and become more toned. I didn’t do any weightlifting before cf except those 10lb dumbbells I mentioned earlier.

Have you achieved any of those goals?

G-I did and some…I got down to my goal weight and have maintained a weight I like to be at.

S- I’ve definitely got some muscle now! I think most crossfitters would agree with me that our goals are always changing. Although I am very happy with my performance at CF and my body…I can be my biggest critic. My goals get harder and harder and I push and I push to get to these goals! Although, I have achieved many of these goals, I am constantly pushing to be better than I was yesterday.

Has CrossFit affected your life outside the gym?

G&S- Yes, we feel like we can tackle anything life throws at us physically. Crossfit has become a part of our life. We love the community and the lifelong friendships that we have made. We really can’t imagine our life without CF.

What achievement are you most proud of inside the gym?

G-When I first started CF, I saw someone pull a 500# deadlift and I could not. I wanted to do that and recently I lifted 505#. Now 600# is my new goal.

S-Double unders were so hard for me. I have gotten so much better at them. Sometimes I forget how far I have come. When I first started CF, I could barely lift the bar. My max front squat was 68# and my max clean 6 months in was 83# I can now front squat 163# and can clean 133#.

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

G-My one and only competition down in Fresno was a lot of fun and we all went to dinner afterwards. It was a good time and I realized completions aren’t for me, lol.

S-I have had so many great memories with my CF family! From our baby showers to our girls night outs. I love fundraisers and group competitions. Tough Mudder was something I will never forget!

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

G&S- Be consistent, go everyday and you will see results! It never gets easier…You just get better.

What is your favorite thing about CrossFit ParaBellum?

G-Being able to do it with my wife. It’s awesome to see her achieve and break goals as I do.

S- I love the community and family environment that Scott and Renee have created. I love being active with Gunnar from CF to Paleo. The daily mental battle that I overcome every time I wod is so rewarding.