MLK WOD and Athletes of the month!

by Carissa Mellroth

Jabletes!

Tomorrow we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr with a special WOD.  We are open only for 6:3oam and 10:45am classes!

 

This year we are starting a new way to celebrate our amazing community!  Each month we will focus on athletes who have an anniversary with us.  I’ve come up with a set of questions that everyone will get a chance to fill out, after receiving back the questionnaire I’m excited to share them with you all!  Here are our first two!

Keep Moving!

Carissa

 

Brendan Gamb has been a regular Jablete for the past year!  If you come to 9:30, 10:45 or noon classes during the week you will have seen him powering through each and every WOD with determination and then cheering on his fellow athletes with incredible enthusiasm!  Brendan has embraced our community since day one and has been an awesome addition to our gym!

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name: Brendan Gamb

age: 43

where did you grow up? Pasadena, CA

when did you begin at Jab Crossfit? Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?
January, 2016. This is my first Crossfit experience.

what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit?
I am retired, and am now a stay-at-home-dad. I volunteer at school, coach, cook, paint, chauffeur, landscape, and generally try to keep chaos at bay.

how did you first hear about Crossfit?
Coach Carissa is a close family friend and she has always been a very enthusiastic proponent of Jab Crossfit.

when did you realize Crossfit was right for you?
I am not sure that it will ever be “right” for me as a big guy. I find that I am always challenged by the workouts, particularly body weight exercises. However, it was about 6 months into my Crossfit experience that I realized the pain was the point and that was a watershed. I get cranky now when I don’t get into the gym on a regular basis.

what is your favorite wod/movement/lift? Kettlebells

what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift? Burpee Box Jumps

what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do?
30” box jump

what motivates you to get through a wod?
The results- I am the strongest I have been since my 20s.

tell us something about yourself that we may not know
I was a commercial fishmonger for a short period of time.

what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit?
Be patient. It takes several weeks to get comfortable with the multitude of exercises/movements and to feel like you are making progress.

do you have any Crossfit goals?
Totally! Strict Pull-Ups, Double-Unders, and Toe-To-Bars.
I would like to be able to RX every workout

what do you love most about Crossfit?
The variety of exercises- it would be hard to suffer this much and be bored!

 

Kevin McHugh is a fellow Jablete who started Crossfit because I simply asked him to come try it out one day last year and has been a regular ever since!  He’s my younger brother, he’s always been extremely athletic and I knew he would really love Crossfit style workouts!  He is incredibly strong and has connected with each and every athlete that he works out with.  He has become quite competitive with his older sis (and I’ll let him win for a while during my shoulder rehab)!  Kevin’s enthusiasm at Jab is quite contagious as he cheers on loudly for his fellow jabletes!  You’ll normally see Kevin at 9:30, 10:45 or noon class though he occasionally comes to 5pm as well and has become an important part of our Jab Crossfit community!

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name:  kevin thomas mchugh

age: 38

where did you grow up?  sunny beaches of san diego

when did you begin at Jab Crossfit?  Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?  Jan 2016. I had tried it at a few other spots, however the sibling rivalry was a big draw with my sister.

what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit?  surf, ski, surfski, outrigger canoe, visit ER rooms. photographer for the day job.

how did you first hear about Crossfit?  roommate in college started doing it back when it was first going in the early 2000’s. grabbing whatever was around the house, making the neighbors think we were part of a cult.

when did you realize Crossfit was right for you?  when i realized not only could i maintain a baseline fitness in my off season, i was also able to develop better technique in lifting to increase my racing capacity.

what is your favorite wod/movement/lift?  anything with kettlebells, pushups, hspu’s, deadlifts

what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift?  double unders. running.

what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do?  masochistically enjoy burpees

what motivates you to get through a wod?  sibling rivalry, never quit attitude and the knowledge if i keep mindful of my technique i will come out stronger, faster and more capable after.

tell us something about yourself that we may not know  I was born with red hair.

what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit?  ease into it. far too easy to see big gains out of the blocks, yet pacing your recovery and how your body reacts to the workouts will go a tremendous distance to keeping you injury free and reaching whatever goals you have for yourself.

do you have any Crossfit goals?  attack every single WOD like it’s the last WOD i will do, never backing down.

 what do you love most about Crossfit?  the community at Jab is the single biggest factor of why I go. watching, cheering and supporting people of all skills and talents push through and collectively cross the finish line each day. what better way to make a grueling workout better than sharing laughs with friends?

 

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