ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – PETER CLINE!!!

Peter Cline is February’s Athlete of the Month!! Peter comes to us with experience from another CrossFit gym, but he’s most certainly found a new place to call home. We couldn’t imagine CrossFit Hollywood without him.  🙂  Consistent and steady with his workouts, he gives max effort every day, and he’s always ready with a smile to make your day just a little brighter. ☀️

Stay tuned for Peter’s workout later this month, and in the meantime, you can learn more about him below.

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Name: Peter Cline
Age: 33
Occupation: Retail Manager

How long have you been CrossFitting, and why did you start?

I started in August 2012. I was growing tired of doing the same old lifting routines at LA Fitness. While I was on a ski trip to Utah, a friend in Salt Lake insisted that I try Crossfit as a better way to work out (her parents both own a box and compete locally there). I was hesitant, but I couldn’t get the notion to try Crossfit out of my head all year. That August, I realized I had nothing to lose. Once I started taking classes, I never looked back.

What is your favorite WOD?

Cindy

What’s on your suck list?

Most definitely thrusters.

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be?

Thrusters

What is the strangest talent you have?

I can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order (My PR is in 17.83 seconds)

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment?

Getting my first ring muscle-ups was the sweetest!

What can you do now that you never thought you’d be able to do the first time you walked through the gym doors?

Double-unders and pistols.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?

CrossFit is an amazing journey in which your body and mind will be transformed. Just take a class – you’ll meet some amazing people and get into the best shape of your life! 🙂

 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – PETER CLINE!!!

JANUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – BETH GINSBERG!

Congrats to Beth for being our January Athlete of the Month! Beth has been a long-time, dedicated member and doesn’t let anything get in the way of her coming to class. She goes above and beyond for us, and we’re so happy to have her as part of our community!

Beth’s workout will happen later this month – read 0n below, in the meantime, to learn more about her and what makes her tick! 🙂

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Name: Beth Ginsberg
Age: 59
Occupation: Chef focusing on health and wellness

How long have you been CrossFitting, and why did you start?
3 years. I was personal training for 15 years. My daughter was entering college, and I wanted to budget accordingly. Little do I know it would change my life for the better in every way.

What is your favorite WOD?
bench press/front and back squats/deadlifts/rowing

What’s on your suck list?
50 or more wall balls or thrusters

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be?
Clearly burpees!

What is the strangest talent you have?
Cooking without ovens!

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment?
Raising my daughter as a single parent and experiencing the wonderful soulful human being she has become.

What can you do now that you thought you’d never be able to do the first time you walked through the gym doors?
Funny, I thought CF would be a breeze since I’d been training for years. Lol, I never thought I’d make it the first 8 months. Now I can squat low, lift heavier, row for miles, do a head stand…and I love the way I feel every time I leave CF. Every WOD is an achievement.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Be patient with yourself, understand your capabilities, don’t be afraid to talk and discuss movements with your coaches, and most of all keep showing up. Trust me, it is worth the effort. Now only will you feel great mentally, you’ll improve your strength and physical capabilities. Best, you’ll meet some of the most inspiring and great friends from all ages and diverse occupations.

 

JANUARY ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – BETH GINSBERG!

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – KALEO ADAMS!!!

In case you missed the newsletter, you missed the awesome news – Kaleo Adams is our December Athlete of the Month!!! Kaleo is a regular in the early morning hours and is pretty awesome to have in class. He pushes himself hard and really fights for those big scores he puts up on the board, but even more importantly, he pushes everyone else around him to be better than they are. He will, without fail, be the loudest cheerleader in any class. Kaleo, we salute you (and, this month, we cheer you!)  🙂

Kaleo’s Athlete of the Month workout will happen on December 19th. In the meantime, learn more about him below.

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(Photo stolen from Facebook 😬)

Name: Kaleo Adams
Age: 38
Occupation: Chef

How long have you been CrossFitting and why did you start?
I started because this girl at work had started and told me about it. I wanted to try it out. My first workout was horrible. I really didn’t want to come back but felt pressured. So I signed up. My wife was pissed.

What is your favorite WOD?
Not sure. I do enjoy Isabel and Grace.

What’s on your suck list?
Muscle-ups, burpees, sit-ups, ring dips, and push-ups…all body weight stuff…

If there were one movement you wish the coaches didn’t know, what would it be?
Running a 600 to start or inchworms…yea, inchworms to start the day.

What is the strangest talent you have?
I can put more weight on the bar and tell myself that I didn’t just add more weight and it’s the same weight as I just did….and believe myself.

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment?
I think all of the movements you do, at some point, you have an “a-ha” moment. Either because a coach helped you with technique or form or you just get physically stronger or more flexible if you keep coming. It’s dun watching people surprise themselves and definitely motivating when you see people transform.

What can you do now that you thought you’d never be able to do the first time you walked through the gym doors?
Get up on the leaderboard.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Don’t get overwhelmed or think too much about what state of fitness you are in. Make yourself sign up for classes and come as much as is safe for your body. Don’t worry about how you look or if you are doing it right… that’s why the coaches are there. Ask them questions… they will spend the time with you. Track your WOD times and lifts so you can see your own progress rather than compare yourself to other people in the class. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Have fucking fun with it.

 

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – KALEO ADAMS!!!

Athlete of the Month – Rachel Levine!!!

A regular to the early morning CrossFit and Lift crew, Rachel Levine is our November Athlete of the Month! Rachel shows up consistently with a smile on her face and puts in work. She’s shown huge improvements in her time with us, and we’re so happy to have her around. 🙂 You’ll be thanking her for your workout next Tuesday, November 8 as we do a workout in her honor. Until then, learn up on Rachel below (especially her very interesting “intro to CrossFit” story!)

(And because she didn’t provide a photo, I stalked her Facebook page to find this gem for y’all. 🙂 )

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Name: Rachel Levine
Age: 31
Occupation: Merchandising Manager – Burberry

How long have you been CrossFitting, and why did you start?
3 yrs. I was working at AllSaints and was helping a couple who were pretty much buying everything in the shop. The gf had an amazing body and while ringing them up, I asked what type of workout she did. The bf said she did CF. I said “oh, that cult?” He said, “actually, I’m the CEO and founder of CF.” I tried to back track, but it was sort of too late. He laughed but suggested I go to a CF of my choice, membership on him. It took me awhile to actually go because I had no idea what CF workouts were like. And I didn’t really believe him. Months went by and he came in the store another time to remind me to go. I ended up picking CFHW based off location and reviews and have been coming ever since, even after the membership was no longer on him…Greg Glassman.

What is your favorite WOD?
I pretty much like all the lifting and strength cycles. A favorite actual WOD- 3RFT of 10 CTB, 10 FS @110, 10 bar over burpees.

What’s on your suck list?
Running + wall balls + push ups

What is the strangest talent you have?
Oh wow

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment?
It’s pretty recent but I’ve finally gotten to a point in my life where I’m super happy being me. I lived most of my life uncomfortable and never thought I’d be on the other side. I’m beyond grateful for the process but will always have that goth girl inside.

What can you do now that you thought you’d never be able to do the first time you walked in the gym?
Literally everything. I never used a barbell before CF, so I never thought I’d be able to do any type of lift/squat.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Don’t bring your ego. This isn’t the place. It’s fun to compete and compete against yourself (former times and weights) but leave your ego at the door. No one cares. It’s never worth hurting yourself to do something heavier or faster than your body can handle. Ease into it and you’ll see progress.

 

Athlete of the Month – Rachel Levine!!!

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JACK STAURSKIY!

CFHW regular and current Paleo Challenge challenger (go, Paleontologists!), Jack Staurskiy, is our October Member of the Month! You can find out all about Jack in the interview below and celebrate him next TUESDAY, October 11, in his very own workout.(Details are hush, hush for now, but you’re in for a treat!). Congrats, Jack!!

Name: Jack Staurskiy
Age: 31
Occupation: Massage Therapist. I was a live in caregiver for about 3 years before becoming a masseur. My patient has been living with MS since the early 90’s and has been bedridden for the last 20 years of his life. I was always working with his body and noticed that any kind of manipulation would bring him relief. It eventually blossomed into me becoming a masseur.

How long have you been CrossFitting and why did you start?
I’ve been CrossFitting for about a year now. I was bored of the same routine at LA Fitness and needed something much more challenging. The reason I specifically joined CrossFit Hollywood is because of a video I found on YouTube. I typed in CrossFit Hollywood and out came a video of Andy doing burpees. What sold me was that he was doing this to Pantera blasting in the background. It really was not the burpees.

What is your favorite WOD?
Fight Gone Bad and Bear Complex

Is there a movement you wish the coaches didn’t know?
Pistols. It’s notoriously difficult for a heavyweight. I don’t understand the need to squat on one leg. It’s bananas!

What’s on your suck list?
Movie disappointment. I hate going to see a movie that I’m super excited about and it turns out to be total garbage.

What’s the strangest talent you have?
I can mimic the sound of a water drip.

Describe your biggest milestone, achievement or “a-ha” moment.
My moment is the day I received my key tag chip for multiple years of recovery. I was asked to speak at a meeting that day and right before I opened up to talk, I took a deep breath and smiled. In that moment, I felt blessed and grateful to understand where my life was and where it is now.

What can you do now that you thought you’d never be able to do the first time you walked through the gym doors?
Weighted strict pull-ups. A year ago, I could not even do one freaking pull-up. I eventually went from the black band to the green band to the gray band to no band. It feels really good to do something your body couldn’t do before.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit?
Just have fun with it and don’t ever quit a workout because it’s hard. You wouldn’t want it to be easy anyways. It’s really rewarding when you notice the progressive improvement of your workouts. 🙂

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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH – JACK STAURSKIY!

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: AVA BISE!

Ava showing off her Turkish Get-Up skills.

Last time we featured our 16 year old wunderkind on the Athlete Spotlight. This time we’re featuring our 60 year old wundermom. Ava is the proud mother of the Flynn boys, Anthony and Dennis. She joined after her sons couldn’t stop talking about Crossfit, and she’s been getting more awesome every day. (Although she was already pretty awesome, read her profession). So, lady’s and gents… AVA BISE!

Name: Ava Bise
Height
: 5’ 6 ½”
Weight
: 133 lbs. (154 lbs. when I started CFHW)
Age
: 60
Profession: Includes: Co-Founder of YouBar, the customized nutrition bar company. Work with sons and CFHW CrossFitters Anthony Flynn and Dennis Flynn at YouBar since 2006. Snowboard Instructor (AASI Level 2 Certification) at Mountain High Resort since 1998. Belly Dancer Performer and Belly Dance Teacher (1977-2009).
How long have you been a member at CFHW?
18 mos.
How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? I cannot believe that I actually like going to the gym and feel cranky if I miss it for more than a few days regardless of the reason. And I’m still incredulous that I have become fascinated by weightlifting. I could have never imagined the flexibility necessary for proper lifting form. The complexity of weightlifting movement patterns is equal to the complexity I find in belly dancing layerings, snowboarding and yoga. CrossFit has definitely enhanced my snowboarding and yoga practices. I love sports and activities that require years to perfect. And I know that starting to eat in a paleo manner has contributed greatly to my physical improvement in health. My overall feeling of wellbeing is fantastic. I am the most flexible and strong I have ever been in my life. I say yes to everything now, including going on monkey bars in the park with my 4 and 5 year-old grandsons, breaking into a run on an uphill hike, and carrying a 42-pound piece of luggage up four flights of stairs when I became impatient with an elevator in Spain. Emerging patterns of achiness, inflammation, weakness, and lack of mobility in my joints have basically disappeared. I can do the strenuous activities in life, including carrying around my 6 month-old granddaughter, and I know how to gauge what is an appropriate challenge for me. Of course I am so lucky to have sons who arrived at CrossFit before me, and have been tremendously supportive of my CrossFit efforts in and out of the CFHW box. And it has been a delight to work out at CFHW with my soon-to-be daughter-in-law Katie. Once again my friends have been as baffled and sometimes concerned for my safety and sanity when I mention CrossFit as they were when I got hooked on snowboarding at the age of 44. Seeing my results and continued enthusiasm have started to put them at ease.
What is your athletic background?
Mostly swimming bicycling and rollerskating as a child. Volleyball in high school. Juggling with Dennis because it creates a fun, yet meditative interaction, and he can catch any of my less-than-accurate throws. Have loved to dance (mostly belly dancing), snowboard and practice yoga as an adult.
Favorite WOD
: Lately it has been WODs that include some running because I still can’t believe how natural and comfortable it is for me to run since Crossfit.
Favorite Lift: The Snatch because it is the most complex lift with its demands of flexibility, strength, explosiveness, balance, speed, coordination, agility, accuracy, stamina, cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, core-body stabilization and sequencing of movements.  It is a wonder.  I estimate it will take me at least another year to become fairly proficient even at a light weight.
Least Favorite WOD: Wall Balls.  Let’s face it—a large 10, 12 or 14-pound ball bouncing off a wall 9’ or 10’ high and towards my head is necessarily something to be wary of.
Least Favorite Lift: Deadlift.  Actually the lift is okay, but I dislike the name—so inappropriate and non-descriptive.  “Healthlift” and “Lifelift” would be so much more accurate and positive names.
What are your proudest achievements? 20” Box Jumps because they entailed overcoming the sheer terror of facing that impossibly high and dangerous box.  I started at 3” and would need to hold the trainer’s hand to add each inch.  And Double-Unders because they represent so many moves I can do now that never occurred to me were even possible for humans to achieve.
Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit?  Three beautifully styled kipping pull-ups in a row with no band.
Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started?  Patience, persistence, and ask questions during every class.  Watching CrossFit weightlifting videos online speeds up the learning process.  Assume that everything you’ve heard about CrossFit is probably wrong, and if you are over age 55, most of what you learned about fitness is also probably wrong.
Favorite place to eat in Los Angeles?  Mother Dough on Hollywood Blvd. for the most extraordinary pizza and salads for a rare non-paleo meal.

Now watch Ava lift!

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: AVA BISE!

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: MANNY SILVA!

Kids these days… ARE FREAKING AWESOME! Seriously, have you seen the Crossfit Kids classes? Well, Crossfit Hollywood’s original Crossfit Kid, Manny Silva, is growing up right before our eyes and is turning into a BEAST! Manny started training with his dad, Jasson, a couple years ago when he was a little scrawny kid, and now he’s posting leaderboard scores and competing in the Crossfit Games Open. It has been a pleasure watching him grow up into such an amazing athlete and person. So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
MANNY SILVA!!!

Name: Jasson “Manny” Silva
Height: 5’3
Weight: 135
Age: 16

How long have you been a member at CFHW? I’ve been a member for almost two years.

How has CrossFit changed your life, lifestyle, level of fitness? You can take many aspects of training and see how they all feed into each other. Personally, my training originated when I started Crossfit. I was always intimidated with the thought of lifting heavy things and failing and getting injured. Then I began to think, “No one started as an ‘expert’.” I knew i’d be pushed far beyond my comfort zone and even “fail” yet to go on and achieve more on my road to becoming a better me. Therefore, you can say Crossfit promoted my “growth mindset”. Not to sound cliche but the workouts WILL KICK YOUR ASS! Remember, true fitness implies the ability to perform as many tasks as possible efficiently and effectively. I’ve taken this into account not only in life but on the soccer field where apparently size is no longer an issue.

What is your athletic background? I currently play varsity soccer and varsity football at Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.

Favorite WOD: My favorite WOD would have to be Linda (aka “3 bars of death”). It can’t get any better than deadlifts, bench presses, and cleans.

Favorite Lift: Although my form could use some improvement, my favorite lift is the power clean.

Least Favorite WOD: I hate Karen!

Least Favorite Lift: I have THE lamest overhead squat.

What are your proudest achievements? I’ve become stronger, faster, and more competitive and not only physically. I have also become so much stronger and consistent with my lifts. Long story short… I’m proud to say that i’m just a kid from LA, with the exception that I like to throw heavy things around.

Name one goal and/or personal record you would like to accomplish through CrossFit? One goal? It’s simple. I want to go to the games.

Any advice for someone thinking about trying CrossFit or someone who has just started? Stepping into a Crossfit gym can be overwhelming and intimidating but always remember, you are competing against yourself! Andy Thompson once told me, “There is no try, just do it!” And so I did and pr’d on my snatch (135#) in 13.1. So go for it! It never gets easier but just sucks less. Remember, physically you can only go so far and the rest is all mental.

Favorite place to eat in Los Angeles? Road To Seoul Korean BBQ

…and I couldn’t resist posting this from a kettlebell clinic in February of 2011.
Sorry, Manny.

ATHLETE OF THE MONTH: MANNY SILVA!