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Athlete of the Month

In an effort to get to know the great athletes of Stampede CrossFit, we showcase an Athlete of the Month to introduce someone who demonstrates a drive to better their fitness and life.  This athlete shows determination, growth, and the overall will to do their very best. These CrossFitters consistently push their training to the limit and are worth recognizing.

Carlos Medina

I’m a 43 year old  who strives to be healthy and fit to keep the teenage boys away from my daughters.
I’m married to Elisa Medina for 16 yrs , and we have 3 children together. My oldest is Carli(15), Emma (13),CJ (10).
I work at Thompson Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, I’m a sales and lease consultant for ten years.
Stampede has changed my life by being aware of my eating habits and how quick you can lose your coordination if you aren’t physically fit.
Something people don’t know about me is i hate running!

 

Daniel Reza (September)

1) My name is Daniel Joseph Reza. Ive lived in Patterson my whole life and I am the youngest of 5. I have two brothers and two sisters.
2) I’m recently working at a construction site in manteca and looking to going back to school for kinesiology.
3) I love anything outdoors. For example, go hiking, to the beach, to the lake, snowboarding, and playing any and all sports. My hobbies consist of exercising, hanging out with my better half, family, and friends.
4) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is out light, not our darkness, that most frighten us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It is not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, are presences automatically liberate to others.”
5) I’m planning on going to Cabo with my family this November for my oldest sisters wedding.
6) I’ve never been outta the country and I’ve never been on an airplane. Both things are going to be crossed off with the trip to Cabo.
7) I’ve played sports my whole life. Mainly football, basketball and baseball. But I love to play all sports and with sports comes exercising. I would always only do isolation workouts at the gym until my first day at stampede.
8) Stampede has changed my life in so many ways. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my whole life. It’s taken my fitness and mind set to a whole new level. It’s taught me to never doubt myself, limit myself, and to always have an open mind. The atmosphere and people are incredible and everyone wants you to succeed and become better. Joining Stampede Crossfit was one of the best choices that I’ve made and I have Nikki Sarai Campos to thank for that!
9) My goal is to be doing this for the rest of my life with no major injuries.
10) I can’t say I have a favorite wod or movement since there’s so many workouts to choose from. It’s a love/hate relationship.
11) The one movement I dislike the most would have to be the snatch.
12) Half the battle is just showing up to the gym. Do YOUR best don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Your best competitor is yourself, not your friend, sibling or anyone.
Cheat meal: Mexican food and pizza.
Real life heros: My Mom and Dad
Favorite movie: Coach Carter
Go to meal/snack: PB&J (no bread) and milk

 

Alba Mcleod

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am a mother of 3 incredible children.Bruno 21, a U.S.Marine. America 14, 10th grader at OHS.  Damon 6, 1st grader.  They are my world.

Occupation/Education? I work for AT&T.  I have been with AT&T for almost 21 yrs.

Hobbies/Interests? Hobbies & interest are really anything that my kids want to do & experience, I am always a part of that and live vicariously through them.  I am America’s & Damon’s personal taxi driver and I love every minute of it.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? If at first you don’t succeed.  Do it like your mother told you.  -UNKNOWN

Recent adventure you’re planning? When football season starts, we will heading to Denver Colorado to enjoy our team play at home.  GO BRONCOS!!!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I was a proud pet owner of 3 Saint Bernards.  Xica, Commander & Lefty.

What is your fitness background? Before CrossFit I only did light work outs, not on a regular basis, but enough to keep me somewhat fit & healthy.

How has SCF changed your health & life? SCF has changed my life because my daily WOD partner is my America, my daughter.  Working out with her has brought us closer together then we have ever been before.  I have accomplished things at SCF that I NEVER thought I would physically & mentally be able to do.  And of course, all 3 of my children are proud of me for doing it and enjoy seeing me in painSCF has changed my health because I am very conscious of my diet.  It has given me the much needed physical energy that I was lacking.  I look forward to working out everyday and love when WOD is over and I cannot believe that I got through it when I didn’t think I would.

What are your goals as an athlete? To be better at CrossFit than America.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? I have a few… Back Squats.  Deadlifts. Wall Balls. Squats.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? ALL CLEANS (because I still can not get the movement correct)

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? CrossFit is about you and your own accomplishments, not anyone else’s.  Don’t compare or get discouraged with other athletes results or their current level.  We were all beginners. The trainers and members at our BOX are wonderful.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
 Cheesecake

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Bruno, America & Damon.  They are truly amazing.

Favorite Movie/Book… The Shack.  Anne of Green Gables.

Your Go-To meal/snack… Fruit

 

Noemi Guevara

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?My family is small. In the beginning there was Dad, myself, and sister. Our mom passed away when we were very young, so we were raised by our dad.I am very close to my sister even though we don’t se eye-to-eye (when it comes to my excessive need for shopping). Now it is husband, myself, and sister. We got married 2 ½ years. I love spending as much time together as we can because he travels a lot for work.

Occupation/Education? I am a paraprofessional working at an elementary school.  I help kids improve their reading, writing, and math skills.  I am also a translator.

Hobbies/Interests? I like working on Crossword Puzzles (my husband provides the answer, I write it in) and Sudoku (hate it when he tells me what numbers go in each box). I absolutely LOVE shopping even if it’s not for me.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Ayúdate que yo te ayudaré,” roughly t ranslated “help yourself and I will help you.”

Recent adventure you’re planning? I plan on going to Disneyland as many times as possible before my annual pass expires, Cancun in July, and my sister is taking me to Rome in November.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have a severe shoe addiction and playing Candy Crush.

What is your fitness background? Does high school physical education count? I tried Zumba for some time and though I really enjoyed it and lost a bit of weight, I would more often than not find myself making excuses to not go.

How has SCF changed your health & life? SCF has changed my way of thinking regarding working out. I would look at other people doing heavy lifting or other strenuous workouts and think, “they must be CRAZY.” Well I have officially joined the CRAZY club and I love it. I actually look forward to working out. I really like that SCF posts the workouts before hand so that I know what I’m getting myself into. I have gotten stronger and just started to notice a little bit of muscle.

What are your goals as an athlete? My goals are to improve in all movements, technique,continue getting stronger, and hopefully make it to Steer.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Back Squats

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? It used to be running (because I’m not very good at it), but now hands down I would have to say rowing (it takes a toll on your entire body).

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Do not be scared, set reasonable goals for YOU, do not worry if the person next to you is able to do more(you will get there), work at your own pace, listen to the coaches, there will most definitely be pain, but TOTALLY worth it in the long run.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Pizza and any burger so long as it’s greasy

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…My Dad

Favorite Movie/Book…Any Disney movie

Your Go-To meal/snack…Goldfish

 

 

Yvonne Gomez

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I moved to Patterson when I was in 5th grade from the LA area. I have an older sister that is in the Air Force and a younger brother that is a junior at the High School. I have one niece and nephew that I love dearly. My parents are my biggest supporters I played softball and travel softball for over ten years and cheered for five years.

Occupation/Education? I work as an LVN for Special Education for San Joaquin County. I  am also going back to school to get my BSN.

Hobbies/Interests? I love to work out and go on adventures

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing to do. But hold yourself together when everyone would expect you to fall apart; that is true strength”

Recent adventure you’re planning? Going to Disney world in june 

What is your fitness background? I never really had a fitness background besides working out when I cheered and played softball other than that I would go to the gym here and there this is the first time I’m consistent

How has SCF changed your health & life? When I first started SCF a year ago  I struggling to clean 30 pounds and now im at a 100. I have seen improvement in all my lifts and my endurance going up.

What are your goals as an athlete?  To maintain weight but also tone.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Cleans and back squats

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Snatches and deadlifts

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Be prepped to have deadly workouts out love the outcome.

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Favorite Cheat Meal… Enchiladas

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Tana Ashlee

Favorite Movie/Book… Any movie from the Fast and the furious series

Your Go-To meal/snack… Chicken and rice

 

 

Chris Christiansen

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am a father of one beautiful, happy and energetic 2 ½ year old son, Brody, who is the light of my life and keeps me on my toes when I’m not at CrossFit. I was raised in Patterson by my father, Marty, and Mother, Marilyn, both of whom passed away when I was younger.  All 3 are a large part of the reason I do CrossFit, and continually push myself to be a better student, athlete and father.

Occupation/Education? I graduated with an AA from MJC and a degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara, and am currently an Energy Specialist for Cenergistic and a substitute teacher.

Hobbies/Interests? I love baseball, watching and playing. I also love golf (though not very good at it). Collecting Beatles memorabilia and tattoos.I also love music, Oldies and Classic Rock are my go to. Discovering new (old) bands and songs may be my favorite thing next to working out. I also love aquatic life and have owned/built Saltwater and Freshwater fish tanks. Also, beating Matt.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.” – The Dude

Recent adventure you’re planning? I am trying to see every MLB ball park. It may take a few years, but that is my plan!Also dying to see Italy so I can eat all of their food.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I name all of my animals after musicians or songs. Cat(s): Freddie (Mercury) and (George) Harrison, Dog: Maggie May (Rod Stewart Song)

What is your fitness background? I had done body building/standard workouts in high school/college and after until I discovered CrossFit.  I have now been doing CrossFit for about 5 years, stopping for about a year to raise my son.

How has SCF changed your health & life? SCF has given me the insight and knowledge to better myself as a CrossFitter. Whether it’s nutrition advice or advice on movements or technique, there is always someone there that knows the answer to my question. SCF has made me substantially stronger and more confident in competing. SCF has become like a second home to me, it is an amazing atmosphere with great people and an encouraging environment. SCF tends to be the part of my day I look forward to most. It has also given me Matt.

What are your goals as an athlete?  Beating Matt and a 6-pack. Otherwise, I would like to make regionals as a master in a few years. Until then, a top 500 finish in the NorCal region would make me happy.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Workout: Annie or Randy, Movement: Snatch or Hang Clean

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Workout: Open 17.1, 17.4 and 17.5, Movement: Hand Stand Push Ups

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t compare yourself to the people around you. Just keep looking forward. Pain is only temporary. Also, don’t listen to Matt.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Ice Cream (any flavor) and Pizza from Tony’s Napoletana in San Francisco. Also, any sandwich from the Sentinel in San Francisco.

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…My Father, George Harrison, Warren Buffett, Matt

Favorite Movie/Book…Movie(s): Animal House, Blazing Saddles, The Big Lebowski, anything Horror – Book: Lamb by Christopher Moore

Your Go-To meal/snack…Peanut butter, also cottage cheese and peaches.

 

America Mcleod

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have my dad Rich, my mom Alba, she does CrossFit too. I also have my two brothers Damon and Bruno. My family love to hang out with each other. We watch movies together. My little brother Damon plays almost all sports, and Bruno is a US Marine. We also have a cat named Chuck that is 17 years old.

Occupation/Education? I am a 9th grader at OHS. My electives are Spanish and Ceramics. I plan to go to Vanderbilt University and major in Criminal Justice and minor in Business Management.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi

Recent adventure you’re planning? We are planning to ge to Hawaii in spring break

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have always wanted twins. I know it’s weird.

What is your fitness background? I had played softball since I was 8 years old till I was 12 ½. I have also played basketball, swimming, and soccer once.

How has SFC changed your health & life? SCF has changed my life by becoming my life. It is spectacular in so many ways. I still know the day I joined – July 21, 2015. It is exhilarating, the adrenaline from completing a WOD or maxing out just consumes me and I love it. It has made me stronger, happier, and more confident.

What are your goals as an athlete?  To reach the highest rank by the time I am a senior in high school.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Power Snatches and cleans. And HSPU, and pull ups, and back squats.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Thrusters and double unders because thrusters kill and double unders give me bruises.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Set reasonable goals for yourself. Never compare yourself to people that are older and have been doing this longer.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Pepperoni pizza with bread sticks, and Olive Garden bread sticks

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… MOM

Favorite Movie/Book… Anne of Green Gables

Your Go-To meal/snack… Strawberries, popcorn, or fruit by the foot

 

 

Raquel DonBatalla

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?So I live in Patterson with my mom and my dad. My mom volunteers here and there around town. My dad is retired and loves to work on his car. My mom enjoys gardening and sewing.  Now we own a bunch of animals. We own 4 cats (named Pumpkin, Tim, Jackie, and Chancho), 2 chickens (Lori and Lucifer),  and 1 dog (named Tyson).

Occupation/Education? I graduated from UC Merced with a BA in U.S. History and a minor in Art. I’m planning on becoming a special education teacher. I’m about half a semester away or so from finishing the credential program at CSU Stanislaus. I currently work as substitute teacher and a High School swim coach for the Patterson Joint Unified School District.

Hobbies/Interests? I absolutely love to bake! I love baking sweets, but currently have picked up making homemade bread. I thoroughly enjoy going to baseball games, especially if the A’s are playing. I love to do crafts, DIY projects, and coming home to relax with my dog Tyson.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? One of my favorite quotes is, “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”  -Batman

Recent adventure you’re planning? I’m planning on doing another Disney Run at the beginning of next year.

What is your fitness background? Before Crossfit, I had been a swimmer (well I still am a swimmer) and I had done a few exercise classes here and there like Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing.

How has SFC changed your health & life? SFC has changed my life by not only helping me become stronger, but by helping me become more self-confident. SFC is amazing and I’m glad to have joined. It’s a great way to relieve stress and it’s one of my favorite places to go to have fun. Everybody here is super supportive and I’m glad to have made new friends here.

What are your goals as an athlete?  Well I would like to eventually compete in one Crossfit competition and run another 10k.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Back squat and power snatches.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Split lunges because I feel super uncoordinated when I do them.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Focus on being the best version of you that you can be. Don’t worry about comparing yourself to others and focus on what you want to accomplish.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
is Pepperoni pizza with jalepenos and pineapple.

Favorite Real-Life Hero… is my mom.

Favorite Movie… is Jurassic Park.

Your Go-To snack… strawberry cheesecake Greek yogurt.  Or any Greek yogurt.

 

 

Troy Ross

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? Grew up here in the Central Valley.  First lived in the mobile home park in Santa Nella, then moved to Gustine.  We now live in Newman.  Married to a beautiful woman inside and out who is now a school nurse.  She was born and raised here in Patterson.  We have two wonderful kids (Xavier – 7 and Haley – 5). 

Occupation/Education? I am a local Realtor with Century 21 M&M and Associates.  I help people buy and sell homes here in the Patterson/Newman area.  Call me for all your real estate needs!

Hobbies/Interests? Aside from work, majority of time is spent with my family.  We enjoy sports, movies, camping and beaches.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “No matter how hard it gets, keep your head up, keep your chest out, and handle it”  (Tupac)

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”  (Charles Swindoll)

Recent adventure you’re planning? Weekend trip to a cabin, vacation in Punta Mita, Mexico

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I am very shy.

 What is your fitness background? Took a class in high school, spent a few years in and out of a regular gym, off and on working out at home with P90X.

How has SFC changed your health & life? Before, I used to work out alone and was never able to push myself to grow or do more/better.  I wasted a lot of time thinking about what kind of work out to do and really didn’t know if I was doing it right.  It was very easy to miss days/weeks/months because I had no one to hold me accountable.  Crossfit has solved all of those problems!  Thanks SFC!

What are your goals as an athlete?  Current Goal: Doing a muscle up.  Future…making it through all of the levels.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  Box Jumps

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  Overhead Squats

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?   When you start you may ask yourself how am I ever going to do what they do or lift what they lift…keep showing up, you’ll get there and you’ll see the results.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Burger King Whopper and a Dr Pepper/Coffee Ice Cream
Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…
Jesus

Favorite Movie/Book…  Bad Boys 2

Your Go-To meal/snack…  Protein Bar

 

 

Kasey Cooper

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Our Interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I was born and raised in Southern California.  After high school I played softball at Palomar Junior College and after I transferred to Oklahoma State University where I got my BS in Physical Education.  I taught PE and coached basketball and softball in Oklahoma  for 7 years.  After meeting Ann, we moved back to Los Banos and then to Newman where we currently live with our 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 horses.  I have been teaching middle school PE for 18 years.

Occupation/Education? Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director and soccer coach. AA Liberal Arts and Science from Palomar Jr. College. BS Physical Education from Oklahoma State University

Hobbies/Interests? Being outdoors, going to the lake in the summer, wakeboarding, hanging out with our animals, traveling and spending time with friends.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “you can’t live that negative way, make way for the positive day..” -Bob Marley

Recent adventure you’re planning? We are headed to Tahoe in January and Seattle in April.  This will be our first time to Seattle.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I record and watch The Young and The Restless every day, lol, I love it!  I started watching with my grandma because she baby sat us when we were young, so I’ve been watching it for like 40 years.

What is your fitness background? I grew up playing many sports, soccer, softball, bowling, skateboarding, going to the beach.  I was lucky to have my family always introducing new games to us.  In high school, I played field hockey, basketball (one year), soccer and softball.  Played Jr. College softball.  I have always been active.

How has SFC changed your health & life? It has inspired me to become stronger and push myself harder.  It got me out of a rut of laziness.  I feel better about myself and I am a happier person at work and home. I love the intensity and diversity of the workouts and the family atmosphere.

What are your goals as an athlete? To be consistent in attending workouts, to keep getting stronger and drop some pounds but still working on the eating part.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Snatch

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Overhead Squats and rowing

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Stick with it, do not give up!

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
In and Out cheeseburger

Favorite Movie/Book… Movie-Airplane, Book- Any maps or Geography books.

Your Go-To meal/snack… Chicken and salad, Almonds, cheese

 

 

Elisa Medina

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Tell us a little bit about you and your family? Married to Carlos Medina. Mother to 3 beautiful, humorous and bright children, CJ, Emma, and Carli.

Occupation/Education? I’m a manicurist and part time taxi to my kids. I coach volleyball at Walnut Grove.

Hobbies/Interests? Love to workout and garden for my mental happiness. Friends think I’m crazy because I love to run! I can get almost anyone to join any fitness craze because I like to workout.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margret B. Runbeck

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Cheeseburger of Mexican sweet bread

Your Go-To meal/snack… Raw/roasted almonds, greek yogurt, boiled eggs. I drink water with a straw so I actually drink it.

 

Mark Dixon

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Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? My name is Mark Dixon. I am Native/Indigenous person of this continent. My tribe is Dineh’ aka Navajo. My parents are from the Rez (reservation of northern AZ.) They came to the San Francisco Bay Area for a better life. It is where they had 3 sons. I was the middle son. I was born in SF, raised in Oakland/Hayward. Now reside in Patterson. I work as a mechanical drafter by trade, an artist by skill. Both my brothers are artists. I guess we get it from our parents. Our mother was a traditional rug weaver and could sew anything together, she also did bead work. Our father did some paintings and some silver smithing.  My wife is Puerto Rican, our kids are NavaRicans 😀 . Our kids are full of love, loyal and considerate. My inspiration comes from my wife and kids.

Occupation/Education? Mechanical drafter by trade, civil drafter, conceptual artist in video game industry.

Hobbies/Interests? Art, archery, jet skiing, painting, Patterson Gridiron (feeding the Tigers football team on Thurs. nites, raising funds to help football and other school sports, Watching sports, Football, baseball, MMA, boxing. Craft beer enthusiast

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

― Mark Twain

Recent adventure you’re planning? Going to first Niner game (I am a Raider fan). Going to NASCAR in Phoenix in a couple of weeks.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I like to smoke a good cigar every once in awhile.

What is your fitness background? Home workouts/exercise, Stampede Crossfit

How has SCF changed your health & life? I have gotten healthier, more stamina, more endurance.

What are your goals as an athlete? To continue making progress, becoming heathier, lose weight

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Push Press

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Jump rope, burpees

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Don’t give up, don’t quit. keeping trying to advance to that next level

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  Puerto Rican rice or P.R. beans and fry bread

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Kenny ‘The SNAKE’ Stabler #12 #VerticalPassing Game #OaklandRaiders #SouthPaw

Favorite Movie/Book… Empire Strikes Back, Akira (manga) – Katsuhiro Otomo

Your Go-To meal/snack… Baby carrots or Cheezits (which ever is available)

 

Danielle Ramirez

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Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? My dad, mom, brother, and I moved here when I was 9 years old. My mom works for Sacred Heart Catholic School and my dad works for the city of San Jose. I only have one brother, but we grew up with a lot of cousins (30+) so our house never felt too quiet.  I have one awesome puppy named Kodah and a turtle named Sheldon. My boyfriend Brian and I enjoy the occasional weekend getaways and appreciating delicious food with our friends.

Occupation/Education? I recently graduated with my biology degree and I currently work for the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Scientific Aid

Hobbies/Interests? Snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing with Kodah.  We try to take a family trip to Maui every year and I love exploring the island and finding something new to try each visit.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Make good choices” and “Don’t put Twinkies on your pizza”

Recent adventure you’re planning? Brian and I are hoping to take a trip to Alaska this winter

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I can play the piano

What is your fitness background? Growing up I enjoyed basketball, baseball, dirt biking, dance, and gymnastics. In high school I participated in cheerleading and track & field. I cheered one year in college, but after that I was a couch potato until I joined SCF.

How has SCF changed your health & life? The gym began as a nice outlet for me to get away from the stress of school, but quickly turned into a place I wanted to go for FUN. I have more energy, I am motivated to work harder, and I enjoy the company and encouragement from the friends I’ve made here.

What are your goals as an athlete? I want people to ask me for help when they need to move a heavy box. 🙂

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Power Snatches and pull-ups 🙂

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Wall Balls because it looks like I’m trying to shoot 3-pointers

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Don’t be discouraged if you’re lifting less than your neighbors. I was a little embarrassed at first, but looking back I am proud of the progress I’ve made. Also, don’t forget to stretch!

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  Anything with potatoes. Fried, baked, mashed,… (you get the idea)

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… I don’t watch football, but I think Peyton Manning seems like a nice fellow. I enjoy his cheesy commercials and his goofy dad persona.

Favorite Movie/Book… It’s a tie between Forrest Gump and She’s the Man. I’m very versatile.

Your Go-To meal/snack… When I want to be healthy I’ll fry an egg on toast, add avocado and tomatoes, then top it with a generous portion of Tapatio. When I’m not doing cardio for a while I’ll devour all the Hot Cheetos I can get my red powdery fingers on.

 

Ann Friedrich

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Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? Mom of 5 very busy kids.

Occupation/Education? Started my career in market research and product development. Now I’m an executive assistant.

Hobbies/Interests? I love to read and bake.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Just keep swimming” -Dory

Recent adventure you’re planning? I recently survived a trip to Disneyland.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I’m fluent in French.

What is your fitness background? I exercise because I should and it make me feel better. CrossFit is by far the most fun of all the things I’ve tried.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I have more energy and it’s easier to move.

What are your goals as an athlete? Do a pull up.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Squats, toes to bar, and deadlift.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Burpees!!!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? If you didn’t like it today, tomorrow will be different.

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Chocolate

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My daughter Sarah

Favorite Movie/Book… Pride and Prejudice – love Mr. Darcy

Your Go-To meal/snack… Fuji Apples

 

Ryan Sellman

Athlete of the Month Widget-RYAN

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I grew up in Humboldt and Trinity County through high school.  I went to College at University of the Pacific in Stockton, where I met my wife Heather.  We lived in Sacramento for 5 years then moved to Patterson due to my work and Heather’s parents living here.  We have lived in Patterson for the past 4 years.  We have a son, Mason, that is 2 and keeps us on our toes.

Occupation/Education?  I have a BS in Civil Engineering from University of the Pacific and I work as an Environmental Engineer.  I focus on Water and Wastewater conveyance, collections, and treatment.

Hobbies/Interests?  I enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, doing new activates with my son, and being on or in the water.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? N/A

Recent adventure you’re planning? Looking into a trip to Disneyland this fall, and a trip to Ruth Lake to go camping over the summer.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I went to a public high school with 45 kids total and a graduating class of 9, I played basketball and ran Cross Country in High school, and played Lacrosse for 2 years in college.

What is your fitness background?  My fitness background consists of sports in high school and college.  I would run on occasion after high school, but not on a regular basis.

How has SCF changed your health & life? This is the longest I have ever stayed committed to working out on a regular basis.  I feel stronger than I ever have, and it feels good to work out.

What are your goals as an athlete? Stay committed to working out and staying active.  Also to get stronger so I can do Rx workouts every time.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  Power Cleans and Back Squats.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Squat Snatch and Overhead Squats.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?  Stay with it after the first couple of weeks. I was very sore the first couple weeks, but it got better.  Once you learn the movements and meet people in the gym it makes the workouts enjoyable!

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Burritos or In-N-Out
Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…
Michael Jordan

Favorite Movie/Book…Super Troopers

Your Go-To meal/snack…Steak or Ribs/Almonds or Walnuts

 

Amy Pierce

Athlete of the Month Widget-Amy

I moved to Patterson 15 years ago when I married my husband, Bobby. We have 4 kids. Frances 11, Claire 10, Jacob 5 and Caleb 3. I was a second grade teacher at a catholic school until our family grew. Then I stared working part time for PUSD as a home and hospital teacher and a substitute teacher. I am currently in the process of starting a new job as an Agriculture Work Experience Coordinator with the High School.

I love spending my free time camping with my family and traveling. I also love being a part of 4H and helping my kids with their livestock animals.

The words I live by are that you have been given this gift of life, so live each day to the fullest. Enjoy the moment you are living.

My recent adventure I am planning is our move from town out to the country.

Something you don’t know about me is that I am the middle sister of 3 girls.

I have always made working out a priority in my life. I am excited to jump back into it after taking a break from having kids and running them around. SCF has made me a stronger person. It has given me more confidence in what my body can do. My goal as an athlete is to continue to learn each move and do them correctly. My favorite CrossFit workouts are when we do rounds of short runs followed by a lifting exercise. I like them because it is a conditioning and strength work out and it gets me outside. My least favorite CrossFit workout is numerous wall balls or squats. When I do that, I discover my true age in my knees.

My advise to new members joining is to not give up, don’t compare yourself to anyone but your own personal growth, be prepared to be sore, but keep it up so it will all pay off. This is your life, your health, you only get once chance at it!!

Favorite cheat meal is anything fried!

Favorite real life Heroes are my parents.

Favorite movie is Mother’s Day and The Sound of Music.

My go to meal is tacos and my go to snack is coffee with creme.

Dustin Lara

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Coaches Comments:

Dusty does great in class. He’s a team player and loves learning new movements. I look forward to seeing his abilities grow as he reaches new goals. Thanks for being a leader in class and a pleasure to coach.

Athlete Questions:

  1. What do you like about CrossFit Cats: I like all the exercises we do that keep me healthy. I also like playing games and guessing the word at circle time.
  2. What is your favorite CrossFit Cats Movement: Wall handstands
  3. What is your favorite CrossFit Game: Tic Tac Toe
  4. Tell us about your Family: My mom is Julie she’s beautiful. My dad is Paul and he’s handsome. My sister is Kinsley and she is 4 years old.
  5. What is your favorite color: Blue
  6. What is your favorite food: Rice and Beans
  7. What is your favorite movie: Ratatouille
  8. What do you like doing when not at CrossFit Cats: Riding, practicing and racing my dirt bike.

Celeste Scott

Athlete of the Month Widget Celeste

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have been married for 8 years to my husband Josh. We have 2 kids, Jazmyn 7 and Amari 4.  I met my husband in Pleasanton where we both lived at the time. We moved to Patterson and have lived here for 8 years.

Occupation/Education?  I became a licensed Insurance agent 2.5 years ago. I worked full time in Pleasanton for 2 years. I am now currently working part-time from home.

Hobbies/Interests?  Softball and anything outdoors

Recent adventure you’re planning?  I am going to Tahoe in a week with my brother and sister. In September my husband and I are taking our kids to Disneyland.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I was born and raised in Reno Nevada, moved to California when I was 16. I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

What is your fitness background?   I have played softball since I was 8. I have always enjoyed running, hiking and being outdoors.  

How has SFC changed your health & life? Has given me confidence in myself that I can accomplish weight and movements I once thought impossible. I have made great friends and love working out.

What are your goals as an athlete?   To stay consistent with attending class. Continue becoming stronger mentally and physically. To complete a half marathon, one competition and to pass the next level.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Squat cleans and back squats

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  SNATCH!!!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Do not get discouraged everything comes in time and with practice.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
In N out

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Grandfather

Your Go-To meal/snack… Shrimp with rice and veggies / rice cake with PB

 

 

Lisa Gnesa

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I grew up in the bay area and moved to the central valley for college, where I met my now husband, Eric. We have two dorky dogs named Kingsley and Sprocket, and two cats named Zipp and Dixie J

Occupation/Education?  I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist in Stockton, and I work at a school for special needs where I help kids who struggle to speak verbally communicate. I love my work and it is the best job in the world!

Hobbies/Interests? I love to bake! I love cake decorating and making treats for friends and family.

Recent adventure you’re planning? My husband and I are planning a trip to Hawaii over the summer with some friends. I love to swim and snorkel, and I can’t wait!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I love fondant cake decorating and wish I was the cake boss. Also, my parents used to call me the pasta princess because I have practically lived off pasta for my entire life. (I may or may not be cooking spaghetti as I answer these questions…)

What is your fitness background? I ran cross country all through high school, and played basketball and volleyball as a kid. I also love outdoor fun, like wakeboarding, scuba diving, and snowboarding. I’ll hike and climb anywhere J.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I am very happy to get back into an organized activity where I can workout with people, have fun, and keep active. I have never felt stronger!

What are your goals as an athlete?  I’d like to build my strength and regain my endurance I used to have in high school, and I’d like to keep consistent with staying active.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? I really love pull ups, since my arms were my weakest and I never thought I could do any.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Overhead squats/squat snatches!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Have fun with it! Also, take a picture right when you start, because you’ll be surprised how quickly you see positive changes and it’s exciting and rewarding to compare.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Indian food!!!!

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… I don’t have a hero/athlete… Jen and Toots!

Favorite Movie/Book… the Harry Potter books will forever be my favorite J

Your Go-To meal/snack… nonfat greek yogurt with granola

Adrian Patterson

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I was born in Fresno and grew up in Bakersfield. I moved to Patterson 8 years ago after meeting my now wife Lori. We have two children and two dogs.

Occupation/Education? I have a B.S. in Computer Science from Fresno State and currently work as the Information System Analyst for the Patterson Unified School District.

Hobbies/Interests? I enjoy watching Baseball, attending concerts, and spending time with my family.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? To change the world, start with one step.

Recent adventure you’re planning? My wife and I are planning on going to a Dave Matthews Band concert at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I know how to play the trumpet.

What is your fitness background? I grew up playing baseball and soccer all year long. I was also a member of a drum and bugle corps that performed across the country each summer.

How has SFC changed your health & life? Adding crossfit as a part of my weekly routine has helped me lose weight, feel better and stronger, and made me want to continue working out.

What are your goals as an athlete?  My goals are to live a healthy lifestyle for my wife and kids.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Pull Ups. I had never been able to do one until I joined Stampede Crossfit.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Overhead squats

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Start at your own pace and push yourself for personal bests.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
In-N-Out

Favorite Real-Life Athlete… Clayton Kershaw

Favorite Movie… Back to the Future

Your Go-To meal/snack… Walnuts

 

Diane Griego

Athlete of the Month Widget DIANE

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?  Been married 40 years with 4 children who are all grown and out of the house. Born and raised in San Jose, CA and have lived in Patterson for over 15 years and I love it.

Occupation/Education? Both my husband and I have been employed in the Construction and Management Industry most of our lives

Hobbies/Interests? Faith and Family are my loves, music, sports and nature are my hobbies. My husband and I love taking the back roads, attending country concerts and horseback riding.  We travel as often as we can even if it’s just to a restaurant, zoo or beach an hour or two away.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Treat others as you would like to be treated not as they deserve.  Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.  Which I admit is at times hard to do.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Just purchased tickets to see Florida Georgia Line in concert at Cheyenne, Wyomings Frontier Days Annual Rodeo in July this year!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? Some do know but I suffered two minor and one severe stroke in 2008 which made me unable to work permanently or function for quite some time.

What is your fitness background? Have been involved in team sports since age 11.  Focused on fast pitch softball as a pitcher throughout my middle school and high school years.  Played slow pitch with women’s and co-ed including church teams up till 2008.  All of my children including my husband and myself played as a co-ed team for many years together in San Jose as part of “C” Division Parks and Recreation League which were some of the happiest times in my life!

How has SFC changed your health & life? SFC has given me new life and belief in myself.  After my stroke I went through some severe depression and weight gain. The team atmosphere, motivation and encouragement have helped me when I felt like giving up. The individual attention to my specific needs and capabilities made a huge impact on my decision to keep attending and on my life.

What are your goals as an athlete?  One of my life goals has been to serve God in all I do and Toots, Jennifer, Graciano along with my workout buddies (you know who you are) have helped me to accomplish this in the area of taking care of my health in order to be able to watch my children and their children accomplish their goals and words can’t thank them enough!

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Not sure.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Burpees.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Never give up and if you fail get back up and try again!

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… I have many but if I’m forced to choose:  Jesus Christ and Albert Pujols

Favorite Movie/Book…

Movie:  The original 1939 Classic with Merle Oberon and Sir Laurence Olivier’s “Wuthering Heights”

Book: I have read many but will never forget reading “King of the Wind” as a teen and of course “The Bible”.

Your Go-To meal/snack… Blueberries and bananas

 

Christina Enriquez

Athlete of the Month Widget2-web

Our Interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am the youngest of two, I have one older brother.  We are a family of four but you might as well include Sasha, my six-year-old Yorkie.

Occupation/Education? I am pursuing my Ed.S., M.A. in School Psychology  and PPS credential, I will begin my internship July 2016.

Hobbies/Interests? Besides Crossfit and Indoor Soccer, I enjoy baking, reading novels, and shopping.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” -Chesterton

Recent adventure you’re planning? After graduation, I want to rent a cabin out in Italy or a different country and stay out there for about a month.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I don’t know how to swim and I am terrified of deep water……hence the reason I don’t know how to swim.

What is your fitness background? I never had a stable fitness background. It was always a roller coaster ride. It wasn’t until I joined Stampede Crossfit that I was able to be consistent and more determined than before.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I find myself more productive then I was before, even though I do find myself busier. I have set up more life changing goals and striving for higher fitness goals that I never imagined. I am planning on running a half marathon 2016 and have recently joined the women’s indoor soccer team.

What are your goals as an athlete?  I want to be able to run a half marathon non stop and be promoted at least to Cowboy.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Lacrosse ball stretching

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Wall Balls and double unders

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Hard work and dedication will pay off.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal… Petite Vanilla Bean Scones

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… ??

Favorite Movie/Book… 007 Casino Royale

Your Go-To meal/snack… Granny smith apples with cottage cheese and almonds.

 

Ann Mesman

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our Interview…

Hi my name is Ann Mesman and I live in Newman. I was born and raised on a dairy and loved growing up around animals, especially cows and horses.  I have been in love with sports ever since I could remember.  I have been involved with soccer, gymnastics, swim team, baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball just to name a few.

I received an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Merced College and then got a softball scholarship to the University of Tulsa where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a specialization in Family Owned Business Management.  I am a Dairy Sales Consultant for Cargill Animal Nutrition and have been with Cargill since March 2011.

I enjoy boating and especially water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding with friends and family almost every weekend during the summer ( I even bought a wet suit so I could ski in the middle of the winter!)  I also love horseback riding, camping, hiking, traveling and spending time with loved ones!

My favorite words to live by are “Work Hard and Play Hard.”  I’ve been told that I am an extreme person, I like to give everything I do 110%!

I am planning a trip to Lake Tahoe in January with friends and family in January to watch the NFL Football Playoffs.  Hopefully there will be some snow on the mountains this year so we can hit the slopes!

Most people do not know that I was inducted into the Merced College Hall of Fame in October for softball.  It was the most amazing two years there!

I’ve always been an active person and like to be outside rather than sitting in the house.  When I got to college and started getting into weight lifting and conditioning, I enjoyed it and wanted to get back to it.

I absolutely love SCF and tell everyone I see how wonderful it is.  I think the coaches are amazing and the work outs are challenging.  I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of the gym and thought to myself, “That was a piece of cake!”  The thing that I like most about crossfit is that anyone can do it.  I started SCF on June 8th of this year and since then, I’ve lost 10 pounds, can bench press 140 pounds, and am in much better conditioning shape.  At the end of this summer I was able to water ski for 20 minutes straight without being completely worn out and done for the day, and was excited  to tell my coaches about it when I saw them the following Monday.

My goals as an athlete are to push myself, get stronger and to always improve.  Of course I’d like to lose a few more pounds along the way!

My favorite crossfit move is the Push Jerk.  My upper body is stronger than my lower, so anything I can power through up top works well for me.  My least favorite movement is the snatch squat.  It’s hard enough to do a snatch and then to have to squat at the same time.

My advice for anyone new members would be to give SCF a chance.  I was extremely nervous about going for the first time, but knew I wanted to stay active over the summer.  It has changed my life for the better and now I can’t imagine not going every week.  The coaches are fantastic and will help you get to where you want to be, you just have to be willing to put in the effort and show up consistently.

Favorite cheat meal: Pizza

Favorite Athlete: Luke Kuechly

Favorite Book: Anything written by Chelsea Handler

My Go-To meal/snack: Beef Jerky

 

 

Jill Rivas

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our Interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?   My name is Jill. I was born and raised in Patterson and still consider it my hometown. I live with my husband and our chocolate lab in Denair. Most of my family lives in Patterson and Modesto.

Occupation/Education?  I’m a Family Nurse Practitioner. I have an Associate’s degree in Nursing from MJC (RN), Bachelor’s in Sociology, and Masters in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner.

Hobbies/Interests?  Well, crossfit, duh. I like to swim, volunteer, go on medical mission trips, help others, hang out with with my family.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?   “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart” Proverbs 3:5

Recent adventure you’re planning?  Well, I’m pregnant with identical twin boys so I would consider that to be quite an adventure, but not sure if I would say twins were planned. We are very excited to see what is in store for us in the near future.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  I am Portuguese and Guamanian.

What is your fitness background?  I played basketball and was on a swim team for many years. I’ve been consistently working out since I met my husband when we were 19 because he was a personal trainer. I started crossfit a little over 2 years ago and I’m hooked. Crossfit has made me a stronger and faster athlete. I really enjoy where crossfit has taken me.

How has SFC changed your health & life?  SFC has helped me become stronger and has definitely improved my cardio in my workouts. I always get good advice from the coaches have improved on many movements since joining.

What are your goals as an athlete? My goals as an athlete are to continue getting stronger while improving my technique. There are always things that I need to work on and can improve on so I will continue making it my goal to learn new movements and improve on lifts.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite crossfit movement is the clean. I like that it does involve some technique, but is still fairly simple.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? The SNATCH. I wouldn’t say I hate it, but I dislike it. The technique involved in the snatch is frustrating, but is something I need to improve on.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?   Be consistent. Listen to the coaches. Always do your best. Some people think crossfit is only for certain people and that isn’t true. I have seen many types of people succeed in crossfit. The coaches have a lot to offer…this is what they love. They will teach you if you are willing to listen. If you want to improve, then show up for class consistently because that is how you will get results.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Sushi, Indian food, or Pho

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My parents.  Lauren Fisher is my favorite crossfit athlete.

Favorite Movie/Book… The Bible

Your Go-To meal/snack…  Breakfast is my favorite meal so 3 eggs and one piece of bacon every morning with some type of carb.  Snack would be cottage cheese and blueberries.  


 

Danny Lagunas

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our Interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? We come from Texas big ol Dallas Cowboys fans and we love to bbq.

Occupation/Education? Senior student at Patterson High School, class of 2015.

Hobbies/Interests? Watching the Dallas Cowboys and hanging out with my novia.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “In training, you listen to your body, In competition you tell your body to shut up.” -Rich Froning Jr.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Going to a Dallas Cowboy game in Arlington.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I like to shoot guns and play video games.

What is your fitness background? Football, Track, Basketball, Wrestling and BMX.

How has SFC changed your health & life? Made me mentally stronger and more discipline.

What are your goals as an athlete? Compete in the CrossFit Games.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Rope Climbs.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? DOUBLE UNDERS

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Get ready for a lot of pain but worth it in the end.  Totally worth it.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Cookies and Milk

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My madre/Rich Froning/Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

Favorite Movie/Book… The Bible/Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Your Go-To meal/snack… Protein Bar

 

Mia Azevedo

Athlete of the Month Widget-Mia

Coaches Comments: Mia is a great athlete & full of enthusiasm! She is always ready to train and learn new movements. We love having her in class and look forward to many angry gorillas, oompa loompas, and stink bugs.

Athlete Questions:

  1. Tell us about your Family: I like my mommy and my grandma. My brother is Max.  My dad is good at work
  2. What do you like about CrossFit Cats: I like stinkbugs
  3. What is your favorite CrossFit Cats Movement: Tiger walk and crab walks
  4. What is your favorite CrossFit Game: Run around in a circle and play sharks
  5. What is your favorite color: Pink
  6. What is your favorite food: Spaghetti and garlic bread
  7. What is your favorite movie: Paw patrol
  8. What do you like doing when not at Crossfit Cats: Play with my dogs

Deanna Larey

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?

I have been a resident of Patterson for 5 years, my son David recently moved to Patterson to help me around the house and to finish school. My household is never a dull moment when my granddaughter Madyson is here visiting, she is a character who takes after her dad, David. My home is guarded by my 3 killer Chihuahuas, Tyson, Coco and my tea cup reindeer Chihuahua, Kobe. My sister Betty and her family live in Patterson, which made the move from Arizona easier. You may have noticed us working out together along with her son Victtor and his fiancé Karissa.

Occupation/Education?  Bachelor Degree in Accounting.  After obtaining my State certification, I am currently employed at Memorial Medical Center as a Cancer Registrar.

Hobbies/Interests? Being a Grandma and to travel whenever possible.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Someday to Italy…..

Tell us something we don’t know about you? Once was a Substitute Kindergarten Teacher

What is your fitness background? During my younger years, I did play basketball, softball and now a novice golfer.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I feel more energized and stronger and contributes as a mental stress reliever.

What are your goals as an athlete? Currently to survive each CrossFit workout.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Goblet squats

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Burpees

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Stick with it, instructors and members are very supportive.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Anything sweet

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…   My Mom and sisters, Lori and Betty

Favorite Movie/Book…   The Shack

Your Go-To meal/snack…  Jalapeno string cheese

 

 

John Azevedo

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? My wife Debbie and I have been married 33yrs.and have four children. I am a third generation dairyman with my two sons Johnny and Matt on a ranch that has been in the family for nearly 100 years. I attended local schools and Modesto Junior college and earned an AA degree in Ag business.

Occupation/Education?  Dairyman & farmer

Hobbies/Interests?  My hobbies include reading, mostly history and autobiographies, and I also enjoy attending Oakland A’s games with the family.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? One of my favorite quotes comes from a neighbor who has long passed ( If you run they will shoot you and if you stop they will run over you). I guess it means to live your life at a steady pace, not always hurried but at the same time aware of life around you.

Recent adventure you’re planning?  Debbie and I are thinking about a drive north through Oregon, Washington and Idaho to visit Debbie’s sister.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? Anything you don’t know about me is the way I like it. We will leave it at that.

What is your fitness background? I didn’t have a fitness background; I didn’t own a pair of running shoes until I was 63 years old. It took me that long to realize I needed to start moving.

How has SFC changed your health & life?  The reason I started Cross Fit was to try and get off of some of the medicines I was taking for high blood pressure and diabetes, and I have successfully been taken off of them.

What are your goals as an athlete? To stay healthy and feel good, physically and mentally.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Running because I know how to do that, and squat cleans.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Burpees

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?  Stick with it because it is worth the effort.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Cheeseburger

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…My father

Favorite Movie/Book …The Shack                                      

Your Go-To meal/snack…Almonds and cheese

 

 

Karissa Jones

Athlete of the Month Widget2                                

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I was born in Modesto CA and have lived in Patterson my entire life. I have 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I am the baby of my family.

Occupation/Education? I currently work for Center for Human Services as a Student Assistant Specialist. I am graduating this year with my Masters in Counseling/Education and will be getting my LPCC (licensed professional clinical counselor) this fall.

Hobbies/Interests? I would say I really enjoy coaching for cheer. I cheered and danced practically my whole life. I love giving back to the sport that gave me so much. I also love to travel, (Disney world) is my favorite place on earth!!!

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “If you change the way you look at things, the thing you look at change”

Recent adventure you’re planning? A trip down to Disney land

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I come from two different nationalities. (Caucasian and African American) and my dad was a professional baseball player.

What is your fitness background? As a kid growing up, I was always involved in sports. I mainly played softball until I got into competitive cheer. After getting hurt, I found myself loving CrossFit.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I damaged my body pretty bad from cheer. I had a tear in my knee and a rotator cuff tear. I went to physical therapy for about a year, and it didn’t do much for me. It wasn’t until I joined Stampede CrossFit that I started to feel 100% 

What are your goals as an athlete? As an athlete, I would really like gain back my strength and flexibility. It would also be nice to one day compete in a CrossFit competition.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Hands down it is back squats!

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Burpees…..

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? It’s a learning experience, everyone has to start somewhere. Once you start you will never want to stop again.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…
Pizza..or Mexican food

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…My mother! She’s the reason why I am here and my biggest supporter in life.

Favorite Movie/Book…any type of Christmas movie!

Your Go-To meal/snack…yogurt!

Spencer Hill

Athlete of the Month Widget2

 

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I was born and raised in Murray, Utah. I married Nicole on April 28th of 2007. We moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 2010, when I was accepted into graduate school at Quinnipiac University. We moved to Patterson, California in 2013 when I took my first physician assistant job in Newman. Nicole and I have a 4 year old son, Ethan and a 2 year old daughter, Saydee. We also have two dogs, a 10 year old Rottweiler and Blue Heeler mix and a 8 year old Dachshund.

Occupation/Education? I have a Bachelor degree in Respiratory Therapy and Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. I currently work as a Physician Assistant at Golden Valley Health Centers.

Hobbies/Interests? Running, napping, exploring with my wife and kids, ocean

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Laughter is the best medicine

Recent adventure you’re planning? Moving back to my home state of Utah. This has been quite the planning process and filled with many emotions.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I had brain surgery in 2007 to remove a brain tumor

What is your fitness background? I was involved in many different organized sports growing up, primarily baseball and football. I became very interested in fitness in high school and spent many hours with friends working out in the gym. I enjoy running and have always incorporated it in my fitness.

How has SFC changed your health & life? SFC has allowed me to work many muscles that I have previously neglected and given me a full body workout. Mostly SFC has taught me how to make a healthy lifestyle change with my diet.

What are your goals as an athlete?  Maintain active lifestyle and always strive for a higher goal. Always strive to improve my bad eating habits.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Any kind of running/rope climb/wall balls/Burpees

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Snatch/HSPU

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Just give it a try and stick with it. I know that when I started, I wanted to just give up because there are many new challenging movements that are learned and continuously practiced. If you don’t give it a solid try, you will regret walking away.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Carrot cake or any dessert item

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Dad

Favorite Movie/Book… Rudy/Dumb and Dumber

Your Go-To meal/snack… Hamburger and eggs/Quest bar

 

Michelle Ramirez

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I’m a single mom of 3 beautiful kids.  Just moved to Patterson from Los Angeles almost 18 months ago and so far all 4 of us have worked out at SCF at one time or another…. Fitness is a bond we have, I love training together with them.

Occupation/Education? I’m a Jr Project Manager for a third-party enterprise software support company in Pleasanton. It’s a very stressful job but I’m thankful to have it.

Hobbies/Interests? I love family time, reading, shopping, and singing

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me

Recent adventure you’re planning? Planning a trip in July to Carson for the CrossFit Games!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I love to sing and I used to smoke lol

What is your fitness background? Always enjoyed physical fitness even as a child I loved the fitness tests they gave in school.  In Jr High I ran track, in high school started bodybuilding after seeing a picture of Ms Olympia Rachel McLish then powerlifting with a boyfriend after that. Found CrossFit in 2013 and fell in love with it.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I’ve learned discipline, it helped me stay away from smoking and brought me and my kids together. SCF has played a MAJOR role in my new lifestyle.  I’ve learned so much about training, nutrition and met some great people which is nice since I’m so far from my hometown, family and friends.

What are your goals as an athlete?  I’d like to try to compete at the CrossFit games by the age of 52. That gives me 5 years to work hard.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Deadlifts, Squats of any kind, rope climbs, squat cleans and kettlebell work.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? DU’s, Snatch (just can’t seem to get form down) and burpees… ugh!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Be patient, don’t be too hard on yourself and be open to constructive criticism. Oh and most of all, HAVE FUN!

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Filet Mignon, Loaded Baked potato, Sauteed Mushrooms, Salad and toasted Sourdough Roll


Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… 
I’d have to say my training buddy Tina Dixon… she’s an inspiration to me daily and her “WE GOT THIS” attitude is contagious… Her determination and dedication also is to be admired.  It’s nice to have a friend/training partner who wants to succeed in CrossFit just as much as I do, regardless of our age…

Favorite Movie/Book… Book –The Bible.   Movie(s) – anything with Jim Carrey

Your Go-To meal/snack… QUEST BARS!  I could eat those all day!

Maria Arriaza

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?  Married to a US MARINE and mother of two children.  We have travelled everywhere in the US and I enjoy to run and take care of family.

Occupation/Education? Housewife.

Hobbies/Interests? I love to run and set new PR’s.  I enjoy to go out with family and friends.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Trip to North Carolina to visit family.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I grew up in a trailer next to a farm.

What is your fitness background?  Track & Field. Cross Country.

How has SFC changed your health & life?   It’s helping me maintain a healthy lifestyle, while training with great people.

What are your goals as an athlete? TO DO BETTER EVERY DAY!  And to squat more than coaches

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? SQUATS!!!!!!

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Snatches 🙁

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?  DO NOT QUIT…IT’S A LIFE STYLE….

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Pizza and Beer!!!!!  Only on every Sunday

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…   Ana Gabriela Guevara   track and field star

Favorite Movie/Book…  Notebook  (I know …I’m a girl)  and the Fault of our Stars

Your Go-To meal/snack… Cottage cheese with fruit

Victtor Lopez

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I really like being around my family and friends. My family is a huge part of my life and I hold them dear to my heart. I’m also an only child, so my mom is surrounded by all boys at the house. (Even the dogs are boys.)

Occupation/Education? I work in healthcare for Sutter Gould, and recently graduated from UC Davis. Currently I am working on a Masters in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

Hobbies/Interests? I really enjoy golfing and was recruited to play at UC Davis so it’s a sport I will always enjoy. I also have a huge interest in my dogs, I like to be with them as much as I can. I also like to travel!!!

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Words that I live by are to never sell myself short of what I deserve or am capable of.

My two favorite quotes are

  1. Is the juice worth the squeeze?
  2. An onramp is no place to conserve fuel.

Recent adventure you’re planning? I am currently planning a trip to Cabo, and Fort Worth, TX! I will be relaxing and hanging out with friends.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have a need for speed, and really wish I could be a Nascar driver or some type of race car driver.

What is your fitness background? I just got in weight training at UC Davis for the golf program and was really new at it. So I would run a lot, but then I fell in love with first real good pump at the gym. So I like to combine crossfit with bodybuilding.

How has SFC changed your health & life? Being part of SFC taught me that I can always learn something new whether it be from one of the coaches or my fellow athletes in class. I really enjoy that. I also love that it is okay to fail (sometimes), it just means I am trying something new or different which will make me better in the end.

What are your goals as an athlete?  Having been an athlete my goals are always high. For me, I would like to either make it to at LEAST CrossFit regionals one year, or maybe an Olympia stage, or maybe make it as a pro at golf. I just have to decide which path soon! But right now my goals are to be able to run a fast mile while getting stronger and leaner!

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite Crossfit Movement is a clean and jerk because it requires strength and finesse!

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My least favorite movement has to be a burpee!!!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Don’t be shy to try something new, or to fail at first! There is a learning curve, and you will improve with practice.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Chimichanga from El Jardin in Turlock, CA.

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… This would be my mom –I wouldn’t be where I am today without her guidance.

Favorite Movie/Book… The Legend of Bagger Vance (MOVIE), The Count of Monte Cristo (BOOK)

Your Go-To meal/snack… Egg whites with steamed rice if I am on the go, or warmed up Quest Bar 

 

Nicole Hill

Athlete of the Month Widget-Nicole

Our  interview….  

Tell  us  a  little  bit  about  you  and  your  family? I  was  born  and  raised  in  Murray,  Utah  (suburb  of  Salt  Lake  City).  Married  Spencer  Hill  in  2007.   We  moved  to  New  Haven,  Connecticut  in  2010,  so  that  my  husband  could  attend  graduate   school.  We  moved  to  Patterson,  California  in  2013  when  my  husband  accepted  a  job  in   Newman.  I  am  currently  a  stay  at  home  mom  of  a  4  yr  old  son  (Ethan)  and  a  2  yr  old  daughter   (Saydee),  as  well  as  our  two  dogs  (Miracle  and  Faith).

Occupation/Education? I  have  a  bachelor  degree  in  criminal  justice  with  an  emphasis  in  corrections  and  a  minor  in   psychology.  I  also  have  an  associate  degree  in  criminal  justice,  social  work  and  sociology.  I   worked  for  the  state  of  Utah  as  a  counselor  at  a  youth  program  for  juveniles  that  were  court   ordered  into  our  custody.  One  of  the  highlights  thus  far  has  been  my  night  out  with  JCAT   (fugitive  unit)  during  my  internship  with  the  Adult  Probation  and  Parole  Office.  I  am  eager  for   the  opportunity  to  get  back  to  work.  I  miss  it,  though  I  love  the  time  I  have  had  with  my  kids.

Hobbies/Interests? I  bleed  red  for  Utes  football  (University  of  Utah).  I  am  obsessed  with  dolphins.  I  enjoy  a  good   game  of  Candy  Crush,  Pet  Rescue,  Papa  Pear,  and  Farm  Heroes.  Anything  puzzle  like  that  makes   my  brain  work.  I  spend  my  time  on  things such  as  biking,  walking,  travel,  and  family.

Words  to  live  by  or  Favorite  Quote? “One  of  the  deep  secrets  of  life  is  that  all  that  is  really  worth  the  doing  is  what  we  do  for   others.”      -­‐  Lewis  Carroll
Recent  adventure  you’re  planning?

Recent adventure you’re planning? Dinseyland  in  March  (Only  my  3rd  time  ever.  I  was  too  young  to  remember  the  first  time  and  the   second  time  was  this  past  year),  camping  at  Big  Sur  in  May,  and  Utah  in  July  for  the  kids’   birthdays.

Tell  us  something  we  don’t  know  about  you?   When  I  was  born,  I  ruptured  my  lungs  during  my  first  breath  because  the  cord  was  wrapped   around  my  throat,  forcing  me  to  take  too  deep  of  a  breath  for  a  newborn.

What  is  your  fitness  background?   have  always  been  into  sports.  I  was  on  the  bowling  team  and  I  played  basketball,  volleyball   and  lacrosse  in  high  school.  My  basketball  coach  required  that  we  take  weight  lifting  but  I  have   been  introduced  to  a  number  of  new  lifts/movements  since  starting SCF.  I  worked  with  a   personal  trainer  for  about  5  months  in  2013  and  had  awesome  results  but  it  didn’t  offer  the   atmosphere  I  was  looking  for  and  was  pricey.

How  has  SCF  changed  your  health  &  life? I  was  looking  for  something  that  offered  me  that  sense  of  comradery  and  atmosphere  that  you   have  in  team  sports.  I  have  found  that  I  excel  with  the  support  of  others  and  the  push  to   improve.  I  am  in  awe  of what  others  have  achieved  and  continue  to  push  themselves  towards   which  in  turn  gives  me  motivation  to  reach  for  more  in  myself.  SCF  has  offered  me  all  of  this   and  I  have  already  become  a  happier  me  through  my  progress.

What  are  your  goals  as  an  athlete?  To  gain  a  healthier  lifestyle  again,  building  quality  eating  habits  and  getting  back  to  a  consistent   workout  routine.  To  be  able  to  look  in  the  mirror  again  and  like  the  person  I  see.  Also  can’t  wait   to  get  my  first  unassisted pull-­‐up,  handstand  push-­‐up,  and  10  unbroken  double  unders.

What  is  your  Favorite  CrossFit  workout  or  movement? Hard  to  pick  a  favorite  but  I  really  enjoy  back  squat  and  rowing.

What  is  your  LEAST  favorite  CrossFit  workout  or  movement? Burpees…  We  just  don’t  get  along.

What  advice  would  you  give  to  new  members  joining  CrossFit?   Stick  with  it.  Be  sure  to  set  short  term  goals  with  your  overall  long-­‐term  goal(s).  You  want  to   have  ‘little’  achievements  to  help  keep  your  interest.  Then  remind  yourself  that  no
achievement  is  truly  little.    There  is  nothing  little  about  getting  that  first  double  under  or   handstand  push-­‐up  or  strict  pull-­‐up  or  full  rope  climb,  etc.

 

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Favorite  Cheat  Meal… Cookie  dough…  Or  a  fire  grilled  steak  salad  from  Café  Rio  with  their  house  dressing.

Favorite  Real-­‐Life  Hero/Athlete…

Hero:  Mother  Teresa
Athlete:  John  Stockton  –  I  watched  him  while  growing  up  and  I  just  think  he  is  a  good  athlete   and  a  class  act.

Favorite  Movie/Book

Movie: Patch Adams and Pay it Forward
Book: The Shack by: William P. Young and Rachel’s Tears by: Darrell Scott and Beth Nimmo with Steve Rabey

Your  Go-­‐To  meal/snack… Greek yogurt  with  fresh fruit  and  oatmeal  in  it  or  a  Luna  protein  bar.

Tina Dixon

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I am married and a mother of three boys. I have been married to my husband Mark for 25 years. My oldest son is Chris he’s  24 and also a Stampede athlete, my second son is Joe, he’s 20 and my youngest son is Tony and he’s 15. We also have 2 dogs and a cat.

Occupation/Education? I have my degree in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). I have been working in the Land Development field for the Past 20+ years. I am currently working as a Project Surveyor and working on my certification at a L.S.I.T. (Land Surveyor in Training).

Hobbies/Interests? I love spending time with my boys, camping, jet skiing, amusement parks, or just sitting around the table playing games. I also love watching Nascar and football on Sundays.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? Dear past, thank you for the lessons. Dear future, I’m now ready.

Recent adventure you’re planning? No trips planned anytime soon. Maybe Vegas in February for my birthday.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have a 49er tattoo… 

What is your fitness background? I have always loved to play sports, baseball, softball. I was taking kickboxing for a few years, but after they closed I was just working out at home. I love having a place to go with great coaches and athletes that motivate me to be a better me.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I started at Stampede with a few friends in order to try and get ready for the tough mudder.  As I started to see and feel the results, I am now a crossfitter  for life! I definitely think more about what I’m eat and drinking.

What are your goals as an athlete?  My goals are to continue to get stronger and become better at the movements. And compete in a competition.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My Favorite movement is the power clean or the squat clean.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Least favorite movement is the snatch, my mind won’t let me catch the weight over my head, but we are working on it.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? It’s tough, the movements seem awkward at first, but stick with-it. Once you see and feel the results, it’s a great feeling.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Rice and beans, (it’s a Puerto Rican thing! Lol)

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Carney Lansford, the greatest 3rd baseman ever for the Oakland Athletics.

Favorite Movie/Book… My favorite movie, Lilo and Stich.

Your Go-To meal/snack… My go to snack, plain yogurt and fruit, or a protein bar.

 

 

Matt Azevedo

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I’m 30 years old and was born and raised in Patterson. I work on my family’s dairy farm located just out of town. My family consists of my mom and dad(John and Debbie), my brother Johnny and his wife Rachel and my sisters Annie and Teresa. We all crossfit. Except Teresa. She’s the only holdout.

Hobbies/Interests? I am a die hard Oakland A’s fan and also enjoy fantasy baseball and football. I like going to concerts, snow boarding, and playing softball.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “You don’t need a harder workout, you just need to go harder in your workout.” Tommy Hackenbruck.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Me and my girlfriend Jenn are planning on going to a few concerts this month.

What is your fitness background? I played football and wrestled throughout high school and have mostly lifted weights and jogged since. I have also done circuit training workouts and bootcamps, but never received the quality training as I have received at SCF.

How has SFC changed your health & life? SCF has made me much more athletic. Im faster, stronger, and lighter. And Im much more aware of the foods I choose to eat.

What are your goals as an athlete?  My goals for the near future are ; sub 7 minute mile, 300# back squat, 375# dead lift, and improve my endurance.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? I would say pull ups because I can butterfly really well and everyone else at the box are still working on it, so it just makes me feel special.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement?

Thrusters.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?

Be careful. Scale or modify the workouts and always listen to the coaches. Stick with it and go as many times a week you can. You gotta get your moneys worth.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  Pizza, beer, energy drinks, Ice cream, and a couple double decker tacos from Taco Bell

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Josh Donaldson

Favorite Movie/Book… The Big Lebowski

Your Go-To meal/snack… My go to meals is a big portion meat, preferably beef, with spinach and mushrooms on the side. For snacks its always a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit.

 

 

Melissa Mandujano

Athlete of the Month Widget-Melissa
                                                              

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have a big loving Familia! Our grandparents raised my brother Olaf and I after our mom passed away. We grew up with all of our aunts, uncles, and cousins. We have a close relationship with our Dad and our two younger brothers Avan (6) and Olen (4)

Occupation/Education? I am a financial service consultant for bank of the west. I am also furthering my education and currently working on my degree.

Hobbies/Interests? I enjoy sending every moment possible with my nephew. He is the most amazing little human and I absolutely adore him! I also enjoy traveling as much as I can, I love to cook, and of course what girl doesn’t like to shop.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? The best thing to hold on to in life is…each other

Recent adventure you’re planning? My boyfriend and I love getting out of town and going on little adventures. We love getting out there and just enjoy life and each other. We plan to visit Chicago in November and visit Japan next year.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I won the spicy blazing wing challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings!

What is your fitness background? I don’t have much of a fitness background. I’ve had gym memberships in the past but I have never been involved or driven like I am now with Stampede CrossFit.

How has SFC changed your health & life? Stampede has really influenced my lifestyle in general. I am more conscious and aware of my eating habits. I can see improvements that truly encourage me to keep going and continue to push myself even harder.

What are your goals as an athlete?  I want to become faster, stronger, and healthier. I want to be able to control my breathing while I am running and NO more heavy breathing!

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Pull-ups

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Shoulder press

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Stick with it, soon you will start seeing improvements. Plus it’s an hour of ME-TIME so enjoy it!

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
some Thai food, Italian pasta, and some sushi rolls

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My only hero is my dad

Favorite Movie/Book… oh gosh…I don’t have one

Your Go-To meal/snack… Yogurt and a banana

 

 

Ruben Rangel

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I pretty much grew up in Patterson. My family consists of my two parents an older sister a younger brother and my girlfriend Francelia and her two dogs. She also attends Stampede CrossFit. I enjoy helping her and pushing her to her limits.

Occupation/Education? I am currently employed at the CVS distribution center in Patterson.

Hobbies/Interests? I play indoor soccer in Turlock every Thursday, which is why I never attend CrossFit on that day. My current interest is fantasy football, which is about to start, and I’m really looking forward to making Fran watch every game.

Recent adventure you’re planning? The Tomato WOD Massacre.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I have four dogs two are indoor dogs (Tiny & Baylee) and the other two stay outside (Roxy & Duke). I also like to watch the food network channel.

What is your fitness background? I played soccer throughout high school, and now play indoor soccer once a week. Besides that I’ve tried the whole gym thing, but that just wasn’t for me. I got into CrossFit thanks to Francelia. She heard about it through a friend and she convinced me to give it a try and that’s when I joined CrossFit ParaBellum in Turlock back in July (awesome Box btw).

How has SCF changed your health & life? Stampede has changed my health by pushing me to my limits. If it wasn’t for CrossFit I would probably be at home eating a burrito and watching tv instead of doing handstand push ups or burpees. I’ve learned so much about the fitness world through CrossFit.

What are your goals as an athlete? To one day be able to do an RX competition and not be at the bottom half of the score board, and be able to conquer double unders or even singles .

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Power cleans would be my favorite, it’s the movement I feel most comfortable with.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Jump ropes I hate it because I suck at it. One day I will show the jump rope who is boss.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Stick with it, you will suck at first, but with time you will see improvement, strength doesn’t happen over night. Focus on technique NOT on how much weight you think you can lift. Practice makes perfect.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…Carne asada burrito supreme with everything, and grilled onions on the side

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete…Superman lol

Favorite Movie/Book…Any action movie.

Your Go-To meal/snack…peanut butter and jelly sandwich

 

 

Annie Azevedo

Athlete of the Month Widget2

Our Interview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family?  My family has deep roots in Patterson, settling here over 100 years ago and still farming and dairying on the same original ranch. My parents are John and Debbie, 2 older brothers and fellow Crossfitters Johnny and Matt, Zumba loving sister Teresa, an awesome sister in law Rachel and the cutest niece and nephew, Mia and Max.

Occupation/Education?  Graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.S in Dairy Science. For the past two years, I have been working as a Field Representative for California Dairies, Inc. in the Northern California area.

Hobbies/Interests?  Seems like CrossFit and work gobble up most of my time nowadays, but I like to travel or get away for the weekend whenever possible. I also like to Rollerblade.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote?  “You only YOLO once” – Workaholics. Let that sink in.

Recent adventure you’re planning?  I keep saying it and I need to just book already, but I’d like to go to Costa Rica and Belize. Do some zip lining and get a tan.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?  I’m bitter blind. Can’t taste bitter foods or drinks; strong espresso, weak coffee… it all tastes the same. This is the one and only thing I remember from college biology. It affects 1 in 4 people.

What is your fitness background?  In high school I played some volleyball and soccer for a few years. After that, I did kickboxing, yoga, and tried the gym thing. Past 3 years I’ve done a handful of Outdoor Boot camps but I didn’t like getting yelled at and texting photos of all my food. Before Stampede, I was at a local ‘sorta’ CrossFit gym where we did ‘lots of glorified calisthenics and shallow squats.

How has SFC changed your health & life?  I’m stronger and faster now than when I started. I have more defined goals of what I want to be as an athlete and the blueprints to get it done.

What are your goals as an athlete?  Do ALL my pushups on my toes, be more consistent in Rx pull-ups, complete the mile in under 9 minutes, and get be able to do 125# Power Clean.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  I like handstand pushups and hang snatch.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement?  EMOM of 6 thrusters and working our way up to 75 box jumps. That was hard.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?  Give it time and stick it out for at least 30 days. Just put your shoes on and go to class consistently. Drink a lot of water and eat well. Don’t cherry pick your workouts, do the WOD’s that are challenging.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal… Pizza and Ice Cream.

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My two favorite Doctors: Oz and Phil.

Favorite Movie/Book… I like Guy Ritchie movies.

Your Go-To meal/snack… plain greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter.

 

 

Chris Dixon

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Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? There’s five of us in our family including two dogs and a cat.  I have two younger brothers and my mom and my dad.  We havent always been an athletic family but as my brothers and I got older we got more involved in sports from baseball to football and my favorite paintball!  My mom got into kickboxing and that led into crossfit and my dad does regular workouts from P90x.

Occupation/Education? I work as a pool technichian for the Patterson Aquatic Center and also handle all the general maintenance for the senior center and skate park.  Right now I am currently going to MJC with a major in photography.

Hobbies/Interests? I have a strong passion for paintball.  Its definitely my favorite sport by far.  I havent spent as much time playing as I have in the past but I plan on playing like Ive never played before and as much as I can.  I also enjoy photography and have done some cinematography on the side for a wedding and a quince.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? I dont really have a saying that I live by, but I do think alot about the saying “Live life to the fullest” especially when stepping outside of my comfort zone as I dont very often.

Recent adventure you’re planning? I am planning to goto Vegas for the first real time with a group of friends to enjoy the loud thumping music at E.D.C. Ive never been but I plan on having an amazing time there and in Las Vegas!

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I talk so fast sometimes I end up mumbling half of what I meant and then realize that no one understood including me understood a word I just said.

What is your fitness background? I started lifting weights in high school for football and maintained a good workout routine for a couple years but I gradually slacked off.  I was at a point I didnt want to be with my health and my weight so after hearing my mom started training in crossfit I jumped right on and love it!

How has SFC changed your health & life? After joining Stampede Crossfit I now have fitness goals again.  Before I was just lifting weights to get bigger and stronger than my teammates.  Now I have a different approach where I want to be a well rounded athlete in everything I do from paintball to fun runs and straining activities that would otherwise wear me out. And crossfit is helping me achieve that.

What are your goals as an athlete? I want to eventually get my mile run time under seven minutes and have a better body that I can not only be proud of but use to do any activity I want!

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite crossfit movement is anything to have to do with power cleans.  Its a movement I avoided for years because I didnt want to work on the technique.  But its a move that has toned muscles I feel like Ive never worked before.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? Snatches! Its a movement I just havent gotten down completely yet and feels terrible when technique is off!

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Definitely train at your own pace but dont be afraid to try new movements! Even if you cant do it trying gives you that experience to do better next time.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal… My favorite cheat meal Chicken with Rice and Smothered in homemade gravy! I put greens on it to make it look healthy though.

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… I have a few but Ryan Greenspan from the paintball team Dynasty is the most prominent. He travels the world holding paintball clinics to train young players, plays at the top profession level of paintball and is on one of the best teams in the world!

Favorite Movie/Book… Snatch is definitely my favorite movie.

Your Go-To meal/snack… Pita wrap with hummus, spinach, cucumbers, tomato, cilantro, olive oil and turkey

 

 

Melissa Soares   

Athlete of the Month Widget - Melissa                                                                  

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have been brought up around agriculture. My family owns dairies in the Central Valley. I have three brothers, two older and one younger. I have two beautiful nieces and two beautiful nephews, who are my world.

Occupation/Education? I have earned my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Child Development. I am currently completing the Multiple Subject Credential Program along with getting my Masters Degree in Teaching. While completing school, I am a substitute teacher in Ceres Unified School District.

Hobbies/Interests? My hobbies are spending time with my family/ friends and camping. I currently have found a passion in CrossFit.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey- and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” Bob Moawad

Recent adventure you’re planning? I will be traveling to Mexico to celebrate the graduations of my cousins.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? Something people wouldn’t know about me is when I set my mind to something I become very passionate and driven.

What is your fitness background? My fitness background is a roller coaster. I have worked out in the gym, I have done an outdoor fitness bootcamp, I have done a bootcamp in a gym, I have done TRX, and lastly CrossFit.  CrossFit is my passion. It has pushed my limits like none of the others have. I have become stronger person not only physically but mentally. It takes me an hour to get to Stampede CrossFit which for most people it would be a burden, to me it’s the best part my day. It is the place where I can forget about my day and focus on myself.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I have lost a total of 30 pounds since I have started at SFC. Before starting SCF, I was always unsuccessful in my weight lose because my mentality was “get skinny.” By starting SCF, all I think about is getting stronger. This change in my mentality has definitely showed in my appearance. It is the greatest feeling walking in the gym and getting complimented by my fellow athletes.

What are your goals as an athlete?  I have many goals as an athlete! To name a few, I would like to complete a pull up with no modifications. I would also like to do a upside down push up. Lastly, I would like to increase endurance.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite movement is definitely the back squat because I love adding weight onto my bar.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My least favorite movement is the snatch because the movement feels awkward.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?Be patient! The movements feel awkward at first but they become natural with time.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal…  
Panda Express-honey walnut shrimp

Favorite Movie/Book…  Date Night

Your Go-To meal/snack…  Baked Chicken

 

 

Sara Pepe

AOM Sara                                                                

Our interview….

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? My Family and I have lived here in Patterson for about 5 years. My family owns the new café in town called Miss Café, come by and check us out. 🙂

Occupation/Education? I went to elementary through high school in Turlock. Graduated from Pitman High. I also graduated from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school and am now a licensed cosmetologist.

Hobbies/Interests? I love going on random adventures, exploring, and meeting new people.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Recent adventure you’re planning? Luso Convention to palm springs is my upcoming adventure.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? I was born in Portugal and moved here to the United States when I was 6 years old.

What is your fitness background? I honestly have not worked out in years but I did play soccer before and during high school. I also played in a co-ed soccer team for one season after high school.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I have become stronger and have been making healthier food choices since I have started crossfit.

What are your goals as an athlete?  My goals are to become very toned, lean, gain more strength, and live a healthier lifestyle.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite crossfit work out is pull ups, back squats and push presses. Just because I can see my results and I can feel myself getting stronger.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? BURPEES!! They are not my friend!  And running.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit?  I love it and it is well worth your time and money. Jennifer and Toots are amazing coaches I have nothing but good things to say about them.

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal… SUSHI!!

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… My dad. Sounds cheesy but he is 59 years old and he to this day still goes to the gym every single day. And still runs marathons when he gets the chance to.

Your Go-To meal/snack… Celery sticks and almond butter

 

 

Victor Carrillo

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Our Invterview…

Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I have a small family. My parents, a 22 year old sister, and two small brothers. One is 11 and 3 years old.

Occupation/Education? I have been working for CVS warehouse since September, 2008. I attended Riverbank High School.

Hobbies/Interests? I like to hang out with my friends. I also enjoy guns. My friends and I go shooting at least once a month.

Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” Tim Notke

Recent adventure you’re planning? My Friends and I are going to participate in the Pleasanton Beatdown on April 5th, 2014.

Tell us something we don’t know about you? Next year I want to try out for the CrossFit Games.

What is your fitness background? Before CrossFit I was doing P90x and Insanity. I lost 40lbs!  It was great but I got tired of the same routine so I had to try something new.

How has SFC changed your health & life? I have learned more about nutrition, and so far I have lost another 8lbs since being at Stampede CrossFit.  I had reached a plateau and have now broken through so I am happy for that. 

What are your goals as an athlete?  Eventually get stronger and dominate my Power Clean.

What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? So far pull ups are my favorite movement, because I can do more than what I thought I could.

What is your LEAST favorite CrossFit workout or movement? I would have to say Power Cleans but I am hoping it will eventually be one of my favorites.

What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? All you have to do is show up, even when you are feeling lazy. Come in and once you are here, you start working out, and if you don’t want to Jennifer and Toots will make you. =)

 

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Favorite Cheat Meal… 
16oz Ribeye from Texas Road House.

Favorite Real-Life Hero/Athlete… Coach Wayne Wyatt from Teamripped.com

Your Go-To meal/snack… Chicken and Vegetables, and a Protein Bar.