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.
Tell us a little bit about you and your family? I was born and raised in San Jose, CA and moved to Patterson back in 2001 after a friend convinced my husband (back then fiancé) and me to visit when we were looking to purchase a home. I have the most thoughtful husband and two handsome teenage boys. We also have the cutest dog and two cats. As a family, we enjoy traveling and going places near and far.
Occupation/Education? I graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Biology and minor in Ethnic Studies. Currently, I’m working at a medical device company in Pleasanton as a Senior Analyst within our Post Market Surveillance department.
Hobbies/Interests?Lately, most of my time is spent working and commuting, so when I have free time I look forward to resting. However, I do enjoy running so I try to get some short runs during the week and a long one in on weekends. Also on a yearly basis, I embark on a home project. Love everything from researching to planning but my favorite is seeing the final outcome.
Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Robert Collier
Tell us something we don’t know about you?I’m somewhat of an introvert and quiet, but I’ve been told that I tend to be very chatty after drinking a few alcoholic drinks. J
What is your fitness background?I’d have to say I was a late bloomer J. It wasn’t until after I had my second child that I really started to eat healthier and start exercising. In 2009 I started running and fortunately it’s the one good habit that I haven’t stopped. I ran my first ½ marathon back in October of 2009 and ran my one and only full marathon in SF back in November of 2011. I love how running makes me feel, but also enjoy taking classes that help with keeping me toned.
Tell us a little bit about you and your family? My family and I enjoy working out and love the outdoors.
Occupation/Education? I have been a police officer for 10 years and enjoy the profession.
Hobbies/Interests? My only hobby is my workouts. I work a lot, my career keeps me very busy and CrossFit keeps me in shape and healthy
Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “There is no passion to be found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I served in the United States Marines for 6 years
What is your fitness background? I have always been involved in Fitness. In High School, I ran cross Country and track and Field. The Marines always kept me in shape and as a police officers I learned about crossfit.
What are your goals as an athlete? My goal is just to be fit and healthy and to achieve the highest level possible without injury.
What is your FavoriteCrossFitworkout or movement?
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
30 Box jumps (24”/20”)
20 Push press (115#/80#)
Tell us a little bit about you and your family? Before moving here 3 years ago, I grew up in Manteca with my parents and younger brother. I got married this year! You’ve probably seen my hunky husband of a coach around the gym, Matt😍
Occupation/Education? I’m an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant at an office in Modesto.
Hobbies/Interests? Gardening, hiking, concerts, hanging out with friends & family, cooking, baseball
Words to live by or Favorite Quote? “Don’t let your happenings affect your happiness”
Tell us something we don’t know about you? In high school I thought it would be cool to take French instead of Spanish, all 4 years!
What is your fitness background? I’ve been doing Crossfit for 6 1/2 yrs. Before Crossfit I did the regular globo gym routine.. pay for a membership I hardly used.
How has SCF changed your health & life? I’ve become a lot more confident and eager to compete at competitions. I have better nutrional knowledge and I’ve also meal prepped!
What are your goals as an athlete? My current goal is to get back to squatting heavy. I’ve been nursing a hip injury for the past 5 months so squatting has been almost non existent in my programming.
What is your Favorite CrossFit workout or movement? My favorite wod is Fran without a doubt. There’s something about the gut wrenching anticipation I feel the whole day before doing the wod. Then the firebreathing that occurs after!
What advice would you give to new members joining CrossFit? Stick with it! I was really intimated when I started but after awhile you are able to see what you’re capable of and it’s an awesome feeling.
Daniel Reza (September)
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 pain. SCF 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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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