Athlete of Month

Stephanie Kasin
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Stephanie Kasin

Athlete of the month : May 2019
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How long have you been a member of Sequoia CrossFit? 

Since October, 2018.

Had you done CrossFit before joining? If so, for how long? 

I had tried CrossFit a couple of times probably about 8 years ago. I always felt intimidated when I went so I didn’t stick with it.

What inspired you to join Sequoia CrossFit?

I had been trying to loose 10lbs for over a year and nothing was working. I was recently engaged and was doing boxing 3-4 times a week with my swolemate (Ilse) and just wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I saw an ad online for the 6 week challenge and decided to sign up for it. I immediately liked the convenience of the gym, the parking, and Matt. Once I started seeing results, I liked it even more. I’ve honestly never felt more at home at a gym before. I appreciate everyone I’ve met there, all who’ve been beyond supportive of me. Special shout out to my 6am peps who put up with me when I’m at my best 😉

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

This is a hard question for me to answer since I’m not good at looking at the names of each workout. I can tell you that I usually dislike any workout with squats and female names.

What is your favorite movement and why? 

Dead lifts because they’re way harder than they look. I have to mentally prepare myself for each one since I have a tendency to curve my back. I also thoroughly enjoy hanging from the bars and rings, haven’t been able to lift myself up yet but I’m working on it.

What is your favorite indulgence (type of food, drink, or….you know)? 

Ice cream is my favorite, really any type- Gelato, Fro-Yo, Italian Ice. I just love all ice cream, except the healthy kinds. I’d rather not eat ice cream than eat Halo Top.

Fayez Elzofri
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Fayez Elzofri

Athlete of the month : April 2019
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How long have you been a member of Sequoia CrossFit? 

Roughly 7 months.

Had you done CrossFit before joining? If so, for how long? 

No.

What inspired you to join Sequoia CrossFit?

Honestly, structure and Facebook.

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

Mostly squats and wall balls. Love the weight lifting combined with cardio. The ones named after the girls were fun during the holidays.

What is your favorite movement and why? 

I love back squats. Makes me feel like my whole body is getting fit and stronger. 

What is your favorite indulgence (type of food, drink, or….you know)? 

Sundried tomato chicken and Mike & Ikes (lol).

Irfan Nadiadi
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Irfan Nadiadi

Athlete of the month : February 2019
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How long have you been a member of Sequoia CrossFit? 

I’ve been a member of Sequoia CrossFit since Feb. 2018.

Had you done CrossFit before joining? If so, for how long? 

I had never done CrossFit prior to joining. I was just a meathead who occasionally did some cardio when I felt guilty enough.

What inspired you to join Sequoia CrossFit?

I had a friend who told me about the great time she was having at Sequoia CrossFit, and she convinced me to try it out. After the first class, I was hooked.

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

Any chipper WOD – They always look innocent at first since each exercise is pretty manageable, but within a few minutes you realize you’re in for a shitstorm.

What is your favorite movement and why? 

Clean & Jerk – It requires careful technique executed in a really short time, but it’s sooo satisfying when you’ve moved that heavy barbell overhead.

What is your favorite indulgence (type of food, drink, or….you know)? 

Food all day – If I’m not eating a burrito, it’s because I managed to spend Sunday doing meal prep. But then I still might get a burrito anyway.

Claudia Chavez
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Claudia Chavez

Athlete of the month : January 2019
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How long have you been a member of Sequoia CrossFit? 

I’ve been a member since July 2018, so about 5 months.

Had you done CrossFit before joining? If so, for how long? 

I’d never done CrossFit! I’d always been super intimidated because CrossFit looked really intense. A friend ended up talking me into trying it out and I fell in love!

What inspired you to join Sequoia CrossFit?

I began my health journey back in September 2017, after many years of battling depression. I initially started by just going to the gym and eating healthy, but I eventually got bored of the same routine. I also found that although I was losing weight, I wasn’t getting stronger. Then I discovered CrossFit, which allowed me to continue my health journey AND helped me be strong. On top of that, I love the community at Sequoia and have met some really great friends.

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

Aside from Fran and Murph, I like Gunny and Sally. With Gunny, I like that it involves running and fundamental movements such as sit ups and push ups. With Sally, I like that I’m able to truly feel my strength as I squat to the beat of Bring Sally Up.

What is your favorite movement and why? 

I love doing back squats! Whenever I’m able to reach a new PR with squats, I get a great sense of accomplishment. When I first started CrossFit in July, I couldn’t back squat with an empty barbell. I’ve now reached my PR of 123 lbs (and I’m still working on going heavier).

What is your favorite indulgence (type of food, drink, or….you know)? 

My favorite indulgence is CHOCOLATE!! I love chocolate peanut butter cups!

Isabel Ouziz
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Isabel Ouziz

Athlete of the month : December 2018
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How long have you been a member of Sequoia CrossFit? 

I’ve been a member since Feb 20, 2018. 

Had you done CrossFit before joining? If so, for how long? 

Yes, only for a couple months. 

What inspired you to join Sequoia CrossFit?

It’s only a 10-minute walk and a 3-minute drive from my house but what keeps me coming is the Sequoia’s camaraderie.

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

Linda as it works the whole body in only three movements but I like any WOD that focuses on the glutes…it’s all about the booty gain.

What is your favorite movement and why? 

It’s a tie between deadlifts and back squats. They make me feel strong…who knew I could deadlift 200 lbs.

What is your favorite indulgence (type of food, drink, or….you know)? 

I love it all, sweet and salty. I do a happy dance when I see cupcakes, cookies, pizza, pasta, cheeseburgers, steak, and fries… with that said if you want to make me happy, food will do the trick.

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