Athlete of Month

Alpa Makan
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Alpa Makan

Athlete of the month: February 2018
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How long have you been doing FIT (formerly known as CrossFit Lite)?

Almost 3 years now.

What made you decide to give FIT a try?

I wanted to make fitness a part of my everyday life and having tried a lot of other fitness ways , I was getting bored. I needed to do something that would push me to do better. To not be scared. Make your body do the unexpected!! CrossFit seemed to appeal the most to me.

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Honestly, I have never been overweight but when I started out every workout was tough.  It made me realize what level of fitness I was really at so I had to lose my inhibitions and my fear of performance and give each of my workouts more than I physically thought I was capable of.

What’s your favorite part about working out at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness?

Without a doubt, the Coaches! And the amazingly POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING attitude of each person present in the box.

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym.

As of today, being the 7 Miler of the Month ;))
Probably continuing the workouts even when I was 5 months pregnant and now, making myself get to class no matter how tough the previous day/evening/night might have been.

You and your husband have been members of 7 Mile Strength & Fitness for a few years now. You both seem to have fitness as a priority in your life. We are proud of you both for that 🙂 Is this something you will also teach your girls as they grow up?

Oh absolutely!! The best way to teach kids is by example so we discuss what we do with them. We do try to bring the girls once in a while to show them where mummy goes every morning and daddy every evening. And the fact that they both (5.5 and under 2 years) want to copy us and do exercises with us at home is a joy knowing they are learning something that will always be helpful to them.

Tell us a little bit about what keeps you motivated to keep coming to class.

Rather who? It’s Kunal, my husband!! Its me who signed him up for CrossFit and now its him always encouraging me. But the happiness and satisfaction that I get after the workout is over, THAT- that’s what gets me motivated to not miss my classes.

You have been doing FIT for awhile now. You have seen the program evolve to what it is today. What are some changes that you like about the programming? Anything you dislike about the new style of programming?

The short and effective circuits are what I like, however, at times it does get a bit overwhelming for me to perform well in all of them because they are bit more than what we used to do in Lite.

The CrossFit Open is right around the corner. Have you participated in it before? Will you participate this year? Why or why not?

Sadly, I haven’t and might not be able to this year as well.

Did you play any sports growing up?

Volleyball, badminton and table tennis.

Any sports you want to try now?

Tennis

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I LOVE food. It probably runs in my family. I am a very good cook (in case Anthony needs a sous chef 😉 ) and love to cook for others too. And on top of that, I can live on CAKES! Second has to be that I love to travel.

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

Well, I would like to skydive one day but more than that I would like to tick off Antarctica and Australia off my list, so then I would happily say that I have completed my world tour!

What is your favourite WOD and why?
Anything involving tabata and kettlebells.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Do i really need to say it ?? Burpees!

What has been your biggest surprise about doing Fit?

That the board may seem full of circuits but it goes by pretty fast with brilliant results!

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

Of course I would and Kunal and I already have to sooooo many of our friends. Too many reasons to list why! Repeat — for the BEST coaches!!! You guys have completely changed our mindset about what it means to be healthy. And that in this CrossFit family of ours, we use the better performance of others to inspire us and not intimidate us.

Congrats again Alpa – we are proud to have you represent CF7M for the month of February.

Thank you to you guys for making me believe i could do better and help and encourage me to surpass my own expectations!!
In fact, I couldn’t be more happy for that day when I decided to be part of this amazing fitness family!

Josh Pawlik
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Josh Pawlik

Athlete of the month: January 2018
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How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I’ve been a member for a couple years now, but really made the decision to dedicate myself to it 100% recently.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?

My wife was doing it and loving it so I wanted to try so we could do it together.

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Hardest part was thinking I knew what I was doing and going too hard and being out injured in the beginning. I overcame that by really just trusting the coaches and following instructions.

What’s your favorite part about working out at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness?

Easily my favorite thing is being able to do it with my wife Jess. It’s something that we bring home by chatting about the WOD or meal prepping together.

Name something you’re most proud of in the gym?

Probably this, means a lot to have the coaches that you look up to recognize the work you put it in.

You and your wife Jessica have been members of 7 Mile Strength and Fitness for a few years now. Any friendly competitions between you two? 😉

Of course! Currently I’m ahead in MEPS with our new MyZone heart rate monitors lol.

Tell us a little about some of the lifestyle changes you recently made – how are you feeling after making those changes?

I’m not eating like an a**hole anymore. I dropped diet soda, alcohol basically and started the RP diet. I did a body composition analysis with Trevor and had a true baseline and just told myself to eat good and get to the gym 4 times a week.

2018 is just beginning! We have 365 days ahead 🙂 Is there anything you’re gonna do this year that you’ve always wanted to do?

We are taking our kids to Europe and being under 200lbs sounds good.

Did you play any sports growing up?

I played baseball, football, and raced motocross up until high school.

Any sports you want to try now?

I’m good, I’ll live through the kids, they keep us busy. I would like to golf more.

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

I’m a huge foodie and love trying wild new things.

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?)

I’m just now starting a new list as I became a husband and father already and that’s all I ever wanted. Maybe start with that under 200 thing.

What is your favourite WOD and why?

Anything with deadlifts, rower, or assault bike.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Burpees because they suck.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

That everyone truly cares about you and that you get to be a better you.

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

100% yes. It is the best investment in yourself that I’ve found. It’s done wonders for my family and CF7M has become family.

Congrats again Josh – we are proud to have you represent CF7M for the month of January.

Thank you and none of this would have happened without all the coaches and especially Jessica pushing and supporting me, coach Trevor not giving up on me and always checking in on me and making sure I’m good!

 

Anna Dambro
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Anna Dambro

Athlete of the month: December 2017
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You just participated in our first ever FIT Challenge. You had an 8 week journey that began September 16th and ended November 10th. What made you wanna decide to give this a try?

I wasn’t healthy, gaining a lot of weight and suffering from really bad migranes. I was researching about how to control migraines without too much medication. Most of the articles I read said that with exersice y healthy diet could control migraines. I saw the posting for the challenge on Facebook and I knew that that’s what I needed to get my health back on track.

What was the hardest part when you started?

Going through food withdrawal for the first two weeks.

I understand that prior to the Challenge, you used to get migraine headaches that were awful. Since the Challenge, the migraines have greatly diminished. First off, that is great news! We’re happy to hear you’ve been migraine free! Second, did you think diet and exercise would prevent those from happening to you?

I thought for sure that the intensity of the migraines would decrease, but I did not think I would be free of them. Three months and counting without migraines.

Congratulations on your weight loss during those 8 weeks! That is awesome! Were there any particular habits that was particularly hard to break during that time? Anything surprisingly easy?

The hardest part was going to the movies and not getting popcorn and a coke. I was surprised how easy it was to prepare meals everyday that I could enjoy.

Did you play any sports growing up?

No sports when I was growing up.

Anything people at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness don’t know about you?

That I’m extremely competitive. I found that everyone in my group was fit so that gave me the incentive to push myself more.

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving)

I want to run a 5K without stopping or walking.

What is your favorite movement and why?

Pushing the sled when I had my personal training.

What is your least favorite movement and why?

Burpees (because they suck). The reason is because they take all my energy so I want to get to that point where I love them.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing the FIT classes?

That I feel I have more endurance and also the way my body is changing.

Would you recommend 7 Mile Strength & Fitness to others and if so, why?

From the time I completed the Challenge I’ve been telling everybody about it. It’s life changing not only physically but also mentally. Going into a gym is nerve wracking for some people but coming into CrossFit 7 Mile was very welcoming and so it made participating in this Challenge easier. I want to thank you again for helping me through this Challenge and also thank everyone in my group.

 

Congratulations, Anna!  We are proud to have you in our community and as our December 7 Miler of the Month.

 

Ana Adriano
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Ana Adriano

Athlete of the month: November 2017
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On September 10, 2017 we were saddened to find out that we had lost a very special member of our community, Ana Adriano. We wanted to pay a special tribute to her this month and honour her with our November 7 Miler of the Month.  Ana started with us back in January of 2017 and although she was only with us for a short time she left a big impact on her coaches and staff at 7 Mile Strength and Fitness.

 

“Every day she walked in with a big smile on her face, always working hard and trying to get better. She really brought a lot of happiness to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes that she came to. I really miss her.” – Coach Chris

 

“Humble, friendly and hard-working are three words I would use to describe Ana. She constantly surprised herself by exceeding her own expectations of what her body could do in the gym and it was pretty amazing to watch her progress. I miss having her in the gym. She was a pleasure to coach and such a positive addition to every class that she took.” – Coach Julia

 

“Warm and caring, sweet and kind. Ana was shy at first but always friendly and she is sadly missed by the evening crew.” – Coach Dona

 

We dedicated a workout in her memory which we will do annually to honour her in our own special way.  Here are a few pictures of fellow 7 Milers, some in other countries, taking a moment to pay their respects by participating in this workout that will always be dear to us.

 

Hugh McCaffrey
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Hugh McCaffrey

Athlete of the month: October 2017
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How long have you been doing CrossFit? 

18 months

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?

Grace had done CrossFit for a while and she would have to open jars for me.  Out of embarrassment, I joined.

What was the hardest part when you started out and how did you overcome that?

Everything was hard at first and it was a bit of a shock to the system at my first PT – Trevor had to give me an apple to stop me vomiting.  I have overcome this by bringing my own apples.

Name one thing that you are most proud of at CrossFit. 

Going for the last 18 months.

You are a part of our Marathon Running Club. What are some things you are noticing in your running? Will this be your first marathon?

This will be my first marathon.  I have never run more than 5k before.  I thought it would be easy.  Turns out it is really hard.  If I had known in advance that the Athenian guy who inspired the event had died after he did it, I wouldn’t have signed up.

Earlier this year you participated in the CrossFit Games Open. Believe it or not, the Open is about 5 months away!  What was your experience like?  Anything you’d like to see come up?

The problem with hoping something will come up is that it usually does and then, what you think you like, quickly turns into something you hate.  Therefore, I am hoping for lots of snatches and muscle ups – I hate those already.  In saying that, last year was good fun. I am glad they had a scaled division.

Grace is also a member of CF7M. Do you guys have a friendly rivalry between each other? Do you have competitions to see who cooks dinner?  😉  

No.  I find it is best to stay away from being competitive with somebody you live with.  In any event,  eating her cooking would be a terrible prize.

We are soon going have our annual CF7M boat trip. Will we see you there rockin your dance moves? 😉 

If I can move after the marathon, then yes.

Did you play any sports growing up? 

I did swimming, gymnastics and karate as a child to varying degrees of success.

Anything people at CF7M don’t know about you? 

I did swimming, gymnastics and karate as a child.

Anything crazy on your bucket list? (bungee jumping, sky diving?) 

Go to the Wim Hof academy with the iceman himself.

What is your favorite WOD and why? 

Annie, bodyweight all the way.

What is your least favourite WOD and why?

Fran – everything about it.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit? 

How good the CF7M experience has been.  I previously started CrossFit back home and didn’t enjoy it.  The people and vibe here really make a difference.

Would you recommend CrossFit 7 Mile to others and if so, why?  

Yes, I am basically on retainer for Trevor.  I have recommended it to everybody I know.

 

Congratulations, Hugh.  We are proud to have you as our October 2017 7 Miler of the Month!

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