Athlete of Month

Shenaye Ebanks
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Shenaye Ebanks

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

A little over 1 year.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?

I wanted to incorporate fitness into my every day life, but I kept getting bored with everything I tried and would eventually stop. CrossFit seemed to be the most challenging and would give me the push I needed to both do better and stay consistent.

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

I actually found it to be extremely intimidating and I was always so nervous whenever I had to go into the gym. So in essence, I suppose the hardest part for me in the beginning was simply to keep walking through the doors of the gym. Chris frequently tells me to just have fun, and this may very well be how I overcame the initial intimidation and nervousness I felt. I made the conscious decision to get out of my head and just have fun, and I put my complete trust in Chris – it’s really easy to keep walking through the doors of the gym everyday when you know your Coach has your back!

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

The coaches and the incredibly encouraging, positive, and all around happy people in the gym! I’ve found that whenever you’re at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness, you’re surrounded by athletes and coaches cheering you, motivating and encouraging you, giving you that high-five and pat on the back you probably needed. You’re surrounded by smiles and laughter, and it’s the camaraderie you find at the gym that is undoubtedly the best part.

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

My growth and progress, both physically and mentally. “I can’t,” used to be my favorite line and in the beginning there were certain movements I wouldn’t even try. Chris frequently tells me that “I need to let the badass in me shine a little bit,” and it’s only been recently that I’ve been able to find it in me to do just that, and honestly It’s amazing what you can become and what you can accomplish if you just stop standing in your own way.

You participated in the 2018 CrossFit Games Open. Congrats on finishing! Tell us a little about your experience. Were you nervous about it? Did you have fun doing it? What was one thing you learned about yourself from doing those workouts?

I was definitely nervous, but it was worth it in the end because I had loads of fun! The one thing I can say I learned from doing those workouts is that I have the strength to get past that mental barrier that was always screaming at me to stop. I learned to really push myself (as well as properly pace myself), and I learned that I can pass that boundary from comfortable to incredibly uncomfortable, and there are so many amazing things that can happen when you allow yourself to do this. We’re all so much tougher and so much stronger than we think we are!

Since coming to 7 Mile Strength & Fitness has there been any changes in your lifestyle habits that you wouldn’t have made otherwise? For example, do you get a better nights sleep now, any changes in your food intake etc.

Most definitely! I really didn’t think getting 8 hours of sleep and making the decision to fuel my body with more wholesome food would make such a difference, but it has made all the difference for me! I sleep better at night, it has become easier to choose to eat in a healthier way, and I’m a much happier, positive, and productive person because of these simple changes. Most significantly however, I was able to stop smoking cigarettes and I’ve learned to deal with my anxiety and the symptoms that accompany it in a much better way. If ever there were a cure for anxiety, I’d have to say that it would be CrossFit!

What would a perfect day look like for you?

Any day where the smiles and laughs are easy, is a perfect day for me.

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

I love reading and there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t pick up a book.

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

Cage diving with Great White Sharks is pretty high on my bucket list.

What is your favourite WOD and why?

Anything with squats and/or a barbell, simply because I love squats and using a barbell is nothing short of empowering.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Any WOD that involves Assault Bike sprints, because that just sucks.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

How much I love it. I thought I would like CrossFit, but I have fallen in love with it and going into the gym is the best part of my day.

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

Most definitely, and I recommend it all the time to friends and colleagues! There are so many reasons to list, but again, the coaches and support you find in the gym! The Coaches have completely changed my mindset on what it means to lead a healthy life, and there really is no better investment than that. As humans, we love to put limitations on our abilities, when really our abilities are limitless, and at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness, you’re not intimidated by what everyone else is doing, lifting, or accomplishing, you’re inspired! 7 Mile Strength & Fitness has become my happy place; it has become my safe place, and for anyone looking for that, 7 Mile Strength & Fitness is the answer!

 

Congratulations, Shenaye!  We are so proud of you.

 

Shankari Reebye
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Shankari Reebye

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

Six months.

What made you decide to give CrossFit a try?

My husband, Ounesh. I could see Ounesh’s commitment to wellness develop along with great improvements in his fitness. When the opportunity came for me to change fitness programs, I set up a meeting with Chris to learn about CrossFit. In the consultation, Chris asked some really hard questions about my intentions, goals, and what I was looking for in a gym. I could immediately see the depth in Chris’s coaching and left knowing 7Mile was the right choice for me.

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

Fear of injury. I have a torn ACL and grade 4 osteoarthritis in my knee, which made me nervous about doing certain movements pain and injury free. The only way I could overcome this was to trust Chris and the process. He helped me take a step back in my training and slow everything down. He worked with me to find a place where I could feel physically the difference between “just moving” and moving “well”.  I have learned to be honest about what causes any knee pain, and look to my coaches for advice and modifications where needed. It’s a constant balance of respecting my injuries, but not allowing them to stop me from trying new things.

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

There are so many! I love the enthusiasm of the coaches and members during work outs – it really pushes me when I most need it.

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

Owning my workout. Knowing I have good days where I need to push myself and bad days where I need to scale down. I will continue to work on this…

What brought you to the Cayman Islands?

A career opportunity for Ounesh.

You and your husband Ounesh are both members at 7 Mile Strength & Fitness. They say that us CrossFitters talk A LOT about CrossFit. Would you agree? Do you talk about your workouts all the time?

We are definitely guilty of talking about CrossFit at home. We check out Beyond The Whiteboard together before bed and almost always have a chat about the WOD. We talk about classes, tips from different coaches, complain about sore muscles and of course exchange scores 🙂

Tell us how you manage wearing so many “hats”….you’re a mom, wife, and busy interior designer! How do you handle the work/life juggle? Do your two daughters think mom is Super Mom? 😉

Flexibility and choosing what works for our family. Our family is a team and we work together. CrossFit is part of how I find balance in my life. It is the one hour a day I fully focus on myself and as a result have I have more to offer my family. Ounesh and I also make an effort to do one workout a week together. With two small children, making time for us as a couple is so important. We love our Friday date night at the bar 🙂  I look forward to doing a WOD with my girls one day!

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

I love stationary and hand written notes.

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

Nothing crazy, my bucket list is all travel 🙂

What is your favourite WOD and why?

WODs with a variety of movements.

What is your least favorite WOD and why?

Anything that requires me to get off an assault bike and use my legs.

What has been your biggest surprise about doing CrossFit?

That there is no pressure to lift anything more than what challenges you.

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

Absolutely. This gym has a fantastic group of coaches and members. Chris is a gem and invaluable source of knowledge and support.

 

Congratulations, Shankari! 

 

 

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.

 

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