Athlete of the MonthDecember

Karina Avalos/Mindy Bleeker

Yay! to workout buddies! These two have been quite the duo at Nela Athletics.

Have You Met Karina?
  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

I’ve been a member since March 2018.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

My favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement would be just moving up in levels. I was stuck at level one for a minute ,but now I spice it up sometimes.

  • What are three benefits that you have experienced through working out?

I’m physically stronger , I have tons of energy , and I’m in a great mood after a workout .

  • How has your life changed since your first started to now? Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.

My life has changed physically emotionally but most of all mentally.

I recently did the wellness and nutrition program with Day and let me just say it’s a game changer. The best investment in my fitness journey by far and I’m truly thankful for that experience. It made me a better person .

  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed?

I’ve lost about 20 pounds .

  • What is your favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience?

It would definitely be the community everyone from members to the coaches are very welcoming ,supportive and encouraging. It’s a place where you can be having the worst day ,come in leave your problems at the door and leave a better person.

  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit?
Anything sports or physical activity, I play for a coed softball team on Fridays which is super fun.
  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?
I’m going to base it from people from the gym . Mindy because she’s my workout partner and always cracks me up . Day because she’s just bad ass like that and Dejah because you can’t take Day without Dejah but I mean have you seen Dejah she’s bad too. 
  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?
Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip
Have You Met Mindy
  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?
I have been a member of NELA  Athletics since 2013
  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?
My favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement are that I am able to do the next level and push through an intensive workout.
  • What are three benefits that you have experienced through working out?
The three benefits that I have experienced through working out is that I am mentally, emotionally and physically stronger.
  • How has your life changed since your first started to now. Can be physically, mentally, emotionally.
My life has changed since I first started to now is working out more consistently and having a better eating habits.
  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed? (Example: Loss of body weight if so how many pounds, gained muscle mass if so how many pounds, had to buy new clothing.)
The physical changed that I have noticed of myself that I am more Stronger and Tone out.
  • What is your favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience?
My favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience is the Community it had provided with Great Coaches and people that come through.
  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit?
I enjoyed binge watching Korean Drama besides Crossfit.
  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?
The zombie apocalypse is coming, I am snatching BAD ASS Coach Day, Karina that give me the Giggles and Alexander my Gym Husband.
  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?
If I could be in a movie it got to be a Comedy and I would play the friend that talk a whole lot of shit!

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