Andrea Narvaez


Have You Met Andrea?

 

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?
Started at the original CrossFit Merge in December 2014, then became apart of the NELA family in March 2015.
  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

There are plenty of benchmark achievements that are big wins for me, but coming back from two back-to-back injuries (shoulder and back) was one of the hardest things I’ve done thus far. I’m happy to be past that hump as it’s forced me to pay closer attention to my own patience, commitment, technique, form and mobility.

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

Three benefits I’ve identified as important and key in my fitness experience have been finding intention in my workouts, practicing SMART goals, and working on my relationships with others in the community around me.

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now.
Investing in my own wellness and fitness has been forever changing. I’ve seen incredible changes in my body composition, physical and mental performance, confidence in and out of the gym/box, and I’ve learned to face problems (personal, mental and physical challenges) head on. There’s still so much more I would like to improve, and I can’t wait to see what else comes my way.
  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed? 
I’ve seen my body transform in all ways, shapes and forms. It’s amazing to look back and think of my initial muscle gain, to building my strength and change in my body composition when I wasn’t paying attention to my nutrition, and finally to where I’m at now where I’ve married both my dedication to strength training and muscle gain. The human body is a marvelous thing.
  • What is your favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience?
Aside from the wonderful and supportive community at NELA Athletics, I greatly appreciate having a space where I can zone out and unplug from the world. Being placed in a literal box of a gym to push yourself physically and mentally has led me to believe I also have quite the spiritual experience in the gym. I’m either facing a mental fear, fighting to keep my breath going, or honing in a goal. A lot of my experience at NELA is mentally stimulating and I love it.
  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit
I thoroughly love going to the Disney Parks, watching sci-fi/thriller/drama shows with my husband, watching Disney/Marvel/Star Wars anything, chatting and having coffee with my family, and the occasional show.
  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?

Well, that one’s just obvious….

  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?

Captain Marvel and I’d be her other best friend. I’d need to have superpowers though.

Tim Dove


Have You Met Tim?

 

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

Since it started, before that it was Crossfit Merge.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Finally able to snatch bodyweight!

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

Leaning out, becoming more flexible, being semi-athletic.

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now.

Become much more conscious about what I eat, both good and bad, and how it effects my physical capabilities just as much as my weight.

  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed? 
I have added more muscle mass and leaned out over the years. If anything, it has kept me from adding too much weight as I love food, and sugar…and food.
  • What is your favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience?
It keeps me on a schedule inside and outside of the gym.
  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit
Playing in bands, have a dog, eating food.
  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?

If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?

Devil Wears Prada, Meryl Streep

Self Love


For the month of February it is all about self love!

Your challenge for February is to spend 15 minutes a day using a foam roller or a lacrosse ball.

Below there are a couple of benefits of foam rolling or using a lacrosse ball

  • Improve movement patterns

Instead of releasing a muscle that feels tight, we can to use a roller to get people to move better. For example, rolling on a tight hip flexor will help the glutes activate and perform better.

  • Help with repairing tissue

You can help to boost supply of nutrients to damaged muscles to accelerate tissue repair

  • Reduced DOMS

Using a foam roller can keep tired and torn muscles more supple than they’d otherwise be, while reducing Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness.

  • Preparation

Using a foam roller pre-workout can help ensure that you’re moving better

  • Focus pre-workout

Using a roller pre-workout will help with mental preparation. Rolling over key muscle groups before exercise can help to increase cognitive awareness and focus.

  • Relaxation

If you hold pressure into tissue and sustain that pressure for a period of time, between 30 to 90 seconds, you engage the nervous system reflex for relaxation

  • Chronic pain reduction

Speaking of pain reduction, using a foam roller can also be effective in alleviating long-term chronic pain too

  • Flexibility/mobility improvements

Rolling a muscle will help its surfaces and connective tissue slide across each other better, which will help with overall mobility.

  • Wake up easier

For those who aren’t morning people, foam rolling can help you wake up more easily each day.

Here are a couple of exercises for each item

Foam Roll

Lacrosse Ball

Whitney Overcomes the Darkness


Whitney Cline has been a regular at our gym for years, but aside from her strength and impeccable fashion, many of us don’t know much about her. In this episode she opens up about overcoming her difficult childhood, her repeated encounters with addicts, and what it finally took to love herself.

Check out this episode!

Whitney Overcomes the Darkness


Whitney Cline has been a regular at our gym for years, but aside from her strength and impeccable fashion, many of us don’t know much about her. In this episode she opens up about overcoming her difficult childhood, her repeated encounters with addicts, and what it finally took to love herself.

Check out this episode!

Whitney Overcomes the Darkness


Whitney Cline has been a regular at our gym for years, but aside from her strength and impeccable fashion, many of us don’t know much about her. In this episode she opens up about overcoming her difficult childhood, her repeated encounters with addicts, and what it finally took to love herself.

Check out this episode!

Luis Ramirez


Have You Met Luis?

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

I have been part for NELA Athletics for about 2 years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

I can finally do my T2B consistently and bar muscle ups. YASS!

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

Aside from the muscle gainz, I’ve also gained a lot of great friendships.

  • How has your life changed from when your first started to now?

NELA taught me to challenge myself daily and as a result I’ve become more courageous and confident.

  • What are your hobbies or activities you do enjoy outside of CrossFit?

Watching reality TV.

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

My birthday is on Christmas Day.

  • If you could pick three famous people to be a part of your entourage, who would you pick?

The 2006 Holy Trinity: Paris, Lindsay and Britney. LOL

Rich Martinez


Have You Met Rich?

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

I would say 6 years off and on like a normal procrastinator.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Getting healthy again. I was overweight/out of shape and did not notice really until I started CrossFit.

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

Being able to get focused. Learning to be more disciplined and feeling good overall.

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

You definitely see a difference physically but the mental part is what matters the most. Not only do you learn how to be disciplined in the gym but you use the same tools in your everyday life.

  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed? 

It has to be the amount of weight I dropped while getting stronger. The before and after pictures are kinda crazy. I went from 240lbs to 175lbs. It took a couple of 2-a-days to get there but it was satisfying seeing the changes. .

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

The grind. If you don’t show up, you don’t get results. Motivation can only last so long… you have to stick to it mentally.

  • What are some hobbies or activites you are into besides CrossFit

Going to sporting events or hitting some bars to watch games… yeah, that might have had a part to my weight gain ha!

  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?

Superman, Batman & Thanos.

  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?

Currently, any John Wick movies as John Wick.

Charley Galicia


Have you met Charley?

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?

I’ve been a member since 2014 I think?

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Handstand push ups and recently backwards handstand walk.

  • How do you think you have benefited most from Nela Athletics?

Knowing how far I can push myself, and having my partner Wes enjoy working out that he became a coach.

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

My life changed by the gym by enriching my life by giving me all these friendships that have enriched my life.

  • What are some hobbies or activities you are into besides CrossFit?

Reading

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?

I started CrossFit in Long Beach in 2012

  • If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick?

The Greatest Love Story by LANCO.

24. A Life Wes Ordinary


We wrap up our deep dives into the show hosts by burrowing deep into Wes Mendelson, a guy who normally offers a kind smile but doesn’t share much. Turns out, still waters run deep! Plus, some news about the future of the show. Check it out!

Check out this episode!