Bobby Balsama


Have you met Bobby?

 

  • How long have you been doing CrossFit?

I have been doing CrossFit for 15 years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit achievement?

Being part of SEAL-Fit and graduating Kokoro Camp 12.

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

CrossFit allows me to continually test my heart. After training for so long you learn to trust the training you’ve done, but it all comes down to how uncomfortable you’re willing to be. That’s why community is so important. Who you’re surrounded by matters. Coaches guide the culture of a gym but the members define it.

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

I am a professional guitar players.

  • One thing people don’t know about you?

I was in a Cure cover band called Another Emotion. My mom used to help me put eye liner on and paint my nails.

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

Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record – Sweetest Kill

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

Tommy Chong, Bruce Lee, Trever Noah.

Michelle Sanchez


Have you met Michelle?

 

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

2 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Slowly getting over my fear of lifting heavy. I just got my PR of 88 lbs for my clean. I was so surprised since I couldn’t do 73 lbs during the open this year!

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

Finding my balance. I feel as a teacher and now coordinator, my days can get really busy and often sleep and good eating habits are the first to start going. Having a gym close by- that I look forward to going to, helps me to keep those things in order. I feel I have been doing a much better job with getting my sleep and eating healthy so I get to see more of my results

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

This past year was tough with bell palsy, a death of a student, and home/family issues. Mentally, NELA has been my saving grace- I can come in a just focus on myself for an hour. I can be around people who are supportive and not stress about life. The workouts and coaches like Paul and D.Lee have really helped me when I’ve been down, get me into a more positive mindset when I really needed it.

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

I love to paint! I also love to play soccer. I play in a co-ed league on Sundays with my brother and some friends- super fun!

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

I was a synchronized swimmer for 10 years and coached it for 2

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

Gina Rodriguez, Jessie J and JLO

Jesse Doe


Have you met Jesse

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

About four years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Finally finishing a CrossFit Open!

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

I lift things properly now, and pay more attention to what I eat.

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

Hobby board gaming and occasionally playing my Jazzmaster

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

I’m a pretty good oil painter!

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

Werner Herzog, Cormac McCarthy, and Neil Young

Harry Shin


Have you met Harry

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

3 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Completing the Pull-Up Challenge last February, and reaching a PR of 19 unbroken pull ups.

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

Accountability with my fitness and diet through community.

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

Watching and playing sports, watching movies, experimental cooking, trying out new restaurants.

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

I ran the beaches of South Korea naked… as a toddler.

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

Dwayne Johnson, Dule Hill, and Roy Choi

Danny Richter


Have you met Danny?

 

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

4 1/2 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Physically, probably pull-ups. I worked on them daily for months.

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

The fitness gains have been tremendous – I can do things now that I couldn’t in high school. But it has to be the people. I’ve also been able to formulate for myself what I call the “Three Rules of Crossfit.” To wit: 1.) have fun with your friends; 2.) Do your absolute best; and 3.) try not to sh*t yourself. Also, hassle the coaches whenever possible.

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

Physically, I dropped a ton of weight (almost but not quite literally) – mentally, I think I’ve gotten a lot tougher. Shortly after I started, coach MJ came up to me after a brutal workout and said, “you give up too easily.” I was pissed but I thought about it and realized he was right. My mental game is much stronger now. But again, it has to be the people. It’s like an extended family.

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

Well. I don’t want to brag.

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

I make all my own furniture. My six year old thinks I have, and I quote, “an annoying sense of humor.”

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

My entourage? So you mean my posse? Assuming that if I pick a dead person, they come back to life (otherwise, I would go for live people for practical reasons) – I would say: Robin Williams and Genghis Kahn (I think the two of them would engage in hilarious banter) and Barack Obama. I think Williams, Khan, and Obama would make a great team. Diverse and inspirational. We would definitely get shit done.

 

Sonia Collins


With previous Crossfit experience Sonia has been a great source of positive energy joining Nela CrossFit.

Have you met Sonia?

  • How long have you been doing CrossFit?

9 Years

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

Since February 2019

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Being able to run 1000 m without stopping or doing box jumps since having a baby/C-section.

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

Being motivated by the friendly community and really good programming/ coaches.

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

I have a 1 yr old my current hobbies are going to the zoo and making sure he doesn’t kill himself.

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

I’ve performed in flying trapeze shows.

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

Charlie Hunnam, Chris Hemsworth and Bradley Cooper…. wait what are we talking about