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.

Jeremy Arca


Have you met Jeremy?

 

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

Since July 2012 (nearly 7 years)

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Getting first ring muscle up, PRs on lifts, and being able and wanting to consistently work out

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

I’m in better shape and meeting a lot of great friends!

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

Cooking, gardening, woodworking, craft beer, programming, cycling, and running.

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

If I told you, people would know.

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

Idris Elba , Anthony Bourdain, Elon Musk

Thania Avelar


Have You Met Thania?

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

I have been a member of NELA Athletics since October of 2015.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

One of my biggest achievements in CrossFit would be to conquer some of the weightlifting movements. They are still difficult for me but I try my best to push through them.

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

Nela Athletics has benefited me in more ways than one, it has taught me patience to achieve goals and at the same time giving me a sense of an extended family within my community.

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

My life has changed drastically from the beginning to where I am today. I am much stronger than where I was and I continue to achieve most of my physical goals. As for, mentally and emotionally it has taught me how to be self-disciplined. It has kept me focused and stress free.

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

My favorite activities besides CrossFit is reading. I love to read suspenseful fiction books that usually involve a mystery of some sort.

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

One thing people do not know is that although I focus my topic of conversation about plants. I am actually considered a Soil Scientist, that was my main focus in college.

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

La Llamada by Selena Quintanillla

Elle Tolentino


Have you met Elle

 

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

I’ve been a member since 2012 and still super stoked on that choice.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

My favorite achievement so far, is finally getting my first non-assisted pull-ups after 6+ years of CrossFit.

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

By coming to workouts I’ve acquired a change in mindset and capability. I think of whatever I’m tasked with as a chipper WOD. I just gotta work my way through the uncomfortable bits and I’ll feel a great sense of achievement afterwards.

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

I LOVE food. If there’s activities involving food, sign me UP. New foods, comforting foods, weirdly shaped foods, I want it all! I also love to travel. I have a whole bucket list of places to go once I’m done with nursing school.

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

I may seem super outgoing but I’m terribly shy. I fumble with words when I’m nervous.

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

Awkwafina for the laughs, Chris Evans for the eye candy, and Beyonce for her badassery. But let’s be honest Beyonce would never be part of someone’s entourage, she’ll just bless you with her presence.

Omar Serrano


Have You Met Omar

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

I have been a member of NELA athletics for 3 and a half years.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

I joked with a coach when I first started that I’d throw a party when I got my first kipping pullup, so I’d have to go with my first unassisted kipping pullup.

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

I have definitely benefitted from NELA athletics the most by becoming a part of the community.

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

Joining NELA pushed me out of my comfort zone. Where in the past I would’ve been the type of person that popped in earbuds and worked out alone. I now have become more comfortable being with my group of friends.

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

I love doing things with music. I enjoy concerts, though I don’t go to as many as I used to, and I dj from time to time for fun.

  • What is one thing people don’t know about you?
I was a lead singer in a hip hop/metal band for about 5 years. A friend of mine asked me if I’d fill in as singer in a high school talent show in 11th grade, for some crazy reason I said yes though I’d never done anything like that in my life! We went on to play many local spots and even recorded a few tracks, this was way before SoundCloud lol.
  • If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, which song would you pick?

Impossible! I have different songs based on mood, or what emotions I’m trying to bring about or create.

Alexis Villarreal


Have you met Alexis

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

6 years

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

The muscle up.

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

Establishing a regular fitness routine, and getting to workout with some pretty great people!

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

Physically I’m a lot more athletic all around.

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

Traveling, hiking, snorkeling, attempting to surf, spending time with my wife, dogs and my cat, binging Netflix.

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

I’m a nerd that likes video games.

 

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