Haley Mitchell

Have you met Haley Mitchell?

  • How long have you been a member of Nela Athletics?
5 months
  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?
Making friends and one single pistol
  • What are three benefits that you have experienced through working out?

Endorphins, muscles, community

  • How has your life changed from when you first started to now.
I didn’t think I’d find anything that brought me similar feelings of community and competition after I retired from competitive swimming, but after a brief 6 year break from working out I found CrossFit and it has given me goals, accountability, community, coaching, and all the things I missed from swimming ūüôā
  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed?¬†
Improved body composition, less body fat, more muscle
  • What is your favorite part of the NELA Athletics experience?
The people, duh
  • What are some hobbies or¬†activities¬†you are into besides CrossFit
Watching TV, playing intramurel ultimate frisbee, basketball, softball, volleyball or pretty much any sport. Pretending that I like hiking with my girlfriend.
  • The zombie apocalypse is coming, who are three people you want on your team?
Charley, Wes, and Lauren. I don’t think we’d be particularly successful but we’d have a good time until the end comes.
  • If you could be in any movie, what would it be and what character would you play?

I would love to star in a future biographical movie about Megan Rapinoe.

Sinead Murphy

Have You Met Sinead?

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

I’ve been a member for 7 years now.

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Double Unders – they took me so long to get and then one day it just clicked. Now I love them ūüôā

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

The community has been very important for us. We moved from San Francisco and did not know many people in Los Angeles and suddenly we were part of a great community of people. The exercise stuff too.

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

I have a much stronger upper body. Our eating has changed significantly which has made the biggest difference to our lives in every way.

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

We buy and sell antiques so spend a lot of time at auctions and flea markets. I like to play guitar, cook and watch British TV shows.

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

I open beer bottles with my teeth.

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

Peter Kay, James Corden & Andrew Scott.

Paul Manabo

Have You Met Paul?

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

Since October 2018

  • What’s your favorite CrossFit/Ignite achievement?

Getting Prs on lifts and having my cardio and endurance increased.

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

Overall health has improved, My energy level playing with my kids has also increased, mentally and physically been stronger in and out of the gym.

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

I feel my life has changed for the better from working out from when I first started to now. I use this time and my me time to be able to clear my head for the upcoming business day as well as a way to workout any stress, anxiousness or frustration life brings.

  • Have you had any physical changes that you noticed?

I’ve noticed muscle mass thanks to the classes and my once a week privates with Jahi.

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

Being able to workout with great people day in and day out. I’ve met many great people in the community from my NELA experience that I consider good friends. It’s inspiring to be able to workout with such great people whom I’ve never imagined I would be friends with and push and inspire each other to workout as hard as we can every day.

  • What are some hobbies or¬†activities¬†you are into besides CrossFit

I love spending time with my kids and wife and just enjoying being together outdoors, I enjoy traveling as well as going to as many Laker games as I can.

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

Chuck Norris, Ramboand The Terminator

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

Fight Club and I’d wanna play Tyler Durden

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

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.